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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! 

Ecological Soil Management for Organic Grain Production

Bluebird Grain Farms — Winthrop, WA
Thu., June 13; noon-4 p.m.
Join the Facebook event.

Find out how Bluebird Grain Farms uses cover crops and other soil health management practices to care for the earth they farm in the Methow Valley. Our host, farmer Sam Lucy will discuss tools for monitoring soil health such as soil and water testing and the importance of his cover crop regimen. We will also get a taste of what it means to be a plow-to-package grain farm as we touch on Bluebird Grain Farms processing operations including why they decided to vertically integrate and how they control for quality to produce fresh, safe, and delicious grains. 

Register


Loyal to Soil: Regenerative No-Till Practices for Garden & Pasture

Spoon Full Farm — Thorp, WA
Mon., July 8; noon-4 p.m.
Join the Facebook event.

Learn how the farmers at Spoon Full Farm are fulfilling their mission of being “Loyal to Soil” through their Whole Earth farming practices. We will discuss their no-till garden and pastures, carbon sequestration projects and regenerative practices. We will also hear about their strategies for building a brand and their dedication to customer service, as well as their best practices for complying with food safety standards.

Register

 

Mon., July 29

Full details coming soon.

Innovations in Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Production

Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino's Farm, Pure Nelida Organic Produce, Farias Farm and Cabrera Farms — Burlington, WA
Mon., Aug. 12; 3-7 p.m.

Come meet the farmers from Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino’s Farm, Pure Nelida Organic Produce, Farias Farm and Cabrera Farms, who grow at the Viva Farms incubator in Burlington, WA. Throughout the Farm Walk we’ll have the opportunity to learn from both experienced and beginning growers about their innovations for planting, production and harvesting of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. We’ll also hear from WSU researchers and industry experts about best practices for post-harvest handling, shelf life and fruit longevity. The Farm Walk will also touch on irrigation, pest and disease management, and food safety in organic production.

Registration coming soon.

Innovaciones en la Producción de Fresas, Moras, y Moras Negras

Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino's Farm, Pure Nelida Organic Produce, Farias Farm and Cabrera Farms — Burlington, WA
Mon., Aug. 12; 3-7 p.m.

Venga a conocer a los agricultores de Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino's Farm, Pure Nelida Organic Produce, Farias Farm y Cabrera Farms, quienes producen en la incubadora de granjas Viva Farms en Burlington, WA. A lo largo de la Caminata de las Granjas, tendremos la oportunidad de aprender de estos agricultores expertos y principiantes sobre sus innovaciones para la siembra, producción y cosecha de fresas, y moras. Escucharemos también a los investigadores de WSU y los expertos de esta industria explicar las mejores prácticas para el manejo postcosecha y la vida útil de la fruta. La Caminata de las Granjas también abordará el riego, el control de plagas y enfermedades y la inocuidad de los alimentos en la producción orgánica.

Inscripción próximamente.

Coming Up:

  • September 9

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.

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.

WSU Food Systems   Local Food Safety Collaborative
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