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Washington’s Organic and Sustainable Farmers Gather in Yakima for Tilth Conference 2019

Hundreds come together for three days of educational workshops, farm tours, industry trade show and building connections.

Washington’s organic and sustainable agriculture community will come together on November 8-10 at the Yakima Convention Center for the annual Tilth Conference, one of the region’s cornerstone gatherings for hundreds of farmers, producers, educators and agricultural professionals.

Washington’s Organic and Sustainable Farmers Gather in Yakima for Tilth Conference 2019

Tilth Conference 2019: Growing a Resilient Future — Production & Beyond

Oct 17, 2019

Washington’s organic and sustainable agriculture community will come together on November 8-10 at the Yakima Convention Center for the annual Tilth Conference, one of the region’s cornerstone gatherings for hundreds of farmers, producers, educators and agricultural professionals. Hosted by Tilth Alliance, the Tilth Conference offers a wealth of resources and learning opportunities to farmers, whether already practicing organic farming techniques or interested in learning more about them.

"The Tilth Conference is an important yearly event for Washington’s sustainable agriculture community to come together and share their successes and challenges," said Melissa Spear, executive director of Tilth Alliance. “This year’s theme focuses on resilience, which is particularly relevant as the critical relationship between agriculture and climate change becomes more and more clear.”

The weekend conference boasts an impressive list of speakers, including keynotes Javier Zamora of JSM Organic Farms (California) and Valerie Segrest of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project (Washington). On Saturday, Javier Zamora will share his story growing up farming with his father in Mexico to starting his own 200-acre organic farm in California, and how he gives back to his local community. Sunday’s keynote from Valerie Segrest, “Revitalizing Coast Salish Food Culture,” will explore the ways today’s tribal communities are employing concepts of food sovereignty and reclaiming their food systems in order to create a culture of health for future generations.

The conference kicks off Friday, November 8, 2019 with two all-day sessions, a farm tour and a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. The farm tour will visit three local farms in and around Yakima: Inaba Produce Farms, Gilbert Orchards and Bale Breaker Brewing. The PSA Grower Training, presented in partnership with the Washington State Tree Fruit Association and the Washington State Department of Agriculture, fulfills the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for produce growers.

Saturday and Sunday’s 30+ workshops are geared to many skill levels and interests. Knowledgeable and experienced presenters will speak on topics such as improving production, sustainable systems, marketing, agriculture’s role in society, land access, business planning, and opportunities and challenges in the sustainable agriculture field. An industry trade show takes place throughout the weekend and several social events and networking opportunities are planned.

Conference registration information is available online at www.tilthconference.org. Registration includes over 30 workshops, lectures and panel discussions; keynote talks; social events on Friday and Saturday; and meals for the weekend, including a banquet dinner and award ceremony.

Hosted by Tilth Alliance, the annual conference will build on the organization's work to provide new and experienced growers with education, resources, community and technical tools needed to succeed.


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Tilth Alliance
Tilth Alliance teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to grow, cook and eat nutritious food in ways that regenerate healthy ecosystems. They offer hands-on learning experiences and provide training and resources to Washington state farmers and gardeners. —
www.tilthalliance.org

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Contact

Kevin McAleese

Communications Manager

kevinmcaleese@tilthalliance.org

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