Farm Mechanics Farm Walk Monday, June 3rd
To keep any farm going, it is essential to have some ability in repair and maintenance of equipment. Learn from Albert Roberts how to get a chain saw and other equipment tuned-up, troubleshot and ready to go and then a test run to assess functioning. Also, we will tour this diversified farm. This farm walk will be limited to 25 people for its hands-on component.
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Tilth Producers Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Announced
David Mas Masumoto and his daughter Nikiko will give the keynote address at the 2013 Tilth Producers Annual Conference: Nourishing the Future: Cultivating our farming legacy. Save the date to join us in Yakima, Washington on November 8-10, 2013.
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Diversified Vegetable Operations For All Seasons, Crop Mob, June 16th
Join Farmers Rebecca Slattery, Louisa Brown and their crew for a full-day of diversified vegetable farming operations. With a history of teaching interns for over 15 years, Rebecca and Louisa have been committed to educating farmers and future farmers. Experience hands-on tasks: include mulching, prep work for seeding winter crops, transplanting, harvesting and cleaning garlic, and weeding. Explore methods of careful crop rotation, homemade compost, beneficial insectaries, and patient observation to avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Tour the farm and learn how deep ecology and sustainability guide their philosophy and farm management. Afterwards, join in a socializing, networking potluck and a camping sleep over. Early registration is encouraged.
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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene Steps Up for Local Farms
After a listening session with over 20 local farmers and allies at Local Roots Farm on April 13th, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA1) has taken some bold first steps to support local farmers in Congress. As we asked her to do at the listening session, she has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act. The Congresswoman also took initiative to introduce her own piece of legislation asking Congress to include support for fruits and vegetables (a.k.a. “specialty crops”) in the next Farm Bill. We are delighted and grateful to see her show support for local food systems this way.
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