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Farm Walks

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.

Join us for a Farm Walk!

Farm Walk photoJoin Tilth Alliance in collaboration with Washington State University for the 16th year of Farm Walks. Farm Walks are 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 Monday afternoons. Registration is $15 for Tilth Alliance members and students and $25 for non-members. 

Questions? Contact Erin Murphy, Statewide Education Coordinator: erinmurphy@tilthalliance.org or (206) 633-0451 ext. 116 or

Nicole Witham, Statewide Coordinator of WSU Food Systems Program: nwitham@wsu.edu or (360) 379-5610 ext. 212 / (425) 218-3608

Save the Date: Farm Walks 2019

This year we will visit seven farm locations throughout Washington State, hosted by organic, sustainable and innovative farm and food businesses providing peer-to-peer education. Keep an eye out for registration! 

How Not to Start a Goat Dairy: Lessons Learned & Models for Success From a Veteran, Female Farmer

Lost Peacock Creamery — Olympia, WA
Mon., Sep. 9; noon-4 p.m.
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Join farmers Rachael Taylor-Tuller and Matthew Tuller of Lost Peacock Creamery as they share their story of how they came to be farmers, why they landed on a goat dairy and how they are working to create a sustainable business model while sharing some of the harsh and humorous lessons they've learned along the way. As a veteran farmer, Rachael will talk about farming as a method of healing and guest experts will be on hand to share resources and opportunities that exist for veteran farmers. We will also cover marketing strategy, agritourism as an income stream (yes, that includes goat yoga!) and food safety requirements as we walk the farm. Rachel and Matthew will showcase their favorite fencing systems, discuss their soil health management plan, and how they use herding and guard animals such as dogs, llamas, and peacocks. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the afternoon milking, sample Lost Peacock Creamery cheese and tour the milking parlor and processing facilities.

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Farm Walk Booklets

See below for information about past farm walk sites. Click the location for a site description, resources and topics covered during each Farm Walk.

Innovations in Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Production / Innovaciones en la Producción de Fresas, Moras y Moras Negras

  • Mon., Aug. 12 / Lunes, 12 de Agosto
  • Berry growers at Viva Farms — Burlington, WA
  • Mon., July 29, 2019
  • Lazy R Ranch and LINC Foods — Spokane and Cheney, WA

Ecological Soil Management for Organic Grain Production

  • Thu., June 13, 2019
  • Bluebird Grain Farms — Winthrop, WA

Pasture Raised Meat: Pasture Management, Ethics and Slaughter

  • Mon., May 20, 2019
  • Bright Ide Acres — Orting, WA

Basics of Biochar: On-Farm Kiln and Soil Amendments: Finnriver Farm & Cidery

  • Sat., Dec. 8, 2018

Recovering from a Loss & Building Up the Community Good Will Credit Card; Willowood Farm of Ebey's Prairie

  • Oct. 22, 2018

Fall Cover Crops and the Value of On-Farm Education: Cloudview Farm

  • Sep. 24, 2018

Creative Farm Financing & Diversified Enterprises (English)

Financiación Agrícola Creativa y Empresas Diversificadas (Español)

  • Sep. 10, 2018

Organic Orchard Pest Management (Manejo Organico de Plagas de la Huerta): White Bear Orchard

  • Aug. 6, 2018

Fermented Feed for Pastured Poultry and On-Farm Nutrient Management: Foothill Farms

  • July 9, 2018

Crafting Value-Added Products with Heritage Grains: Palouse Colony Farm and Joseph's Grainery

  • June 4, 2018
  • Topics: heritage grains, niche grains, grain-to-glass movement

Cover Cropping for Soil Health: Lenwood Farms

  • May 22, 2017
  • Topics: cover cropping, irrigated systems, habitat, beneficials
  • July 7, 2017
  • Topics: Season extension, diversified marketing
  • August 7, 2017
  • Topics: Orchard, organic transition, certification, recordkeeping
  • August 21, 2017
  • Topics: Organic, medicinal herbs, wholesale, retail, budgeting 
  • September 25, 2017
  • Topics: Cider, orchard, taphouse, marketing 
  • October 2, 2017
  • Topics: Organic, seed production
 

Farm Walks are supported in part by the Local Food Safety Collaborative, the WSDA and WA MEAT UP, a statewide gathering for the small niche meats sector..

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