09/15/2008: "Farmers Market Fundraising Success!"
Nearly $30,000 dollars was raised by the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild) had a lively and successful Benefit Dinner & Auction on August 24th.
The dinner was to raise funds for a Permanent Farmers’ Market. Pouring rain sent their ‘garden party’ running to a warm, dry, inviting Mullis Center.
The Ag Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the primary purpose to foster sustainable agriculture in San Juan County. Building a Permanent Farmers’ Market on San Juan Island is the Ag Guild’s first project.
"Thanks go to all who contributed: farmers and food producers, chefs, waiters and gofers, attendees, speakers, musicians, auction item donors and buyers, and of course our worthy auctioneers. Together we raised ‘seed money’ to make our dream of a Permanent Farmers Market a reality, and had a great night at the same time!"
A Permanent Farmers’ Market will provide
* A year-round location for our Farmers’ Market to thrive
* The freshest, most flavorful, and most nutritious local farm-raised and prepared foods all year
* Mid-week and winter Farmers’ Markets that can include farmers from all our islands
* A fun and festive community gathering space
* Increased opportunities to buy local and reduce our carbon footprint
The Ag Guild is currently conducting a feasibility study with support from the San Juan County Economic Development Council’s $30,000 Rural Opportunity Fund Grant from the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development; and technical assistance from the Northwest Agriculture Business Center.
For more information visit the Ag Guild’s website at http://www.sjiagguild.com/ or contact Project Director Lovel Pratt at 378-7172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.