Owned and operated by Nelly and Michael Hand, Drifters Fish brings customers wild Copper River Salmon straight from the fishermen. Based out of Cordova, Alaska, Nelly and Michael are devoted to their sea to table business, spending their summers on the water, committed to bringing people a better connection to their food and advocating for sustainable fisheries.
We first came into contact with Nelly thanks to her mother, Dotty Widmann. Dotty runs Cordova’s local yarn shop, The Net Loft, and among many other amazing creative endeavors, spearheaded the Cordova Gansey Project. A gansey (or guernsey) was the name given to the traditional handknit wool pullover sweaters worn by fishermen fishing for herring off the coast of Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The natural wool fiber made these sweaters both practical and functional.
Living herself in a seafaring town, Dotty launched the project to promote harvest and heritage, a connection between functional clothing and the harvest that feeds her community. A true food and fiber connection!
Nelly and Michael are the face of a young generation of food producers who believe that business can be done differently. Their story became part of our Wild Harvest series, focusing on what the land provides, and how both food and fiber can cultivate a deep connection to place.