Thank You To The 2015 Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner Sponsors & Donors!

Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance’s 7th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner was a huge success. The KCAA Board of Directors would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the following local businesses and individuals for their commitment to local agriculture and this event. With their help we were fortunate to host Joel Salatin, author and advocate of organic agriculture, for an amazing day around our community.

Thank you!

2015 Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner Sponsors

Kitsap Bank
Port Townsend Food Co-op
Kitsap Poultry Growers
Great Peninsula Conservancy
Cenex – Poulsbo
Kitsap Credit Union
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2015 Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner Donors

Abundantly Green
Bainbridge Vineyards
Barb’s Sweets & Treats
Blackjack Valley Farm
Bon Bon Bakery c/o Marie Vila
Broken Ground Farm
Brothers Greenhouses
Central Market
City Of Bremerton
CJ’s Evergreen General Store & Catering
Creek House Family Farms
Davis Farm
Del Tucker / Rocky Ranch
Doug’s Harlow Gardens
Eleven Winery
Farm Kitchen c/o Sparrow Breads – Katherine Albro
Fat Apple Bakery
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Gregory Farms c/o: Paul Gregory
Hansville Creamery
Harbour Public House
Heyday Farm
Hitchcock Restaurant
Holly James
Inky Quills Soaps
Jack Munro
Karesha Sahali
Kiana Lodge
Kitsap E-Z Earth
Kitsap Poultry Growers Cooperative
Legacy Farm c/o Peggy & Scott Hall
London Maid Crumpets
Mayor Patty Lent
Mel Carlson / Mel’s Wood Boxes
Michelle Schmittler
Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café
Mossback Café
Olympic College
Olympic College c/o: Chris Plemmons – Culinary Arts Program
Peninsula Paint Company
Persephone Farm
Pheasant Fields Farm
RNR Originals
Roadhouse Nursery
Robbi Perez
Rose Orchards
Short Family Farm
Silverdale Beach Hotel
Slippery Pig Brewery
Start Now Gardens
Sweet And Smokey Diner
Sweets & Savories
The Gift Garden
The Smithshyre Farm
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Town & Country Market
Viking Feast Ice Cream

Are You Passionate About Local Agriculture?

KCAA is recruiting new board members
Are you passionate about local agriculture, healthy food systems and connecting your community with the resources available to them? If so, we need you as part of the KCAA team!

The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA), a 501(c)(3), provides Kitsap County & West Sound residents with small Ag events, education opportunities, and resources required for small producers to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. Through these efforts we contribute to a sustainable small agricultural industry, the local economy, and preserve our region’s farming heritage for future generations.

We are looking for individuals who are willing and able to donate time and energy towards furthering agriculture here on the Kitsap Peninsula. In addition to attending required board meetings (occurring on the 4th Tuesday of each month), board members are asked to participate in at least one committee (education, events, policy, or communications), and take part in any major KCAA fundraiser/educational events throughout the year.

For more information please download our KCAA Board Member Position Description. Then fill out our Board Member Application and submit by February 24th, 2016. Elections will be held prior to the KCAA Annual Meeting in March.

For more information and an application please contact the KCAA Elections Committee at 360-355-9413 or kcaa4u@yahoo.com

Sincerely,
KCAA Elections Committee
P.O. Box 6004
Bremerton, Washington 98312
Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance

Kitsap Fresh is hiring a part time Project Manager, deadline 16 October 2015

Kitsap Fresh is hiring a part time Project Manager!

With our recent USDA Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grant award, Kitsap Fresh is now able to hire a part-time Project Manager. The job description & requirements are available at the link below.

The purpose of this position is to manage many of the activities associated with the Kitsap Fresh online marketplace and will work with the Board of Directors to expand and manage operations in multiple locations throughout the county.

Pierce Conservation District offering a Farm Finances Workshop, Oct 21st, 6-8pm

Farm Finances Workshop, October 21st, 6-8pm

See for the full class information.

 Many farmers struggle to make ends meet. Pierce Conservation District is offering a rare opportunity to learn from a successful farming model. Farmer Nathan Moomaw is generously willing to share his farm business model, including his farming costs and intakes with us in addition to offering practical, real-life strategies and tips relating to budgeting, business planning, market identification, marketing and much more.

