Summer 2018 Newsletter

 

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

From the SnoValley Tilth Board of Directors

Dear SnoValley Tilth friends and supporters,
We wish to update you on changes at SVT. As you may have heard, Melissa Borsting is stepping down as Executive Director effective July 31.
First, we want to thank Melissa for all she’s done for SnoValley Tilth. In her 6 1/2 years with SVT she grew the organization from a staff of one to a staff of five, leveraging sustainable funding sources and building several new programs to serve area farmers. Along the way she has forged many new partnerships for the organization and helped us ensure that farmer voices are a part of the local food conversation throughout our region.

As we prepare to hire a permanent Executive Director, the board is extremely lucky that Libby Reed has agreed to take on the role of Interim Executive Director. Libby has been on staff at SVT for 2 1/2 years and will be able to provide continuity through this transition. In her tenure at SnoValley Tilth she has impressed us all with her ability to distill member feedback and guide the organization to consistently respond to farmer needs. Libby owns a farm in Monroe and has a background in non-profit management.

The SVT board has established a hiring committee and will begin the search for an Executive Director, with the goal of having someone in place early in 2019.

Sincerely,
The SnoValley Tilth Board of Directors

From the Desk of the Director

As many of you have heard by now, I am stepping down from my position as Executive Director as of July 31. I am extremely proud of the significant program growth and organizational development I have had the opportunity to be a part of over the past 6 ½ years. With an exceptional staff and dedicated board, we were able to articulate a multi-year plan for SnoValley Tilth and have begun to see it come to fruition. The organization continues to expand its ability to serve the needs and requests of our farmer members – all in our shared pursuit of a thriving local food system.

While I am leaving the organization, I won’t be going far and will continue to work on issues related to SnoValley Tilth’s mission. I will be focused on agricultural land access and utilization in a role with King County and look forward to continuing to partner with organizations around the region, including SVT.

Thank you for your part in the local food system – whether it is producing food, buying local, or promoting farm-friendly policies in our region; your hard work and dedication are important and inspiring. And thank you for your ongoing support of SnoValley Tilth, I am very excited to see what is next for the organization!

with gratitude,
Melissa

Program Updates

Carnation Farmers Market

Market season is in full swing, and every week our vendors bring a bounty of fresh produce, delicious prepared food, wine, eggs and more. Come on out and do your shopping in the sunshine this summer!

Our POP (Power of Produce) Club kid’s program has expanded this year, running from June through August. With fun new activities every week, we’ve already enjoyed scavenger hunts, veggie trivia, and pedaling our own smoothies on a blender bike! As we launch into the last month of this year’s POP Club, we look forward to another cooking demo with Kathryn Lafond, and two more farm tours at local farms. Visit the POP Club tent at CFM to sign up and see what it’s all about!

CFM’s Music on the Grass concert series has welcomed back many beloved local artists this season, and in partnership with 4Culture, have also brought featured artists to perform, including Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist on June 5th, and Planes on Paper (with Alec Shaw and Zan Fiskum opening) on July 10th. Coming up, we look forward to hearing the musical talents of featured artists Moorea Masa on August 7th and Caspar Babypants on September 11th!

Membership Program

Summer is here, and that means our monthly potlucks have moved outdoors! Join us every second Monday of the month to share a meal and tour a local farm. We’ve enjoyed farm tours at Tractor Farm in June and Sno-Valley Farms in July, and look forward to our upcoming August and September potlucks. Bring a dish to share, and see what these local farms have going on! Dinner and conversation from 6:00-7:00pm, and farm tour from 7:00-8:00pm.

August 13th Potluck: Sweet Blissful Blooms
34012 SE Fall City-Snoqualmie Rd | Fall City WA 98024
Sweet Blissful Blooms is a family farm in Fall City that produces flowers and vegetables for sale at their farmstand and at farmer’s markets.

September 10th Potluck: Radicle Roots Farm
1220 Orchard Ave | Snohomish, WA 98290
Radicle Roots Farm is a sustainable market farm growing artisan produce using organic practices for local farmers markets, restaurants and distributors on less than one acre of land.

