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2017 KCAA Farmer of the Year – Scott Hall

2017 KCAA Farmer of the Year – Scott Hall

At this year’s Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner, we were extremely pleased to name Scott Hall as our Farmer of the Year. Scott, as usual, was extremely modest in accepting the award, but we thought it would be appropriate to sing a few of his praises even so. I can think of no better way then to let two of our local agricultural stalwarts (and KCAA board members emeritus), Nikki Johansen and Jerry Darnall, describe him.

Nikki Johansen – Pheasant Fields Farms:

“Scott Hall has contributed a huge amount of time and effort in promoting agriculture in Kitsap County and in my estimation that began when he befriended Gerald Petersen.  His dedication and time commitment to preserving the Petersen Farm was monumental.”

“Through the years Scott has become a powerful advocate by spending time educating himself on issues and the laws, and the rules and regulations regarding the details of legislation in order to protect his fellow farmer.  He was extremely active and influential in developing the county Ag code and more recently in the final formation of our critical area ordinance which is all a part of the Growth Management Act which is a huge piece of legislation.  He is an advocate, like Jerry Darnall, in the formation of an Ag council in this county and I have no doubt that with these two men pushing for it, we will obtain an Ag council. “

Jerry Darnall – JJJ Farm:

“Scott was crucial, integral member of the Ag Stakeholder group that gave us the Ag Code. “Farming” entails a tremendous varied industry, it takes (took) a huge amount of “Ok, have we covered all the bases with this provision?”… Scott’s viewpoint/opinion was very important in that process. He has also been the watchdog of the Critical Area Ordinance…and I think he was instrumental in revising som

2018 KCAA Farmer of the Year – Scott Hall

e of the final language.”

Nikki again – “On a personal level, I can share that if I need help on a project, I call on Scott Hall.  Whether it be a mechanical problem, help in seeding a field, or to advice on the final wording needed in developing an important legal contract which has nothing to do with farming, I call on Scott because he is an extremely wise man and a very good friend.  I know of his dedication to the KCAA organization and his loyalty to helping all farmers and I very much admire him for that trait.  I share his efforts to be supportive of our farming community and I greatly enjoy conversing with him on the subject. That’s what I know about Scott Hall and I see his wife right along his side, doing the very same thing!”

At the KCAA, we depend on Scott for his ability to untangle the sticky web of bureaucratic language the county snares us in, and to provide a common sense filter to any of our ideas. You can all see why this was an easy and unanimous choice!

Bob Geballe
President
KCAA Board

KCAA’s Farmer of the Year 2017 – Nominations

KCAA’s Farmer of the Year 2017 – Nominations

It’s that time of year again! Farm Business/Farmer of the Year nominations are going on now through August 31st.

Nominate by emailing us at info@kitsapag.org. Be sure to tell us why you are nominating the farmer/farm business (include criteria below). We will compile the nominations and send/post a link to a survey to vote in early September.

The 2017 Farmer/Farm Business of the Year will be announced at the 9th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD) on Sunday, September 24th at Olympic College, Bremer Student Center. Tickets for the KGHD are available on Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3056272

Criteria to consider when nominating:

1. Contributions that the farm business has made in the community as a whole.
2. The growth of farm business over the past year.
3. Contributions to the furtherance and advocacy of farming and agriculture in Kitsap County.
4. Past history of farm activities.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you at the 9th Annual KGHD to celebrate the winner!

July 25th – Board Meeting & Update

July 25th – Board Meeting & Update

After the preliminaries, we spent some time discussing the Central Kitsap Farmers’ Market. We are generally pleased with how it is going, and are looking at ways to increase public awareness and bring in more produce. We discussed the idea of having a ‘community table’ available, which would allow farmers to drop their merchandise at a manned table, and not necessarily have to be at the Market to sell it. This has some advantages and some disadvantages, and JJ Meland – Board member, will be checking out the community table at the Kingston Farmers’ Market to get some information on how that works there.

The Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD) is taking shape. We are excited to bring Dr. Steve Jones of WSU’s “Bread Lab” as our keynote speaker. Dr. Jones has been pioneering research into developing grains for non-traditional grain growing regions, like the Puget Sound region. He is a highly respected and visionary researcher, and a captivating speaker  and we anticipate a fabulous evening with him at the KGHD. We will be releasing more information on his presentation and the other wonderful events of the day. Mark your calendars – Sept 24th at Olympic College. Tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets in early August.

