11th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference

March 3–5, 2105

Join us in March at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center for 3 days of workshops and seminars related to increasing the sustainability of your agricultural pursuits in Alaska.


Welcome to the SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE website!

This conference is held every year in Fairbanks, Alaska, and brings together farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents and members of the agriculture support industry to learn from one another and to find ways to improve the agriculture industry in Alaska.

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  • REGISTRATION will be available online or by mail in January

March 3 Preconference Workshops

Phil Metzger of Holistic Management International

Holistic Management and Improved Decision Making, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., with Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International

What are the questions you need answers to when making farming decisions, and who should be involved in the discussion? Learn to manage toward profitability, land health and social well being.

Hydroponics for Vegetable Production, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., with Jeff Werner, Watanuska LLC as well as Arth Brown, Nuiqsut Trapper School, Eric Cook, and Jason Hoke, Copper River Economic Development Corporation

Learn about hydroponic systems for growing fresh produce year round. More details coming soon.


Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International

Phil Metzger is a farm and natural resources development consultant, having retired from a 31-year career as a conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has extensive experience working with an array of farms, businesses and organizations of all types and sizes. Phil instructs and consults on farm, personal and organizational goal setting, improved decision making, financial, land/infrastructure and grazing planning, biological monitoring and land health. He has been a certified educator in holistic management for more than 12 years. Currently, Phil is an instructor for Holistic Management International’s Western SARE Whole Farm Planning Distance Learning program, Northeast Beginning Women Farmer program, Cornell University Beginning Farmer Holistic Financial Planning online course and he consults with private clients.

Gina Greenway, University of Idaho

Gina Greenway is an Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting at the College of Idaho. Greenway received her B.S. M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Idaho where she also taught agricultural economics courses and worked as a research associate. Her focus is on applied research and extension in the areas of potato industry economics and marketing, price forecasting and farm management.


Thank you to our past sponsors!

Please consider a sponsorship in 2015 to help keep costs low for attendees. Contact Darcy at 474-2422 for more information


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