Panel Presentation

Local Food in a Globalized Society

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
SUB Silver & Gold Rooms
11:30 a.m.


Moderated panel discussion by small-scale Palouse farmers on the importance of sustainable local food production in a globalized society. Panelists include permaculture expert Sequoia Ladd, urban farmer Kate Jaeckel of Orchard Farm, and local farmer Sheryl Hagen-Zakarison. The panel will be moderated by Colette DePhelps, Moscow Food Co-op board member and founding director of Rural Roots.

Kate Jaeckel, is co-owner of Orchard Farm, a small family farm operated for the past 9 years by the Jaeckel family on 1.33 acres just north of Moscow, ID. Orchard Farm specializes in off-season winter and spring salad greens, Asian greens, and spinach. They grow in large hoop houses that are unheated and have a slow growth production. Orchard Farm produces garlic, carrots, beets, squash, mountain corn, shallots, berries, and botanicals for their summer City of Moscow Farmer’s Market booth. They also sell their produce at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market in Pullman, WA. Orchard Farm has a line of natural body care products handmade by Kate with all-natural, homegrown ingredients: orchardfarmsoap.etsy.com. Kate has 14 years of farming experience. Her husband, Brad, is a farm manager at Washington State University’s organic farm. Kate is a member of the Washington Tilth Association, the Handcrafted Soap Makers’ Guild, and Buy Local Moscow.

Sheryl Hagen-Zakarison, along with her husband Eric Zakarison and parents-in-law Russell and Elaine Zakarison, operates a 600 acre diversified family farm located north of Pullman, Washington. The Zakarison Partnership farm is composed of two parts. The first is a conventional dryland, industrial small grain farm, where they produce winter and spring wheat, barley, and oats. The second component is a sustainable crop and livestock operation, where they produce pastured poultry, grass-fed lambs, pastured poultry (broiler chickens and turkeys), milk goats, organic hay and small grain, and camelina oil seed. Sheryl and Eric have plans to transition the industrial grain operations and expand the organic/sustainable portion of the farm. In 2011, the farm marketed approximately 600 broiler chickens and 100 turkeys directly to local consumers. Their commercial White Dorper sheep flock numbers 60 ewes, and pasture lambs in May. Locker lambs are marketed directly to area families and processed locally in Potlatch, ID. The organic hay the farm produces is fed to the sheep flock, goats, and to Eric’s draft animals–a mule team, which are both being experimented with for sustainable farming motive power. The organic hay is followed in rotation with organic wheat or barley.

K. Sequoia Ladd is a farmer and herbalist who operates Flúirse Feirm (a small permaculture-based farm) in the rolling hills between Pullman and Palouse, Washington. She was raised on a small farm and has farmed off and on when land is available ever since. Sequoia has had a clinical herbal practice for nearly twenty years, and has practiced permaculture for over a decade. She currently raises medicinal herbs, vegetables, berries, heritage breed meat rabbits, geese, and Nigerian Dwarf milk goats.

Colette DePhelps, serves on the Board of Directors of the Moscow Food Co-op and was the founding director of Rural Roots, Inc., a Moscow-based sustainable food and farming organization. She is currently a food systems consultant and the Educational Program Manager at Rural Roots. Colette is also a member of the Palouse Food Action Coalition, and chair of the Wellness Committee at the Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning. Colette has almost 20 years of experience working collaboratively with sustainable farmers, community members, regional and national sustainable agriculture organizations and the University of Idaho and Washington State University to enhance and strengthen our regional food system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in Environmental Science at Washington State University. Prior to co-founding Rural Roots, Colette spent two years as coordinator of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute’s community food systems program, and three years as program coordinator at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Colette’s personal passions include preparing, sharing, and eating local food, organic gardening, kayaking, and spending time with her two children and her partner, John.