Track: Track A

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Speakers: Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm; Lori Mercer, Farm Aid; Julie Jesmer, WSU Skagit County Extension/Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program; Chad Reznicek, Colorado AgrAbility Project
  • Location: Bldg. 204 - Downstairs South Wing, Rooms #11-13
  • Track: Track A
In a world where little feels controllable and new pressures are constantly arising, farmers and ranchers can feel stuck, stymied and stressed. This workshop and set of one-on-one consultations aim to equip participants with new perspectives and strategies when our “overwhelm default” threatens to take over. We’ll begin with...

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Speakers: Kerri Cacciata, Tilth Alliance; Chris Henderson, Twin Sisters Market & Small Acres Farm; Lexa Dundore, Tilth Alliance
  • Location: Bldg. 202, Room 1
  • Track: Track A
For the past four years, Tilth Alliance has run a full diet pay-what-you-can farm stand from our urban farm in South Seattle. Our mission is to source locally grown produce and added value products from micro/small, beginning, BIPOC, immigrant/refugee and female farmers while working to implement numerous ways to...

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 2-3:15 p.m.
  • Speakers: Addie Candib, American Farmland Trust; Maud Powell, Oregon State University Extension
  • Location: Bldg. 202, Room 1
  • Track: Track A
As we continue to face challenges related to climate change, it is important to address how we can cope with the mental toll they can bring. The goal of this session is to introduce farmers to the notion of climate grief and eco distress. Participants will learn how it...

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • Speakers: Patrice Barrentine, King County Agriculture Program; Lauren Silver, Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance; libby reed, Orange Star Farm
  • Location: Bldg. 202, Room 1
  • Track: Track A
Learn from a successful alliance how you can cooperatively build and work together with local NGO, government, educational institution partners, tribes, salmon recovery, and flood planners to strengthen your farming position and farmland preservation through data, advocacy and planning. We’ve developed a model and plan that can boost efforts...

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Speaker: Dani Madrone, American Farmland Trust
  • Location: Bldg. 202, Room 1
  • Track: Track A
Are you concerned about farmland loss in your community? Many farmers are seeing urban sprawl threaten their farms and the local food system. Development pressure is increasing the cost of land, creating barriers for next generation farmers. But where do you even start to advocate for farmland protection? Navigating...