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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.

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Invasive Weed flier

Invasive Weed Class Is May 29

Identify and control invasive nonnative plants with instructor J.C. May who regularly patrols the Tilth campus removing such weeds as Tansy Ragwort and Canada Thistle, among others. A classroom session begins at 1 p.m. in the small building in the Farmers' Market area. Followed by a walk around the campus to search out invasive weeds. The class is $8 for South Whidbey Tilth members and $15 for nonmembers. For registration, email Michael Seraphinoff or call 360-544-2278. Download a copy of the progam flier here.

Tilth Farmers' Market Events May 29

Sommer HarrisSinger/songwriter Sommer Harris, returns to croon out her lovely acoustic music in the mountain-folk style.

Fresh spring produce and flowers are filling the vendor canopies and stalls. Look for DoReMi, Lesedi, Maha, Nettle Hollow Farms. Explore the wonderful artistic offerings from The Herbal Workshop, Farm Art, WiskOwl Wonders, Thistledown and Louise Holloway Stanley.

Welcome back the Jacobson family, known as Blackberry Moon. They have organic cherries, strawberries, handmade soap, honey and excellent cheese.

Welcome new vendor Krislynn Wells who sells for Twisted Wire, lovely jewelry made by a local artist. Also welcome Byron Burn of Pain ReLeaf supplies. Sample his medicinal marijuana tonics.

Take time for brunch. Chef Edward Hueneke has roasted potatoes and eggs and much more.

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

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.

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.


The waterline on the campus is drained to protect pipes from freezing weather. Water can be obtained from the exterior faucet on the pump house. One restroom is open. Please refill the water bucket for flushing from the trash can by the recycling station.

Tilth's Giving Tree Ornaments Sell Well

Thank you all, we raised $105 in donations and sold 19 out of 24. Thank you Dorcas Young for the seeds. Thank you Goosefoot and Island Athletic for hosting this event.

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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.

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