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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: or (206) 633-0451 ext. 116.

Farm Walks — 2018 Series

Basics of Biochar: On-Farm Kiln and Soil Amendment Options

Sat., Dec. 8; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Chimacum

The Basics of BiocharCharcoal, referred to as ‘biochar’ when applied in agricultural soils, has been shown to store carbon, retain nutrients and water, increase biological activity, and increase a plant’s ability to absorb nutrients. New research on biochar’s influence on soil carbon stabilization and increase in biological activity present an opportunity for charcoal to become a foundational element of regenerative agriculture, furthering other carbon-based farming practices. This FARMWALK will provide a summary of local and international research, as well as a series of on-farm and forestry production methods for converting woody debris into a resource that can increase crop resiliency in a changing climate.

This Farm Walk will take place at Finnriver Farm and Cidery in Chimacum, WA with host Kai Hoffman-Krull, the Executive Director of Forage, a research non-profit dedicated to innovative practices in sustainable agriculture. Kai coordinated a 3 year research project on biochar with farms in San Juan County and the University of Washington and University of Montana. He also runs the non-profit’s market garden, selling produce to local restaurants and coops. Kai worked as a manager for the Yale Farm, and currently collaborates with students and faculty at the University of Montana on publishing academic and magazine articles on biochar, soil carbon, nutrient density, and crop resiliency in our age of climate change.


Farm Walk Booklets

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

Fall Cover Crops and the Value of On-Farm Education: Cloudview Farm

  • Sep. 24, 2018

Creative Farm Financing & Diversified Enterprises (English)

Financiación Agrícola Creativa y Empresas Diversificadas (Español)

  • Sep. 10, 2018

Organic Orchard Pest Management (Manejo Organico de Plagas de la Huerta): White Bear Orchard

  • Aug. 6, 2018

Fermented Feed for Pastured Poultry and On-Farm Nutrient Management: Foothill Farms

  • July 9, 2018

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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