Island Grown Agricultural NetworkFood & Farms in San Juan County

Summit Dates: March 7th & 8th
Summit Location: Orcas School

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 12 AM MARCH 8TH.   AFTER THAT, PLEASE SHOW UP AT ORCAS SCHOOL AND PAY AT THE DOOR.  WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.

The 2014 San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will offer a two-day program packed with information and inspiration, including a stellar line-up of keynote speakers and session leaders.

March 7, Hands-On Friday will include three workshops, 1:30-5:00 p.m., covering biochar production, farm-to-school programs, and farmstead butchering.

March 8, Summit Saturday features over 20 break-out sessions led by experts from Organic Seed Alliance, WSU Small Farms Team, NW Agriculture Business Center, NW Agriculture Research Station, and local leaders on subjects such as soil fertility, use of biochar, seed production, emerging markets, and so much more.  The day will include a delicious local lunch cooked by chef Christina Orchid, a panel discussion with local San Juan County elected officials, a seed swap and more. Follow the link below for the detailed schedule.

Keynote speaker Steve Jones, grain breeder and director of the WSU NW Research and Extension Center, Mt. Vernon, will inspire and challenge us with examples of successful innovation on small farms and in local food systems in the NW.

Keynote speaker David Montgomery, University of Washington geologist and author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, will explain the perfect parallel between the rise and fall of ancient civilizations and the state of their soils, bringing the message home and challenging all of us to restore our farmland soils.

The Summit will take place at the Orcas Island High School, 715 School Rd., Eastsound, Washington. Scholarships and affordable accommodations are available. To find out more about the summit and schedule go to www.sjcarc.org/summit. For accommodations contact Candace Jagel at (360) 370-7664 or candace_jagel@wsu.edu.

Participating regional organizations: WA State Small Farms Team; NW Research and Extension Center (NWREC); Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC); Organic Seed Alliance (OSA); and local farms and farmers, chefs, and agriculture organizations.

March 7th: Hands-on Friday

Friday afternoon hands‐on sessions: 1:30pm‐5 pm
Registration for Hands on Friday workshops is separate from Summit Saturday. Location of events will be provided after registration.

  • Humane On‐Farm Livestock Slaughtering with Farmstead Meatsmith: $135 hands on participation; $40 observation
  • Biochar Workshop:  Making it on the Farm (Tom Miles): Free
  • Farm‐to‐School in Action: Three Part Workshop at Orcas School: Free

March 8th: Summit Saturday

  • 7:00‐8:00am Registration
  • 8:00‐8:40am Elected Officials Panel and Q&A: What steps can elected officials take to strengthen agriculture in SJC?
  • 8:45‐9:15am Keynote (Steve Jones)
  • 9:15‐ 9:45 Emerging Markets for SJC: Panel with regional leaders
  • 10:00‐12:15 Morning Sessions
  • 12:30‐1:45pm Locally Grown Lunch ($15) and Keynote (David Montgomery)
  • 2:00‐4:30pm Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:30‐5:30pm Social Hour
  • All day: Seed Swap, Seed Libraries, Trade Show, Local Organization tables and Displays

Affordable overnight accommodations available. Contact Candace Jagel at 370‐7664 or candace_jagel@wsu.edu.

Tickets:

$60 all day Saturday;  $35 interns, students; $15 off registration for volunteers; free under 18 years old; discounts for members of Island Grown in the San Juans and Orcas Island Coop; some partial and full scholarships available, please send email to summit@sjcarc.org describing your involvement in farming and why you would like a scholarship. Hands on Friday workshops require separate registration.

Questions?  Call 360-370-7664 or email summit@sjcarc.org.