Thank you for joining us in collaboration with WSU for the fourteenth year of the Farm Walk program! The program was designed to transfer the hard-earned expertise of established farmers to the current and next generations of sustainable producers. Each Farm Walk features farmer-to-farmer education through a tour of farm or business, with guest experts on hand to share the most current research and resources.
Farm walks usually take place on Mondays, from noon-4 p.m. Registration is $15 for Tilth Alliance members and students and $25 for non-members.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-633-0451 x 106.
The 2017 Farm Walk Series is supported in part by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
Season Extension in High Value Specialty Crops
Monday, July 10
Growing Washington, Everson
Growing Washington is a 70 acre diversified, certified organic farm spread across eight sites in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. The farm grows over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables each year that it sells through its CSA program of roughly 1,500 members and at fifteen farmers markets in the Puget Sound Region. The farm has six greenhouses and over twenty high tunnels to help extend the growing season on high-value crops including raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and other specialty crops. WSU specialists will be on hand to provide additional information about season extension and specialty crops.
Transitioning to Organic Certification
Monday, August 7
KS Orchards, Royal City
Are you interested in becoming certified organic, but unsure of the process?
Join us at KS Orchards in Grant County where growers will share their experience in adopting organic practices and completing the certification process. Owner, Dain Craver, has successfully transitioned several of his orchards to organic, including KS Orchards, which has been certified since 2010. Representatives from the WSDA Organic Program will also be available to answer questions regarding the certification process and connect you with resources to successfully transition your own operation. For more information on organic certification, visit the WSDA Organic Program website.
Organic Medicinal Herb Production
Monday, August 21
Sego Herb Farm, La Center
Sego’s Herb Farm is a 55 acre certified organic farm that specializes in selling wholesale quantities of herbs used as plant-based medicines. Currently, the farm grows ginkgo leaves, ginseng, and goldenseal. The farm washes and dries all of their herbs on-site in their new custom designed drying facility.
Cider Production, From Tree to Tap
Monday, September 25
Sixknot Cider, Carlton
Sixknot Cider is a certified organic cidery and orchard located in the Methow Valley. Sixknot produces three ciders year round and an additional three seasonally. Their cider is available bottled or on tap at over 100 stores and restaurants around the state. Learn why Sixknot chose to build a taphouse instead of developing a less expensive, canned product to compete for retail shelf space. Additional information will be provided by Bri Ewing, WSU Extension Fermentation Specialist, and Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension Tree Fruit Specialist.
Organic Seed Production
Monday, October 2
The Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms, Chimacum
In this two part farm walk, learn how Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms are contributing to the organic seed supply. Organic Seed Alliance is non-profit that educates farmers and the agricultural community, conducts professional plant breeding and production research, and advocates on the national level for organic seed. Essential Blooms is a certified organic operation which sells wholesale quantities of unusual and unique flower varieties. Experts from WSU and High Mowing Organic Seeds will also be on hand to provide more information about trials, breeding, and the organic seed market.
Miss a farm walk? Read full summaries and access the booklets on our Past Farm Walks page.