 

Experience Farming Project

We’ve made a few improvements at the Experience Farming Project’s Stuart Landing site that will create a safer and more efficient working environment for the farm businesses here. One improvement is replacing the old farm access bridge over Weiss Creek with a new, larger and sturdier bridge. This project was in the works for several years, and the new bridge was finally completed in July. This bridge will improve the safety and accessibility of the Stuart Landing site. Another big improvement recently completed at Stuart Landing was construction of the walk-in cooler. Having access to a walk-in cooler is a game-changer for a new farm business, as being able to harvest and cool vegetables quickly gives them better quality and a longer life post-harvest.

These improvements are an exciting step forward for the Experience Farming Project and will help our participants as they establish and grow their farm businesses. What’s next for infrastructure improvements at EFP? Irrigation!

SnoValley Tilth News

Upcoming Events

Music on the Grass: Moorea Masa
August 7th, 3:00 – 7:00pm
Carnation Farmers Market

CFM welcomes singer/songwriter/guitarist Moorea Masa, a PNW native with a coast to coast following!

August Farm Tour and Potluck
August 13th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sweet Blissful Blooms
34012 SE Fall City-Snoqualmie Rd Fall City WA 98024

Join us as we meet for a shared meal and a tour of Sweet Blissful Blooms. Bring a dish to share, socialize with your fellow farmers and learn more about what Angela and her family have going on in Fall City!

Table to Farm Summer Dinner
August 18th, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Experience Farming Project – Stuart Landing site

Saturday, August 18th, 4-8pm at SnoValley Tilth’s Stuart Landing farm incubation site, the Experience Farming Project in Carnation, with Chef Adam Stevenson of Cedarbrook Restaurant and featuring locally-made wine pairings from Convergence Zone Cellars. Tickets, $125, are on sale now!

September Farm Tour and Potluck
September 13th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Radicle Roots Farm
1220 Orchard Ave | Snohomish, WA 98290

Bring a dish to share and join us from 6:00-7:00pm for dinner and conversation, and farm tour from 7:00-8:00pm.

Music on the Grass: Caspar Babypants
September 11th, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Carnation Farmers Market

Bring the kiddos down to CFM for a special FREE concert with local favorite Caspar Babypants!

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.

Table to Farm Summer Dinner

Saturday, August 18th, 4-8pm
At SnoValley Tilth’s Experience Farming Project in Carnation

We hope you will join us at the farm for an evening to remember! The evening starts off with appetizers and wine at the 4:00pm garden reception with a little live music and an opportunity to mingle with the farmers and your dinner companions. Then enjoy a walking tour of the farm and a short conversation about local farming, food, and farmers’ markets in the valley. Next, please be seated for another four courses of dinner crafted by master Chef Adam Stevenson and served at our signature family-style tables. Washington wines from Convergence Zone Cellars in North Bend will be paired with the delicious meal courses, and fresh coffee from Anchorhead’s local roasters will help polish off the meal around 8:00pm.

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Featured Artist Moorea Masa Coming to Carnation Farmers Market!

AUGUST 7TH: CFM welcomes Moorea Masa, a PNW native with a coast to coast following! Not just writing and performing her own original material, she recorded with El Vy and The Decemberists, sang with soul legend Ural Thomas (who appears on her new album), and toured with Allen Stone. As a solo artist, she’s garnered major praise from Emily King, Corinne Bailey Rae, Nick Waterhouse, and many more. Now 25 years old, Moorea has been touring with crooner KD Lang, and is currently preparing to release her debut LP.

These concerts are made possible by funding from 4Culture. We thank them for their support!

Summer beauty is blooming at Carnation Farmers Market!

Penny Pressing at Baxter Barn

Next time you visit Baxter Barn in Fall City for your farm and feed supplies, be sure to take a peek at the penny pressing machine and see if you can spot a familiar face among the penny options!

Thanks to Baxter Barn for your support of SnoValley Tilth!

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