Upcoming Farm Walks

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 register@tilthalliance.org or 206-633-0451 x 106.

Cover Cropping for Soil Health
Monday, May 22
Lenwood Farms, Connell

Lenwood FarmsJoin us in Connell to learn how Lenwood Farms uses cover crops to maintain soil fertility. Lenwood Farms is a 600-acre certified organic farm that uses a variety of organic and innovative methods including using using hedgerows, integrated pest management, and on-farm solar power. Information on the latest research in cover cropping will be provided by Doug Collins, WSU Small Farms Extension Specialist, and Andy McGuire, Irrigated Cropping System Agronomist.

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 specialist will be on hand to provide additional information about season extension and specialty crops.

Organic Medicinal Herb Production
Monday, August 21
Sego Herb Farm, La Center

Field on ginsengSego’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

Apples from Sinclair OrchardsSixknot 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.

The 2017 Farm Walk Series is supported in part by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Miss a farm walk? Read full summaries and access the booklets on our Past Farm Walks page.