Upcoming Farm Walks

Cow Herd Management and Cheese Making
Spokane’s Family Farm, Spokane, WA, Spokane County
Additional $5 Registration Cost

Monday, July 28, 2014
Farm Walk 12:30 – 4:00 pm
Sign in 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Informal “bring your own” bag lunch networking begins at 11:45
Pre-registration encouraged

Trish and Tim Hutchins, operators of Spokane’s Family Farm, are passionate about family tradition and are committed to producing high quality, safe, and nutritious milk for consumers in the greater Spokane area. The farm – located just 13 miles west of Spokane – utilizes renewable agriculture practices to benefit the dairymen and the livestock, as well as save energy to create a smaller carbon footprint.  Their cows are part of a third-generation practice, which includes top genetics, clean and humane treatment, nutritious and natural feed, and low stress management. These practices along with their choice to “minimally” process the dairy products right on the farm, offers consumers the highest quality, local milk. Spokane’s Family Farm uses low temperature pasteurization to process milk, which they believe leaves much of the good bacteria that makes milk healthy. In addition, they do not homogenize the milk with idea that the body can digest the cream better and use the fat for energy and nutrients more easily.

Join us to tour their facilities and learn more about their dairy herd management, utilization of sustainable energy, and production of high quality milk. Trish and Tim will demonstrate the cheese-making process and attendees will receive some Spokane’s Family Farm milk and rennet culture to experiment with cheese-making at home! ($5 additional registration fee)

spokanefamilyfarm.com

Directions to 21715 W Coulee Hite Rd, Spokane, WA 99224

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For more information: angela@tilthproducers.org or call 206-632-7506

Support for this farm walk and other Tilth Producers Education Programs funded in part by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.


HOrse-Powered Organic farming
Yacolt Mountain Farm & Nursery,Yacolt, WA, Clark COUNTY
MONDAY, August 11, 2014
FARM WALK 12:30 – 4:00 PM
SIGN IN 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Informal “bring your own” bag lunch networking begins at 11:45
Pre-registration encouraged

Yacolt Mountain FaBud and Charlie, Yacolt draft horsesrm & Nursery was founded by Caroline and Dan Swansey in 2011. This family farm’s mission is to be a sustainable, certified organic horse-powered farm which provides fresh organic vegetables, pastured eggs, grass-fed lamb, pastured pork, nursery plants and so much more to the community. With that, they believe in farming in a way that respects the soil and their environment. The Swanseys operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and sell straight from the farm, at farmer’s markets, and at local food stores.  The farm recently became Certified Organic earlier in 2014.

Join us at Yacolt Mountain Farm to learn more about the transitional process for organic, integration of livestock into their farm system, and the farms use of draft horses in their diverse operation.

www.yacoltmountainfarmandnursery.com/

Directions to 20217 NE Yacolt Mountain Road, Yacolt, WA

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For more information: angela@tilthproducers.org or call 206-632-7506

Support for this farm walk and other Tilth Producers Education Programs funded in part by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.


Post-Harvest Handling: The Process of GAP Certification

Local Roots, Duvall, WA, King County

Monday, August 25, 2014
FARM WALK 12:30 – 4:00 PM
SIGN IN 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Informal “bring your own” bag lunch networking begins at 11:45
Pre-registration encouraged

Local Roots Farm WalkLocal Roots is a family-run vegetable farm in the Snoqualmie river valley, about 20 miles outside of Seattle. Wife and husband team Siri Erickson-Brown and Jason Salvo, along with a small crew of workers and apprentices, grow about ten acres of vegetables. Local Roots uses no synthetic inputs, building soil fertility with cover crops and compost, control weeds with tractor and human powered tools, minimize insect damage with spun-fabric row cover, and accept a certain amount of crop loss due to pests, disease, and bad weather. They sell their produce at Seattle-area farmers markets, through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription program, and to many fine restaurants. With such an operation, they are keen on utilizing the appropriate post-harvest handling practices to ensure safe and quality product.

Join us to learn more about their post-harvest handling protocols and their recent process of becoming Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) certified.

 www.localrootsfarm.com

Directions to 11707 262nd Avenue NE, Duvall, WA 98102

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For more information: angela@tilthproducers.org or call 206-632-7506

Support for this farm walk and other Tilth Producers Education Programs funded in part by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.


Organic hard apple cider and vinegar Production

Alpenfire Cider, Port Townsend, WA, Jefferson County 

MONDAY, SeptemBer 8, 2014
FARM WALK 12:30 – 4:00 PM
SIGN IN 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Informal “bring your own” bag lunch networking begins at 11:45
Pre-registration encouraged

Alpenfire Cider Owned and operated by Steve and Nancy Bishop, Alpenfire Cider produces hard apple cider and vinegar using cider fruit from their certified organic orchard and from locally grown organic apples. Attached to small scale cider making traditions, Steve and Nancy wanted to make an organic cider that tasted like the ciders they loved from England and France. They planted their orchard in 2004 with over 800 trees and 10 varieties of English, French & Early American cider specific apples. These apples have been used for hundreds of years for the unique qualities they bring to cider production. Some aspects of growing cider fruit are contrary to accepted orchard practices – such as not using nitrogen fertilizer and restricting water. Plus, the beauty of cider apples is that they don’t need to be beauties, making organic growing that much easier.

