Washington State University

Small Farms Team

Farm Walk Education Series

Tilth Producers of Washington & WSU Small Farms Program co-sponsor the Farm Walks each year.

March 30 -Spencer Farm
Utilizing Compost and Vermiculture to Build Soil Fertility
Soil fertility, composting, vermiculture, tree fruit, vegetables, certified organic
Join us for a hands-on opportunity to learn how Spencer Farm carefully monitors all aspects of devloping and maintaining their soil fertility by following this Golden Rule: "Always give back more than you take away."
www.spencerfarmwenatchee.com

April 27 - Green Bow Farm
Multi-Species Rotational Grazing of a Family Farmstead
Multi-species rotational grazing, fiber production
This farm will share their process for maintaining a sustainable livestock rotation that promotes the health of their land, animals, family, and community.
http://www.greenbowfarm.com/

May 18 - Wobbly Cart Farm
Organic Farming and Pollinators: Assessing Pollinators on Your Organic Farm
Certified Organic, dversified vegetable
Learn about promoting pollinators on this organic farm with experts from WSU as part of their Native Pollinator Project.
http://wobblycart.com/

June 1 - Let Us Farm
Cover Cropping on a Diversifed Vegetable Farm, plus soil blocking hands-on!
Certified Organic, vegetable production, cover cropping, soil blocking
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.

June 8 - Zakarison Partnership
Building Soil Tilth: Grazing Sheep on Cover Crop
Sustainable livestock production, nutrient cycling and cover cropping research with WSU
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.

June 15 - Mystery Bay Farm
Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy
Farmstead goat dairy, rotational grazing, pasture management, value added products
The farmers of this WSDA certified Grade A Dairy will provide details about making their farmstead goat cheese and yogurt. 
http://mysterybayfarm.com/

June 29 - Leach Orchards
Organic Pest & Disease Management in Apples and Pears
Certified Organic, diverse orchard, pest management and preventative practices
Hear from this experienced certified organic fruit grower on ways to manage pests and diseases of apples and pears.

July 13 - Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat
Farm-to-Resort: Agritourism with a Certified Organic Garden
Certified Organic, agritourism, farm-to-table, marketing
This certified two-acre garden provides much of the produce and herbs used in Sleeping Lady’s restaurants as well as fresh flowers. Come learn about agritourism, marketing, and farm-to-table at this beautiful mountain retreat’s garden.
http://www.sleepinglady.com/organic-garden-dining.php

July 27 - Perrault Farms
Behind the Brew: Organic Hops Production
Certified Organic, hops production
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.

August 10 - Starvation Alley Farms
Freshly Pressed: Washington's First Certified Organic Cranberry Farm
Certified Organic, cranberries, value-added processing
Washington’s first certified organic cranberry farm will share their passion for growing cranberries and creating in-house, value-added products. 
http://starvationalley.com/

August 25 - Nisqually Tribal Community Garden Program
Building Food Community: Nisqually Tribal Community Garden Program
Farm education program, native food production, community
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.
http://www.nisqually-nsn.gov/index.php/administration/tribal-services/community-services/community-garden-program/

September 14 - Quackenbush Farm
Accessing Land as Beginning Vegetable Farmers
Diversifed Csa vegetable farm; young farmers renting land; example of how beginning farmers might start a farm
Hear from beginning vegetable farmers their journey to accessing land and developing outlest for  direct market sales.
http://quackenbushfarm.com/

September 28 - Sinclair Orchards and Ciderhouse
Organic Apple Orchard and Cidery: Two Businesses in One
Certified Organic, cider apple production, alternative farm energy
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.
www.sixknotcider.com

 

REGISTRATION & LOGISTICS

Cost:  $15 for Tilth Producers members, students and interns. $25 for non-members

Paid pre-registration is recommended for all farm walks.

Pre-register online at www.tilthproducers.org or mail a check with your farm walk choices to:
Tilth Producers
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N #305
Seattle, WA  98103

Beverages are provided. 

View driving directions at www.tilthproducers.org

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

Descriptions, pictures, and booklets of previous year's Farm Walks are available:

2014

Stockhouse’s Farm, Cathlamet; Nash’s Organic Produce, Sequim; Glendale Shepherd, Clinton; Bow Hill Blueberries, Bow; Seattle Tilth Farm Works, Auburn; Spokane Family Farm, Spokane; Yacolt Mountain Farm and Nursery, Yacolt; Local Roots, Duvall; Alpenfire Cider, Port Townsend; Burnt Ridge Nursery, Onalaska; Enumclaw Sustainable Farmers Network, Enumclaw Plateau; China Bend Winery, Kettle Falls.

2013

Blue Heron Farm, Rockport; Plum Forest Farm, Vashon Island; Klickitat Canyon Winery and Meadowlark Vineyard; Heron Pond Farm, Spokane; Cascadia Mushrooms, Bellingham ; Pine Stump Farms, Omak; Suyematsu Bentryn Farms, Bainbridge Island ; Lenwood Farms, Connell;  ; Wilson Banner Ranch, Clarkston; Friendly Haven Rise Farm, Venersburg; J4 Berry Ranch, Mount Vernon; Lincoln Creek Ranch, Galvin; Maple K Farms Colfax.

2012

Gibbs Organic Produce, Leavenworth; Hama Hama Oyster Company, Lilliwaup; Pride and Joy Dairy, Granger; Sunfield Farm, Port Hadlock; Doubletree Farm, Twisp; Cloud Mountain Farm & Nursery, Everson; Double Diamond Fruit Company, Quincy; Kirsop Farm, Tumwater.

2011

Inaba Produce Farms, Wapato; Red Dog Farm, Chimacum; Welcome Table Farm, Walla Walla; WSU Research and Extension Farm, Mt Vernon; Grouse Creek/ Templeton Farm, Chewelah; Cloudview EcoFarms, Royal City; Middleton Organic Orchards, Eltopia; Storytree Farm, Vancouver; Twin Brook Creamery, Lynden; Oxbow Farm Center, Carnation; Cedarville Farm, Bellingham.

2010

Black Sheep Creamery, Chehalis; Heldlin Family Farm, La Conner; Lazy R Ranch, Cheney; Tonnemaker Hill Farm, Royal City; WSU Organic Grain Farm, Pullman; WSU Organic Farm, Puyallup; Manuel Mendoza Orchard, Quincy; Filaree Farm, Omak, Boistfort Valley Farm, Curtis; Finn River Farm, Pt. Townsend.

2009

Terry's Berries, Tacoma; Lopez Island Farm, Lopez Island; Monteillet Fromagerie, Dayton; Crown S Ranch, Winthrop; Estrella Family Creamery, Montesano; Let Us Farm, Oakville; WSU Organic Farm, Pullman; WSU Organic Farm, Puyallup; Alvarez Farms, Mabton; Blue Dog Farm, Carnation

2008

Nicholson Orchard, Peshasthin; Sweet Grass Beef Farm, Lopez Island; Stokesberry Sustainable Farms, Tenino/Olympia; Willie Green's Organic Farm, Monroe; Zakarison Partnership, Pullman; Alm Hill Gardens, Everson; 21 Acres, Woodinville; Methow Creamery, Twisp; Nash's Organic Produce, Sequim; Styger Family Dairy Farm, Chehalis.

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