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Tilth Conference Focuses on Change & Resiliency in Sustainable Agriculture

Read the Tilth Conference press release.

Sep 16, 2016

What are the issues farmers face today in Washington State? How do farmers exhange ideas, address challenges and plan for the future? The Tilth Conference brings together hundreds of farmers, producers, researchers and food system professionals to network and learn from each other. This year's Tilth Conference will explore change and resiliency in the Pacific Northwest organic and sustainble food and farming community, November 11-13 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Conference attendees will build on the 42 year tradition of the Tilth movement. On Friday, conference attendees can attend either a Soil Symposium or go on the Wenatchee-Leavenworth Farm Tour. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees can choose from over 25 workshops on organic production techniques, tree fruit management, education, policy, finance, marketing, the challenges facing the organic movement looking forward and being an advocate for sustainable agriculture.

Tilth Conference
November 11-13
Wenatchee Convention Center
121 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
More information.

Scholarships are available so that farmers may have a chance to attend the conference without financial hardship. 

Keynote address with Michael Phillips Keynote Address: Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. His keynote address on Saturday morning, Biological Resiliency: Finding Community in all the Right Places, will explore how nature intersects with soil health, bringing biological advantages to the foreground. Plant wisdom comes to life as Phillips discusses the different pathways for sustainable agriculture.
Choose from over 25 workshops! Over 25 Educational Workshops
Educational workshops include: 
  • Climate & Resiliency
  • Tree Fruit Management
  • Versatile Livestock Operations
  • Organic Production
  • Finance & Marketing
  • Education & Policy
Farm tour to explore diversifying production Farm Tour — Diversifying Production
Over the past decade, farmers have found ways to diversify crop production. Join us on  farm tour with a lunch and discussion time with your fellow farmers. Participants will discover how a diversified product can help their bottom line and the emerging markets across Central Washington. 
The tour will include Gibbs Organic Farm and Stemilt’s packhouse.
Soil: What's It Worth? Symposium — Soil: What's It Worth?
Why do soils matter? Does the time spent improving soil quality on farm make a difference? Join a panel of Northwest researchers whose on-farm results directly point to the dollars and cents connection between soil management and farm economics. Learn how and why soil management decisions affect production, pests, fertility and produce quality to impact your bottom line at this daylong symposium, Soil: What's It Worth? 
Fun social events! Social Events
Tilth Conference is a great time to catch up with new and old friends, network with colleagues and enjoy the local Wenatchee scene! Start off the conference at the New Shoots & Deep Roots Mixer on Friday night. Don’t miss Saturday’s banquet dinner and annual presentation of the Farmer of the Year and Advocate of the Year awards. Then join us afterwards for a night of celebrating!
Call for Posters
Do you have innovations or agricultural research results that other farmers would benefit from? If so, we invite you to participate in the poster session and share your genius with others! We welcome participation by all stakeholders in the industry including academic researchers, farmers, graduate students and non-profit organizations.
Register for Tilth Conference today!

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Media Contact
Liza Burke
Communications Director
(206)633-0451 ext. 103


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