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Save the date for T40 – Re-Imagine Agriculture

Tilth’s 40th Anniversary Conference

November 7-9, 2014, Hilton Vancouver Washington

Tilth Producers of Washington 40th Anniversary 2014 ConferenceJoin us for this special event year as we celebrate Tilth’s 40th Anniversary!

The Tilth Producers conference is the region’s premier opportunity to join fellow farmers to learn, network, and share stories and knowledge from the season just completed while gaining insight to help make the following year even more successful. Join more than 700 farmers, researchers, advocates and organic industry representatives who will convene for three days of educational and networking events focused on organic and sustainable agriculture.

This anniversary year conference promises to be better than ever as we celebrate Tilth’s history with event partner Oregon Tilth and others who have been part of the Tilth story. We’ll honor the progress of the organic movement in our region from its nascent beginnings in the early 1970’s to today’s successful national organic program. Don’t miss Saturday’s lunch or dinner as Tilth’s history will come alive at both meals with brief updates of our successful story, as Tilth continues to shape and move the food system towards socially equitable, organic and sustainable production. Building on recent conferences, on Friday night we’ll continue the conversation between Tilth founders and farming elders with younger growers intent on learning and taking the reins into Tilth’s future.

Raj Patel joins us Saturday morning as the T-40 Keynote Speaker and Mary Berry, Executive Director of The Berry Center, who joins us Sunday afternoon as the T-40 Capnote Speaker. Daughter of Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry who spoke at the first Tilth conference in 1974, Mary continues her family’s mission to bring focus to the plight of our environment and health at the hands of industrial agriculture, while honoring the work of organic and sustainable farmers in an ever-changing rural landscape.

T-40 will be no different than other conferences in that there will be ample opportunity to network after the hard work of learning is complete. The conference will kick off Friday November 7, 2014 with two day-long symposia to choose from plus an all-day information fair. Mealtimes are always perfect for visiting with friends old and new while enjoying delicious organic food. Social events planned for this year include a Friday evening Reception featuring local beer and local bites to enjoy while visiting the Poster Session; the informative and fun weekend Trade Show; and the popular annual Wine Tasting and Auction followed by the never-to-be-missed Saturday Night Dance.

More information to come!

Tilth Producers’ History & Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry The Culture of Agriculture7-1-74 - Wendell Berry
Letter from Wendell Berry
Woody Deryckx On the Origins of Tilth




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