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. Our group, South Whidbey Tilth, is part of the Washington Tilth Association, which is composed of several regional chapters.
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South Whidbey Tilth Sustainability Internship Program Seeks Applicants — Deadline extended to February 25
South Whidbey Tilth is offering an internship to facilitate small-scale organic farming activities, community education and to manage the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market. The intern is based on the Tilth campus at 2812 Thompson Road off State Route 525 on South Whidbey Island. As time permits, this program will also support the work of other food security projects including Grow Whidbey (community food production and garden-based education): the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden and the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program.
Select South Whidbey Tilth Sustainability Internship Program to read and download the complete job description. The application deadline is extended to Saturday, February 25.
Council of Trustees Welcomes New Memebers
At the January 29 Annual Membership meeting three trustees were elected to fill the four open positions on the Council of Trustees. Edward Hueneke, Position 3 will continue to serve as finance officer and treasurer. Andréa Linton, Position 5, will serve as membership, community relations and development chair. Angie Hart, Position 7, will serve as education chair. Position 8 is unfilled. The office of secretary is still open. Please consider joining the council who serve as the governing board. These trustees join four others in the second year of their term: President (Susan) Prescott, vice president FRed Rouge, market committee chair Judy Kaplan and land stewardship chair Pete Little. Many thanks to outgoing countil members Dorcas Young and Michael Seraphinoff.
Join us at our next business meeting on Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church's Annex on the highway, in the "Nursery". All are welcome to participate and ask questions, contact the President for more information or leave a message at 360-321-0757.
WiFi Is at South Whidbey Tilth!
Only $160 More Funds Needed for Infrastructure
Help us keep the plant propagation and salvage facility infrastructure. We've raised $740 and the South Whidbey Garden Club is helping with $300. See the Garden page.
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.
South Whidbey Tilth has opportunities for you to help with classes, farmers' market, community gardens, facilities maintenance and improvements and forest restoration projects.
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
The current newsletter issue is June-July 2015
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