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Book Talk and Conversation about Locally Grown Grain

Carnation Farms is pleased to host Grain By Grain authors Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle for an event focused on bringing farmers, distillers and bakers together for a discussion about growing grain. Our guest authors will speak about their new book, Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food and their experiences growing grain in Montana.

Carnation Farms is currently working on a project to put 20 acres of underutilized farmland into grain production and provide a series of grain-focused classes and events in order to launch a thriving King County grain economy. Learn more about the grain growing project at Carnation Farms.

The Carnation Farms culinary team will provide grain-based snacks for event attendees.

More information

May 16th, 1-3pm
Carnation Farms
28901 NE Carnation Farms Road
Carnation, WA


Weed Management Intensive

SnoValley Tilth’s Weed Management Intensive will give participants a three-season view of weed management at multiple scales and techniques ranging from hand cultivation to tractor cultivation. The intensive will be divided into three workshops, each tackling the following topics through hands-on demonstrations with farmer-teachers.

Participants can choose to participate in the full series or sign up for individual workshops. Current SnoValley Tilth members will receive a code for discounted prices.

SnoValley Tilth’s “Technical Intensives” are courses intended to provide farmers with peer-to-peer mentorship and to lift up the expertise of local farmers.

Register

May 18
Steel Wheel Farm
Fall City, WA


WSU/Tilth Alliance Farm Walk: Pasture Raised Meat: Pasture Management, Ethics and Slaughter

Come meet farmers Andrew and Micha Ide of Bright Ide Acres in Orting, WA, a farm enterprise dedicated to the production of “ethically raised meat” on pasture. We’ll explore the rotational grazing system in place for poultry, sheep and pigs on this 30-acre farm, and see the latest no-till pasture renovation trials being conducted in collaboration with WSU researchers. We’ll also have the chance to view the WSDA on-farm slaughter facilities at Bright Ide Acres, and will consider the regulations and food safety standards necessary for this type of operation. The Farm Walk will conclude with a Pierce Conservation District no-till drill demonstration for seeding forage or cover crops. A no-till drill training will also be available for those who wish to rent this equipment for their own use.

Registration

Monday, May 20th, 12-3:30pm
Bright Ide Acres
Orting, WA


King & Pierce County Regional Farm to School Gathering

School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, students, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are encouraged to attend! Learn from other people in your region working on farm to school, network and build partnerships, talk about how to grow local farm to school efforts, and more.

Registration and more info

Tuesday, May 21, 2pm-5:30pm
Decatur High School FFA
2800 SW 320th St
Federal Way, WA 98023


Growing, Trellising, & Vining Crops in a Greenhouse

SnoValley Tilth’s Greenhouse Management Intensive will give participants a four-season view of how to most effectively utilize greenhouses. The intensive will be divided into four workshops, each tackling the following topics through hands-on demonstrations with farmer teachers.

Participants can choose to participate in the full series or sign up for individual workshops. Current SnoValley Tilth members will receive a code for discounted prices.

SnoValley Tilth’s “Technical Intensives” are courses intended to provide farmers with peer-to-peer mentorship and to lift up the expertise of local farmers.

Register

June 1
Whistling Train Farm
Kent, WA


SnoValley Tilth Summer Farm Tours and Potlucks

Second Monday of each month. SnoValley Tilth welcomes all members, whether you’ve never been to a potluck or are a long-time attendee! Bring a dish or drink to share or just bring yourself. The first hour will include introductions and time to eat. The second hour will be a farm tour.

Details

June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9. 5:30pm-7:30pm.


WSU/Tilth Alliance Farm Walk: Ecological Soil Management for Organic Grain Production

Organic Heirloom Grains From Plow to your Plate! Find out how Bluebird Grain Farms uses cover crops and other soil health management practices to care for the earth they farm in the Methow Valley. Our host, farmer Sam Lucy will discuss tools for monitoring soil health such as soil and water testing and the importance of his cover crop regimen. We will also get a taste of what it means to be a plow-to-package grain farm as we touch on Bluebird Grain Farms processing operations including why they decided to vertically integrate and how they control for quality to produce fresh, safe, and delicious grains.

Register

Thursday, June 13th, 12-3:30pm
Bluebird Grain Farms
Winthrop, WA


WSU/Tilth Alliance Farm Walk: Loyal to Soil: Regenerative No-Till Practices for Garden & Pasture

Learn how the farmers at Spoon Full Farm are fulfilling their mission of being “Loyal to Soil” through their Whole Earth farming practices. We will discuss their no-till garden and pastures, carbon sequestration projects, and regenerative practices. We will also hear about their strategies for building a brand and their dedication to customer service, as well as their best practices for complying with food safety standards.

Register

Monday, July 8th, 12-3:30pm
Spoon Full Farm
Thorp, WA


King Conservation District (KDC) Field Day: Intensive Rotational Grazing

Visit Wild Canary Farm (formerly K-T Cattle Company) to learn how KCD Board Supervisor Jim Haack and his wife Katie raise Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grass Fed beef with intensive rotational grazing. They will highlight pasture health best management practices and KCD will demonstrate equipment available to farmers and landowners. $10 per person includes a locally-prepared lunch, partially sponsored by King-Pierce Farm Bureau. Pre-registration required by July 11. Limited to 45 attendees.

Register

July 13th, 9:30am-2pm
Wild Canary Farm
Duvall, WA 98019


SnoValley Tilth’s Market Garden Weed Management Workshop

Farmer James Berntson of Radicle Roots Farm will demonstrate the strategies that he uses for weed management on his small market garden-style farm. James will demonstrates how he uses wheel hoes, collinear hoes, silage tarps, and low-till techniques for his small-scale weed management system. Participants will have an opportunity for a question and answer session and leave with a variety of resources for their own growing.

SnoValley Tilth’s Weed Management Intensive is comprised of 3 separate workshops and will give participants a three-season view of weed management at multiple scales and techniques ranging from market garden-style to tractor cultivation. Technical Intensives create peer-to-peer farmer mentorship, build farmers’ technical skills, and provide participants with an opportunity to see how multiple, diverse farming operations work.

More information

Register

July 27th, 9am-1pm
Radicle Roots Farm
1220 Orchard Ave
Snohomish