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Winter Fishtrap ‘The New Agrarians’ coming in February

The program aims to gather diverse voices to inspire a greater understanding on a timely theme.

Published on December 20, 2017 9:00AM


Who are the next generation of farmers? What are the barriers to begin farming today? How has farming and ranching changed over 30 years?

Winter Fishtrap: “The New Agrarians” tills into important questions facing the west’s agricultural future. Join generations of farmers, farm workers and concerned citizens for a vibrant exchange of ideas, information and life-long connections.

The three-day conference is Feb. 16-18 in Joseph and aims to gather diverse voices to inspire a greater understanding on a timely theme. Special guests include Kate Greenberg, Western Director for the Young Farmers’ Coalition; Nellie McAdams, Farm Preservation Program Director at Rogue Farm Corp; and Al Josephy, Washington State Department of Ecology.

Many regional farmers and ranchers will also participate in panel discussions addressing important themes such as “Top Barriers Facing New Farmer Success,” “How to Keep Working Lands Working Lands?” and “How Do We Give New Agrarians a National Voice?”

Several breakout sessions and conversations over the course of the weekend will engage both working farmers and the general public who care about the future of agriculture in the West.

“After a seven year hiatus, we’re proud to bring back one of Fishtrap’s flagship programs.” says Fishtrap Executive Director Shannon McNerney, “Winter Fishtrap is a key component of our mission to promote clear thinking in and about the West.”

Winter Fishtrap participants are able to register for the entire weekend or pick and choose topics of interest. A Saturday night fundraising dinner highlights local food and beverages as well as the rousing music of Darrell Brann.

Since 1991, Winter Fishtrap has taken on issues that are important to citizens of the West. Over the years, Winter Fishtrap has explored such topics as “New Wealth in the Old West,” “Fire,” “Down Wind, Down River” and “Water,” among many others.

Summer scholarships

Fishtrap is accepting scholarship applications for the 2018 Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers. Several awards are available for writers of all ages. Applicants will be considered based on financial need, age, gender and a personal letter describing how Summer Fishtrap can enrich a writer’s life. Applications are accepted through Jan. 15, 2018. Go to Fishtrap.org to learn more.

The 31st Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers is July 9-15, 2018. The theme this year is “Living Upstream.” Kathleen Dean Moore will give the keynote address. In addition, the conference features writing workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, open mic readings, conversations and a community of writers gathering together in the inspiring setting of Wallowa Lake. General registration opens Feb. 1, 2018.



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