The Board Directors and the membership of 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, Farmer(s) of the Year, for their efforts in land stewardship and one outstanding advocate, Advocate(s) of the Year, for their efforts in representing organic and sustainable farmers.
On Saturday, November 8th 2014 in Vancouver, WA at Tilth’s 40th Anniversary Conference, Tilth Producers honored Anne Schwartz of Blue Heron Farm with a Lifetime Achievement Award along with our Farmers of the Year to Ray and Becky de Vries of Ralph’s Greenhouse and our Advocate of the Year to David Granatstein of WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
This lifetime achievement award is in recognition of Anne’s dedication and commitment to organic agriculture. She has been at the forefront of organic agriculture and the Tilth movement for nearly 40 years and an indisputable leader of Tilth Producers of Washington. Anne was instrumental in establishing the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) and Small Farms Program, USDA organic livestock standards, and the WSDA Organic Food Program. We honor Anne’s efforts that have elevated Tilth Producers to regional importance and national relevance: her commitment to expand farmer-to-farmer education, dedication to organic research, and influential advocacy for national and state regulations and policies that support producers.
This award recognizes Anne’s hard work, honesty, dedication and love for the mission of Tilth Producers. Your impact reaches far beyond the Skagit Valley, and we celebrate your lifetime successes throughout Washington, the United States, and internationally.
This farmer of the year award acknowledges you as outstanding stewards of the land, and a friendly, shining beacon in the Skagit Valley. You are appreciated as teachers who set an example of peer-to-peer education, generously helping other growers gain a foothold to success. We honor your support of the community, cultivating both land and people. Thank you for being dedicated members of Tilth Producers and organic agriculture in Washington State.
This advocate of the year award acknowledges our deep gratitude for your service to sustainable agriculture spanning 40 years. We honor your research within CSANR to add diversity to orchard floor management that has revolutionized the organic tree fruit industry in Washington State. In addition to research, your leadership as a volunteer with advocacy work on behalf of growers across the NW has been critical to steward the development of
sustainable and organic agriculture in both the public and private sectors. Thank you for being an integral part of four decades of Tilth success.
Interested in nominating someone for
Farmer of the Year or Advocate of the Year in 2015?
Our nomination process is open to the public,
and we accept nominations until September 20, 2015.
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|Year||Farmer of the Year||Advocate of the Year|
|2013||Kole & Sonia Tonnemaker||Ellen Gray|
|2012||Juana Lopez Paramo & Clayton Burrows||Karen Kinney|
|2011||Eric & Sheryl Zakarison||Colleen Donovan|
|2010||Watershine Woods||Fred Berman & Patrice Barrentine|
|2009||Hilario Alvarez||Mary Embleton|
|2007||Rick & Marilynn Lynn||Goldie Caughlan|
|2006||Jim & Harlyn Meyer||Diane Dempster|
|2005||Michaele Blakely||Jerry Pipitone|
|2004||Nash Huber||Miles McEvoy|