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 (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.

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. Chef Madden, formerly the owner of Steps Restuarant is now part of the team at Orcas Food Co-op.


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.