San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

Friday Harbor, Washington
San Juan Island

August Featured Member of the Month: ​San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild

​2018 is the 10th anniversary of the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild! “Looking back these past years, one thing truly stands out for us: a deep sense of gratitude to a community of supporters who make healthy, locally grown food a priority,” said Ag Guild Executive Director Steph Coffey.  Coffey was hired in 2017 as the first Director of the Ag Guild. With over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits and project management and 17 years working in broadcast and print advertising, she is working with the community to meet the evolving challenges for fostering a vibrant, sustainable and resilient food system in San Juan County. 
Currently, the Ag Guild is concentrating on three main priorities. The first is to increase economic viability of Brickworks to keep the venue affordable for nonprofits and to have a source of revenue to support Ag Guild initiatives. “Brickworks has huge potential to function like a social enterprise, but to meet our goals we will need to upgrade our marketing platform and invest in infrastructure for the plaza,” said Coffey. 
 
The other two priorities are to assist food producers and buyers in building food system connections and capacity by means of a San Juan County food hub, and to create demand for local products through marketing initiatives with the Island Grown brand. With a 2018 San Juan County LTAC grant, the Ag Guild and project partners printed a San Juan County Farm and Food Product Guide and a San Juan County Savor the Flavors Map. Both the map and the guide can be found at Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Island Chambers of Commerce and participating locations. The map is also available on all the ferries.
 
“We are excited to work with the community to define and implement the first phase of a county-wide food hub by the next growing season, and we’re creating an Eat Island Grown campaign to promote eating local and to differentiate island products from those from the mainland,” said Coffey. If you have questions about the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild programs or would like to invest in programs that support economic development and celebrate the history of our islands, please call or email Steph Coffey at 360-378-0095 or director@sjiagguild.com.
​​Or you can make tax-deductible charitable contributions for the Fireworks Fund via the San Juan Island Community Foundation by mailing a check to SJICF, PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 and place a note in the memo line 4th of July Fireworks Fund.

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