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Tilth Conference: Schedule at a Glance

Tilth Conference 2019

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Click here for a PDF session schedule! (Updated Tuesday, Oct. 22)


7:15-9 a.m. Registration and Coffee 
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Farm Tour: Inaba Produce Farms, Gilbert Orchards and Bale Breaker Brewing
(Lunch and transportation included)
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. PSA Grower Training with Washington State Tree Fruit Association
(Lunch included)
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Registration 
6-7:30 p.m. New Shoots & Deep Roots Happy Hour



7:15-9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Trade Show
8:30 a.m. Welcome! 
Morning Sessions Sustainable Production & Systems I
  • Developing a Soil Health Roadmap for Your Diversified Farm
    April Jones Thatcher, April Joy Farm
  • On Farm Aerated Static Pile (ASP) Composting - You Can Do It!
    Chris Henderson, Small Acres; David Bill, Midnight's Farm
  • Fermenting Feed for Pastured Poultry: Does It Make a Difference to Flock Productivity at Farm Scale?
    Dr. Louisa Brouwer & Matt Steinman, Foothills Farm
  • Protein for the Planet
    Mericos Rhodes, Spoon Full Farm; Andrew Ide, Bright Ide Acres; Christina Miller & Matthew Cox, Green Bow Farm; moderated by Nicole Witham, WSU Food Systems Program

  • Capturing Value: Expanding Into Value-Added Production
    Emily Tzeng, Local Farm and Fiber; Dorcas Young, Lesedi Farm; Roxanne Hudson, Spring Rain Farm; Matthew Cox, Green Bow Farm; moderated by Luke Woodward, NABC
  • Farm to School Sales Workshop & Feedback Session
    Chris Iberle, WSDA Regional Markets; Tobias Magaña, Magaña Farms; Marcia Wagner, Grandview School District
  • How Do We Build Equity Into Our Food System? (¿Cómo fomentar la equidad a nuestro sistema alimentario?)
    Maureen Darras, Community to Community; Edgar Franks and Marciano Sanchez, Familias Unidas por La Justicia
  • Just and Reliable Future for Agricultural Workers (Un futuro justo y confiable para los trabajadores agrícolas)
    Jen Witherspoon, Silverwell Farm; Felipe Perez III; Nansy Venegas, Helsing Junction Farms; Elizabeth Bragg, Long Hearing Farm; moderated by Emma Shorr, Steel Wheel Farm
  • What's New at the State Veterinarian's Office?
    Susan Kerr, WSDA
  • Finding and Leasing Farmland
    Dylan LeValley, attorney; Alyssa Jumars, Methow Conservancy/Methow Wild Fruits; Jason Alves, Veterans Conservation Corps/Vet Corps/Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs; moderated by Amy Moreno-Sills, PCC Farmland Trust/Four Elements Farm
12:10-1 p.m. Lunch
1-1:50 p.m. Keynote — Javier Zamora, JSM Organic Farms (CA)
Afternoon Sessions Sustainable Production & Systems I
  • On-Farm Plant Breeding: A Beginner's Guide
    Aaron Varadi, Organic Farm School
  • Innovations in Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Production (Innovaciones en la Producción de Fresas, Moras y Moras Negras)
    Javier Zamora, JSM Organic Farms; Nelida Martinez, Pure Nelida Farm
  • New Advances in Farm Management for Pollinators, Beneficial Insects, and Biodiversity (Nuevos avances en el manejo de los polinizadores, insectos beneficiosos y la biodiversidad)
    Eric Lee-Mader, Northwest Meadowscapes / The Xerces Society
  • Wireworm Monitoring and Management in Organic Vegetable Production
    Brook Brouwer, Washington State University
  • Building Your Brand, Telling Your Story & Social Media Marketing
    Micha Ide, Bright Ide Acres/Pierce County Fresh; Venise Cunningham, Simple Goodness Sisters/Pierce County Fresh
  • Power in Numbers: Collective Marketing for Local Agriculture
    Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections/Eat Local First; Micha Ide, Bright Ide Acres/Pierce County Fresh; Sarah Sullivan, Gorge Grown Food Network; Jennifer Kleffner, Miles Away Farm/Walla Walla Grown; Steph Coffey, Island Grown; moderated by Laura Raymond, WSDA Regional Markets
  • The Black Experience in the Pacific Northwest: Food Systems - Then and Now
    Nyema Clark, Nurturing Roots; Melony Edwards, Willowood Farm; moderated by Edward Benote Hill, NW Black Food Sovereignty Coalition
  • Harvesting in Indigenous Alignment
    Mary Lee Jones, Yakama Nation/Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • Spreadsheet Techniques for Small and Mid-Scale Farm Businesses
    Kether Scharff-Gray, Mainstem Malt/Viva Farms; Anna Chotzen, Viva Farms
  • Crop Planning with Spreadsheets
    Becky Zaneski, Full Tilth Farm
6-7:30 p.m. Happy Hour and Trade Show
7:30-9 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony
9-10:30 p.m. Dancing, Live Music and Trivia


