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Tilth Conference: Schedule at a Glance

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7-9 a.m. Registration and Coffee 
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Farm Tour: LINC Foods
(Lunch and transportation included)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Symposium: Emerging Varieties and Breeds — Selecting for Quality Traits and Capturing Niche Markets
(Lunch included)
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Registration 
7-9 p.m. New Shoots & Deep Roots Happy Hour



7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Trade Show
8:45 a.m. Welcome! 
Morning Sessions Sustainable Production & Systems I
  • Organic Seed Production for Diversified Markets and Farm Resiliency
    Aaron Varadi, Organic Farm School
  • Understanding the Organic Seed Chain
    Kikki Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance; Jacob Slosberg, Boldly Grown Farms; moderated by Shaina Bronstein, Vitalis Organic Seeds
  • Putting Hogs to Work in an Integrated Crop-Livestock System (Parts 1 & 2)
    Corine Singfield, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

  • Costing for Diversified Vegetable Farms (Parts 1 & 2)
    Tanya Murray, Oregon Tilth
  • Veterans in Agriculture
    Jason Alves, Farmer Veteran Coalition
  • Women in Agriculture
    Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm; Micha Ide, Bright Ide Acres; Beth Robinette, Lazy R Ranch; moderated by Audra Mulkern, Female Farmer Project
  • Realize Your Farming Vision: Intro to the New WA FarmLink Website
    Julie Kintzi, Tilth Alliance
  • Finding Land to Farm, Finding a Farmer for Your Land
    Julie Kintzi, "Cart Before the Horse" Farm; Chandler Briggs, Hayshaker Farm; moderated by Amy Moreno-Sills, PCC Farmland Trust and Four Elements Farm
11:30 a.m.-noon Keynote — Mai Nguyen: "Regenerating Diversity"
12:30-2 p.m. Lunch
Afternoon Sessions Sustainable Production & Systems I
  • Integrated Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila
    Matthew Grieshop, Michigan State University
  • The Structure and Composition of Soil Organic Matter and Implications for Management
    Doug Collins, Washington State University
  • Putting Chickens to Work: Partnering Pastured Poultry with Regenerative Farming Systems
    Matt Steinman, Foothills Farm
  • Draft Powered Produce: Four Years In, What We've Learned
    Chandler Briggs, Hayshaker Farm
  • What Can the Dots Tell You?: Conducting a Rapid Market Assessment
    Colette DePhelps, University of Idaho
  • Direct to Consumer Marketing — Panel
    Alex Ekins and Amy Dolomont, Ace of Spades Farm; moderated by Laura Raymond, WSDA Regional Markets
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Farming in the Pacific Northwest — Panel
    Ovini Sinclaire, Organic Farm School; Nyema Clark, Nurturing Roots Farm; Dorcas Young, Lesedi Farm: African Foods and Garden; Shanelle Donaldson, Percussion Farms; Dean Jackson, Hilltop Urban Gardens; moderated by Melony Edwards, Willowood Farm of Ebey's Prairie
  • WA State Food Sovereingty
    Chrys Ostrander, Heartsong Farm; Melodi Wynne, Spokane Tribal Network

  • How to Get Credit: The 5 C's
    Jess Sarsfield, Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Accessible Farm Financing that Gives Back to the Community — Panel
    Cole Blitzenburg, Community Action of Skagit County; Salvador Morales, NW Green Farm; Arielle Luckmann, Waxwing Farm; moderated by Kate Smith, Washington State University
5-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour, Poster Session and Trade Show
6:30-8 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony
 8-10 p.m. Square Dancing with the Nematones!


7:15-9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
Morning Sessions Sustainable Production & Systems III
  • Nutritional Weeds as Potential Crops
    Terri Wilde, Cascadia Skillshare Faire and Blue Heron Farm
  • Managing Soil Health and Crop Diseases With Brassica Cover Crops
    Justin O'Dea, Washington State University
  • Liming Can Do More Than Just Change pH
    Gudrun Mahrt, Columbia River Carbonates
  • Using Native Bees to Increase Farm Yield
    Dave Hunter, Crown Bees
  • Successful Medicinal Crops for the Pacific Northwest
    Caitlin Gilson and Katie Vincent, Bastyr University
  • A Queen for All Seasons: Bees as Seeds
    Melanie Kirby, Washington State University and Zia Queen Bees

  • Goats for Vegetation Management: A Business Opportunity
    Craig Madsen, Healing Hooves
  • Marketing Your Local Cut Flowers: Consumer Research & Industry Trends
    Katie Lynd, WSDA Regional Markets; Debra Prinzing, Slow Flowers; Beth Mort, Snapdragon Flower Farm
  • Can You Host a Farm to Table Dinner on Your Farm?
    Kathleen Painter, University of Idaho
  • Market Assessment for a Regional Value-Added Food Processing Facility
    Stephen Bramwell, Washington State University
  • Farming and Mental Health
    Lindsey Nickell, LMHC
  • True Cost Accounting: Let's Look at the True Cost of Food
    Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm
  • WSDA Organic Program Update
    Heidi Peroni, WSDA Organic Program
  • Organic Certifcation: Tips, Tricks and Questions Answered
    Drew Katz, Oregon Tilth
  • Q&A on Food Safety and FSMA: We Know You Still Have Questions — Panel
    David Wise, Wise Ag. Consulting; Claudia Coles, WSDA; Faith Critzer, Washington State University; moderated by Colette DePhelps, University of Idaho
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch 
1-2 p.m. Capnote — Audra Mulkern: "The Power of Storytelling"
2:15-2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
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