Island Grown Agricultural NetworkFood & Farms in San Juan County

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Tim Barrette (Member at Large).  Tim is co-owner, with his wife, Laurie, of the popular Friday Harbor food establishment The Market Chef.  Tim and Laurie started their business as vendors at the San Juan Island Farmers Market and have been long-time supporters of local farms and food as providing the freshest ingredients for their fine fare.

Candace Jagel (Recorder).  Candace and her husband, Erik, have five sons and keep a small farm on San Juan Island, where they raise dairy goats, chickens, and rabbits.  Candace previously served as Washington State University Extension Agricultural Program Coordinator for San Juan County and also as co-manager of the San Juan Island Farmers Market. Candace is currently a member of the San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee.  Before moving to the islands, Candace co-founded a non-profit to preserve and manage publicly owned farmland on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Mike Pickett (Long Range Planning / Treasurer).  Mike has been a permanent resident of San Juan Island since 2002 and is the owner of Briarwood Farm, a small producer of local farm products, and Crescent Moon Equine Sanctuary, a boarding and care center for retired horses.  Mike has a finance and general management background, receiving his BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California.  He also serves on the Agricultural Resources Committee of San Juan County.

Rob Waldron (Member at Large).  Rob attended Cornell University studying agriculture, then joined the Peace Corps and served in Chile for six years. He moved to San Juan Island in 1972 and has managed various agricultural operations since. Currently Rob is managing Talking Horse Ranch which includes a sheep flock and cattle herd, a produce garden, pasture raised eggs, firewood and compost. Rob is a familiar face at the San Juan Farmers’ Market, selling locally raised, organic, grass fed lamb and beef plus garden produce. Sons Ben and Noah work as EMTs on San Juan Island and help with the 40 acre home ranch which includes sheep and cattle.

Susie Wampler (Chair).  Susie has lived on San Juan Island since the early seventies.  She has a BS degree in Organizational and Mass Communications from Eastern Washington University and holds a degree in Residential Design from the Art Institute of Seattle.  Susie has been growing and selling flowers on San Juan Island for many years.

Madden Surbaugh (Member at Large). Madden grew up in Olympia WA,  attended culinary school in Vermont, and gained experience working as Chef in New York City.

He returned to the Pacific Northwest to work at The Duck Soup Inn, where he learned the art of cooking using produce from local farmers. In 2005 Madden opened Steps Wine Bar & Café, in downtown Friday Harbor. In 2008 Madden was voted one of the Northwest’s Best Chefs and had recipes published in Bon Appetit magazine. In 2009 Madden won the Award of Unique Distinction from Wine Enthusiast Magazine for his beverage program at Steps.

Madden is one of the founding members of the San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee (ARC) and spearheaded the local branding program previously Island Certified Local and now known as Island Grown (IG). While on the board of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, he worked on the “Buy Local” campaign and the Downtown Merchant group.  Madden was a founding member of the San Juan Island Agricultural Guild and rejoined the Ag Guild Board in 2015.  Madden now lives on Orcas Island where he is currently one of the Orcas Co-op management team.

Gretchen Krampf (Member at Large).


David Bauermeister.  David was raised on a dryland wheat farm in Eastern Washington. He attended Washington State University and graduated with a BS in Agronomy, Business Management option and has 25 years agricultural experience working in private sector.  David is Executive Director of the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), which provides Northwest Washington farmers with the skills and the resources required to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. Through these efforts NABC contributes to a sustainable, environmentally and economically sound agricultural industry thereby preserving our region’s farming heritage for future generations.  NABC’s work is made possible by support from government, the agricultural industry, the community, and from consumers who share NABC’s values and vision.