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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

KCAA is recruiting new board members

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, 2015. 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

“Farmers, Co-ops, Consumers – STRONGER TOGETHER”

Join us for a FREE KCAA Community Appreciation Event  

Farmers – Co-ops – Consumers Working Together for a Stronger Local Food System

Date: Sunday, June 29th 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Location: Bremerton Boys & Girls Club Teen Center  3102 Wheaton Way, Bremerton 98310

BremertonTeenCenter

Presentations & Panel discussion:

  • The ways local food producers, co-ops, and consumers are brought together.
  • How our local food system and economy is strengthened by those connections.
  • Developing the producer and purchaser relationship.
  • The future food landscape in the county and Peninsula.

Facilitator: Mary McClure

Presenters & Panelist Include:

  • Patty Lent, Bremerton Mayor
  • Charlotte Garrido, Kitsap County Commissioner
  • Derek Christensen – Port Townsend Food Co-op Produce Manager
  • Jeff Allen – Kitsap Community Food Co-op President
  • Stuart Boyle – Kitsap Poultry Growers Co-op President
  • Plus other panelists

 Light refreshments and snacks will be served

 please secure your FREE TICKET at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/726683

“Farmers, Co-ops, Consumers – STRONGER TOGETHER”

 

2014 Farmers Market Guide

Here is your guide to Kitsap County Farmers Markets!

The Farmers have got you covered Tuesdays-Sundays!
These are sources of locally grown food, the finest nutrition available to you.  Support your local economy, support your local farmer, buy Kitsap Grown!  Meet your farmer at each one of these local food and craft marketing events that offers something for the whole family. Get to know your farmers and taste their farms. It’s good for you! Keep it local!

Bainbridge Island Saturday Farmer’s MarketFacebook
Saturdays, April 12, 2014 to November 15, 2014 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm located on Town Square and City Hall at 280 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Winter market: November 22 to December 20 at the Eagle Harbor Church.
Market manager: Tim O’Brien

Bremerton Farmers Market ThursdaysFacebook
May 1, 2014 to October 16, 2014, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Evergreen Park, Park Avenue, Bremerton
Market Manager: Julia Zander

Bremerton Farmers Market SundaysFacebook
May 4, 2014 to October 12, 2014, Bremerton Ferry Terminal area, Bremerton
Market Manager: Julia Zander

Kingston Farmers MarketFacebook
Saturdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Central Ave. and Washington Blvd, Kingston
Market manager, Clinton Dudley

Port Orchard Farmers MarketFacebook
Saturdays, April 5, 2014 to October 11, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm located on Harrison Ave, between Amy’s on the Bay Restaurant and Marina Park,Behind Peninsula Feed Store at 901 Bay Street, Port Orchard.
Market manager, Dianna Lanskey

Poulsbo Farmers MarketFacebook
Saturdays, April 5, 2014 to December 20, 2014 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm located at the Poulsbo Village Medical Center on 7th & Iverson, Poulsbo.
Market manager: Brian Simmons

Silverdale Farmers Market
April 22, 2014 to September 30, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Location Old Town
Silverdale Port Property between the Waterfront Park and the Boat Launch
Market manager: Monica Phillips

Suquamish Farmers Market
On Wednesdays, April 16, 2014 until October 15, 2014 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Across from the Suquamish Village Shell gas station on Suquamish Way.
Market manager: Kathy Albro

Find links to other local farmers markets at our Farmers Market page under Local Food

Tickets are still available for the West Sound Agritourism Workshop!

Tickets are still available for KCAA’s West Sound Agritourism Workshop on February 22nd. This is open to anyone and everyone wanting to learn more about agritourism here on the peninsula. Local lunch provided by Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Cafe, with session speakers including Curtis Beus (Director of Okanogan County WSU Extension), Patty Graf-Hoke with VisitKitsap, and Julia Zander. Help us make this workshop a success and share the information with your friends and family!

When: February 22nd, 2014 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Lunch provided)

Where: Bremerton Boys & Girls Club (3102 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, WA 98310)

Tickets:
$25 General Admission
$20 KCAA Members – Special code sent to members via email
$10 for Students & Interns – must enter Intern/Student at check out for special pricing. Please bring student ID/Verification to workshop.

How to Purchase: Tickets are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets (http://bpt.me/559822)

Workshop Sessions include:

Agritourism “Cultivating Tourists on the Farm” – an overview introduction with Curtis Beus, Director of Okanogan County WSU Extension. Learn about agritourism risks & management, liability, zoning, food safety, fire codes, marketing agritourism operations and agritourism regions.
Agritourism Assest Mapping with Patty Graf-Hoke of VisitKitsap
Agritourism Issues: Agritourism in the West Sound, facilitated by Curtis Beus & Julia Zander. This will be an open discussion with audience, West Sound agritourism operators, suppliers, insurance agents & local officials responding to topics covered earlier in the day.

Join KCAA on February 22nd for The West Sound Agritourism Workshop

The Kitsap Community & Agriculture Alliance (KCAA) invites you to participate in a special West Sound Agritourism Workshop, an event to initiate the Kitsap Peninsula as a destination to West Sound small farm, nature and other outdoor activities. KCAA believes small farms & gardens, nature & environmental groups, lodging facilities (including Bed & Breakfasts), and other value added producers would benefit greatly from sponsorship and participation in this event

When: February 22nd, 2014 from 8:30am – 4:00pm (Lunch provided)

Where: Bremerton Boys & Girls Club (3102 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, WA 98310)

Tickets:
$25 General Admission
$20 KCAA Members – Special code sent to members via email
$10 for Students & Interns – must enter Intern/Student at check out for special pricing. Please bring student ID/Verification to workshop.

Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets

Workshop Sessions include:

- Agritourism “Cultivating Tourists on the Farm” – an overview introduction with Curtis Beus, Director of Okanogan County WSU Extension. Learn about agritourism risks & management, liability, zoning, food safety, fire codes, marketing agritourism operations and agritourism regions.
- Agritourism Asset Mapping
- Agritourism Issues: Agritourism in the West Sound, facilitated by Curtis Beus & Julia Zander. This will be an open discussion with audience, West Sound agritourism operators, suppliers, insurance agents & local officials responding to topics covered earlier in the day.

August 13th, Roundtable Discussion on Agricultural Code & Signage & Potluck

Roundtable Discussion on Agricultural Code & Signage
 
Join us on Tuesday, August 13th for our monthly meeting, community potluck,
and educational session:
Roundtable Discussion on Agricultural Code & Signage 
 
Come to learn more & ask questions about what’s happening with the Agricultural Code in Kitsap County. Featuring members of KCAA’s Policy Committee, staff from Kitsap County’s Department of Community Development, and other involved farmers & citizens. Continue reading