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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 ...

Work Party Every Tuesday 2 to 6 p.m.

Join us on Tuesdays this summer to tackle a myriad of projects. Angie has delicious food for hungry volunteers. Depending on the weather we could be inside or out, in the forest, in the orchard and gardens. See the Garden page for specifics. When the weather is hot we'll focus on the forest trails.

SNAP Customers May Double the Value of Their Purchases

SNAP customers may double the value of their food purchases at the Tilth Farmers' Market now, thanks a generous grant from Goosefoot Community Fund. South Whidbey Tilth now has an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) machine to easily process Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)cards. Prior to this SNAP cards were done manually. Customers can get a sheet from the Market Manager or a vendor to make a list of purchases and then come to the manager to run the total. Only half will be debited from your card.

Mokihana CalizarSeptember 25 — Farmers' Market, Hear the Power of Story ...Plus Leaf Prints with Carla

Mokihana Calizar brings the Safety Pin Café to the Farmers' Market starting with an Hawaiian chant at 11 a.m. She says, "Sometimes life in the civilized world creates symptoms and situations that demand crossing borders for remedy and solutions. A massage helps, a prescription might do, but often it’s a story these symptoms crave." She tells the tale Pele and Lono, strumming her ukulele between. She invites the audience to join in group readings. First, the reading of the original medicine of the Safety Pin Café, and then a freshly minted story for the Tilth land, called Feed the Land. Donations will benefit the work of Real Change, a Seattle-based group which “exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice,” and South Whidbey Homeless Coalition (SWHC) whose mission is to "Help us make homeless a brief and rare experience in our community."

Artist Carla Walsh is offering a complimentary leaf-print craft activity for young and older.Art with Carla

Rufus Rose Whirly Gigs Alex's Tie-dyed BabywearCome to the market for late summer's bounty of fresh local produce. You'll find pumpkins, squash, leeks, tomatoes and more. The assortment of crafts and gifts inspire early holiday shopping opportunities. Open Sundays through October 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2812 Thompson Road, on SR 525 between Freeland and Bayview. The market accepts SNAP cards and many vendors take Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons for WIC and Seniors.

Take time for brunch. Chef Edward Hueneke has roasted potatoes and eggs, 3 Sisters hot dogs and much more. Expect to find Lesedi Farm's Dorcas Young also with samosas, greens and beans.

More vendors are welcome to check out our Farmers' Market. Find us in the new Fresh Farm Guide on page 13 or go to Puget Sound Fresh and download the free Mobile app.

Council of Trustees 2016 — Next meeting Oct. 20 at Trinity Lutheran Annex, all are welcome, 6:30 p.m.

Four trustees were elected to the Tilth's governing council on Saturday, January 23. Prescott was reelected as President. Pete Little was appointed two months ago and was confirmed by election. He serves as chair of membership, development and community relations. Judy Kaplan will chair the market committee and Fred Rouge is serving as Vice President. Continuing for the second year of their terms are Edward Hueneke, finance chair; Michael Seraphinoff, education chair; Dorcas Young, land stewardship chair. Position 7 still open and is a one-year term. The council needs a secretary. Please contact the Tilth President if you are interested.

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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.

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.


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 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

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 June-July 2015


Tilth Farmers’ Market
Acoustic Music Festival
Fair Days Are August 6 to 9
What Is Tilth?
Tilth Council of Trustees
Classes at Tilth this Summer
Insects Abound
Rocket Mass Heaters
Clay Oven Workshop
Our Wonderful New Problem
Mobile Poultry Processing
Rhubarb Disease
Pacific Rim’s Seed Challenge
Make an Island at Tilth
Calyx Summer Campus
Sustainability Banquet
President’s message
Swarming for Healthy Bees
Renaissance Market
Old Iron-Antique Tractor Meet
Membership form


Follow links to issues from past years:

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