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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. Our group, South Whidbey Tilth, is part of the Washington Tilth Association, which is composed of several regional chapters.


In The News ...

2017 Intern Emma cleaning up her garden

Apprenticeship with Grow Whidbey

South Whidbey Tilth is seeking an apprentice to work and learn on its 11+ acre sustainable agriculture campus. It is in affiliation with Grow Whidbey apprenticeship program in partnership with the South Whidbey School Farms and the Good Cheer Food Bank, apprentices will be participating in classes, workshops and field trips specifically designed to support their practical, hands-on learning and service. Applicants may download the job description here.

Tilth Film Night Features, Fed Up, Sunday, November 12

Meet for a potluck at 6 p.m. and a 7 p.m. screening of Fed Up at the home of Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin in Clinton. Please contact them to let them know you are coming and carpool with another if possible. The home phone is 360-341-1269 or email Melissa. This hour-and-a-half documentary is an examination of America’s obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

Ongoing Discussion about the Future of the Market -- Wednesday, December 6

Join us for a potluck and shared camaraderie as we brain storm how to make our unique Farmers’ Market more unique and boost attendance. How can South Whidbey Tilth meet the needs of our community with classes, gardening space, activities. We’ll meet at the old Bayview School on Bayview Road across from the Cash Store.

Study Group Meets Again in January TBA

Gather with fellow gardeners to discuss each month’s work in the garden. The Seattle Tilth Maritime Northwest Garden Guide provides a handy month-to-month to-do list, harvest list, recipes and food preservation ideas, and pests and problems to beware of. Together, we’ll unpack the information and share thoughts and questions on how it applies to our own gardens, getting a chance to learn from each other. Garden Guides are available for $16 which includers tax or plan to borrow one.

Council of Trustees Next Meeting Is November 16

Join us at our next business meeting on Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church's Annex in Freeland. All are welcome to participate and ask questions, contact the President for more information or leave a message at 360-321-0757.

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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.

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 newsletter issue is 2017 Tilth Fall Newsletter

Contents

Community Gardener Spotlight
Tooling Up
Land Maintenance around Tilth
Gardeners Share Ideas
Cedar Grove Compost for Sale
Future of the Farmers’ Market
It All Starts With a Seed
Tilth Film Night Features Fed Up
Biochar Project
President’s Message
Audit Time—Can You Help?
Bread Making Classes
Sustainability Potluck and Raffle
Nominate a Trustee
Soil Biology & Compost Workshops
Investigating Forest Pests
Cultivating Kids
Coffee Ordering Monthly
Calendar

 

Follow links to issues from past years:

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Late Winter 2017 Newsletter

June-July 2015 Newsletter

April-May 2015

February/March 2015

December 2014/January 2015

October/November 2014

August/September 2014

June/July 2014

April/May 2014

February/March 2014

December/January 2013/14

October/November 2013

August/September 2013

Spring/Summer 2013

March/April 2013

January/February 2013

November/December 2012

September/October 2012

July/August 2012

May/June 2012

March/April 2012

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