Over the years Ionia has partnered with state government, local social service agencies and grass roots groups on many projects and coalitions. Currently: 

  • Ionia helps to manage the Kenai Local Food Connection, whose message is: “Eat Local Foods. Nourish Our Community.”  We help organize joyous events promoting healthy local food such as  Harvest Moon Local Food Festival; and social services which support resilience such as the Healthy Food Box Program and Double Up voucher program.

  • Ionia partners with master builders to host natural building workshops and volunteering opportunities. At Ionia, one can learn how to build beautiful efficient homes and heaters with locally sourced natural materials such as clay, straw and timbers. Our Barn Project is a beautiful straw/clay center for learning these traditional crafts; and we are building new homes each year.

  • Ionia residents are founding members of the CHOICES Board of Directors – an Anchorage program which offer non-coercive, recovery based, alternative treatment for mental illness.

  • Ionia collaborates with Cook Inlet Keeper on various community- building projects such as cooking classes, composting, and peer support circles.

  • Ionia partners with University of Alaska Anchorage and Southeast to provide credited Peer Support Courses and Peer Support Supervision Trainings. For more information:

  • Ionia residents are part of the Rural CAP Senior Corps Elder Mentor program, matching elders up with youngsters who need their friendship and guidance.

  • Ionia stands with the Tamera community in Portugal in their work to promote peace and environmental awareness. Ionia stands beside Doug and Amy Modig in their sobriety leadership and Native Alaskan social justice work in rural Alaska.

Ionia in the press:

RADIO:   Caring for the Kenai September 2018

Intentional Community Eats with a Purpose, Alaska Magazine, September 2018

Ionia: Born and Bound by Food   Peninsula Clarion, July 2018

Ionia’s Barn Project – Where Community and Natural Building Meet, Communities Magazine Summer 2018

Alaska Grown Acres Magazine, January 2017

Cooking Up Health  Redoubt Reporter, April 2015

VIDEO: We Are the Ionians  Indie Alaska, 2014

Ionia’s Barn Project  Redoubt Reporter, October 2012

RADIO:  Interview  KDLL 91.9 FM, July, 2012.

Community Takes Back Mental Health By Redefining Needs,  Anchorage Daily News, 2010

Far From the Maddening Crowd Anchorage Daily News, 2009

Ionia has received generous support from private, state, and federal organizations, including: 

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Kenai Peninsula Community Foundation

Richard L and Diane M Block Foundation

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Rasmuson Foundation

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

USDA Rural Development

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration