Lia Heifetz and Matt Kern took the plunge and started Barnacle Foods in 2016, knowing that kelp farming and the mariculture industry was just getting started. But their vision and confidence in a people- and planet-centered business philosophy are bringing others along with them. One of the farms Barnacle Foods sources kelp from today is Seagrove Kelp Co. on Prince of Wales Island. Heifetz says Seagrove Kelp solidified its decision to submit a permit for a kelp farm about five years ago, knowing there
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Michaela (Tlingit, Blackfeet, Nez Perce) is Raven of the Taakw.aaneidí (Sea Lion Clan), child of the Shangukeidí (Thunderbird Clan), and grandchild of the Kaax‘oos.hittaan (Man’s Foot Clan). She carries the name Xo sáats. Michaela is the daughter of Sarah and Travis Dybdahl and the late James (Little) Williams. Michaela’s family roots are from Klawock, Alaska; Kamiah, Idaho; and Browning, Montana. She currently lives in Juneau with her parents and two little brothers Orion and Elias Dybdahl.
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