Welcome to Tilth Alliance
A new organization was born in 2016 when Tilth Producers, Cascade Harvest Coalition and Seattle Tilth merged — we are now Tilth Alliance! We realized that the most effective way to support growers and producers is by uniting farmers, eaters, gardeners, cooks and environmental advocates to champion a sustainable food culture.
Read more about the new organization.
Our mission is to build an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system.
2017 Annual Meeting
You are invited to hear from the board of directors at our 2017 annual meeting webinar on Tuesday, March 7; 5 p.m.
The annual meeting will introduce our community to Tilth Alliance, the new slate of board members and review the organization’s mission, vision, programming and financial position for 2017. This will be a virtual online meeting with audio and slide presentation. You will receive an email with the link to access the meeting directly from GoToWebinar after registering. Hope you can join us!
Share Your Feedback
The annual Tilth conference in November featured both a listening session and a community roundtable, from which we received a wealth of feedback and ideas for future programming and ways to grow. If you weren’t at the conference, or even if you were there but still have more to say, we want to hear from you!
Please take a moment to fill out this survey. Your responses will help Tilth Alliance continue to develop programming that meets the needs of organic and sustainable producers and moves our food system forward.
Save the Date: One Day University – Regulations and Certifications
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wed., Mar. 22,
Kittitas Valley Event Center, Ellensburg
The new FDA Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act is the first federal food safety law that sets specific standards for fruit and vegetable growers. What does that mean for small farms? Join Tilth Alliance for a One Day University, in collaboration with the WSDA FARMS team, for an in-depth look at the evolving on-farm safety regulations and certifications.
WSDA staff will review small farm exemptions, compliance deadlines, plans for education and enforcement, and how these requirements compare to the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards.
Learn more and view the full agenda.
Save the Date: Good Food and Farms Advocacy Day
Mon., Mar. 6
Meet legislators, advocate for the future of the food system, and to restore funding for the WSDA Farm to School and Small Farm Direct Marketing programs. Learn more.
10-10:30 a.m. – Check-In
10:30–11 a.m. – How to Effectively Advocate
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Meetings with Legislators
1-2 p.m. Lunch & Networking
HumanLinks Foundation & Tilth Partner for Farmer Grants
In partnership with HumanLinks Foundation, Tilth is accepting applications to grant funds to farmers seeking financial assistance to sustain their farm operations and make necessary improvements for success. The goal of this grant program is to support organic and sustainable farmers practicing responsible and progressive methods such as sustainable soil management, crop diversification, pollination enhancing practices, climate change mitigation and environmentally-safe waste management practices.
Apply by February 28, 2017 to be considered!
Learn more and download the application.
Ten Days Left to List Your Farm or Market!
Reserve space in the Farm Guide for your farm or farmers market today! The Farm Guide connects consumers with what’s sustainable, local and in season across the state. Available in print, online and mobile app, the Farm Guide is a great way to reach people wherever they are. View the media kit and reserve your space by Feb. 20.
Underwriting for listings is now available! Are you a WSDA certified organic farm, Pierce County farm or new to the Guide? To apply for underwriting, please contact Sheryl Wiser: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Farm Team
Wondering what we’ll be up to in 2017?
Check out Tilth’s latest blog post which summarizes programming and introduces you to program staff.
Farmer and Advocate of the Year Awards
Each year the Tilth’s Board of Directors and membership recognize individuals that have gone above and beyond to promote the mission of the organization and champion our core values. This year’s Farmer of the Year award is presented to Jerry Pipitone of Pipitone Farms for his pioneering work on farmers markets and generous mentorship. This year’s Advocate of the Year award is presented to Nathaniel Lewis of the Organic Trade Association and Oyster Bay Farm for his policy analysis and engagement of organic producers across the state.
Board Election Results
The Tilth membership has elected eleven members to the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term. The following board members were elected to their first term on the board:
Ben Page, Sipree Inc. (Seattle)
Nancy Tosta, Retired (Burien)
Stephan Feldman, Private Practice (Seattle)
The following board members were elected to a second term on the board
Becky Warner, Full Tilth Farm (Bainbridge Island)
Cornelius Adewale, Washington State University (Pullman)
Joshua M. Piper, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Seattle)
Kate Smith, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources and Skagit County Extension (Burlington)
Liza Turley (Fall City)
Sam Maupin, Brothers Greenhouses (Port Orchard)
Sash Sunday, OlyKraut (Oakville)
Tim Gruner, Slalom Consulting (Woodinville)
They join the following continuing board members:
Addie Candib, Cloud Mountain Farm Center (Bellingham)
Branden Born, University of Washington (Seattle)
Elaine Chang (Seattle)
Jessica Gigot, Harmony Fields (Bow)
Stephanie Daley-Watson, Prism Law Group (Seattle)
Tom Neir (Kirkland)
Warren Neth, Slow Food SWWA (Vancouver)
Thank you to those of you who participated in the 2016 Tilth Board of Directors election! We have worked for over 40 years to create lasting change in the food system, and will continue to do so, with your vital support, in the years ahead.