Space limited – register now to reserve your spot! (FREE)

When: Wednesday, October 21st, 6-8pm

Where Central Gig Harbor, WA  / Register for address

Register: Contact Sofia Gidlund at sofiag@piercecountycd.org or (253) 845-9770 (ext. 105) or register online via http://tinyurl.com/pcdfarmfinance

Respond to the contact information on the flyer or above for attendance.

Joel

KCAA to host Joel Salatin’s visit to Kitsap on September 27th, several events including the Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

A day with Joel Salatin and the 7th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner, Sunday September 27th 2015.

The mission of KCAA is to provide education, resources, and advocacy for local agriculture on the Kitsap Peninsula. In keeping with these goals, we are proud to bring Joel Salatin – farmer, public speaker, writer, and advocate for local, sustainable and sensible agriculture to participate in an exciting series of events.

Throughout the day, Joel will meet with local young farmers, speak at an intimate brunch at beautiful Kiana Lodge, participate in a panel on how to create a thriving local ecology and local economy at Olympic College, and keynote KCAA’s Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner at Olympic College in Bremerton.

  • Kiana Lodge Brunch, 10:30am-1:00pm – $50 per person – Directions to Kiana Lodge
  • Speaker Panel Discussion with Laura Ryser-WSU Extension Kitsap, Zach Wailand-Dharma Ridge Farms, and Jackie Cross-Tom Douglas Restaurants – (Please Note:  The venue has been changed to the Rotunda in the Engineering Building at Olympic College), 2:30-4:30pm – $15 per person – Directions to Olympic College
  • Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD), Olympic College Bremer Student Center, Doors open at 4:00pm, Dinner from 5:00-7:00pm – Directions to Olympic College

Prices for Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD):
$45 per person, $5 off for KCAA members
$80 per couple, $10 off for KCAA members
$300 for a table of 8 (Includes 1 free membership/renewal to KCAA)
$20 per student/farm intern (must show proof of status)
Children 7 and under are free!

Become a member or renew your yearly membership and receive $10 off dinner for a couple, or $5 off of dinner for an individual, when you combine Dinner tickets and membership. Just click on “Enter a Password or Discount Code:” and type SignMeUp in the box and click “Show Available Tickets” to see the bundle prices.
Individual membership with 1 KGHD ticket – $60
Family Membership with 2 KGHD tickets – $105

Special bundle price for Bremerton High School Speaking Event and Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner – $55

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The 7th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner brings a bounty of locally-grown food in a showcased community dining experience prepared by top-line, local chefs.

Led by Chef Chris Plemmons (Olympic College Culinary Program, Two Snooty Chefs) the presentation that awaits our locally farmed produce and livestock is certain to be a culinary delight.

Also not to be missed this year is the Silent Auction which will feature an array of local products and services.

We look forward to celebrating and supporting our local farmers and culinary masters with you!

Annual Meeting Potluck – Meet the Farmer and Ag Code Update, April 21st 6pm

You are invited to join The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance for our 2015 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm.

Just added to the agenda is a presentation of the 2015 Agriculture Code Update from Darren Gurney of Kitsap County. The presentation will include an explanation of the issues associated with preliminary draft agriculture code language development, where are they in the process of the update, and how you can provide feedback for the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners.

This is also an opportunity to “Meet the Farmer”. Local farmers will be on hand to share information about their CSAs and how to find their products at the local farmers markets/farm stores.

The KCAA will be sharing our accomplishments from 2014, kicking off the new Kitsap Grown campaign and discussing future projects KCAA will be taking on in 2015.

This is a potluck meeting (potluck dish not required to attend), and is open to KCAA members and the general community; anyone who may be interested in learning more about KCAA!

When: Tuesday, April 21st 2015

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Where: Kitsap Regional Library Poulsbo Branch – Community Meeting Room (Click for directions: 700 Lincoln Road NE, Poulsbo, WA)

What to Bring: Yourself and a potluck dish (not required to attend).

For more information/questions please email kcaa4u@yahoo.com

We hope to see you there!

Annual Meeting & Meet the Farmer, Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm at Poulsbo Library

You are invited to join The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance for our 2015 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm. We will be sharing our accomplishments from 2014, kicking off the new Kitsap Grown campaign and discussing future projects KCAA will be taking on in 2015.  Come and meet your local farmers, farmers market managers and sign up for your favorite CSA,
This is a potluck meeting (potluck dish not required to attend), and is open to KCAA members and the general community; anyone who may be interested in learning more about KCAA!
When: Tuesday, April 21st 2015
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Where: Kitsap Regional Library Poulsbo Branch – Community Meeting Room (Click for directions: 700 Lincoln Road NE, Poulsbo, WA)
What to Bring: Yourself and a potluck dish (not required to attend).
For more information/questions please email kcaa4u@yahoo.com
We hope to see you there!

