Island Grown Agricultural NetworkFood & Farms in San Juan County


Summit Dates: February 27-28, 2015
Summit Location:  Lopez Island
February 27th will be held at various locations on Lopez Island.  February 28th keynote and sessions will be held at Lopez School.

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.  Saturday sessions and keynote talks will be held at Lopez School.  

See the 2015 SJI Ag Summit Schedule here.  Check here for the schedule for the SJ Summit Lopez Farm Tour Schedule.  Online registration is open at Brown Paper Tickets now.  Register on Brown Paper Tickets for February 27 and/or February 28th (both options are available).   Tickets for Saturday sessions and keynote may be purchased at the door.

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.  The keynote is part of the Saturday Summit events held at Lopez School. Registration is required.  

February 27, at 7:30 pm, nationally recognized local author Thor Hanson will talk about his latest book, The Triumph of Seeds”.  Event will be held at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.  Open to the public.  Tickets on sale at Lopez Island Bookstore or Paper Scissors, or at the door.  Early: $12/ adults; $10/youth; At the door: $15/adults, $10 youth.

Also on February 27, from 5-6:30 pm, join farmers and community members at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts for A Taste of Lopez, featuring local wine and brew and small bites of freshly cooked local foods from our farms and businesses.  Purchase delicious bites and sips directly from vendors. Cash appreciated.

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.  Information on the location of the workshops will be provided for those who have registered.  

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.  All Saturday sessions will be held at Lopez School.  Registration is required at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.  

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 Workshops

  • Hands-on Friday workshops, locations to be provided for those who have registered
  • Taste of Lopez  5-6:30 pm at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts
  • Talk by Thor Hanson, 7:30 pm at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts

February 28: Summit Saturday at Lopez School

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

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