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Feb 1st, 2016 | Category: News

Several local agriculture meetings and large events will be held throughout February and March, including the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Bellingham, and more.


San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2016

The 4th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13 in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. More than 200 farmers, local food and farm advocates, national and regional experts, chefs, and community members come together for three days of relevant workshops, sessions, keynote talks, and food. Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Founder of Greenhorns, Agrarian Trust and co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, will provide the keynote on Saturday morning, a panel discussion at lunch, and will also participate in several sessions on Saturday. Nationally recognized author Dr. Courtney White will also speak and participate in sessions on Saturday.

Hands-on workshops are available Friday, including bread baking with local grains with Jonathan Bethony McDowell, resident baker at the nationally recognized Bread Lab in Skagit County; orchard management, economics, and varieties for hard apple cider with Tom Thornton, Eric Hall, David Bauermeister, and others; Farmstead Meatsmith on curing and charcuterie for home producers, chefs and cooks; Value added foods, from conceptualization to markets, and more.

Summit Saturday at Friday Harbor Middle School includes 24 sessions with regional experts: farm management tools, farmland changing hands, cooperatives, opportunities for value-added production, marketing tools and others. A Taste of San Juans and Mixer will also be held.

To register, or for more information, visit, or contact


Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting

The 2016 Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 22. More than 150 farmers, fishers, chefs, grocery buyers, food producers, distributors, and others are expected to meet for a day of connections and education about local resources and opportunities, sponsored by Sustainable Connections. Registration is $40 ($35 early bird) and includes lunch. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. To register, visit, under Events, or call Sara Southerland at (360) 647-7093 x114.


34th annual Western Washington Potato Workshop

The 34th annual Western Washington Potato Workshop will be Friday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Hear updates on production, pest management, and variety of information for western Washington potato production. Workshops include weed issues, aphids and pesticides, pathology research, tri-state potato trials, nutrition, reducing farm energy usage and more. For more information, contact Don McMoran at WSU Skagit Extension at


Skagit Expo March 3-4

The 2016 Skagit Agriculture Summit (SAS) on March 3-4 highlights new innovative ideas and farming practices while promoting agriculture. The event allows leaders to have a public discussion on issues vital to Skagit County and the Washington State economy. The event will be held at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn, 2300 Market Street in Mount Vernon. Registration is available at


Whidbey Gardening Workshop

This is the 28th year the Whidbey Gardening Workshop is providing gardening advice and education in gardening practices to beginner to advanced gardeners in Island County and the Puget Sound region. This Workshop on Saturday, March 5 at Oak Harbor High School is produced and presented by the Island County Master Gardener Foundation which supports the WSU Master Gardener Program. Dan Hinkley, internationally recognized author and lecturer, will give the keynote address at 9 a.m. A total of 45 classes will be split into three sessions; 19 classes are new this year. A Vendor Marketplace and educational exhibits are also included. Free coffee will be served, and optional lunch for $12. Advance registration is $40; walk-in registration on March 5 is $45. For the full schedule, see

Many other events are listed in this month’s event calendar.

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