Island Grown Agricultural NetworkFood & Farms in San Juan County


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

On Friday, Feb. 27th, full and half-day workshops will be held at various locations on Lopez.  On Saturday, Feb. 28th, focused sessions and locally grown lunch will be held at Lopez School.  Keynote speakers will include Gary Nabhan and Steve Jones.

Online registration will open at Brown Paper Tickets on December 15, 2014.

The 2015 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.  The schedule is being finalized.  Please check back for details and updates.

February 27, Hands-On Friday will include workshops covering biochar production, baking with local grains, orchard production, and farmstead butchering.

February 27, at 7 pm, nationally recognized local author Thor Hanson will talk about his latest bookSeeds, exploring the evolution and magic of seeds. Lopez Center for Community and Arts.  Open to the public.  Tickets will go on sale in January.

February 28, Summit Saturday features over 20 break-out sessions led by experts from WSU Small Farms Team, NW Agriculture Business Center, NW Agriculture Research Station, Organic Seed Alliance, and local farmers on subjects such as emerging markets, soil fertility, building local and regional markets, seed production, and so much more.  The day will include a delicious local lunch cooked by chef JeanPerry, trade show, seed swap and more.

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 Gary Nabhan, is a internationally acclaimed ethnobiologist, agroecologist, author, conservation biologist and cultural geographer trained at the University of Arizona and Prescott College, will inspire and inform about sustainable food systems, agrobiodiversity, and renewing local food traditions.

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

February 27: Hands-on Friday workshops

  • Humane On‐Farm Livestock Slaughtering with Farmstead Meatsmith
  • Biochar Workshops
  • Baking with Local Grains with Jonathan McDowell, baker at the WSU Research Station Bread Lab.

February 28: 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
  • 9:15‐ 12:30 Morning Sessions
  • 12:30‐1:45pm Locally Grown Lunch ($15) and Keynote, Gary Nabhan
  • 2:00‐4:30pm Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:30‐5:30pm Social Hour
  • All day: Seed Swap, Seed Libraries, Trade Show, Local Organization Displays


Questions?  Call 360-370-7664 or email