Conference Request for Proposals
Each year the Tilth conference brings together hundreds of farmers, producers, researchers, and food system professionals for the opportunity to network and learn. This year we will be offering thirty seventy-five minute workshops to meet the educational needs of sustainable and organic growers. If you would like to present or have a recommendation for a speaker or topic please submit our online form. Additional information is available here. If you have questions regarding workshop content or the application process please contact us by phone at (206) 632-7506 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are open through June 1, 2016.
May 12 - Biodynamic Farming with Henning Sehmsdorf
S&S Homestead, Lopez Island (San Juan County)
For over forty years, S&S Homestead Farm has employed biodynamic management focusing on self-sufficiency in food and farm inputs to achieve economically viable and ecologically responsible production. In this One Day University, Henning Sehmsdorf will present the history and economics of S&S Homestead Farm as a self-sufficient biodynamic farm. An in-depth look at the sustainable production of water, energy and soil fertility inputs will highlight ways to reduce costs, increase whole farm yields and create more resilient and economically viable integrated farm businesses for specialty crop producers.
The workshop costs $45 for Tilth members, students, and interns and $65 for non-members. Cost includes a fresh-cooked lunch provided by S&S Homestead Farm. You can register online or by phone at (206) 632-7506. A printable flyer is available here. For more information contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at (206) 632-7506.
Upcoming Farm Walk
Monday, April 25 - Solar Energy on the Vineyard*
Badger Mountain Vineyard, Kennewick (Benton County)
Join us at Badger Mountain Vineyard for Solar Energy on the Vineyard. Come learn how Badger Mountain Vineyard has incorporated solar energy into its operations and about their organic grape production. This farm walk is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required to receive lunch. You can register online or by phone at (206) 632-7506.
You can see booklets from previous farm walks and learn more about our farm walk program here.
* The Renewable Farm Walk Series is in partnership with Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) with support from the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Justice Program.
The Future of Tilth
Official Merger AnnouncementWe are pleased to announce that Tilth Producers of Washington will be merging with Seattle Tilth, effective January 1, 2016. The new entity will not only advance its exciting mission but also better serve the members and communities currently a part of each organization. Implementation of the logistical details for the merger will occur in the first half of next year. A name for the new organization will also be determined at this time. Guiding this transition will be a new board with eighteen initial members, including six each from Tilth Producers and Seattle Tilth. You can find more information here. Learn more about Seattle Tilth's mission and exciting programs here.
2015 Tilth Producers AwardsEach year Tilth Producers honors individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the mission of the organization and embody the spirit of our core values. Awarded at the Tilth Producers annual conference in November, these awards are given to one outstanding farmer for their efforts in land stewardship and one outstanding advocate for their efforts in representing organic and sustainable farmers. On Saturday, November 13th, 2015 in Spokane, WA at Tilth’s 2015 Annual Conference, Tilth Producers honored Diane Dempster of Charlie’s Produce with a Lifetime Achievement Award along with our Farmers of the Year to Terry Carkner of Terry’s Berries and our Advocate of the Year to Dick Carkner of Terry’s Berries. Full information is available here.
Tilth Producers Annual Conference 2015 Building Tilth: Fields, Farmers, and Community
November 13-15 | Spokane, WAThank You! The annual conference is made possible by the support of our sponsors, trade show representatives, workshop presenters, food and beverage donors, board members, dedicated volunteers, and you – our attendees. We thank you all!
Late in August, Tilth Producers was able to experience a day-in-the life of Chris Petry, farmer/owner of Oh Yeah! Farms in Leavenworth, WA. Following him from field to bakery to farmers market, it was a pleasure to see this young … Continue reading