Upcoming Farm Walks

2015 FARM WALK LOGISTICS
Cost: $15 for Tilth members/agriculture students / interns
$25 for non-members
Pre-registration encouraged! $5 day-of registration fee

Register online with the links provided below or call the Tilth Producers office at 206-632-7506.
Date/Time: Unless otherwise noted, all farm walks are on Mondays, from 12:30-4:00pm with sign-in beginning at 12:00pm.

Read about and register for the 2015 farm walks below! Questions? Contact Angela Anegon by email angela@tilthproducers.org or phone 206-632-7506.

March 30 – Utilizing Compost & Vermiculture to Build Soil Fertility – Spencer Farm, Chelan County
April 27 – Multi-Species Rotational Grazing of a Family Farmstead – Green Bow Farm, Kittitas County
May 18 – Organic Farming & Pollinators: Assessing Pollinators on Your Organic Farm – Wobbly Cart Farm, Thurston County
June 1 – Cover Cropping on a Diversified Vegetable Farm (plus hands-on soil blocking!) – Let Us Farm, Grays Harbor County
June 8 – Building Soil Tilth: Grazing Sheep on Cover Crop – Zakarison Partnership, Whitman County
June 15 – Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy – Mystery Bay Farm, Jefferson County
June 29 – Organic Pest & Disease Management in Apples and Pears – Leach Orchards, Yakima County
July 13 – Farm-to-Resort: Agritourism with a Certified Organic Garden – Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Chelan County
July 27 – Behind the Brew: Organic Hops Production – Perrault Farm, Yakima County
August 10 – Freshly Pressed: Washington’s First Certified Organic Cranberry Farm – Starvation Alley Farm, Pacific County
TUESDAY August 25 – Nisqually Tribal Community Garden Program: Building Food Community – Nisqually Tribe Community Gardens, Thurston County
September 14 – Accessing Land as Beginning Vegetable Farmers – Quackenbush Farm, Clark County
September 28 – Organic Apple Orchard and Cidery: Two Businesses in One – Sinclair Orchards & Ciderhouse, Okanogan County


WSU Small FarmsThe 2015 Farm Walk series is presented by Tilth Producers of Washington and the WSU Small Farms Program.

March 30 – Utilizing Compost & Vermiculture to BuilD Soil Fertility

Spencer Farm
Malaga, WA 98828

About the Farm Walk:
This hands-on learning opportunity showed how Spencer Farm carefully monitors all aspects of developing and maintaining their soil fertility by following this Golden Rule: “Always give back more than you take away.”

USDASpecialtyCropBlockGrantProgramLogo

This Farm Walk is supported in part by  WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


April 27 – Multi-Species Rotational Grazing at a Family Farmstead

Greenbow Farm
Ellensburg, WA 98926
www.greenbowfarm.com/

About the Farm Walk:
Located in the Kittitas Valley, Green Bow Farm is a family farmstead that focuses on multi-species rotational grazing to produce nutrient dense eggs and grass-fed meats. Farmers Christina Miller and Matthew Cox shared their process for maintaining a sustainable livestock rotation that promotes the health of their land, animals, family, and community.

We will also be welcomed some fantastic resource people including Frank Hendrix (WSU Extension – Animal Sciences, Irrigated Pastures, Range and Riparian Management), Tip Hudson (WSU Extension – Rangeland & Livestock Specialist), and Mark Crowley (Kittitas County Conservation District).

Read the summary and view the farm walk booklet here.

USDAThis Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.

May 18 – Organic Farming and Pollinators: Assessing Pollinators on Your Organic Farm

Wobbly Cart Farm
Rochester, WA 98597
http://wobblycart.com/

About the Farm Walk:

Wobbly Cart Farm grows certified organic fruits and vegetables on 10 acres in the Chehalis River Valley near Rochester, Washington. Washington State University has joined with the Common Acre 501(c)(3), to bring you this novel field day experience. Join us for an introduction to insect pollinators, native bee identification, and the methods for monitoring bees on your property. This program is hosted by Wobbly Cart, a second-year participant in our study, in the heart of the Independence Valley. Our program will feature a short lecture by Elias Bloom, a classically trained entomologist, followed by guided pollinator observation tours, and station-based basic native bee and pollinator identification training. Takeaway materials will feature a packet of resources for locally specific pollinator guides and monitoring techniques. Come and gain valuable experience in identifying these precious organisms, and take this first step towards conserving pollinators on your property today!

Read the summary and view the farm walk booklet here.

