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.

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

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

Renewable Energy Farm Walks
October 5 – Solar Energy on the Farm – Broad Leaf Farm, Whatcom County
October 26 – Solar Energy on the Farm – Tahoma Farms, Pierce County
April 2016 – Wind Energy on the Farm – Bassetti Farm & Ranch, Klickitat County
April 25, 2016 – Solar Energy on the Farm – Badger Mountain Vineyard, Benton County

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


September 14 – Accessing Land as Beginning Vegetable Farmers

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

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

About the Farm Walk:
Quackenbush Farm started in 2014 as a partnership between four young friends with a passion for good food and desire to connect with the land and local community.  Without access to capital to purchase land, they started the adventure instead by renting and sharing a home on five well-suited acres.  Currently, they farm 1.5 acres of diversified vegetables, with a large portion devoted to growing heirloom varieties. These farmers have much to share on renting versus owning land as beginning farmers, farming on a budget, and developing community partnerships to support their efforts.

Hear from these beginning vegetable farmers their journey to accessing land, building a farm business, and developing outlets 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
Okanogan County
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. 


Renewable Energy Farm Walks

NWSEED_large-squareThe Renewable Farm Walk Series is in partnership with Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED).

October 5  – Solar Energy on the Farm
Broad Leaf Farm
Everson, WA
Whatcom County

Broad Leaf Farm is a long-established family farm located in Everson, Washington, that sells certified organic vegetables and berries. Learn how farmer, Dusty Williams, was able to turn a long-time interest in solar energy into reality. Dusty had been interested in solar since the 1970’s when he lived in an off-grid solar-powered trailer, but had always thought it would be too expensive to do on a large scale. Once he learned of recent declines in solar panel prices and the availability of state and financial incentives, Dusty acted quickly. The 8.6 kW solar electric system was installed in July 2014 and supplies about 25% of the farm’s electricity needs, reducing utility bills as well as reducing this organic farm’s environmental footprint.

Presentations will include:
• Dusty Williams, Owner & Farmer
• Dana Brandt, Owner, EcoTech Solar
• Shannon Ellis-Brock, Chief Operating Officer, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
• Mia Devine, Project Manager, Northwest SEED

REGISTER NOW: Online at http://bit.ly/FW2015BroadLeaf or call 206-632-7506.


October 26 – Solar Energy on the Farm
Tahoma Farms
21108 Orville Rd E,
Orting, WA 98360
Pierce County

Learn how Tahoma Farms is using solar power not only to make their farm operations more environmentally sustainable but also to increase the farm’s financial stability.

Presentations will include:
• Dan Hulse, Owner & Farmer
• Brad Burkhartzmeyer, Owner, Sun’s Eye Solar
• Shannon Ellis-Brock, Chief Operating Officer, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
• Mia Devine, Project Manager, Northwest SEED

REGISTER NOW: Online at http://bit.ly/FW2015Tahoma or call 206-632-7506.


April 2016 – Wind Energy on the Farm – Bassetti Farm & Ranch, Klickitat County
April 25, 2016 – Solar Energy on the Farm – Badger Mountain Vineyard, Benton County