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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.

In The News ...

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Tilth Film Night Is March 18, Featuring The True Cost

Join us to see The True Cost. This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? The documentary includes issues around the production of cotton, a major crop here in the U.S. and elsewhere. We’ll gather at the home of Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young for a 6 p.m. potluck and see the film at about 7. It would be helpful if you R.S.V.P. to Mark or Melissa. Ask for directions to their Clinton home. The event is free.

Farmers' Market Vendor Orientation

New and returning vendors are invited to the 2018 vendor orientation to the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers' Market at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Trinity Lutheran's Grigware Hall in Freeland.

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.

Help Sustain South Whidbey Tilth

We've mailed out our annual invitation to help sustain our programs with a year-end gift. Interested in helping? Please download this letter to our supporters and this coupon to use with your donation.

Council of Trustees Next Meeting March 15

Join us at our next business meeting Thursday, March 15, the time is at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church's commmunity building on SR 525 in Freeland. We'll be 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.

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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 newsletter issue is 2017-2018 Tilth Winter Newsletter


Membership Meeting to Focus on Fermentation
Nominations to the 2018 Council
Like Us on Social Media
Financial Gifts Put Tilth on Solid Ground
Seeking a Sustainabilty Apprentice
Maintaining the Highway Right of Way
South Whidbey Tilth Holiday Party
WSU Organic Agriculture Systems
Cultivating Success
Caretakers Observe and Adapt
Our Tilth’s Future Explored
Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion
Wholesale Success Workshop
Earth and Ocean Month Planning
Biochar Demonstration Was Delicious
Freeland Farm Seeds Available
Biochar — the Kiln Is Available
Community Seed Swap
Full Day Training Intensives
Everett Market Looking for Producers
Tilth Membership Renewals


Follow links to issues from past years:

Fall 2017 Newsletter

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

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November/December 2012

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