USDASpecialtyCropBlockGrantProgramLogoThis Farm Walk is supported in part by  WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


June 1 – Cover Cropping on a Diversifed Vegetable Farm (plus hands-on soil blocking!)

let us farmLet Us Farm
36 Damitio Road
Oakville, WA 98568

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015LetUsFarm or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
Learn about integrating cover cropping with a diversified, certified organic vegetable production system. There will also be a hands-on learning opportunity with soil-blocking.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015LetUsFarm or call 206-632-7506.

USDA

This Farm Walk is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


June 8 – Building Soil Tilth: Grazing Sheep on Cover Crop

Zakarison Partnership
8992 SR 27
Pullman, WA 99163

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015Zakarison or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
Join us on the Palouse to learn from these experienced farmers and WSU researchers about building soil fertility through grazing sheep on cover crops in a dryland system.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015Zakarison or call 206-632-7506.

USDAThis Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


June 15 – Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy

Mystery Bay Farm
Nordland, WA 98358
http://mysterybayfarm.com/

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015MysteryBay or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
The farmers of this WSDA certified Grade A Dairy will provide details about making their farmstead goat cheese and yogurt. Limit 15 registrants!

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015MysteryBay or call 206-632-7506.

USDA

This Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


June 29 – Organic Pest & Disease Management in Apples and Pears

'D'Anjou' pears. PC Angela AnegonLeach Orchards
Zillah, WA 98953

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015LeachOrchards or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
Hear from this experienced certified organic fruit grower on ways to manage pests and diseases of apples and pears.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015LeachOrchards or call 206-632-7506.

USDAThis Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


July 13 – Farm-to-Resort: Agritourism with a Certified Organic Garden

Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort Garden
7375 Icicle Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://www.sleepinglady.com/organic-garden-dining.php

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015SleepingLady or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
This certified organic two-acre garden provides much of the produce and herbs used in Sleeping Lady’s restaurants as well as fresh flowers. Learn about sustainable gardening, agritourism, marketing, and farm-to-table at this beautiful mountain resort’s garden.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015SleepingLady or call 206-632-7506.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON!

USDAThis Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


July 27 – Organic Hops Production

Perrault Farms
11051 Lateral A Road
Toppenish, WA 98948

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015PerraultFarms or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
An opportunity to discuss certified organic hops production and research from a family that represents over 100 years and four generations of hop farming in the Yakima Valley.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015PerraultFarms or call 206-632-7506.

USDAThis Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


August 10 – Freshly Pressed: Washington’s First Certified Organic Cranberry Farm

Starvation Alley Farms
15202 Birch Street
Long Beach, WA 98631
http://starvationalley.com

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015StarvationAlley or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
Washington’s first certified organic cranberry farm will share their passion for growing cranberries and creating in-house, value-added products.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015StarvationAlley or call 206-632-7506.

USDAThis Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


TUESDAY August 25 – Nisqually Tribal Community Garden Program: Building Food Community

Nisqually Tribal Community Garden
4820 She-Nah-Num Drive SE
Olympia, WA 98506
http://www.nisqually-nsn.gov/

REGISTER NOW:
Online at bit.ly/FW2015Nisqually or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
Join us to learn how these five acres of fruits, vegetables and traditional plants work toward Tribal self-sufficiency and overall community, family, and individual health.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015Nisqually or call 206-632-7506.

USDAThis Farm Walk is supported in part by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2012-49400-19575. For more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov.


September 14 – Accessing Land as Beginning Vegetable Farmers

Quackenbush Farm
2112 NE 189th St
Ridgefield, WA 98652
http://quackenbushfarm.com/

REGISTER NOW:
Online at bit.ly/FW2015Quackenbush or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
Hear from beginning vegetable farmers their journey to accessing land and developing outlest for  direct market sales.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015Quackenbush or call 206-632-7506.

SpecialtyCropBlockGrantProgramLogoThis Farm Walk is supported in part by  WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. 


September 28 – Organic Apple Orchard and Cidery: Two Businesses in One

Sinclair Orchards & Ciderhouse
414 Twisp-Carlton Road
Carlton, WA 98814
http://sixknotcider.com/

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015SinclairOrchards or call 206-632-7506.

About the Farm Walk:
Join us in the Methow Valley to learn about certified organic production of fresh apples for market as well as the creation of farm crafted, organic hard cider.

REGISTER NOW: Online at bit.ly/FW2015SinclairOrchards or call 206-632-7506.

SpecialtyCropBlockGrantProgramLogoThis Farm Walk is supported in part by  WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.