The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit is back in 2015! Join fellow farmers, regional experts, local food and farm advocates for two days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie.
Keynote by internationally renowned writer and visionary, Gary Nabhan, will inspire and inform on the benefits of maintaining local heritage and place based food systems. Award-winning author Thor Hanson will talk on Friday evening about his newly released book, "The Triumph of Seeds."
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. This event is presented by SJC Agricultural Resources Committee, SJ Islands Agricultural Guild and WSU SJC Extension. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://sjcarc.org/summit/