2019 Southeast Alaska Farmer’s Summit
Join us for a special gathering of growers, producers, and local food enthusiasts in beautiful Sitka, Alaska!
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!
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.
Sweetland Hall at Sheldon Jackson Campus (Sitka Fine Arts Camp) and Centennial Hall
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
Community Composting, 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
A limited number of affordable dorm-style accommodations are available Sitka Fine Arts campus and can be booked on their event reservations page.
More information can be found on our Travel and Accommodations page.
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.