Tilth Conference


Browse through the Tilth Conference schedule! Please note that this is a preliminary schedule that is subject to change before the event.

Thursday, Oct. 26
7:15-9 a.m.Registration & Breakfast
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
12-12:30 p.m.Break. Farm Walk attendees will get on their buses to the farms.
12:30-4:30 p.m.
5-6 p.m.WORC Annual Meeting
6-8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27
7:15-9 a.m.Registration & Breakfast
8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
8:30-9 a.m.Welcome!
9-9:30 a.m.Coffee break. Visit the Trade Show!
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
9:30-10:45 a.m.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
12:15-1:30 p.m.Lunch
12:45-1:30 p.m.
2-3:15 p.m.
3:30-4:45 p.m.
5:30-6:30 p.m.
6:30-8 p.m.
8-10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28
7:30-8:15 a.m.Registration & Breakfast
8:15-10:15 a.m.
10:30-11:45 a.m.
noon-1 p.m.Lunch
Farm Walks
12:30-4:30 p.m. Farm Walks Thursday, Oct. 26
We’ll be visiting The Grainery (Chimacum, WA) and White Lotus Farm (Port Ludlow, WA). Farm Walk attendees will choose which farm they want to
Science Symposium
9 a.m.-12 p.m. “Integrated Pest Management in a Changing Climate” Thursday, Oct. 26

Sanford D. Eigenbrode, University of Idaho; Lindsey Du Toit, Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Northwest Research and Extension Center

12:45-1:30 p.m. Keynote: April Thatcher Friday, Oct. 27

April Thatcher, April Joy Farm

Track A
9:30-10:45 a.m. How Do You Experience Stress? How Do We Survive? How Do We Thrive? Friday, Oct. 27

Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm; Lori Mercer, Farm Aid; Julie Jesmer, WSU Skagit County Extension/Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program; Chad Reznicek, Colorado AgrAbility Project

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Alternative Farm Stand Models: Centering Access Friday, Oct. 27

Kerri Cacciata, Tilth Alliance; Chris Henderson, Twin Sisters Market & Small Acres Farm; Lexa Dundore, Tilth Alliance

2-3:15 p.m. Understanding Climate Grief: Recognition and Building Resilience Friday, Oct. 27

Addie Candib, American Farmland Trust; Maud Powell, Oregon State University Extension

3:30-4:45 p.m. Building Better Alliances for Farmland Improvements and Protections: We’ve Got a Plan for That! Friday, Oct. 27

Patrice Barrentine, King County Agriculture Program; Lauren Silver, Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance; libby reed, Orange Star Farm

10:30-11:45 a.m. Local Advocacy 101: Protecting Farmland in Your Community Saturday, Oct. 28

Dani Madrone, American Farmland Trust

Track B
9:30-10:45 a.m. Maximize the Harvest From Your Small Farm or Garden Friday, Oct. 27

Anza Muenchow, South Whidbey Tilth

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Organic 1: Solutions to Certification Stumbling Blocks Friday, Oct. 27

Brenda Book, WSDA Organic Program; Allison Dermond, WSDA Organic Program

2-3:15 p.m. How NRCS Can Help Small Farmers and Ranchers Friday, Oct. 27

Rebecca Anderson Bellanca, Natural Resources Conservation Service

3:30-4:45 p.m. Organic 2: Transitioning to Organic – New Opportunities and Resources to Get There Friday, Oct. 27

Brenda Book, WSDA Organic Program

10:30-11:45 a.m. Organic 3: Common Sense Approaches to Organic from a Fruit Grower, Seed Producer, Wine Producer, and Produce Farmer Saturday, Oct. 28

Nestor Garcia, Blue Gem Farms; Katie Jagger, Saltwater Seeds; Mark Green, Wild Hare Organic Farm; Kiva and Jazmin Dobson, Klickitat Canyon Winery

Track C
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cooperative Farming: Lessons in Moving Towards a Democratically Run Workplace Friday, Oct. 27

Elizabeth Bragg, Kelly Skillingstead, Emily Smaldone and Ben Stamats, Long Hearing Farm

2-3:15 p.m. Creating Opportunity Through Cooperative Development and Networking Friday, Oct. 27

