Reports, Presentations and ARC Memos
This Community Food Assessment offers an overview of the current state of the food system in San Juan County. The Food System Team, an ad hoc committee formed in 2020 performed primary and secondary data collection, research, outreach, and interviews, as well as inviting input and editing by a broad swath of food system stakeholders to create this snapshot in time analysis.
Managed by the San Juan Islands Food System Team in collaboration with the San Juan Islands Makers Guild, under USDA funding provided by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center. Report prepared by Monoghan Consulting. Published October 2022
The ARC has been engaged in the Comprehensive Plan Update beginning in 2016 and submitted multiple recommendations addressing the elements that most directly affect agriculture in San Juan County.
- 2016 Comp Plan Comments
- Vision Statement
- Economic Development Element
- New Agriculture Section of Land Use
- Housing Element
- Addressing Climate Change in the Comp Plan
- Agricultural Resource Land Criteria
- Transportation, Capital Facilities & Housing Elements
- Water Element
- Final Comp Plan Recommendations @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Prepared in 2022 by the Western Washington Center for Economic and Business Research this study found that every $1,000 worth of agricultural production in San Juan County generates $1,428 of economic activity.
Prepared for the San Juan County Food System Team in conjunction with the San Juan Makers Guild by Monaghan Consulting in 2022. The study found 90% of respondents indicated that housing challenges had impacted their business, limiting growth, reducing hours, closing businesses and 50% could grow businesses in the next 3 years if workforce housing were not a barrier.
Conducted by the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, Transition Lopez, Agricultural Resources Committee of San Juan County, Orcas Food Cooperative, and San Juan County Washington State University Extension, in partnership with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center – Washington State University. When looking at the responses to survey questions, we recommend focusing on the frequency and valid percent of responses to best understand the data.
The ARC collaborated with the American Farmland Trust to present this talk on agrivoltaics with Chad Higgins from Oregon State University, Dani Madrone from American Farmland Trust and Tessa Ormenyi from Rainshadow Solar & Energy Solutions, Inc.
Presentation for the 2021 SJC Fair in collaboration with the ARC, Ag Guild, Department of Health and the Food System Team
These surveys are done every three years as part of the Voluntary Stewardship Program.
The Land Bank worked hard on creating a document to guide its stewardship of agricultural lands.
This review and analysis of Coffelt Farm was prepared for the San Juan Island's Land Bank
Conducted by the ARC, the Ag Guild, Northwest Agricultural Business Center, Orcas Food Coop and WSU Extension