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Tilth Conference: Schedule at a Glance

Tilth Conference: The Future Is Abundant

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7-9 a.m. Registration and Coffee 
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Symposium: Climate Change and Pacific Northwest Agriculture
(Lunch included)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Farm Tour: Soil Stewardship
(Lunch and transportation included)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Farm Tour: Market Diversification
(Lunch and transportation included)
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Registration 
7-9 p.m. Community & Farmer Mixer 



7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
7:45-8:45 a.m. Breakout Groups 
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Trade Show
8:45 a.m. Welcome! 
9-11:45 a.m. Seminars (Sessions 1-5)
Sustainable Systems I
  • Practical Applications of Soil Health Research
    Laura Ridenour, Organic Farming Research Foundation
  • New Directions for Cover Crop Management in Reduced Tillage Organic
    Doug Collins, Washington State University
  • Nutrient Management for Sustainable Vegetable Cropping Systems in the Maritime Northwest
    Dan Sullivan, Oregon State University
  • Optimizing Animal Health: Fermenting Whole Grain Feeds at Any Scale
    Leanne Haight and Matt Steinman, Scratch and Peck Feeds
  • The View From 400 Feet: Sensors and Analytics in Precision Agriculture
    Emily Ciesielski and Robert Parker, MicaSense
  • Soil Biodegradable Mulch Film: A Key Production Aid for Sustainable Organic Agriculture
    Ruth Watts, BASF
  • Fueling the Farm with Local Organic Waste
    Andrew Corbin, Impact Bioenergy; Kyong Soh, Tilth Alliance

  • Produce Processing Capacity in Washington State for Farmers and Buyers
    Chris Iberle, WSDA FARM
  • Leasing Farmland for Lessors and Lessees
    Jim Baird, Cloudview Ecofarm
  • Farming at the Intersection of Agriculture and Social Justice: Creating a Space and Culture of Agency
    Anthony Reyes, Homeless Garden Project
  • Connecting Cooking, Companionship and Community
    Diane LaVonne, Diane's Market Kitchen
  • Panel: From Farm Worker to Farm Owner: Experiences of Latino Farmers Across Washington
    Nelida Martinez and Liz Lopez; facilitated by Kate Smith and Marcy Ostrom, Washington State University
  • Fresh, Local Shopper Data from Six Washington State Farmers Markets
    Colleen Donovan
  • Seattle Markets Seeking Farmers!
    Chris Curtis, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance; Doug Farr, Seattle Farmers Market Association; Zack Cook, Pike Place Market
  • Wholesale Produce Buyer and Grower Partnership
    Diane Dempster, Charlie's Produce; Amy Moreno-Sils, Four Elements Farm
11:45 a.m.-noon Intersession
noon-1 p.m. Lunch 
1-2 p.m. Keynote: David Montgomery
2-2:15 p.m. Intersession 
2:15-5 p.m. Seminars (Sessions 6-10)
Sustainable Systems II
  • Biodynamic Principles and Practices
    Clay Wesson
  • Healthy Soils, Healthy Environment, Healthy Economy: The Nisqually Community Forest Project
    Lisa Remlinger, Evergreen Forests Program; Harold Crose, Resource Conservationist; Max Webster, Washington Environmental Council
  • From Hoof to Plate: Business Essentials for Pastured Livestock Producers
    Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Oregon State University
  • Planning a Compact Farm
    Josh Volk, Slowhand Farm
  • Conducting On-Farm Trials and Regional Variety Selection: A Seed Company Perpsective
    Shaina Bronstein, Vitalis Organic Seeds
  • The Difference a Good Liming and Calcium Nutrition Program Can Make in Organic Cropping Systems
    Gudrun Mahrt, Columbia River Carbonates
  • Pollination, Increased Produce Yield and Organic Labeling
    Dave Hunter, Crown Bees
  • Transitioning to Organic Production
    Brenda Book and Scott Rice, WSDA Organic Program
  • Organic Cannabis?
    Brenda Book, WSDA Organic Program
  • What's New and Mandatory? FDA Produce Rule 101
    Karen Ullman, WSDA FARM
  • Microloans: Cultivating Big Dreams on Small Scale
    Jeffrey Wardwell, FSA
  • Panel: Acceso a Capital: Programs de Prestamos (Access to Capital: Loan Programs)
    Salvador Morales and Manual Mendoza, facilitated by Kate Smith, Washington State University

  • Marketing Your Farm at Market
    Laura Raymond, WSDA FARM
  • Panel: The Economics and Logistics of Selling at Farmers Markets
5-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour, Poster Session and Trade Show
6:30-7:15 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony
  • Mark Musick, one of Tilth's founders, will talk following the Saturday dinner about the evolution of the Tilth movement in our region and directions for creating an abundant future for everyone.


7:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8-8:45 a.m. Community Roundtable
Tilth Alliance educational programming with specialty crop focus
8:45-9 a.m. Intersession
9 a.m.-noon Seminars (Sessions 11-15)
Sustainable Systems III
  • Making Biodynamic Compost
    Clay Wesson
  • Growing Biodynamic Grapes
    Clay Wesson
  • Cover Crops and N Management in Organic Vegetable Production
    Nick Andrews, Oregon State University
  • Soil Building with Hugelkultur
    Melissa Tatro and Jarret Griesemer, King Conservation District
  • Facilitated Farmer to Farmer Exchange: Tools for Farm Business Management
    Tanya Murray, Oregon Tilth
  • How to Survive Your Success: Realistic and Useful Business Planning for Building Capacity and Growth
    Paul McClellan, Corvus NW

  • Organic Educational Resources
    Drew Katz, Oregon Tilth; Brenda Book, WSDA Organic Program
  • Finding Farm Help and Building a Skilled Team
  • Eat Local Campaigns and Place-Based Marketing
    Warren Neth, Clark County Grown; Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections
  • Wholesale + Retail: A Food Systems Roundtable
    Jeff Salchenberg, New Seasons Market; Mike Neubeck, Organically Grown Company; Diane Dempster, Charlie's Produce; Diane Singer, Pacific Coast Fruit; Alan Linck, Whole Foods Market
  • Marketing Mojo I: The Basics
    Sheryl Wiser, Tilth Alliance
  • Marketing Mojo II: Make the Most Out of Email, Websites and Facebook
    Shannon Borg, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
  • Marketing Mojo III: The Ins and Outs of Instagram
    Venise Cunningham, Simple Goodness Farm
  • Serving Up Local: Farm-to-Table & Restaurants
    Hillary Barbour, Burgerville; Chef Capers Ogletree, The Grant House; Jodell Hinjosa, Jo-Foody; April Thatcher, April Joy Farm; Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections
noon-12:15 p.m. Intersession
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch 
1-1:15 p.m. Raffle Drawing
1:15-2:15 p.m. Capnote: Brady PiƱero Walkinshaw 
2:15-2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
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