Michael Peroni, Northwest Agriculture Business Center; Charlie Michel, Mission West Community Development Partners

3:30-4:45 p.m. Open-Gate Farming: The Perks and Pitfalls of Growing with Community Friday, Oct. 27

Caitlin Leck, Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture; Patrick Bennet, Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture; Laurie Racicot, Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture; Jenson, SisterLand Farms

10:30-11:45 a.m. Dig Into the Financial Dirt: Spend, Save, Invest, and Protect Saturday, Oct. 28

Jess Sarsfield, AgWest Farm Credit; SharonAnn Hamilton, Washington Small Business Development Center

Track D
9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. WA Meat Up Butchery Workshop for Producers Friday, Oct. 27

Dr. Paul Kuber, WSU NE Washington Regional Livestock Extension

9:30-10:45 a.m. Value-Added Products for Fun and Profit Friday, Oct. 27

Devra Gartenstein, Business Impact Northwest; Melissa Moeller, Northwest Agriculture Business Center

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Extensión de la temporada para los mercados directos (Season Extension for Direct Markets) Friday, Oct. 27

Regino & Isai Flores, Regino Farms; Francisco Farias & Lorena Reza Serrano, Farias Farm

3:30-4:45 p.m. Establishing and Maintaining AMF-Plant Relationships in Agriculture Friday, Oct. 27

Tracey Somera, USDA-ARS Tree Fruit Research Unit; Chris Cook, USDA-ARS Tree Fruit Research Unit

10:30-11:45 a.m. Culturally Accessible Food Safety Training: Methods and Applications Saturday, Oct. 28

Melinda Bratsch-Horsager, Quamash Coalition of Northeast Washington

Track E
9:30-10:45 a.m. Nuts and Bolts of Operating a Farm as a Worker Cooperative Friday, Oct. 27

Luis Sierra, Northwest Cooperative Development Center

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Working Together for Better Marketing Friday, Oct. 27

Camryn Barnhart, Local Hens

2-3:15 p.m. Opportunities to Produce Organic Seed on Farm: A Strategy to Diversify Markets and Increase Resilience Friday, Oct. 27

Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance; Ana C. Galvis Martinez, Organic Seed Alliance; Nelida Martinez, Pure Nelida Farm

3:30-4:45 p.m. Creating Pollinator Habitat on Farmscapes Friday, Oct. 27

Jess Chandler, 21 Acres

Track F
9:30-10:45 a.m. Biochar Use in Compost Friday, Oct. 27

Doug Collins, WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources; David Bill, Midnight Farms; Jack Hoeck, Rexius Forest By Products

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Biochar Uses Friday, Oct. 27

Chelsea Mitchell, King County, Water and Land Resources Division; Norm Baker, Sierra Club

2-3:15 p.m. Composting Emissions Friday, Oct. 27

Megan Rounds, Washington State Department of Ecology; Tom Jobson, Washington State University; Tim O’Niell, Engineered Compost Systems

3:30-4:45 p.m. Small Farm Compost Topics Friday, Oct. 27

Michael Bryan-Brown, Green Mountain Technologies; Derek Thedell, WA State Dept. of Agriculture

10:30-11:45 a.m. Other Composting Topics Saturday, Oct. 28

Alli Kingfisher, WA Dept. of Ecology; Kate Kurtz, City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilites; Kelsey Bailey, King County, Solid Waste Division; Dave Keeney, King County, Wastewater Treatment Division

Social Event
6-8 p.m. Happy Hour Thursday, Oct. 26
Let’s start the weekend off right! Join us for a mix and mingle event. Enjoy this evening with plenty of hors d’oeuvres, a
5:30-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour Friday, Oct. 27
Join us for another mix and mingle event and take this opportunity to visit the Trade Show! Enjoy some small bites, a cash bar, reconnect
6:30-8 p.m. Banquet Dinner & Awards Ceremony Friday, Oct. 27
Join us for a special banquet dinner followed by a recognition ceremony. Every year at the Tilth Conference, we award a Farmer of the Year
8-10 p.m. Stories & Songs from the Farm Friday, Oct. 27
Stories and songs are powerful media for sharing important life experiences. They may be emotional, informative or simply entertaining — but when told (or sung) they