Interest in cider and cider making is growing exponentially in the Northwest and around the country. Join us for a cider and vinegar making tour that covers the whole operation from the branch to the bottle. Also hear how the Bishops utilized a USDA Value-Added Producer grant to increase their production capabilities to the point of self-sufficiency.

www.alpenfirecider.com/

Directions to 220 Pocket Lane, Port Townsend, WA 98368

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Support for this farm walk and other Tilth Producers Education Programs funded in part by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


Unique Fruits, Nuts, & Marketing of a Highly Diversified Organic Nursery

Burnt Ridge Nursery, Onalaska, WA,  Lewis COUNTY 

MONDAY, SEPTEMbER 22, 2014
FARM WALK 12:30 – 4:00 PM
SIGN IN 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Informal “bring your own” bag lunch networking begins at 11:45
Pre-registration encouraged

Burnt Ridge NurseryBurnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards is a family-owned farm, in business since 1980. Owned and operated by Michael and Carolyn Dolan, their 20-acre farm is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with a beautiful view of Mount St. Helens. They are a mail order nursery that specializes in unusual and disease resistant trees, vines, and shrubs that produce edible nuts or fruits. Burnt Ridge prides themselves on having a large selection of Northwest native plants, ornamentals, and useful landscape trees. They produce all their nursery stock using low-input, organic methods. Burnt Ridge also operates an orchard of their own selling their unique fruit at the Olympia Farmer’s Market and in local stores. They also produce a variety of certified organic jams and jellies.

Join us to learn more about the diverse number of fruit and nut species grown at Burnt Ridge and their potential for growth in the Northwest. For example, the walk will cover the many varieties of chestnut and hardy kiwi that the nursery produces using low-input methods.

www.burntridgenursery.com/

Directions to 432 Burnt Ridge Road, Onalaska, WA 98570

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For more information: angela@tilthproducers.org or call 206-632-7506

Support for this farm walk and other Tilth Producers Education Programs funded in part by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program and the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


Collaborative Farming, Resource Sharing, & Land Conservation

Enumclaw Sustainable Farmers Network

enumclaw, WA, King COUNTY 

MONDAY, October 6, 2014
FARM WALK 12:30 – 4:00 PM
SIGN IN 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Informal “bring your own” bag lunch networking begins at 11:45
Pre-registration encouraged

Mensonides-2014-FarmPicSee how three farms on the Enumclaw Plateau work together to help each other succeed through resource sharing. Also learn how King Conservation District supports farmers to maintain their business and stewardship goals. We will visit Boise Creek Boer Goats (pasture-raised goat meat), Providence Farms (Organic Valley farmer-owned cow dairy), and Ode to Joy Farm (eggs and pastured poultry).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnumclawSustainableFarmersNetwork/

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For more information: angela@tilthproducers.org or call 206-632-7506

Support for this farm walk and other Tilth Producers Education Programs funded in part by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.


Producing Organic Wine and VAlue-Added Products

China Bend Winery, Kettle Falls, WA, stevens COUNTY 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014
FARM WALK 12:30 – 4:00 PM
SIGN IN 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Informal “bring your own” bag lunch networking begins at 11:45
Pre-registration encouraged

China Bend WineryTwenty miles northwest of Kettle Falls, tucked into a banana belt along the Columbia River Valley, is China Bend Winery, an organic estate-grown winery. Owners Bart and Victory Alexander view natural winemaking as at once simple and exacting; easy and labor intensive; ancient and state-of-the-art modern. Their winemaking style is defined by their commitment to preserve the wine’s maximum nutritive values and express the fullest flavor without manipulating, altering, or adding anything that would compromise its purity. Eliminating the need to add sulfites is the biggest challenge an organic winery faces. Extreme care and precautions are required to prevent contamination and oxidation at every step of the process, from harvest and crush though aging and bottling. In addition to wine, they also produce a wide variety of value-added products in their certified kitchen using fruit and vegetables from their organic gardens. Bart and Victory have a strong marketing plan that includes various farm events and enterprises including barrel tasting, salsa fest, grape stomp, and a bed & breakfast.

Come learn how China Bend Winery makes “the best wine in the world” and creates high-quality value-added products. Further, see for yourself how Bart and Victory have been successful marketers in all of their farm enterprises.

www.chinabend.com

Directions to 3751 Vineyard Way, Kettle Falls, WA 99141

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For more information: angela@tilthproducers.org or call 206-632-7506

Support for this farm walk and other Tilth Producers Education Programs funded in part by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.


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Past Farm Walks

WSU Small FarmsThe 2014 Farm Walk series is presented by Tilth Producers of Washington and the WSU Small Farms Program