Highline Ag Summit brings farms to the city

By Perris Njenga - Staff Reporter



You can grow your knowledge of small scale farming at the Urban Agricultural Food Summit this week at Highline.

Bobby Butler, the Urban Agriculture program manager, said that the event is aimed to show people how agriculture, sustainability, and pollution plays huge role in the world around us.

The event will include a Tree Grafting Workshop, Welcome Breakfast, a Bee Pollinator Workshop, and much more.

Butler said that the interest in urban agriculture has grown because people are now wanting to know the source of their food.

"They are more interested in the food system and are now demanding to know where their food comes from," Butler said.

While last year a little over 50 people attended the event, Butler said he is hoping more people will stop by and attend this year. 

Butler said that careers in urban agriculture are promising and you can certainly make a living off of farming.

Small urban farmers can even make up to a six-figure salary using a smaller portion of land instead of big commercial land, he said.

Small farmers from around the Washington area such as Alverez Farms, Avenue South Farms, and more will be speaking at the event.

The Urban Agriculture Food Summit will be from Friday March 2 to Saturday March 3. Friday's events will be in Building 2 and there will be a Tree Grafting Workshop at 12-1:50 p.m. and a Career Paths in Urban Agriculture panel discussion and Q and A at 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Saturday's events will be in Building 8 and there will be a Welcome Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. 

•KCD Soils Workshop, 0-10:30 a.m. 

•Mason Bee Pollinator Workshop at 11-11:50 a.m. 

•Home Canning Workshop at 12-1:00 p.m. 

•Mason Bee Pollinator Workshop part two at 1-1:50 p.m. 

•Career Paths in Urban Agriculture Discussion and Q and at 2-3 p.m.  

•World Cafe closing Discussion and Reflection at 3:15-3-:45 p.m

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