If you are interested in learning more about how Port Townsend and other Olympic Peninsula farmers, chefs, and food producers thrive, be sure to attend the Olympic Peninsula Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, Thursday, December 8, 2011, 1:00 – 6:00 PM at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.
Join local producers, distributors, health care professionals, school nutrition directors, chefs, retailers, sustainable food advocates, and consumers for an afternoon of network building, expert panel discussions, and more. Help build connections, increasing the sale of and access to fresh local products and creating healthier people, jobs, and environments. This year’s focus areas will be how to build farm-to-chef connections and discussion about diversifying markets.
This event is hosted and sponsored by: Cascade Harvest Coalition, the WSDA/USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, EDC Team Jefferson, WSU Jefferson County Extension, and the Port Townsend Food Coop.
Cascade Harvest Coalition (CHC) is a non-profit dedicated to re-localizing the food system in Washington State by connecting farmers with tools and resources they need to be more sustainable and consumers more directly with producers. CHC organizes Farm-to-Table events throughout Washington State, working to connect producers and buyers and generate sales.
(may be subject to minor changes)
- 12:30 – Registration Opens
- 1:00 – Welcome
Cascade Harvest Coalition’s Farm-to-Table Program
Mary Embleton, Executive Director
Sarah Wilcox, Farm-to-Table Program Manager
- 1:15 – Keynote
Dr. Laura Lewis, Director, WSU Jefferson Co. Extension
- “Local and Native: Agrobiodiversity and Economic Development for the Olympic Peninsula”
- 1:45 – Break/Networking
- 2:00 – Panel Discussion
Farm-to-Chef: Successful examples, best practices, what farmers/chefs need to make connections, production matching, and developing a local strategy
Speakers include: Rochelle Prather-General Manager of Bon Appétit at Fort Worden, Chef Dan-The Fireside at Port Ludlow Resort, and Karyn Williams-Owner and Operator of Red Dog Farms.
- 3:00 – Break/Networking
- 3:15 – Panel Discussion
Diversifying Markets: Direct marketing vs. wholesale markets, advantages and challenges, how farmers can scale up, and what buyers are looking for
Speakers include: Katherine Baril of EDC Team Jefferson, Kia Kozun of Nash’s Organic Produce, and more.
- 4:15 – Next steps
- 4:30 – Closing remarks, evaluations
Local appetizers by In Season Catering
- 4:45 – One-on-one consultations
Networking and local appetizers continue!