Register for Tilth Conference
The annual Tilth Conference brings together farmers, food system professionals, researchers and educators from around the state to learn and network. This year’s conference is in Vancouver, WA from Nov. 10-12. Early bird registration has been extended to Oct. 16 — register today!
New Organic Certification Farm Walk
With support from the WSDA Organic Program, we’ve added a sixth farm walk to our 2017 schedule focusing on the transitioning to organic certification. Join us at KS Orchards on August 7th to learn how Dain Craver has successfully transitioned several of his orchards to certified organic. Representatives from the WSDA Organic Program will be available to answer questions regarding the certification process. Register or view our full farm walk schedule.
Summer TPQ Now Available Online
The summer edition of our quarterly journal is now available. Highlights in this issue include the latest research on biodiversity and pest suppression and an overview of microbial biostimulants.
In this Issue:
- Biodiversity and Natural Pest Suppression in the Pacific Northwest
- Microbial Biostimulants in Grower Toolboxes
- Hungry for Sustainably Grown Products
- Culinary Breeding Network Bridges the Gap Between Plant Breeders and Eaters
- Ask Mechanic Mike
Join Us for a Farm Walk
Join Tilth Alliance in collaboration with WSU for the fourteenth year of the Farm Walk program. The program was designed to transfer the hard-earned expertise of established farmers to the current and next generations of sustainable producers. Each Farm Walk features farmer-to-farmer education through a tour of farm or business, with guest experts on hand to share the most current research and resources.
Farm walks usually take place on Mondays, from noon-4 p.m. Registration is $15 for Tilth Alliance members and students and $25 for non-members. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-633-0451 x 106.
Cover Cropping for Soil Health – May 22; Lenwood Farms, Connell
Season Extension in High Value Specialty Crops – July 10; Growing Washington, Everson
Transitioning to Organic Certification* – August 7; KS Orchards, Royal City
Organic Medicinal Herb Production – August 21; Sego Herb Farm, La Center
Cider Production, From Tree to Tap – September 25; Carlton
Organic Seed Production – October 2; The Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms, Chimacum
The 2017 Farm Walk Series is supported in part by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Program.
* Supported by the WSDA Organic Program
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.
Winter TPQ Now Available Online
The winter edition of our quarterly journal is now available. Highlights in this issue include the latest organic statistics, tips for equipment maintenance, and an excerpt from Michael Phillips book A Mycorrhizal Planet.
In this Issue:
- Farm Walks: Diverse Approaches on Three Local Farms
- Ask Mechanic Mike
- Conference Recap
- Research Shared at Conference
- Meet Nate Lewis, Advocate of the Year
- Meet Jerry Pipitone, Farmer of the Year
- Except from A Mycorrhizal Planet by Michael Phillips
- Miliary Veterans Grow the Tilth Movement
- Advocating for Good Food: A Look Inside WSFFN
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.