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Join us November 7 – 9, 2014 as we celebrate Tilth’s 40th anniversary at this year’s conference, Re-Imagine Agriculture, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Time your arrival in Vancouver to join in the opening celebration of Tilth’s 40th Anniversary! Sip some local brew, mingle with trade show exhibitors and reconnect with friends and colleagues at this Welcome Reception and Cider Tasting. Poster presenters will be on hand to share their sustainable agriculture innovations and research. Come on down and help kick off a great weekend!
Farmer TED Talks, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
TED talks are typically short, powerful, insightful stories that, in the telling and listening, often lead to expanded understanding and growth among those present. As farmers and agriculturalists, we all have meaningful stories to share. Be part of this first Farmer TED Talks session to share your own stories, or listen and be amazed. We will convene small groups and invite individuals to give spur-of-the-moment “TED talks” followed by a group sharing of everyone’s favorites. Join with friends new and old for what’s guaranteed to be intelligent, humorous, and thought-provoking stories.
Berry Jam, 9:30pm – 11:00pm
Oldsters, hipsters, and all those in between are invited to say, it, play it, and act it at this combined poetry slam, open-mic, theatrical review, and storytelling party. We especially invite references and connections to Wendell Berry as we honor Tilth’s inspiration at this Berry Jam session. Participate or be part of the audience – all are welcome.
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday night will be hopping at T40! The annual Wine & Cheese Tasting event is a steal at $25 per ticket. Mix with old and new friends, taste great Washington wines and enjoy cheese from around the Pacific Northwest. While you’re sipping, make sure to check out and bid on the Silent Auction items and visit the Trade Show vendors.
There is a $25 ticket price for the Wine & Cheese Tasting. You can register via the registration forms found here.
Interested in making a donation to the Silent Auction? Great! Click on over to our Silent Auction page here.
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Don’t miss the gala event of the weekend! Buy your ticket to the Dinner & Awards Ceremony! All are welcome to help us honor the Tilth Producers Farmer and Advocate
of the Year after a great dinner of local, organic food. Nominated by members, the Farmer of the Year is someone who exhibits outstanding efforts in land stewardship, and the Advocate of the Year is an individual who’s made a significant contribution to the sustainability of organic farming. Know someone who qualifies for Farmer of the Year or Advocate of the Year? Nominate that person online at bit.ly/t40awards.
Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program in Washington DC. McEvoy will speak at Saturday evening’s gala dinner as T40’s Honorary Guest and share insight into the USDA’s Organic Guidance. McEvoy was involved in Washington State’s organic movement for more than two decades, eventually becoming the first director of the WSDA Organic Food Program in 1988, a program he grew measurably until his departure for the NOP in 2009.
9:00pm – 11:00pm
After dinner, take your pick of evening entertainment. Hit the Dance floor with Portland-based Nigerian Juju and Afrobeat band, Jujuba, or join us for the double Movie screening of the films Ingredients and A Farm for the Future!
Jujuba, a power-house Nigerian style afro-beat band featuring Nojeem Lasisi, known for his time in Nigerian superstar King Sunny’s group, the African Beats. Nojeem and Jujuba have created a unique blend of African and Western music that has universal appeal and incredible live energy. Here’s a great remedy for too much chair time!
Ingredients is a seasonal exploration of the local food movement which illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize the local food system. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, the film takes us across the U.S. and highlights the farmers and chefs who are working to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities.
A Farm for the Future created by wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking is a beautiful documentary that investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future and illustrates that nature holds the key for creating a sustainable farm.