Thurston County Commissioners have chosen seven people to serve on a newly created Agritourism Committee. The committee was established in October and members will make recommendations to County Commissioners on related issues like the county's Agritourism Overlay District and the Thurston Bountiful Byway.
The members of the committee are:
- Sally Alhadeff, who is involved in the Tenino FFA and the Thurston County Master Gardeners
- John Bourdon, who operates a distillery on the county's Bountiful Byway
- Thane Bryenton, who owns a lavender farm in the county
- Matt Grate, who also serves the Rotary- Clean Water, Cool Jazz Committee and the Thurston County Food Bank
- Aslan "Thomas" Meade who is chair of the Thurston Food System Council
- Juanita Taurman, who has been serving on the Agritourism planning group
- Gene Weaver who is involved with the Grand Mound/Rochester Chamber and the Rochester Fire Department
Under a memorandum of understanding, the committee will work with the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau to develop a Marketing Plan for the Thurston Bountiful Byway. Other committee duties could include review of membership applications from interested businesses, nonprofit organizations, or governmental entities.
Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero says committee members will hit the ground running. "It's gratifying to see so many well qualified people interested in serving on the Agritourism Committee. They will have a lot to do in unifying and promoting the wonderful agriculture businesses and programs we have in Thurston County."
Commissioner Bud Blake says, "I'm excited that we are reaching out beyond the county to highlight our terrific local food and beverages. We have so much to offer, and the AgriTourism Committee will help showcase our small farms and rural community."
No dates for committee meetings have been set yet, but the meetings are open to the public. Watch the Thurston County web site for information. www.co.thurston.wa.us -30-