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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 15th 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 Monday afternoons. Registration is $15 for Tilth Alliance members and students and $25 for non-members. 

Questions? Contact Erin Murphy, Statewide Education Coordinator: erinmurphy@tilthalliance.org or (206) 633-0451 ext. 116.

Farm Walks — 2018 Series

Fermented Feed for Pastured Poultry and On-Farm Nutrient Management

Monday, July 9; noon-4 p.m.
Foothills Farm, Sedro-Woolley

Foothills FarmAt "Fermented Feed for Pastured Poultry and On-Farm Nutrient Management" farmer Matt Steinman welcomes us to Foothills Farm in Sedro-Woolley. He will share the logistics and efficiencies of the fermented feed system he uses for his rotationally pastured laying flock. This includes a look into the techniques and tactics he has developed for his truly mobile chicken tractor, as well as his chicken-powered nutrient management strategies for building healthy and productive soil.

Matt exclusively uses Scratch and Peck Feeds for his layer operation, which are Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified animal feeds, using only the freshest, most wholesome, organic grains and ingredients available. 

He has also recently teamed up with independent agricultural research consultant Louisa Winkler on a research project, looking into the nutrient efficiencies and outcomes or his feeding system.

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On-Farm Conservation — Irrigation & Beneficial Pollinators

Monday, Aug. 6; noon-4 p.m.
White Bear Orchard, Quincy

Farmer Manuel Mendoza has successfully transitioned from farm worker to farm owner by purchasing the 60 acre White Bear Orchards he worked on for 25 years. Manuel will discuss and demonstrate his organic pest management strategies and implementation of beneficial pollinator habitat. Working together with WSU entomologists, we will consider varietal selection to enhance pest management strategies. We’ll also have a chance to learn more about Manuel’s updated irrigation system, which he installed to help conserve and manage his water more efficiently. This will be a fully bilingual Farm Walk offered with support from WSU Skagit County Extension, Viva Farms and the USDA.

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Conservación en la Granja: Irrigación y Polinizadores Beneficiosos

Lunes, 6 de Agosto; mediodía- 4 p.m.
White Bear Orchard, Quincy

Nuestro anfitrión, Manuel Mendoza, ha hecho exitosamente la transición de trabajador agrícola a propietario de granja al comprar los huertos de osos blancos de 60 acres en los que trabajó durante 25 años. Manuel discutirá y demostrará sus estrategias orgánicas de manejo de plagas y la implementación del hábitat de polinizadores beneficiosos. Trabajando en conjunto con entomólogos de WSU buscaremos insectos benéficos y discutiremos formas de mejorar aún más su hábitat. También consideraremos la selección de variedades para mejorar las estrategias de manejo de plagas. También tendremos la oportunidad de aprender más sobre el sistema de riego actualizado de Manuel, que ha instalado para ayudar a conservar y administrar su agua de manera más eficiente. ¡Esta será una Farm Walk completamente bilingüe ofrecida con el apoyo de WSU Skagit County Extension, Viva Farms y el USDA.

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Monitoring Soil Health and Exploring Innovative Sources of Income

Monday, Aug. 27; noon-4 p.m.
Helsing Junction Farms, Rochester

Learn how Helsing Junction Farms makes soil health a priority by soil testing regularly, planting cover crops and practicing minimal tillage. Since the farm was founded in 1992, Helsing Junction Farms’ CSA has grown from 75 to over 1,400 members from Seattle to Portland. They will also share their strategies for finding innovative sources of incomes from serving as a wedding venue to hosting farm-to-table events.  

Creative Farm Financing and Diversified Enterprises

Monday, Sep. 10; noon-4 p.m.
Mariposa Farm, Everson

Come learn from Mariposa Farm as they share their farmland acquisition story and the advantages of growing a diverse variety of vegetables and berries. Farmers Lis and Joaquin Lopez worked on farms in Washington for over 12 years before starting their own 9.5-acre farm in 2013 and sell their produce at the Bellingham, West Seattle and Lake City Farmer’s Markets. This will be a fully bilingual Farm Walk offered with support from WSU Skagit County Extension, Viva Farms and the USDA.

Financiación Agrícola Creativa y Empresas Diversificadas

Lunes, 10 de Septiembre; mediodía-4 p.m.
Mariposa Farm, Everson

Nuestros anfitriones, Lis y Joaquín López, han estado trabajando y adquiriendo experiencia en granjas orgánicas en Washington durante más de 12 años. Ahora operan su propia granja familiar, Mariposa Farm, desde 2013 en 9 ½ acres en Everson, WA. Compartirán su historia de adquisición de tierras de cultivo y las ventajas de cultivar una variedad diversa de vegetales y bayas para vender en Bellingham Farmers Market, West Seattle Farmers Market y Lake City Farmers Market. ¡Esta será una Farm Walk completamente bilingüe ofrecida con el apoyo de WSU Skagit County Extension, Viva Farms y el USDA.

Fall Cover Crops and the Value of On-Farm Education

Monday, Sep. 24; noon-4 p.m.
Cloudview Farm, Ephrata

Cloudview Farm will demonstrate how, when, and why they sow fall cover crops, while experts will share research from projects being conducted on site. Farmer Jim Baird will also share his expertise on the value of school tours and on-farm education for market diversification.

Jim Baird has been growing crops such as apples, row crops, mixed vegetables, wheat and alfalfa for over 40 years. Ten years ago, Jim started Cloudview Farm to serve as an educational space for young people to learn about and embrace agriculture. Jim is passionate about healthy soils, healthy food and healthy people.

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Recovering from a Loss & Building Up the "Community Good Will Credit Card"

Date TBA; noon-4 p.m.
Willowwood Farm of Ebey's Prairie, Coupeville

Find out how Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie overcame losing their barn in a fire early last spring by involving their community to support them through the season. There will also be a demo and discussion about the benefits of walk behind tractors in diversified vegetable production.

See below for information about past farm walk sites. Click the location for a site description, resources and topics covered during each Farm Walk.

Crafting Value-Added Products with Heritage Grains: Palouse Colony Farm and Joseph's Grainery

  • June 4, 2018
  • Topics: heritage grains, niche grains, grain-to-glass movement

Cover Cropping for Soil Health: Lenwood Farms

  • May 22, 2017
  • Topics: cover cropping, irrigated systems, habitat, beneficials
  • July 7, 2017
  • Topics: Season extension, diversified marketing
  • August 7, 2017
  • Topics: Orchard, organic transition, certification, recordkeeping
  • August 21, 2017
  • Topics: Organic, medicinal herbs, wholesale, retail, budgeting 
  • September 25, 2017
  • Topics: Cider, orchard, taphouse, marketing 
  • October 2, 2017
  • Topics: Organic, seed production
 

Farm Walks are supported in part by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the USDA Risk Management Agency.


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