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Among people everywhere there is increasing concern about the quality and safety of our food as well as concern about harm to the environment from ill-conceived agricultural activity. Tilth's mission is to promote environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture. We are devoted to learning about and promoting ways in which to raise food, ornamentals, other farm crops and farm animals without damage to the environment.

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Annual Membership Meeting and Raffle — January 27

All are invited to attend an afternoon of companionship, comradery, a shared meal, an exciting presentation and the South Whidbey Tilth Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, January 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church's Annex in Grigware Hall, 18341 State Route 525 in Freeland. Doors open at 3:30 to peruse raffle items.

At 4 p.m. Eric Lee Mäder of the Xerces Society tellas about Pollinator Conservation for Whidbey Farmers, Gardeners and Rural Landowners. Mäder is the Pollinator Conservation Program Co Director at the Xerces Society. In addition to his professional background Eric farms native plants on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound and owns Northwest Meadowscapes, an all-native grass and wildflower seed company serving Washington and Oregon. The program is free.

The annual meeting begins about 4:50 with nominations to the council of trustees. There is also a presentation about ideas and plans for the future. The potluck begns about 5:30 and raffle drawings are at 6 p.m.

Raffle tickets sold will benefit the programs and operation of South Whidbey Tilth. Tickets are $2 or six tickets for $10. Some items include the book, Lichens of North America, a bread-making machine, handcrafted soap and more.

Council of Trustees December 20 Meeting Postponed

Due to high winds the Thursday, December 20 meeting was postponed. The Council met on Friday, Janauary 4. The next regular meeting on January 17 was cancelled. Members are welcome to participate in meetings, contact the President for information or leave a message at 360-321-0757.

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Vounteer hours

South Whidbey Tilth depends on its volunteers. Please download a volunteer form as a pdf file. Keep track of your time all year. Mail to South Whidbey Tilth or email to the Treasurer.

Our Organization

Enjoy the Sustainability Campus

The South Whidbey Tilth 11-acre Sustainability Campus provides a unique, leisurely ambience and focus for learning. The campus is open for walking, and you can view our ongoing projects: demonstration field crops, community garden and orchard, forest trail and understory recovery project, native plant salvage beds operated by Native Plant Stewards, the highway vegetation management model, and bluebird nesting boxes established by Coupeville fifth-graders. Dog walkers, please usethe poop bags behind the restroom where the directional signs are. Use the trash can there.


Volunteer Opportunities

South Whidbey Tilth has opportunities for you to help with classes, farmers' market, community gardens, facilities maintenance and improvements and forest restoration projects.


Tilth History

On August 27, 1977, more than 70 people gathered at Pragtree Farm near Arlington, WA, to develop strategies for the sustainable agriculture movement in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the "Regional Planning Meeting," the gathering established the framework for the Tilth Association.


Recently the Berry Center in Kentucky posted a video of Wendell Berry's July 1, 1974 speech in Spokane. Wendell's insights are as powerful today as they were forty years ago. The full transcript of his speech is available on the Tilth Producers website.


The meeting at Pragtree Farm laid the foundation for organizing local Tilth chapters. The next spring the first chapters were formed in Seattle and in Southwest Washington, followed by Willamette Valley Tilth and Rogue Tilth in Oregon. By the summer of 1982 there were 15 Tilth chapters in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, with an estimated combined membership of 2,000.  At the Regional Planning Meeting three years later Anthony Judge's ideas were incorporated into Tilth's strategy of organizing autonomous local chapters empowered to respond to the needs of their communities. Over the past three decades the Tilth movement has ebbed and flowed, with the central organization dissolving into statewide organizations in Oregon and Washington, and local chapters forming and fading away. Because of its decentralized, ecological strategy, however, Tilth has continued to adapt, survive, and thrive. Today Tilth is experiencing a resurgence parallel to the growth of the organic food and farming nationwide. The complete story by one of the founders, Mark Musick is on the Washington Tilth website select History.


All the Tilth organizations celebrated the 40th anniversary at the Tilth Producers Conference in November 2014. Mary Berry, Wendell’s daughter, was a keynote speaker.


See our chapters at:

Oregon Tilth www.tilth.org

Tilth Alliance www.seattletilth.org

Sno-Valley Tilth www.snovalleytilth.org

Vashon Island Growers Association www.vigavashon.org


Online newsletters

The current issue is the Fall 2018 South Whidbey Tilth Newsletter


  • Market Highlights
  • Shop the Giving Trees
  • Seeking Council Trustees
  • Angie’s New Adventure
  • Red Alder Woodlot
  • Native Bare Root Plant Sale
  • Pollinator Expert Comes to Tilth
  • Whidbey Gardening Workshop
  • President’s Message
  • Grandin Returns
  • Tilth’s Holiday Party
  • Newsletter Editor Wanted
  • Smell That Coffee
  • Membership Renewals
  • Sound Waters Registration
  • Whidbey Wonders Opens
  • Calendar
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