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Tilth Conference: Farm Walk

This year, the symposium will climate change and Northwest agriculture and the farm tour will be stopping at four farms in the area.

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Attending the Farm Walk? Meet at the Registration Desk at 9:45 a.m. When everyone is present, we will board the bus and begin the tour at 10 a.m.!

Join us on Friday for a Farm Walk at two local farms in the Sammamish Valley.

  • First, we'll visit Sound Sustainable Farms (14017 NE 124th St., Redmond, WA 98052) to learn how Cedar Grove (www.cgcompost.com) is utilizing compost from the region’s organics recycling program to grow organic vegetables for restaurants, residents and food banks in our area.  We will also get a hands-on introduction to compost — it will also be a great chance to ask questions you may have about compost. 
  • Next, we'll stop at Sammamish Farms (15410 NE 124th St., Redmond, WA 98052), which is a 1.5 intensive acre farm that follows a CSA and market model. 

Farm Tours will begin around 10 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. Lunch and transportation are included.

Stops will include:

    Sound Sustainable Farms

    10:30-11:45 a.m.

    Sound Sustainable Farms strives to bring fresh, locally grown, organic food to the tables of diners at our finest area restaurants, fans at our region’s iconic ballparks and the tables of hungry families throughout our region.  

      Founded in 2017, Sound Sustainable Farms was launched by Cedar Grove, a local company with regional roots dating back to 1938. Cedar Grove brought its locally manufactured, organic compost generated from local residents and restaurants to a dormant farm in Redmond, WA. To restore soil health and initiate productivity on land that was intended for and protected for farming. 

        The benefits of compost in agriculture are well researched, documented and known. Sound Sustainable Farms seeks to provide a venue for this region to see firsthand how the valuable resources we recycle every day can be used to grow healthy food for the community we live in. 

        Sound Sustainable Farms is committed to:

        • Farming organically.
        • Enhancing the land they farm by adding compost and nutrients and leaving it better than we found it.
        • Supplying restaurants, local residents and food banks with fresh, locally grown, organic produce.
        • Providing an educational venue and opportunities for the community they serve to learn more about using compost in agriculture, growing produce west of the mountains, organic farming practices and standards and more.
        • Best practices in food safety.
        • Providing local jobs for farmers. 

        "Sound Sustainable Farms is devoted to building and maintaining healthy soils by using compost, cover crops, rotating crops and reducing tillage. We reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers."

        Please wear boots/shoes that can get muddy/dirty and please dress grubby as the dirt has a way of making its way onto the whole outfit. No dogs are allowed so please leave any four-legged friends at home. 

        If you’d like to pre-order produce to pick up at your tour, you can place an order online on Thursday, November 18, until 11:59 pm: Farm Stand Pickup — Sound Sustainable Farms (soundsfarms.com). Please don’t order prior to Thursday as orders are picked the morning after they are placed. Thanks!

        Lunch

        noon-12:30 p.m.

        Sammamish Farms

        12:45–2 p.m. 

        Join Sammamish Farms' Erik Goheen on a tour of their no-till market garden to see how and why no-till principles have been applied on a large scale and learn how local consumer demand has driven the garden's four-season production. 

         

        Register

        Lunch and transportation are included on the Farm Walk.


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