2016 Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Feb. 23-25 at The Lakefront Anchorage (A Millennium Hotel)
Join us in Anchorage in 2016 for workshops and seminars related to increasing the sustainability of your agricultural pursuits in Alaska.
This conference is held every year 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.
Watch this page for updated information including the agenda, preconference workshops, lodging, exhibitor space and more. We hope you will join us in 2016!
Preconference Workshops - Tuesday, February 22
Practical tools and solutions to connect fiber producers with processors, markets, and artists; Carrie Hull, 8:30AM - 5:30PM; $50 (lunch included)
Description: coming soon!
Budgeting for farm decision making: enterprise budgets, break even analysis, & partial budgeting; Gina Greenway, 8:30AM - 12:00PM; $25
Description: coming soon!
On-farm food safety & marketing; Barbara Hanson & Johanna Herron, 1:30-5:00PM; $25
Description: This workshop is designed for small growers, institutional and school gardeners, and farmers’ market vendors. We will cover basic information on common food pathogens, risks to produce safety throughout the growing, harvesting and distribution processes, and simple steps you can take to protect your customers from illness. The state Farms to Institutions Coordinator will also present information on marketing opportunities at schools and state institutions.
Meet Our Keynote Speakers
Carrie Hull, Fiber Producer, Sandpoint, ID
Over the last 10 years, Carrie Hull has worked to develop a special method of sorting and grading fiber known as the Certified Sorted System. Besides offering sorting services to a large clientele, she has taught classes all over the country, training hundreds of people to become certified sorters, and is an ASI-certified wool sorter as well.
Carrie is co-founder of the North American Alpaca Fiber Producers Cooperative (NAAFP), which is now known as the Natural Fiber Producers Cooperative (NFP), and has served as co-administrator for two years and as a product development specialist for five years, working with commercial textile producers and suppliers. Carrie has spent the last year working to bring commercial dehairing back to the United States, and was instrumental in NFP’s recent purchase of a commercial dehairing machine from Italy. She currently serves as the NFP dehairing project manager.
Carrie has authored a number of articles that have appeared in national publications, such as Alpaca Magazine, Alpaca Street and The Shepard, and was a contributing editor for two national newsletters on fiber sorting and natural textiles.
Carrie resides in northern Idaho with her family at Timber Basin Ranch, where they believe that sustainability comes through diversity. The threefold mission of the ranch is to create a fiber producing herd that sustains itself on the sale and use of its fiber and by-products; produce outstanding breed stock with the emphasis on valuable fiber production and conformation; and share this knowledge and assist others in achieving the same.
Besides alpacas, they also raise Saanen milk goats, market hogs, laying hens, broilers, turkeys and a large garden. They apply principles of sustainable agriculture, emphasizing the importance of a symbiotic relationship between all the members on the ranch.
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.