Island Grown Agricultural NetworkFood & Farms in San Juan County

Board Members can be reached at board@sjiagguild.com

Tim Barrette

Jane Burton-Bell (Member at Large).  Jane has been a passionate San Juan Farmers Market advocate since she moved to the island from Australia in the early ’80′s …. first as a consumer, then Market Manager for 7 years, and for the last  years helping out at Blue Moon’s stand at the market.  Working towards a permanent home for the market has been her focus since 2004.  She believes local food tastes better! 

Candace Jagel (Member at Large).  Candace is the Washington State University Extension Agricultural Program Coordinator for San Juan County.  She is also co-manager of the San Juan Island Farmers Market and current chair of the San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee.  Candace and her husband, Erik, have five sons and keep a small farm on San Juan Island, where they raise goats, chickens, and rabbits.  Candace formerly taught English and was an editor for the World Health Organization and for an international NGO working in community health development.  She also published a newspaper and co-founded a non-profit to preserve and manage publicly owned farmland on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Katie Loring (Brickworks) Katie moved from Seattle to San Juan Island with her husband, Kyle, and their dogs in 2008.  Katie is an attorney practicing law at the Law Offices of Christon Skinner, with offices in both Friday Harbor and Oak Harbor.  Katie is committed to investing in and strengthening the unique island economy through fostering a strong agricultural component and promoting an appreciation of healthy food.  She has been active in the Friday Harbor Chapter of Soroptimist International for several years, currently serving as its president.  Katie served as president of the San Juan County Bar Association from 2010-2012, and has been active in Leadership San Juan, serving on its board and committees.

Mike Pickett (Long Range Planning). 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.

Mariluz Villa (Education).  Mariluz is the daughter of a migrant farm-worker turned college professor, and an artist turned Santera (maker of icons in New Mexico).  She is an educator (Stanford and UW Schools of Medicine faculty; Bastyr University guest lecturer; etc) as well as medical practitioner (internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care).   Her research experience has focused on human psychology, metabolic bone disease, pharmaceutical drug development, and medical practice traditions handed down through the centuries (Mayan, Mexican and Irish).  She is dedicated to better lives through better living – what we eat and how we treat our bodies – a dedication that stems from all of the above.

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.

Amanda Zee

ADVISORY MEMBERS

Pete Kilpatrick.  Pete has lived on San Juan Island for over 35 years.  He is the owner of Ravenhill Construction, one of the leading residential construction companies in the Pacific Northwest.  He served 20 years as a volunteer firefighter and officer with San Juan County District 3.  He has been active as a board member and building coordinator for the San Juan Community Home Trust, building affordable homes on San Juan Island.  He was recognized with a 2010 Pacesetter award from Custom Home Magazine for innovative green building techniques and received a 2012 Good Steward Award from the Stewardship Network of the San Juans for being a voice for environmental protection.  When not working, Pete spends time in the mountains, hiking and climbing.

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.