Tilth Conference

Request for Session Proposals

Farmers, researchers, educators, advocates, and all members of Washington’s agricultural community are invited to submit session proposals for this year’s Tilth Conference!

The Tilth Conference, now in its 49th year, is an annual gathering where farmers, researchers, composters, educators, advocates, and all members of Washington’s agricultural community are invited to share knowledge and learn from one another via lectures, workshops, and panel discussions.

This year’s conference will be held in-person, Thursday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Oct. 28 at Fort Worden State Park on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The conference is co-hosted by Tilth Alliance, the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) and Washington State University Extension’s Regional Small Farms Program. Our theme for 2023 is “Returning to Common Ground: Building Cooperative Food Systems for a More Resilient Future.”

About Sessions

Farmers and all others working within our agricultural community are asked to contribute and share their practical experiences, key learnings, and expertise in 75-minute sessions, including time for questions and answers. Presenters will be required to present in-person; no virtual presentations will be offered this year. Farmer/rancher and BIPOC presenters are offered free registration. All other presenters are offered a discounted ticket price of $150.00 for the Friday and Saturday of the conference.

Presentations should provide useful, relevant, applicable information that supports the success of organic, regenerative, and sustainable producers, and/or the beneficial use of recycled organic materials, at all levels. Tilth Alliance and the Tilth Conference work to create and support a sustainable, healthy and equitable food system. Presenters who are transitioning to organic, especially this year, are also welcome to submit a proposal.

Deadline: Submit your proposal by Friday, July 7.


Available space in the conference schedule is limited; not all proposals can be accepted. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevant: Does it fit in with the theme and intent of the conference? Will it provide useful information to farmers (particularly small to mid-scale farmers), farm workers or other key players in our food system?
  • Compelling: Is it interesting? Is it important? Is it well-communicated?
  • Practical: Is there a takeaway? Will it potentially lead to changes in behavior or the adoption of new practices?
  • Well Planned: Is it fully thought through? Is it suited for an in-person format?

Please complete the proposal form below if you are interested in presenting at this year’s Tilth Conference. If you’ve got several great ideas and would like to suggest all of them, please submit a separate form for each of them.

If you’d like to make suggestions for a topic or presentation that doesn’t match this form, contact Rae Russell.

We are no longer accepting proposals for sessions at this year’s Tilth Conference! Please consider submitting a proposal next year.