The Washington State University (WSU) San Juan County Extension Ag Program supports the vibrant farm community and food system of the islands by providing education on issues and topics important to agriculture and the communities in San Juan County. Program priorities are identified through community-based listening sessions, surveys, program evaluations and direct contacts. Ag Summits have been held annually since 2013, with a different program focus annually, developed by a steering committee that includes participation from both the community and university extension.
The 2021 San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit was a virtual event held in spring 2021 focused on equity in the San Juan County food system. Designed as a space for inspiration, education, and community building, the 2021 Summit brought together farmers, producers, and food system advocates to learn and discuss ways to build an equitable future for all involved in the San Juan County food system and beyond.
- White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems – Keynote
- Creating Equitable Food Access Through Local Food Procurement
- Black Agrarianism Series
- Traditional Foodways in the San Juan Islands Series
- Dolores Huerta Documentary and Film Panel
- Local Solidarity Economy, Farming Co-ops, and Domestic Fair Trade
- Indigenous Perspectives on Food, Land, and Environment
Duke University researcher Alison Conrad gave the keynote presentation, “White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems.” Her research explores white biases and white supremacy narratives in the food system, and she posits that these translate throughout that system.
The 2021 Summit may have passed, but the recordings remain available. The recordings include speaker presentations and the Q&A sessions that followed.
WSU Extension has a long history of providing quality and useful content to community members across the state. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by presenters at the SJI Ag Summit are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of WSU.