11th Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference

March 3–5, 2015

Join us in March at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center for three days of workshops and seminars related to increasing the sustainability of your agricultural pursuits in Alaska.

This conference is held every year in Fairbanks, Alaska, and brings together farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents and members of the agriculture support industry to learn from one another and to find ways to improve the agriculture industry in Alaska.

We hope you will join us this year!

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March 3 Preconference Workshops

Holistic Management and Improved Decision Making, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., with Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International - SESSION FULL

What are the questions you need answers to when making farming decisions, and who should be involved in the discussion? Your farm's future is uncertain if your on-farm decisions are not: (1) profitable, (2) good for the land, and (3) creating good will among people on or affected by your farm. Learn to manage toward profitability, land health and social well-being in this workshop. Over the course of the day you will work on your farm's holistic goal, create a resource list, and develop a process to monitor the path of your farm. See syllabus here.

Hydroponics for Vegetable Production, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., with Jeff Werner, Watanuska LLC, as well as Arth Brown, Nuiqsut Trapper School, Eric Cook, and Jason Hoke, Copper River Economic Development Corporation

Interested in commerical hydroponic vegetable production? Learn about structure, systems, and plants with the basics of how these elements integrate in greenhouse vegetable production. Several types of soilless culture will be covered for vine crops and leaf crops. Although all of the information needed to start your own commerical hydroponic operation will not fit into a few short hours, the workshop should help you get started in the right direction. Jeff Werner will be teaching with other hydroponic growers from as far north as Nuiqsut and as far south as Copper Center.

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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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