2013 SUMMER FARM WALKS
This year’s spring farm walk season has been a success, and there are still more fantastic walks to come! Join us to learn first-hand these farmers’ secrets to success!
All farm walks are 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sign-in 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join us with your own lunch at 11:45 am for informal networking
Cost: $15 for Tilth Producers members, students and interns
$25 for non members; $5 fee for day-of registration
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June 17 - Preserving Agricultural Heritage Through Creative Collaborative Farming
Suyematsu-Bentryn Farms on Bainbridge Island was farmed by Akio Suyematsu for eighty years and is now collaboratively-farmed public land. The 40-acres are city-owned and managed by the non-profit Friends of the Farms (FOF). Learn about this partnership and agricultural community, including youth education, Farmers’ Guild, worker-owned winery,
farm apprenticeship program, and collaborative farm stand. Lunch provided by Friends of the Farm.
June 24 - Integrated Approaches to Pest Management: Farmscaping for Beneficials in
Washington’s Columbia Basin Hands-on (limit 25 people)
Lenwood Farms in Connell, Franklin County.
Fifth generation farmer Brad Bailie practices alternative pest management methods and weed control on his 600-acre farm, growing grains, seed, camelina, potatoes, and vegetables. Hands-on learning in plant-based insectaries for beneficial insects to control crop-damaging bugs, as well as beetle banks, and native flora.
July 8 – Opening the Farm to the Public: Success for a Family Heritage Farm
Wilson Banner Ranch in Clarkston, Asotin County.
Wilson Banner Ranch has been practicing sustainable agricultural methods for 125 years, raising diverse crops. Learn how they adapt to change with a variety of marketing practices including farm events, u-pick, tours, festivals, a farm market, and collaboration with local growers. Join the farmers at the peak of cherry harvest to learn about their operations and history.
July 15 - Beekeeping on a Biodynamic Farm (limit 30 people)
Friendly Haven Rise Farm in Venersborg, Clark County.
Join Jacqueline and Joseph Freeman on their biodynamic farm to learn about starting and tending hives, maintaining hive health without pesticides or additives, and incorporating bees into a diversified farm. Biodynamic agriculture is a farming system that conceives of the farm as a living organism and a self-contained entity, with emphasis on holistic management.
August 4 - Integrated Green Approach to Growing and Processing Organic Berries in the Heart of Skagit River Valley
J4 Berry Ranch in Mount Vernon, Skagit County.
John & Leslie Rogers and Joel & Amy Cunningham converted a conventional farm into a certified organic, top quality, berry operation. They use earth-friendly practices on their 103 acres, from addressing fuel use and water quality to local marketing and strong employee relations. Join them at the season’s peak to learn about harvesting, processing, storing and marketing berries.
August 26 - Pasture Based Products to Support Family, Community, and Environment
Lincoln Creek Ranch in Galvin, Lewis County.
Farmers Nate Lewis and Melissa Barker raise pastured eggs, meat and dairy. See how their grassland management practices provide 100% of their animals’ needs. Learn about NRCS EQIP projects through an on-farm animal waste (including offal) composting facility. Explore biodynamic principles and certification which espouse holistic practices and philosophy.
September 16 - Dry Land Grazing & Water Systems for Grass-fed, Grass-finished Cattle
Maple K Farms, LLC in Colfax, Whitman County.
Tom & Cheryl Kammerzell raise Highland cattle on dry land pasture. Join them on their 3rd generation farm to explore how they manage their pastures to the best advantage for their grass-fed cows. Learn how they developed water systems for the cattle that ensure stream water quality in riparian zones.
Education Program Coordinator
Tilth Producers of Washington
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N #305
Seattle WA 98103
Tilth Producers promotes ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable farming practices that improve the health of our communities and natural environment.