West Sound Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting coming to Island Lake, Friday March 20th

Register NOW for the West Sound Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on March 20th, 2015. Presented by Cascade Harvest CoalitionWSDA GAPsWSU Extension for Jefferson & Kitsap Counties, and Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance. We need both Specialty Crop Producers and local Buyers to attend to make this meeting a success. The focus of this trade meeting will be on Innovations and Expanding your Marketing Mix with a special presentation on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). There will be opportunities to network, market, and connect with local businesses. Register Here: http://wsoundf2t.bpt.me/.

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For the first time, Kitsap’s farms and local food-oriented businesses can sign up to be on a visual representation of our local food scene. This year, KCAA will be creating a collaborative map of our local food businesses, placing it prominently in the Cascade Harvest Coalition’s Farm Guide for statewide distribution. In creating a collaborative map, we will be joining fellow counties, Jefferson, Clallam, and San Juan in creating five pages of engaging imagery in the first section of the guide. For a reference of what a Kitsap map will look like, check out this hi-res version of Jefferson’s and Clallam’s shared pages in last year’s guide: http://mattsircely.com/2014-north-olympic-peninsula-local-food-map/ 

We are excited to invite farms and local food businesses to participate in this cooperative ad, knowing that it is distributed throughout the Puget Sound to over 100,000 readers.

  Participating in the ad – the map is divided into a few dozen shares, where one share equals a simple listing and a spot on the map (as seen in the link example above). Some may opt for 2, 3, or 4 shares to create a display ad for greater presence. All space is provisioned fairly and proportionally, and a share price of $65 represents approx 70% off the best comparable listing in the guide. And because some of the businesses that most need advertising are those that who can usually least afford it, assistance is available to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate.

 Please download the pricing sheet which includes several examples of how much information and artwork can be attained at each level of participation.

 Benefits – we are extremely excited to be working with Matt Sircely, the designer and organizer of the Jefferson and Clallam ads. If you’d like to reserve a display ad, Matt will work with you to design it for no additional fee. If you already have artwork available, he will either place it directly, or design a customized ad and bounce it back to you for feedback and confirmation.

 Beyond the affordability of the collaborative ad, farmers will also receive a free listing on the Puget Sound Fresh website and mobile app. If you already have a website, the link will increase your traffic and search ranking. If you don’t have a website, the web page can be a free new source of marketing for your future customers to discover. The incredible staff at Cascade Harvest Coalition connects directly with farmers to help get the page up and running. The mobile app allows tourists or restaurants being able to assess your farm location and product availability in just a moment. And remember, the Cascade Harvest Coalition staff is always on hand to offer marketing support to farms year-round.

 While the CHC has been creating the Farm Guide for years, they are always sweetening the deal for farmers who participate in the collaborative ad projects. This year, for the first time partnership with the Eat Well Guide, a nationwide platform which will link to everyone who chooses to have a free web listing. There is also ongoing discussion with Pierce County, which intends to create a search function for CSAs and U-Picks.

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Please respond with your level of interest or if you have any questions or concerns that we can talk through. If you know if any low-income farmers who deserve to be on the map, but may not be able to afford it, please pass along that special discounts are available, and every deserving producer should be on the map, regardless of ability to pay. Those who can afford it least should go on the map first.

 Time is of the essence to bring this project to the guide. It’s thrilling to know that with your investment of $65, you are also investing support of your neighbors, and in bringing the message to the rest of the state that agriculture is alive and thriving in Kitsap. If you’d like to take out a display ad for $130 (2 shares) or $260 (four shares), we’ll put you in touch with our designer right away so he can customize your content free of charge. Our goal is to pull this 100% together within the next couple weeks.

 Once we’ve placed our map in the guide, hundreds of thousands of potential customers will see it around the state. Furthermore, once it’s done, we own it. We can customize the artwork for any purpose all year long – posters, web imagery, it’s exciting to think what can happen when we all stick together.

 Please reserve your space on the map as soon as you can, or call us to ask any question you might have. Simply reply to this email.

 Thanks – we’ll be in touch! 

Sincerely,
 
KCAA

 

P.O. Box 6004
Bremerton, Washington 98312
Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance