(Passing on an email from the Salt and Soil Marketplace regional food hub out of Juneau).
Hello Southeast Alaska farmers,
The 2019 SEAK Farmers Summit is right around the corner (February in Sitka) and in the spirit of the event, we are looking to include a few “cooperative farmer presentations” this year. The idea being that 2-4 farmers/growers team up to create a presentation that addresses (from a personal experience perspective) a topic that was requested on evaluations from the last summit in Haines. What follows is a list of the requested topics/ideas:
- Irrigation Systems
- Pest/Disease Management
- Greenhouse Growing/Supplemental Lighting
- Packaging & Distribution
- Specific Crop Information (exactly how YOU grow it)
- “Worst mistakes you’ve ever made”
- Growing Berries in SEAK
- Methods for Seed Starting
- Weed Suppression Techniques
- Root Cellars
If you feel you have anything to contribute (even just a couple minutes worth) to sharing experience/knowledge related to any of these topics and would like to be included as a presenter for one of these cooperative presentations, please email Marja Smets of Farragut Farm for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will be coordinating this part of the agenda. We are looking for folks to prepare a 2-10 minute presentation (hopefully with pictures, but it is not required) and be willing to answer questions from the audience. Again, the idea is to foster conversation and the exchange of ideas among participating farmers/farmers-to-be.
Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all in February 2019.
Lia G. Heifetz
Director, Grow Southeast
1107 W. 8th Street, Suite 234
Juneau, Alaska 99801