11th Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference
March 3-5, 2015, at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center
Welcome to the 2015 Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference archive!
Every year this conference grows, and 2015 was no exception! More than 220 people — representing two countries, seven states and territories, and 27 Alaska communities — attended the event and participated in more than 40 sessions. Topics ranged from sustainable practices to marketing and from hydroponic vegetable growing to livestock production.
Phil Metzger from Holistic Management International taught a full-day preconference workshop on farm planning and improved decision making to 45 people who left impressed with the planning methods presented. Gina Greenway provided information during the conference about ways to increase profits for Alaska's agricultural commodities.
Nineteen exhibitors were available with information and products suited toward Alaska growers.
The event would not have been possible without support from Alaska’s agriculture industry. Ten organizations and business provided sponsorships to keep costs low for attendees and to enable us to serve Alaskan Grown foods during the event.
The 2016 conference will be held in Anchorage to reach producers in Southcentral Alaska. We hope you can join us!
Meet Our Keynote Speakers
Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International
Phil Metzger is a farm and natural resources development consultant, having retired from a 31-year career as a conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has extensive experience working with an array of farms, businesses and organizations of all types and sizes. Phil instructs and consults on farm, personal and organizational goal setting, improved decision making, financial, land/infrastructure and grazing planning, biological monitoring and land health. He has been a certified educator in holistic management for more than 12 years. Currently, Phil is an instructor for Holistic Management International’s Western SARE Whole Farm Planning Distance Learning program, Northeast Beginning Women Farmer program, Cornell University Beginning Farmer Holistic Financial Planning online course and he consults with private clients.
Gina Greenway, College of Idaho
Gina Greenway is an assistant professor of business and accounting at the College of Idaho. Gina received her bachelor of science, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Idaho where she also taught agricultural economics courses and worked as a research associate. Her focus is on applied research and extension in the areas of potato industry economics and marketing, price forecasting and farm management.