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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Play with Your Food by Making a Garden Critter for the Fair
Go ahead, play with your food and then enter it in the fair! The event is cosponsored by the Deer Lagoon Grange #846 and South Whidbey Tilth at the August 2 Tilth Farmers' Market, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Farmers are bringing their weirdest, most misshapen vegetables and fruits. Crafters have scraps of yarn, wood, etc for making People or Animal Critters to be entered in the Whidbey Island Area Fair. Children 16 and under may supplement their purchases with Grange Bux up to two per child to buy odd-looking vegetables, fruits and materials to make creations. Grange members will help advise how to enter each item in the Whidbey Island Area Fair. Register to submit your critters and finest vegetables, fruits, compost, honey and more at the Whidbey Island Area Fair. Entry day is Tuesday, August 4 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Entertainment at the August 2 South Whidbey Tilth Farmers' Market is the fine violinist Alex Bonesteel. Young Molly Quade is making an appearance as well as a mime.
Meet your local Farmers & Crafters!
Look for apples, plums, tomatoes, garlic, squash, cabbage, lettuces, potatoes, onions, flowers and more. The market has concessions, clean restrooms, plenty of parking and a children’s sandbox. SNAP cards and FMNP coupons are welcome. Plus handmade soap, hand-painted masks, berets, unique knitted items: purses, bags, phone and tablet cases, socks, half gloves and more. The Tilth Farmers' Market accepts SNAP cards. Enjoy picnicking and shopping on the green grassy grounds of the Tilth Farmers' Market. Lesedi Food and Farm and Chef Edward have concessions too.
New vendors welcome. Agreements, policy and rules for the 2015 South Whidbey Tilth Farmers' Market are available. See the market page for details.
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 2014 are due by May 1, 2015. Mail to South Whidbey Tilth or email to the Treasurer.
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.
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.
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.
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
The current newsletter issue is June-July 2015
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