Cascadia Branch Collaborative: Urban Ag Imperative

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm PDT
Anchorage, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco
(please see event description)
Join us for an exciting multi-disciplinary, multi-city collaborative event focused on Urban Agriculture! A first of its kind: this Cascadia collaboration of ideas will present rapid fire presentations from our virtual presentation panel in three separate cities. Experts in the field of Urban Agriculture will join us from Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta to share their knowledge and inspiration for urban agriculture projects. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated design session to solve a real world design challenge: the rooftop of the Pike Motorworks project (currently under design for Seattle’s Capitol Hill). This collaborative event will conclude by sharing design solutions from each hot spot.
Networking will begin at 5:30pm. Presentations will begin promptly at 6:00pm.
Cascadia and PAE will be sponsoring the event with food and drink in each location.
Joel Carben, UpGarden (Seattle)
Joel Carben is a member of UpGarden, a Seattle based volunteer organization committed to bringing urban agriculture and community gardening back into the urban environment. The UpGarden Giving Garden team consists of 12 collaborative gardeners, dedicated to grow healthy food while learning gardening skills and meeting great people along the journey. Their 2013 goal is to grow and donate 1,000 pounds through grown produce from the Giving Garden as well as donated produce from other UpGarden gardeners.

April Phillips, April Philips Design Works Inc. (San Francisco)
April Philips, FASLA,  is a landscape architect, artist, lecturer, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture and planning firm whose work focuses on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. With deep roots in sustainability and a regenerative landscape ideology, April was one of the founder’s within ASLA of The Sustainable Sites Initiative and provided key input to ASLA’s Designing Our Future’s Sustainable Landscapes animation series for The Edible City.  Her book Designing Urban Agriculture – a Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes is being published by John Wiley & Sons and will be available April 2013. She is a Trustee of the Northern California Chapter of ASLA and currently on the board of California Council of ASLA.


Daron “Farmer D” Joffe, Farmer D Organics (Atlanta)
Daron Joffe is not what most people envision when they think of farmers. Joffe is a 30-something eco-entrepreneur who lives to make a difference in the world by utilizing biodynamic methodologies in his farming practices. Known as “Farmer D”, Joffe was the founding farmer at Serenbe Farms in Palmetto Georgia, where he created a 25-acre biodynamic farm that continues to supply the community with fresh produce. On a ‘town-by-town mission to re-energize the food culture’, Farmer D has created sustainable properties such as Hampton Island Preserve, where he directed Harvest Lake Farm, a CSA farm providing organic produce, herbs and flowers to the island’s chef, members and residents; Longleaf Preserve, an organic community surrounded by a 48,000 acre preserve in Florida and many others. Farmer D also develops Edible Learning Gardens for Ted Turner’s Captain Planet Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Camp Twin Lakes and many other school and community gardens around the country.


This event is taking place in five separate locations (physically!), please RSVP for the location you would like to attend.

2700 Gambell Street, Suite 500
Anchorage, AK 99503
126 Seward Street
Juneau, AK  99801
2415 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC  V5Y 3E6
1501 East Madison Street, Suite 650
Seattle, WA 98122
522 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1500
Portland, OR 97204
San Francisco
425 California Street, Suite 1200
San Francisco, CA 94104