The San Juan Islands Agriculture Summit is a valued annual event that provides a unique opportunity for the food and agricultural community from across the islands, and beyond, to gather. Designed as a space for inspiration, education, and comradery, the Ag Summit features keynotes, hands-on workshops, presentations by farmers and regional specialists, panel discussions, meals and social events.
Started in 2013 by representatives of Washington State University Extension, San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild and San Juan Island Grange #966, this event has rotated between San Juan, Orcas and Lopez every year, except 2021 when we adapted to an online program. Each year the program is developed by a collaboration of local agricultural organizations with the guidance of a steering committee representing partners and stakeholders.
Funding for the Ag Summit comes from San Juan County WSU Extension, generous donors, business sponsors, in-kind contributions from partner organizations and ticket sales.
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We invite farmers, researchers, technical advisors, and others who wish to present practical experiences, key learnings, and expertise that will benefit the agricultural community on the islands to submit a proposal. You are encouraged to submit a proposal on behalf of yourself or someone else. In the past the Ag Summit steering committee has curated the presentations and invited presenters. This is the first year that we are putting out a call for proposals for session presenters.
The 2024 Ag Summit will be held in-person, Friday March 8 and Saturday March 9 at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. This year we are looking through the lens of carbon to understand soil health, fertility, land stewardship, and climate resiliency. Our theme for 2024 is “It’s All About the Carbon!”
Please consider donating to the Ag Summit fund. This fund supports future Summits by providing resources needed to offer scholarships, keep registration costs low, and provide our speakers with equitable honorarium payments for their time, knowledge, and experience.
Please note, you will be redirected to WSU’s online giving page which will instruct you to give to the San Juan County Extension Excellence Fund. This is correct. By clicking on this specific link, you will contribute to the Ag Summit Fund, which is housed within the San Juan County Extension Excellence Fund.