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Eleven Farmers Graduate from Seattle Tilth Farm Works, Introducing New Small Farm Businesses

Jun 12, 2013

In June, the Puget Sound region welcomes eleven new farmers to its ranks. They are graduating from Seattle Tilth Farm Works small farm business training program. The informal graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Seattle Tilth Farm Works farm, 17601 SE Lake Moneysmith Rd., Auburn, WA 98092. 

The graduates enrolled last fall in Seattle Tilth Farm Works, a small farm business incubator, to benefit from farm and business training, marketing support and access to land. Some of them are relatively new to farming, while others have experience, but came from other regions or other countries and needed to learn about growing techniques specific to the Pacific Northwest. The group is diverse, comprised of seven women and four men ranging in age from mid-twenties to mid-60s, six originally from Kenya, one from Somalia and four born and raised in the United States.

This week graduates are presenting their business plans, which are the culmination of their training. They have participated in classes since February, learning about topics such as crop planning, vegetable production, harvesting, business planning and marketing, while beginning to farm ¼-⅛ acre plots. They have also participated in several field trips to local farms to learn about other operations, completed various homework assignments, and developed farm and business plans.  

After graduation, farmers will focus their attention on managing their fields, selling their produce, participating in farm council meetings and continuing their farm education. Most of the new graduates are selling their crops through Seattle Tilth’s new CSA. They are also selling produce at the Columbia City Farmers Market and Madrona Farmers Market in Seattle, where farmers shadow Seattle Tilth staff and learn how to manage a farm stand. Several of the farmers will also be selling their produce independently at the Virginia Mason Farmers Market, Tacoma Farmers Market and Highline Community College. 

Now in its third year, Seattle Tilth Farm Works has four farmers participating from the initial two years. Two graduates have started their own farm and are currently leading the pastured poultry and chicken processing class for this year’s participants. Volunteers are invited to join monthly work parties at the farm on the last Saturday of the month. Applications for the 2014 training program will be available in late summer.


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