Growing Our Future: 2019 Food Summit

Food Summit header

Clark College is seeking to inform decisions around a potential Ecology and Agronomy program and how its STEM and its Professional and Technical Education programs can provide the training needed for a vibrant local food ecosystem. With support from the Food System Council, the summit has been designed to include a variety of learning opportunities, from the science of food to production and nutrition.

Friday, February 22, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Clark College Columbia Tech Center | 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA


Register for the Summit

Event Schedule

8:00 a.m.


Dr. Sachi Horback, Vice President of Instruction, Clark College

8:10 a.m.

2nd Bi-Annual Food Summit Introduction

Guest MC Russell Br­ent, Owner, Mill Creek Pub, Battle Ground

8:15 a.m.


Jeff Swanson, Consultant, “Asteroids, Strangelets, and Other Disruptors: Local Food from a Systems Perspective”. 

How systems thinking and complexity theory can inform our view of local food systems, motivating thoughtful and productive system intervention.

9:00 a.m.


9:15 a.m.

"Food Talks": Challenging Thinking For Challenging Times

  • Strategic Actions for Building a Robust Food System - Chris Eberle, WSDA
  • Farming in the Future - Dr. Erin Anders, Walla Walla Community College
  • Moving the Right Policy Levers at the Right Time - Gordy Euler, Retired, Community Planning, Clark County

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Climate Science
    Actionable steps that will make a difference for future farming and agriculture. Will technology save us?
  • Dr. Erin Anders, PhD. Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Walla Walla Community College   
  • Advocacy Training
    Advocacy is for YOU! Learn what advocacy looks like and strategies for getting traction. Finding your passion, voice and allies.
  • Sue Marshall, Friends of Clark County
    Linda Garcia, Washington Environmental Council
  • Second Mile Infrastructure
    Learn about that second mile in our region: what it is and where it is in Clark County
  • Chris Iberle, Washington State Dept of Agriculture
  • Food Insecurity in Clark County

  • Emily Kaleel, Clark County Food Bank

    Kim Harless, Slow Food SW Washington

11:30 a.m. 

The Locavore Lunch & Product Showcase

Provided by Clark College Cuisine and Professional Baking programs, the delicious winter soup, fresh salad and freshly baked breads will have you feeling ready to tackle some great networking. Visit 15 local farm and food producers, and advocacy organizations.

1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • There’s A Place For Us
    Local food is critical to sense of place and identity. Learn about this aspect of economic development in our region.
    • Moderator: Jeff Swanson
  • Panel: 
  • Brittany Bagent, Columbia River
  • Jonathon Eder, Port of Vancouver 
  • Erin Erdman, City of Battle Ground
  • Regenerative AG & the Basics of Dirt
    Clark faculty showcase the work they are doing with students, incorporating hands on science, agriculture and environment.
  • Kathleen Perillo, Faculty, Clark College STEM
  • Erin Harwood, Faculty, Clark College STEM
  • Fermented Foods & Probiotics
    Fermented foods are ideal for small businesses as well as the home table. Tips, techniques, samples and recipes.
  • Tracy Reilly Kelly, Program Manager, Clark College Continuing Education
  • Growing Grapes in Clark County
    Learn the techniques of grape production and vineyard development, whether they be wine, table or juice grapes.
  • Roger Rezabek, Co-Owner Rezabek Vineyards and Daybreak Cellars Wines

2:00 p.m.





3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Main Session: Incubation, Innovation and the Business of Food

Panel: Bill Rutledge, SCORE; Dr. Qingyue Ling, Food Innovation Center/OSU; Karla Van Schoiack, Owner of That’s Good Garlic!; Brigette Barshaw, Clark County Public Health. Moderator: Cathy Sherick, Clark College

The business of food is tough, there are regulations, structures and systems to work in and around. Let’s learn about the opportunities and challenges to food business innovation in Clark County.

Networking and Asset Mapping


Special thanks to our partners: 

Food System Council logo        Slow Food logo411 Media GroupFriends of Clark CountySalmon Creek Farmers Market

This event was developed under a grant from the Department of Education (Carl D. Perkins Act). However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education. (EDGAR 75.620)