Island Grown Agricultural NetworkFood & Farms in San Juan County


Summit Dates: February 27-28, 2015
Summit Location: Lopez Island.

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit is back in 2015!  This year it’s on Lopez Island, Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28.  Join fellow farmers, regional experts, local food and farm advocates for two days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie.

See the 2015 SJI Ag Summit Schedule here.  Online registration is open at Brown Paper Tickets now.

Keynote on Saturday, February 28th, by internationally renowned writer and visionary, Gary Nabhan, will inspire and inform on the benefits of maintaining local heritage and place based food systems. Gary is an internationally acclaimed ethnobiologist, agroecologist, author, conservation biologist and cultural geographer.

February 27, at 7 pm, nationally recognized local author Thor Hanson will talk about his latest book, The Triumph of Seeds”.  Open to the public.  Tickets on sale now at Lopez Community Center.  Also on February 27, from 5-6:30 pm, join farmers and community members for A Taste of Lopez, featuring small bites of freshly cooked local foods from our farms and businesses.

On Saturday, February 28th, Gary, Thor and Steve Jones, Director of NW Research Center, WSU Mt Vernon, will participate in a panel discussion on the resilience of seeds in an uncertain future.

Attend one of the hands-on workshops on Friday, February 27th. Back by popular demand:  humane, on-farm slaughter with Farmstead Meatsmith; and biochar production and kiln demos.  New this year:  baking with local grains with Jonathan Bethony McDowell, resident baker at the Washington State University Research and Extension Center Bread Lab in Mt. Vernon; writing your own farm plan with experts from the SJ Islands Conservation District.

Choose from 24 compelling Saturday sessions led by regional experts:  farmland changing hands, funding for farmers, connecting with organic seed markets, building soil fertility, growing nutrient-dense vegetables, rules and regulations for value-added production, pollinator health, local grain production and end-uses, malting, tips on marketing, and more.   Session leaders include experts from WSU Small Farms Team, NW Agriculture Business Center, NW Agriculture Research Station, Organic Seed Alliance, regional seed companies, and local farmers.

Trade show and seed swap on Saturday!  Display tables available free of charge to ag-related businesses and non-profit organizations.  Interested in tabling?  Email

Limited scholarships are available for SJC farmers and others involved in the food network who would not otherwise be able to attend the Summit, thanks to generous donors. Email  to get an application form.  Deadline:  February 16.  Lodging may be available in local homes or at discount rates at local lodging.  Contact  to apply, noting your preference and needs – camping, bed in private home, lodging, etc.  We will do our best to set you up.

For more detailed information about the 2015 San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit schedule and to register go to  

Questions? Contact

2015 SJI Ag Summit Schedule

February 27

  • Hands-on Friday workshops
  • Taste of Lopez  5-6:30 pm
  • Talk but Thor Hanson, 7 pm

February 28: Summit Saturday

  • 7:00‐8:300am Registration
  • 8:30‐9:15 am Keynote by Gary Nabhan
  • 9:15‐ 12:00 Morning Sessions
  • 12:00‐1:30 pm Locally Grown Lunch and panel discussion with Gary Nabhan, Steve Jones, and Thor Hanson
  • 1:45‐4:30pm Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:30‐5:30pm Social Hour
  • All day: Seed Swap, Seed Libraries, Trade Show, Local Organization Displays

Questions?  Call 360-370-7664, 370-7666 or email