September 8, 2014
Owned and operated by Steve and Nancy Bishop, Alpenfire Cider produces hard apple cider and vinegar using cider fruit from their certified organic orchard and from locally grown organic apples. They planted their orchard in 2004 with over 800 trees and 10 varieties of English, French & Early American cider specific apples. Join us for a cider and vinegar making tour that covers the whole operation from the branch to the bottle. Also hear how the Bishops utilized a USDA Value-Added Producer grant to increase their production capabilities to the point of self-sufficiency.
Early Bird Registration for T40 Conference EXTENDED!
Tilth Producers' 40th anniversary conference, T40, is swiftly approaching. Register by September 5th to receive 2013 rates.
T40 will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, November 7th-9th.
For conference details, including information about volunteering and scholarships, click here.
Get ready for WOW! Check out all the Washington Organic Week happenings:
Organic Beer, Cider & Chocolate Tasting, Seattle, WA September 10, 2014 6:30-10:30pm
Take the Eat Organic For WOW! Pledge
Read Governor Inslee's Proclamation for Washington Organic Week
Upcoming Farm Walk! Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards, Onalaska, WA - September 22, 2014
Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards is a family-owned farm, in business since 1980. Owned and operated by Michael and Carolyn Dolan, their 20-acre farm is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with a beautiful view of Mount St. Helens. They are a mail order nursery that specializes in unusual and disease resistant trees, vines, and shrubs that produce edible nuts or fruits. Burnt Ridge prides themselves on having a large selection of Northwest native plants, ornamentals, and useful landscape trees. Join us to learn more about the diverse number of fruit and nut species grown at Burnt Ridge and their potential for growth in the Northwest. The walk will cover the many varieties of chestnut and hardy kiwi that the nursery produces using low-input methods.
Call for T40 Silent Auction Donations!
Support Tilth Producers with a donation to the T40 Conference silent auction! Your donation will help generate funds that support educational programs and projects that directly help Washington’s organic and sustainable farming community. Items such as weekend farm stays, artwork, a new tool, sustainable and organic crop input products, seeds, and other items are most welcome. Please consider donating an item for the Silent Auction. We also encourage our sponsors and trade show businesses to donate as well. It’s a great way to advertise products and services to over 700 growers, businesses, researchers, students and advocates in attendance, and provides critical financial support to this great organization. Learn more about the silent auction.
As both community organizer and former farmer, Mark Musick offers a unique perspective to the value of Tilth Producers as an organization both past and present—and future. Tilth staff Angela Anegon interviewed Mark for his story. Continue reading