Join Us for the First Farm Walk of the Season!Managing for Success on a Small-Scale Diversified Farm - Rob and Diane Stockhouse operate a small, diversified farm on Puget Island, in the lower Columbia River. The walk will feature discussion about their use of hoop houses for season extension and how they incorporate raised beds into their garden space. Join us to learn from the Stockhouse’s fine example of what can be done successfully on a small-scale diversified farm.
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Save the Date for T40! Re-Imagine AgricultureOur 2014 conference will be November 7-9 at the Hilton in Vancouver Washington. This conference marks a milestone in that it is the 40th anniversary of Tilth! Raj Patel joins us Saturday morning as the T-40 Keynote Speaker and Mary Berry joins us Sunday afternoon as the T-40 Capnote Speaker. Kick off Friday November 7, 2014 with two day-long symposia to choose from plus an all-day information fair.
Anne Schwartz Honored with Sustie AwardTilth Producers Co-Vice-President Anne Schwartz was honored with the 2014 Ecological Farming Associations’ annual “Sustie” award, honoring Stewards of Sustainable Agriculture. Anne was one of three recipients to receive the award at the 34th annual EcoFarm Conference held January 22-25, 2014 at Asilomar in Monterey, CA.
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Annie Salafsky InterviewTilth Producers spoke after the CSA Workshop with Annie Salafsky, co-owner of Helsing Junction Farm. As a scheduled presenter, Salafsky had been ill during the workshop and could not attend as a presenter. This interview was an opportunity to capture the perspective and experience from a farmer-owner who operates a 900-member CSA across Washington state and to answer some of the questions that were most frequently asked by those in attendance.
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Tilth Producers caught up with Billy Allstot, founder and owner of Billy’s Gardens in Tonasket, WA, while he was in Imperial Springs, CA. Billy and his partner Stephanie Blackstad were farming there for the winter both to keep their hands in the soil and to warm their bones. In the Okanogan valley, Billy’s Gardens have been a constant on the organic scene for over 40 years. They cultivate certified organic tree fruit and berries, winter squash, melons, flowers, and two acres of greenhouse crops. Continue reading