Tilth Producers hosts a statewide conference each November, attended by more than 600 growers, researchers, students and agricultural businesses and organizations.
Keynote speaker Allan Savory is founder and President of the Savory Institute and created the holistic management philosophy and practice used worldwide today. Holistic Management is a decision-making framework which results in ecologically regenerative, economically viable and socially sound management of the world’s agricultural lands and grasslands.
Friday features a full-day Washington State University symposium called Seeding the Future: Ensuring Resiliency in our Plant Genetic Resources, plus an afternoon session on small engine repair with “Ask Albert” Roberts and Grant Gibbs.
Twenty-five workshops will be offered Saturday and Sunday by organic and sustainable farmers, researchers and agency educators. A beginning farmer series features Farming Land You Don’t Own, Fertility Testing, Start Up Record Keeping, CSA Start Up and Marketing. Kiki Hubbard and Jared Zystro of the Organic Seed Alliance will offer workshops on Seed Concentration and Protecting Organic Integrity. Farm business topics feature WSDA on Organic Systems Plans, GAPS and Good Handling Practices; Town & Country Market’s Joe Pulicicchio on Optimizing Marketing Relationships, Holistic Management of Small Farms with Allan Savory and Farm Internship Programs with Laura Lewis of Jefferson County Extension and Tom Thornton of Cloud Mountain Farm.
We have a great line up of expert growers sharing their expertise on organic farm practices, including Terry Carkner, John Gunning, Jesse Hopkins, Colin Barricklow, Genine Bradwin, Andrew Dykstra, Roger Short, Eric Zakarison, George and Eiko Vojkovitch, Cheryl Ouelette, Melissa Barker, Alex Winstead, Brad Jaeckel, Brandon Sheard and Caitlin Moore. And, you can learn about current research on weeds, diseases and soils at sessions with WSU Research and Extension speakers Doug Collins, Ian Burke, Chris Benedict, Debra Inglis, Craig Cogger and Todd Murray.
Social events include a square dance with The Tallboys, an organic wine & cheese tasting, an intergenerational mixer hosted in partnership with the Washington Young Farmers Coalition, and of course, organic meals.