7:15-9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8-8:45 a.m. Community Roundtable
Morning Sessions Sustainable Production & Systems III
  • Maximize Your Sales with Year-Round Production Using Affordable DIY Infrastructure
    Lisa Helm, Dayton Urban Grown Cooperative
  • Renewable Energy on the Farm
    Mia Devine, Small Acres/Sparks Northwest
  • From Ground to Glass: Evaluation of Unique Barley Varieties for Washington Craft Malting, Brewing and Distilling
    Stephen Bramwell and Layton Ashmore, Washington State University; Mike Peroni, Northwest Agriculture Business Center
  • Western Washington Hay and Pasture Improvement
    Brook Brouwer and Stephen Bramwell, Washington State University; Melissa Habenicht, Center for Natural Lands Management; Bruce Gregory, San Juan Island Conservation District

  • You Just Can't Be Everywhere! Hiring Employees for Farmers Market Success (Simplemente no se puede estar en todos partes. Contratar a los empleados para el éxito en el mercado agrícola)
    Colleen Donovan, Washington State Farmers Market Association; Jennifer Antos, Neighborhood Farmers Markets; Ryan Lichttenegger, Steel Wheel Farm; Heidi Peroni, WSDA Organic Program
  • Add to Cart: The Ins and Outs of Online Marketplaces
    Chris Hedgpeth, Vashon Fresh/Forest Garden Farm; Erin Smith, Kitsap Fresh/The Smithshyre; Amy McCann, Local Food Marketplace; moderated by Dan Carlson, Kareli Farm
  • Policy Advocacy in Olympia and the Sustainable Farming Grant Program
    Stephanie Williams, The Nature Conservancy; Peter Kelly, Carbon Washington
  • Fight Hunger, Fund Farmers
    David Bobanick, Harvest Against Hunger; Jeff Mathias, Blue Mountain Action Council; Chandler Briggs, Hayshaker Farm; moderated by Katie Rains, WSDA Food Assistance Specialist
  • Adding Open Source Software to Your Farming Toolbelt
    Paul Weidner, farmOS
  • First Season of Produce Inspections (Las inspecciones de la Inocuidad de los Productos)
    Karen Ullmann & Kelly Morales, WSDA Produce Safety Program
12:10-1 p.m. Lunch 
1-1:50 p.m. Keynote — Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Program, WA)
Afternoon Sessions  Sustainable Production & Systems III
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture — The Way of the Future
    Michael Seliga-Soulseed, Cascadia Edible Landscapes
  • Organic Tree Fruit Management in the PNW
    Griffin Berger, Sauk Farm

  • What's Black, White and Green All Over? The WSDA Handbook for Small and Direct Marketing Farms
    Laura Raymond, WSDA Regional Markets

  • Cultivating Success: Building a Statewide Small Farms Network — The Future of Small Farms in WA
    Nicole Witham and Laura Lewis, WSU Food Systems
  • Organic Certification Workshop: Bring Your Questions and Get Answers! (Taller de la certificación orgánica: ¡Traiga sus preguntas y obtenga respuestas!)
    WSDA Organic Program
3 p.m. Closing & Goodbye
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