By Sarah Collier, Farm Education Program Manager
The creation of this new Tilth organization spans both rural and urban communities. It brings together producers, consumers, learners, educators and allies around a common vision of building an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system. This opens up a world of exciting opportunities!
Tilth farm programs have a long history fostering vibrant and sustainable agricultural communities. Tilth’s farm programs provide farmer-to-farmer education and networking. Cornerstone farm programs include the annual Tilth Conference, a series of statewide Farm Walks, one day universities and publication of Tilth Producers Quarterly. Tilth strives not only to maintain but to actively cultivate and grow these programs.
Last year’s merger (between Tilth Producers, Seattle Tilth and Cascade Harvest Coalition) brought exciting opportunities to Tilth’s farm programs from Cascade Harvest Coalition. Enter the Farm Guide – helping farms and markets make themselves known and guiding consumers in accessing healthy local food, with a great website and mobile app. Washington FarmLink matches landowners looking to sell farmland with aspiring farmers looking to buy.
Seattle Tilth adds to the mix of farm programs a farm business incubator, providing new farmers training and opportunities in everything from production to marketing, and access to land. Through the website and Farmer E-news, Tilth shares information, resources, job listings and classified ads.
Statewide Network of Representatives
In perhaps the most exciting news of late… Tilth will institute a new statewide network of regional representatives in 2017. These representatives will be local community members from across the state who can act as a liaison between communities and Tilth, share information and help build programming. This statewide network will become a core part of the Tilth’s farm program to more effectively represent our statewide agriculture community. Stay tuned for more information as this program develops in 2017.
Meet the Farm Team
|Sarah Collier is the incoming Farm Program Education Manager. She has worked in crop, soil and sustainable agriculture research and outreach for the past ten years and holds a doctorate in plant breeding. Prior to joining Tilth, Sarah worked with the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture and the University of Wisconsin.|
|Kate Nagle-Caraluzzo joins Tilth as the new FarmLink and Statewide Operations Manager. Kate rejoins the farm team with seven years of experience in sustainable agriculture organizations including Tilth Producers and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. She grew up on a small farm in upstate New York, and holds a master’s degree in sustainable agriculture.
|Anthony Reyes is a Farm Manager. He has been a part of the Tilth family since 2014 working with our youth farming program, managing production and farm-based education. He has 10 years of experience in crop production in urban and rural settings along the west coast. He studied food, agriculture and social justice at the University of California Santa Cruz and has a passion for using agriculture as a catalyst for social change.|
|Kyong Soh is the Farm and Education Manager of Tilth’s farm business incubator. Kyong originates from southern Korean provincial farms and was the farm manager at Grindstone Farm in Pulaski, New York, one of the oldest Certified Organic farms in the region. Kyong brings over ten years of program development experience with a concentration in sustainable land stewardship.