Submitted by the San Juan Island Agricultural Summit
There is only a week until the largest gathering of farmers, agrarians and food-enthusiasts in the county. The Sixth Annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will take place Lopez Island on March 16 to 17. Grow your inspiration at this gathering of over 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses and food advocates for two days of events, education and community camaraderie.
Friday morning features a variety of extended and hands-on workshops on farms and in classrooms around Lopez Island. Like cheese? Want to know more about dairy farms in San Juan County? Attend a tour of Sunnyfield Farm (including cheese tasting!). How about a tour of the Lopez School Garden and presentations from their students, educators and the school chef to explore “farm to cafeteria” in action? Looking for something a little more technical? What about hands-on entomology for farmers and gardeners?
Everyone is welcome to join Friday Night for the Taste of the San Juans. Featuring fine bites from Lopez, San Juan and Orcas islands. Explore flavors with favorite chefs in the county in this fun and family-friendly event. It costs $5 for entrance, $2 per taste ticket. All tickets are sold at the door.
Saturday is the main event, with a keynote panel sharing their stories of farming history and agrarian culture of the islands’ pasts. Then choose from 16 different sessions on four educational tracks for a full day of farm and food-systems education. Join for an update on the developing San Juan County Food Hub, bring your questions to the livestock panel, or learn more about Fruit and Nut tree cultivation in the islands. These are just a couple of the Saturday offerings. Breakfast and lunch are included in registration.
After the summit, gather your friends new and old for the summit social at Lopez Grange. Sugar Baby Eats will have delicious food for purchase. Plenty of time to socialize and make it home on the last interisland boat at 9:50 p.m.
Online registration runs through March 12; Friday workshops are $25, Saturday sessions are $70 and $80 at the door.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-370-7667 at least two weeks prior to the event. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.