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Workshop discusses fruit, vegetable farming
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
EVERSON, Wash. – The Tilth Producers and Washington State University’s Small Farms Program will hold their sixth farm walk 12:30-4 p.m. Monday, July 23, at Cloud Mountain Farm and Nursery. This walk is part of a farmer-to-farmer educational series and is open to the public.
For 30 years, Cloud Mountain Farm and Nursery has been growing tree fruit, grapes and vegetables, and propagating over 1,000 varieties of woody ornamental and fruit plants. Recently, the farm owner Tom Thornton added a farmer training center to host an array of fruit and gardening workshops for beginning farmers and public fruit festivals.
Farmers and the public are invited to a tour of operations and a discussion of new cropping strategies, season extension techniques for tree fruit and vegetable production, and the importance of working with WSU to evaluate new varieties of fruits and vegetables.
"The goals of the Farm Walk Program are to have farmers teach their acquired skills to other farmers, future farmers, or consumers; to bring growers and researchers together to discuss current organic farming research; and to provide input into the development of research agendas,” says Doug Collins of the WSU Small Farms Program and co-chair of the Farm Walk planning committee.
Registration is required and can be done online on the Tilth Producers’ website or through the mail. Registration costs $15 for Tilth Producers members, students and interns and $25 for nonmembers. Checks can be mailed to Tilth Producers at 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N #305, Seattle, WA 98103.
Tilth Producers of Washington is a membership organization of more than 500 Washington growers and businesses. Tilth Producers promotes ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable farming practices that improve the health of our communities and natural environment. WSU Small Farms Program works with communities and individuals across Washington to foster a profitable farming system, to promote land and water stewardship, and to ensure that all Washingtonians have unrestricted access to healthy food.
The series will also feature a tour of Jello Mold Farm, Monday, July 30, a tour of Double Diamond Fruit Company, Monday, Aug. 6 and a tour of Kirsop Farm, Monday, Sept. 10. The full schedule of workshops and tours can be found here.