Lastly, Jess is gearing us up for Farm Funk on the 12th of August. Here’s a description from the Farm Funk webpage: “Farm Funk will include vendor booths for local producers, artists, and non-profit organizations that support all things local. We will have hot food, treats, and a beer garden stocked with locally produced beer, wine, and cider. On the main stage, we will feature live music performed by local singers, songwriters, and musicians throughout the festival.”

It runs from 1pm to 10 pm at the Minder Farm. Put on your party duds and get out there! Now I’m going to run…till next time

Bob Geballe
KCAA Board President

Food Hubs – Connecting Farmers & Consumers

Food Hubs – Connecting Farmers & Consumers

We want to help grow the pie! Please join KCAA and friends for a special interactive panel discussion centered on the exciting and brave new world of the local food hub model! The success of local farms depends upon creating and reaching new markets, both retail and institutional. Our panel of experts will discuss issues of particular importance to local farmers, producers, and other parties interested in growing and being a part of a thriving local-food model.

Guest Panel Includes:
Beth Robinette – a fourth-generation rancher in the Spokane area, and co-founded LINC Foods, a Spokane food hub connecting local farmers and producers and institutional consumers.

Roni Smith – Owner/operator of The Smithshyre, helped found Kitsap Fresh, Kitsap County’s online farmers market.

Laura Ryser – Kitsap County Community and Economic Development Specialist in the WSU Community and Economic Development Program Unit.

This discussion is FREE and promises practical information, insights, and inspiration for any farmer or producer in Kitsap County hoping to grow more, sell more, and connect more with consumers eager to access the rich resource of Kitsap-grown food and farm products. Please join us!

When: Sunday, September 25th from 3pm – 5pm
Where: Olympic College (1600 Chester Avenue) – Rotunda

Please reserve your FREE ticket at Brown Paper Tickets Event Site

Nominations For The 2016 Farmer/Farm Business Award Going on NOW!

Nominations For The 2016 Farmer/Farm Business Award Going on NOW!

Farm Business/Farmer of the Year nominations are going on now through September 16th.

Do you know a really great Kitsap Farmer?

The 2016 Farmer/Farm Business of the Year will be announced at the 8th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD) on Sunday, September 25th at Olympic College, Bremer Student Center.

Now is the time to nominate a Farmer that you think has had an outstanding year and deserves some recognition.  Maybe they have provided you with delicious local goodness throughout the year or perhaps been active in promoting agriculture in your area.  Anything YOU think makes a great Farmer.

Please send us your nominations to kcaa4u@yahoo.com by September 16th. Don’t forget to stay tuned to Facebook and here on our website to start voting for your Farmer of the Year between Sept. 17th and 25th.  Then make sure to come on out to Olympic College and celebrate with us during this years dinner. Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Ticket at http://kghd2016.bpt.me

Some additional things to consider when nominating:

1. Contributions that the farm business has made in the community as a whole.
2. The growth of farm business over the past year.
3. Contributions to the furtherance and advocacy of farming and agriculture in Kitsap County.
4. Past history of farm activities.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you at the 8th Annual KGHD to celebrate the winner!

Save The Date! – 8th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

Save The Date! – 8th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

Mark your calendars for this years Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner on September 25th!

The 8th 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 dinner will be held at Olympic College on Sunday, September 25th, 2016.
Tickets go on sale August 1st!

Also not to be missed this year is the Silent Auction which will feature an array of local products and services as well as our special keynote speaker, Beth Robinette with LINC Foods.

We hope you will save the date and join us in celebrating and supporting our local farmers and culinary masters!

Beth Robinette 2Keynote Speaker – Beth Robinette:
Beth Robinette, MBA, a fourth generation Spokanite, has been a food activist in the Spokane area for over 10 years. When she is not connecting farmers to markets at LINC Foods, she can be found building fence, or chasing cows, on her family’s cattle ranch, the Lazy R, where they raisegrass-fed beef. Her academic studies have revolved around
business, marketing and sustainable food systems.

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

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!

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