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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.

Puget Sound Starts Here

Puget Sound is in Trouble! By encouraging local, organic agriculture and making green choices in our daily lives we can create a Puget Sound that continues to be one of the most fertile places on earth. Find out what what you can do and get started. Learn more here and on the Puget Sound Starts Here web site.


Water Conservation in the Garden Workshop

Installation of watering hoses and manifolds has begun in the pea patches. As a member of Whidbey ECO Network , South Whidbey Tilth is promoting “Whidbey Waters Are in Your Hands", a Puget Sound Starts Here collaboration.

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Next Tilth Film Night is November 13 featuring shorts, Hidden Bounty of Marin, the Meatrix and the Tedtalk by Allan Savory, How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change.

End of the Farmers' Market Season Celebration October 26 — Come in costume or not! spooky bride

As usual, the market opens at 11 a.m. but hours are extended to 3 p.m. There’s lots of farm-fresh produce, gorgeous flowers, artisan products for gifts this holiday season, and prepared foods.

There’s a special bake sale to benefit the Tilth Farmers’ Market operation. Expect lots of goodies to eat or take home.

Music begins with Peter Lawlor on the melodeon at 11 a.m., followed by Island Strings and Whidbey Ukulele ‘O hula Kanikapila at noon.

A raffle drawing for the Leonard Good-designed chicken tractor is at 1 p.m. Tickets are $2 or three tickets for $5. Funds benefit the Calyx Community Arts School. The chicken tractor is a mobile home for a small flock of chickens. It is enclosed to protect the flock from predators, but it is mounted on wheels so the chicken manure can fertilize a garden area as it is moved. And the chickens are assured of varied, fresh greens as the unit is moved from area to area.

Dean Petrich, aka Deano the Clown, visits from 11:30 to 1:30 to conduct children’s games with the giant parachute, teach juggling to older children and adults, and maybe folk dancing and other games. He has fifty pianos to giveaway before the rain damages them.

Dorcas of Lesedi

Stop for lunch, featured vendors this Sunday are Dorcas Young with Lesedi African Food and Kim McJury, the Left-over Queen. Organic coffee, tea and selected cold beverages are available to drink. Fair-trade, organic bulk coffee is available to order, too.

The market operates from 11 to 2 through Sunday, October 26. There is plenty of parking, children’s play areas and clean restrooms. Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons and SNAP cards are welcome.

Benefit for the Tilth Market Is a Bake Sale during the Last Market
BakeSaleFlierPlease help us make this year’s bake sale a success again!
We hope you can donate something to the bake sale. We are always thankful and looking forward to your donations of your favorite baked goods. The emphasis on local, seasonal fruits and vegetables incorporated into your baked item where possible. Pumpkin pie is never redundant. Though all items will be gratefully accepted! If interested in donating a dessert/baked item, please drop item(s) off at the market on 10/26 between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Please include a tag with ingredients and desired selling price. If it is a pie or other unified item that can be cut into pieces, please designate whether to sell it by the slice or the whole.

I hope you can make it and stay and celebrate the fall season. Please contact
Louise Holloway Stanley, vendor and volunteer.

Located at 2812 Thompson Road off Highway 525, see the map and look for the scarecrow at the corner.

New vendors welcome, see the market 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. Hours for 2013 are due by May 1, 2014. Mail to South Whidbey Tilth or email to Treasurer Edward Hueneke.


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. Work parties are often held on Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. See recent newsletters below for more information.


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 celebrate the 40th anniversary this year at the Tilth Producers Conference, November 7 to 9 in Vancouver, Washington. Mary Berry, Wendell’s daughter, will be one of the keynote speakers.


See our chapters at:

Oregon Tilth www.tilth.org

Seattle Tilth www.seattletilth.org

Sno-Valley Tilth www.snovalleytilth.org

Tilth Producers of Washington www.tilthproducers.org

Vashon Island Growers Association www.vigavashon.org


Online newsletters

The current newsletter issue is October/November 2014

Tilth Market Celebrates…...1
Pre-winter Cleanup Day.. …1
Find Us Online……………......2
Coffee Sales………………......2
Council leaders…………….....2
It’s Garlic Planting Time…..3
Alice Cash Howell………......4
USDA Farm Directories…....4
Sailing Local Goods………....4
Food System Consortium...4
An Invitation to Serve Tilth5
Represent Us at ECO-Net...5
Tilth’s Film Night…………......5
Marlene on the Move……....5
Egg-case Pick-off Contest.6
New Shopping Bags………...6
Highlights from Farm Tour..6
Climate Changes…………....7
pH Meter Available………...7
Membership form…………...7


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