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Farm Walks

Each Farm Walk features farmer-to-farmer education through a tour of farm or business, with guest experts on hand to share the most current research and resources.

Join us for a Farm Walk!

Farm Walk photoJoin Tilth Alliance in collaboration with Washington State University for the fourteenth year of Farm Walks. Farm Walks are designed to transfer the hard-earned expertise of established farmers to the current and next generations of sustainable producers. Each Farm Walk features farmer-to-farmer education through a tour of farm or business, with guest experts on hand to share the most current research and resources.

Farm Walks usually take place on Mondays, from noon-4 p.m. Registration is $15 for Tilth Alliance members and students and $25 for non-members. 

Questions? Contact us: register@tilthalliance.org or (206) 633-0451 ext. 106.


Monday, May 22
Lenwood Farms, Connell

Farm Walk - Cover CroppingJoin us in Connell to learn how Lenwood Farms uses cover crops to maintain soil fertility. Lenwood Farms is a 600-acre certified organic farm that uses a variety of organic and innovative methods including using using hedgerows, integrated pest management, and on-farm solar power. Information on the latest research in cover cropping will be provided by Doug Collins, WSU Small Farms Extension Specialist, and Andy McGuire, Irrigated Cropping System Agronomist.

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Farm Walk - Season Extension

Monday, July 10
Growing Washington, Everson

Growing Washington is a 100 acre diversified, certified organic farm spread across ten sites in Everson. The farm grows over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables each year that it sells through its CSA program and at fifteen farmers markets in Whatcom and King counties. The farm has six greenhouses and over 30 high tunnels to help extend the growing season on high-value crops including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and a variety of vegetables. WSU specialists will be on hand to provide additional information about season extension and specialty crops.

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Monday, August 7
KS Orchards, Royal City

WSDA Organic Program

Join us at KS Orchards in Grant County where growers will share their experience in adopting organic practices and completing the certification process. Owner, Dain Craver, has successfully transitioned several of his orchards to organic, including KS Orchards, which has been certified since 2010. Representatives from the WSDA Organic Program will also be available to answer questions regarding the certification process and connect you with resources to successfully transition your own operation. For more information on organic certification, visit the WSDA Organic Program website.

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Farm Walk - Medicinal Herbs

Monday, August 21
Sego Herb Farm, La Center

Sego's Herb Farm is a 55 acre certified organic farm that specializes in selling wholesale quantities of herbs used as plant-based medicines. Currently the farm grows ginko leaves, ginseng and goldenseal. The farm washes and dries all of their herbs on site in their new custom designed drying facility.

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Monday, September 25
SixKnot Cider, Carlton

Farm Walk - Cider ProductionSixKnot Cider is a certified organic cidery and orchard located in the Methow Valley. SixKnot produces three ciders year round and an additional three seasonally. Their cider is available bottled or on tap at over 100 stores and restaurants around the state. Learn why SixKnot chose to build a taphouse on site instead of developing a less expensive, canned product to compete for retail shelf space. Additional information will be provided by Bri Ewing, WSU Extension Fermentation Specialist, and Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension Tree Fruit Specialist.

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Monday, October 2
Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms, Chimacum

Farm Walk - Organic SeedIn this two part Farm Walk, learn how the Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms are contributing to the organic seed supply. The Organic Seed Alliance is a non-profit that educates farmers and the agricultural community, conducts professional plant breeding and production research, and advocates on the national level for organic seed. Essential Blooms is a certified organic operation which sells wholesale quantities of unusual and unique flower varieties. Experts from WSU and High Mowing Seeds will also be on hand to provide more information about trials, breeding and the organic seed market.

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Farm Walks are supported in part by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
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