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San Juan County WSU Extension San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit


Preliminary Schedule

Additional details and speakers to be announced. The finalized schedule will be posted here when it’s available.


March 20 3:00 PM  Keynote: White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems, Alison Conrad, Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center

Alison Conrad will speak on how whiteness and white dominant culture influence food system work, focusing on the pitfalls of how wealthy, white-led institutions apply their ideals to food policy and programming often aimed at non-white and low-income communities. Her research shows that white dominant beliefs and behaviors–assumed to be the norm–can put the emphasis of food work in the wrong place. As a consequence, we miss the opportunity to address the root causes of food systems issues and create lasting change. She will also discuss how individuals and organizations can start the process of unlearning a whitened history and related biases, and learn about how to work IN community instead of ON BEHALF OF community.


March 20-27     24/7 On-Demand Streaming of “Dolores”

“Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.”


March 21 10 am-12:45 pm  Two-part session: Creating equitable food access through local food procurement

Panel 10am-11:30 // San Juan County Roundtable Discussion 11:45am-12:45pm

Speakers include: Rob Smith, Viva Farms; Kristen Rezabek, San Juan County Health Department Food & Nutrition Programs, Alex Smith, Sustainable Connections Food to Bank On Program; Anna Cook & Michal Heidt, Community Environmental Health, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

When local healthy food is accessible to all income groups, our communities benefit too: Area farmers gain new customers and increase sales, small businesses thrive, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Learn about programs that are addressing food equity every step of the way, from the farmer to the consumer. Follow up round-table discussion on next steps in San Juan County.


March 21, 28 & April 4, 11      Sundays 3-4:30 pm

Study Group: Black Agrarianism: Past, Present, and Future

Speakers include: Malcolm Hoover of Black Futures Farm and the Black Food Sovereignty Coalition, Hannah Wilson of Yes Farm and the Black Farmers Collective, Sarah K Mock: Author and team member of Sylvanaqua Farms, more to be announced

The history of Black farmers in the United States in many ways is the history of the United States itself. Join us as we learn about the history, hardships, and contributions of Black farmers in the U.S., as well as the history of Black farmers specifically in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to exploring this rich history, speakers will illuminate the many ways in which people are working today to uplift Black farmers in order to create a more equitable and sustainable future in agriculture.


March 23,30 & April 6,13       Tuesdays 6-7:30 pm

Study Group: Traditional Foodways: Exploration of Indigenous land management, animal husbandry, crop cultivation, past and present

Speakers include: Samish Tribal Community Members: Rosie Cayou, Marco Hatch; Tulalip Tribal Community Members: Andrew Gobin, Patti Gobin; S’Klallam Tribal Community Members: Emma Brownell, Mackenzie Grinnell; NWIC: Topsanna Littlestar


April 16 7:00 PM  Capnote Address: A-dae Briones, Director of Native Agriculture and Food Systems Programs, First Nations Development Institute


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