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2019 Southeast Alaska Farmer’s Summit

Join us for a special gathering of growers, producers, and local food enthusiasts in beautiful Sitka, Alaska!

WhAT

This gathering began in 2015 when commercial farmers and producers in Southeast Alaska decided to come together to learn from one another about producing local food in a challenging growing environment and how to bring these products to market. Since then, this summit has met every other year in a different community to reconnect, expand their knowledge, and share their experiences with a growing network of local food producers. The 2019 Southeast Alaska Farmer’s Summit will be the third annual gathering for current commercial produce growers and for those who would like to explore this potential in our region.

We hope to continue to hold this meeting every other year with the long term goal of building up medium to large scale food production to strengthen food security in Southeast Alaska. Together, we will build a robust local food economy in Southeast Alaska!

When

February 15-17, 2019, starting at 1pm Friday and ending at 5pm Sunday

Note: The State of Alaska is offering a free Produce Grower Safety Training on Monday, February 18th from 8-5pm after the summit.

Where

Sweetland Hall at Sheldon Jackson Campus (Sitka Fine Arts Camp) and Centennial Hall

Program

The 2019 Southeast Alaska Farmer’s Summit summit offers an exciting opportunity to connect with growers, producers, and local food enthusiasts from Southeast Alaska and beyond!

Friday February 15, 2019

A snapshot of Southeast Alaska. The summit begins at 1 pm on Friday. The afternoon will be jam-packed with opportunities to network with producers from around Southeast Alaska. Join them as they share their challenges, journeys, and secrets to success! Featured farms include:

  • Farragut Farm- Petersburg

  • Game Creek Orchards- Hoonah

  • Juneau Greens- Juneau

  • Middle Island Gardens- Sitka

  • Orsi Organic Produce- Auke Bay

  • Sunnyside Farms- Haines

Saturday February 16, 2019

Saturday will feature in-depth presentations by visiting speakers.

  • Pest Disease Management, Janice Chumley, UAF

  • Juneau Composts! Lisa Daugherty, Juneau Composts!

  • Farming in Fairbanks, Maggie Hallum, Cripple Creek Organics

  • Employees and Interns, Meghan Fehrman, Rogue Farm Corps

  • Cover Crops, Eero Ruuttila, Johnny's Seeds

  • PIA Composting, Brandon Thynes, Petersburg Indian Association

  • Growing Gourmet Mushrooms, Tristan Woodsmith, Fungi Perfecti

More information on the presenters and program can be found on our Program Details page.

Sunday February 17, 2019

Sunday will continue in-depth information and presentations from invited speakers throughout the day with side sessions on hydroponics, composting, entrepreneurship/business consulting, and more. The conference will close at 5pm. 

Registration IS NOW OPEN!!!

Space is limited, so register early!

More information can be found on our Registration and Meals page.

Travel to Sitka

Produce Safety ALliance Grower Training

Monday, February 18, 2019

A training provided by Barbara Hansen, Dairy Sanitarian/Produce Safety Specialist, DEC Office of the State Veterinarian.

For more information and to sign up, go to Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training page.