Educational Programs

SnoValley Tilth provides educational activities through these four programs:

  • Monthly potluck talks and tours, free and open to the public: every second Monday, join us for a shared meal followed by a lecture, round table discussion, or farm tour focused on educating farmers and the public about topics related to agriculture. Some topics may be more technical in nature, such as sustainable coping strategies for wire-worms and other soil pests. Some topics may be more applicable to the interested homesteader or home gardener, such as how to effectively use a bat house to support these beneficial animals. Please see our Events page for details of upcoming potluck talks and tours.
  • C.R.A.F.T. Program: the SnoValley Tilth chapter of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training offers free educational workshops for beginning farmers, interns, farm employees, and apprentices every fourth Sunday during the growing season, 6-8 pm. Though workshops are designed to expose new farmers to aspects of farm training they may not encounter at their home farm location, any interested members may join. Please see our CRAFT page for details.
  • Experience Farming Project: SnoValley Tilth’s small farm incubation program offers access to up to 1.5 acres of low-cost, cover-cropped, and prepared land for up to five years in order to allow new farmers the opportunity to test their growing practices, refine their business models, and build a client base. Participation includes partnership with an experienced farmer who acts as a mentor for the newer farmers. For more details, please see our Experience Farming Project page for a link to the Handbook for the program.
  • SnoValley Tilth comes to you: If you are a part of a community group that would like to hear a presentation on SnoValley Tilth’s activities and how you can become more well-connected to your farmers and your food sources, please contact claire@snovalleytilth.org.  We can bring the information to you!

 

Books, Authors and recommended titles:

Farming How-To/Technique
Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers, Frederic Theriat and Daniel Brisebois
Organic Farmers Business Handbook, Richard Wiswal
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, Steve Solomon
The New Organic Grower, Eliot Coleman
The Resilient Gardener, Carol Deppe
The Intelligent Gardener, Steve Solomon

Health
Farmacology, Daphne Miller

Farming Philosophy/Politics
The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, Wendell Berry
In Defense of Food, Food Rules, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadow
Growing Farmers/Personal Accounts
The Dirty Life, K. Kimball
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
From My Experience, Louis Bromfield
The Wisdom of the Radish (and other lessons learned on a small farm), by Lynda Hopkins
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, by Novella Carpenter
Turn Here Sweet Corn, Atina Diffley
Farmageddon http://farmageddonmovie.com/
Endgame (volume 1 & 2), Derrick Jensen

Inspiration
Fields of Plenty, M. Abelman
Four Seasons in Five Senses, D. Masumoto
Malabar Farm, Out of the Earth, Louis Bromfield
Flight From the City, Ralph Borsodi
The One-Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka

Cooking
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, Tamar Adler