Biodynamic Production on the Self-Sufficient Farm
S&S Homestead, Lopez Island (San Juan County)
Thursday, May 12, 2016
12:00 – 6:00PM
Cost: $45 for Tilth members, students, and interns; $65 for non-members.
Cost includes fresh-cooked pizza lunch, produced and prepared on-farm
*Pre-register by Friday, May 6th to secure lunch. Walk-ins welcome, but lunch is not guaranteed.
How does managing your farm for self-sufficiency reduce off-farm inputs, increase production, and maximize profits? Join the Tilth Producers Educational Series, Henning Sehmsdorf of S&S Homestead Farm, and Brook Brouwer of the Organic Seed Alliance for an in-depth look at how a whole farm perspective, through biodynamic management and enterprise diversification, can maximize on-farm nutrient, water, and energy cycling for greater production at a lower cost. Classroom and field sessions will highlight maximizing soil fertility and organic matter for specialty crops through the integration of diverse operations, such as S&S Homestead’s micro-dairy and grain crop rotations, as well as a detailed analysis of enterprise budgeting.
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.
The Future of Tilth
Official Merger Announcement
We 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.
2015 Tilth Producers Awards
Each 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.
Farmer and Advocate of the Year Awards.
Tilth Producers Annual Conference 2015
Building Tilth: Fields, Farmers, and Community
November 13-15 | Spokane, WA
Thank 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!