Spring 2018 Newsletter

 

From the Desk of the Director

Spring has arrived in the Valley, with new crops starting to fill the fields, flowers beginning to bloom, and barn swallows once again swooping through skies that are, at long last, giving us glimpses of blue.

This season is a busy time for all, and that includes us here at SVT. Our 2018 Member Directory has gone to print and will be available soon. The Carnation Farmers Market opens for the 2018 season with a great lineup of vendors – both new and familiar – on May 1st. Our annual Friends of the Fields Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held at Craven Farm on May 19th. The Experience Farming Project is launching into the 2018 growing season, and our Membership program has plenty in store. Read on below for more of what’s coming up!

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity that occurs this season, and we appreciate the timely reminder recently shared by our friends at Present Tense Farm:

Spring always brings a lot of emotion. It can be overwhelming and challenging. That’s why sometimes, it’s important to stop, breathe, and appreciate what’s around you.

Wishing everyone a season of blue skies and breathing space!

Advocacy Updates

Farm, Fish, Flood 2.0

The Fish, Farm, Flood (FFF) process, initiated by King County in 2012, brought together key stakeholders to develop a plan to balance the needs of fish habitat while stewarding critical agricultural land and minimizing flood impacts. A large part of this work strives to untangle the puzzle of how to locate stream and riparian projects in areas that will result in the most positive impact on fish habitat while yielding the least loss of high quality farmland. SnoValley Tilth actively participated in FFF 1.0 and is proud to continue our advocacy in FFF 2.0.

Read on HERE to learn more about the FFF process and SnoValley Tilth’s involvement.

Program Updates

Carnation Farmers Market

The Market returns for its 15th season TODAY Tuesday, May 1st! We can’t wait to begin celebrating the return of our market and enjoying the bounty of spring. Join your family, friends, and farmers at the Tolt Commons Community Shelter for the Opening Day festivities including the Maypole celebration, Dandelion Fuzzies Mini Farm’s mobile petting zoo, and the reopening of Fred Hockert Park! Explore our new and returning vendors’ exceptional selection of delicious produce, fresh-baked breads and pastries, local beverages, raw honey, ethically-raised meats, from-scratch ice cream, and mouth-watering prepared foods!

Membership Program

This spring we launched a pilot bulk buy program for our farm members and we’re waiting for the last order, coming in Wednesday. Many thanks to those of you who participated in the pilot. We’re putting the final confirmations on the monthly Farm Tours for the summer and are looking forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming May 14th Potluck. This month we’ll be celebrating our farmers and the coming season. We’ll be celebrating in Duvall this month, we hope you’ll join us!

 

Experience Farming Project

The Experience Farming Project is gearing up for the 2018 season, with five new farms and five returning farms, and more than six acres in production. We have begun some soil work at both of our program sites… and after patiently waiting during this wet spring, soil conditions have improved enough for us to get underway with plowing!

Under long-awaited blue skies, the fields are plowed and will soon be ready for planting at the Stuart’s Landing EFP site:

Upcoming Events

Carnation Farmers Market Opening Day
May 1st, 3:00-7:00pm
Corner of Bird and Stossel, downtown Carnation
Mark your calendars for the Maypole Celebration on Opening Day, and come back every Tuesday of the season for even more local music, food, and fun. Stop by and say hello to your favorite farmers while enjoying some of our amazing programs!

May Potluck – Celebrate the coming season!
May 14th 6:30-8:30pm
Rose Room (Old Library) in Duvall

15619 Main St NE, Duvall, WA 98019

2018 Friends of the Fields Benefit Dinner and Auction
May 19th, 5:00-9:00pm
Craven Farm in Snohomish

We hope you can join us for
a scrumptious dinner, fantastic local beverages, live music, and abundant auction fun at the beautiful and historic Craven Farm. Click here for tickets!

Are you a SnoValley Tilth Member?
A SnoValley Tilth membership grants you member pricing for workshops, voting rights at our annual meeting in December, and access to the SVT list serve, where valuable information on all things farming is exchanged. You can also choose to be a part of our online and paper directories with a Directory Level membership. If you care about local food, healthy communities, farmland preservation and a strong food system please consider supporting our efforts.
Become a member today!
If you aren’t interested in being on the list serve you can still support our work with a donation of any amount.

Give to SnoValley Tilth when you shop at Amazon or Fred Meyer!

There are now two great options for supporting SnoValley Tilth with your shopping:
With Amazon Smile, a percentage of your purchase can be donated to SnoValley Tilth. Sign up with Amazon Smile and select “Sno Valley Tilth” as your charity of choice.

With the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program, you can earn donations for SnoValley Tilth by shopping with your Rewards Card. Just log in to your online account and select SVT as your charity of choice! Our organization number for this program is 94530.

Friends of the Fields Benefit Dinner and Auction

SnoValley Tilth’s 2018 Friends of the Fields Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held May 19th 5:00-9:00pm at beautiful Craven Farm in Snohomish, and we hope you can join us!

Join us to support more farmers on more farmland, growing more sustainable food and fiber for our community! We’ll dress up a bit, “farm fancy” (that’s tie optional!), and start with a glass or two of delicious Washington wine, or a glass of beer from Snoqualmie Brewery, to accompany delicious appetizers while browsing the silent auctions and visiting with local farmers. Next, we’ll savor a lovely dinner prepared with local ingredients by Chef Cody Castiglia of Della Terra. We’ll bid often and bid high on amazing experiences, art, and donated treasures in the live auction by Auctioneer Matt Lorch, and join forces with table-mates to secure the top choice of delicacies in a fun dessert dash!

Get Your Tickets Here!

Ready… set… GIVE BIG!

SnoValley Tilth will once again be participating in the Seattle Foundation’s annual Give Big event on May 9th. This 24-hour online giving event is an excellent opportunity to support SnoValley Tilth and stretch your giving dollars.

Click here to GIVE BIG!

Mark your calendar and donate on May 9th!

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Thank you to our generous 2018 Sponsors!
21 Acres | Capri Cellars | Cody Castiglia – Della Terra | Craven Farm | Farm King County | GFS Events | Hartman Group | Jeff Warren – State Farm | Marcia Hardy Realty | Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance | Northwest Farm Credit Services | PCC Farmland Trust | Pike Place Market | R&R Rentals | Recology Cleanscapes | Remlinger Farms

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