Join Thurston Conservation District for a locally-based conference for farmers and ranchers, growers and gardeners, and those passionate about local food. This two-day event will celebrate our local food economy while also diving into some of the place-specific impacts of climate change. 

Friday Details

Join us for our Friday night celebration of local food at the Eagles Ballroom in Olympia. This evening event is a fundraiser for the Southwest Washington Food Hub and will feature local food prepared by local chefs. Engage in a fireside chat between our communities’ farmers and chefs to learn about local food infrastructure and access, and enjoy live music from Briarfinch. Please note, this venue is only accessible by stairs. 

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Saturday Details

Join us for our Saturday conference to learn about emerging climate change science, how this is impacting our farming community, and tools and practices to support adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Our Saturday event features an exciting keynote address by Dr. David Montgomery!

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Saturday Schedule 

Check In
8:30 -9:30 am
Opening Session 9:45-10:30 amMorning Session 10:45 am – 12 pmLunch
12 – 1pm
Resource Fair  1 – 2 pmAfternoon Session 2:15 – 3:30 pm Closing
3: 45 – 4:30
Registration, meet participants, and enjoy complimentary coffee and treats.Welcome, orientation, and opening speaker Chantay Anderson from the Nisqually Community GardenBreakout Session 1: Flooding Trends and Impacts    Catered lunch option available or you can BYO or leave campus for lunchOver 15 local organizations, entities, agencies and service providers will be tabling to answer your questions and share opportunities for local farmers and ranchers.Breakout Session 3: Climate Adaptive Growing Practices for Pasture and Row CropsClosing keynote address from Dr. David Montgomery   
Breakout Session 2: Heat Stress on Livestock and Humans    Breakout Session 4: Climate Impacts on Diseases and Pests

Participants will choose between Breakout Sessions in the morning and afternoon. All attendees will receive recordings of all four sessions. 

When purchasing a ticket you’ll see an option to add a donation for our Saturday scholarship fund. Please consider adding to our fund to make a limited number of need-based tickets available to our community members. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist for need-based tickets, please fill out this form. When our funding goal has been reached we’ll share a promo code for free or reduced price ticket with those who’ve shared their info. If you’re interested in volunteering, there are Saturday volunteer tickets available at a reduced cost.

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