South Whidbey Tilth
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2812 Thompson Road, off SR 525, Langley, WA 98260
During both days of the Whidbey Island Farm Tour, Tilth members are on hand to answer questions about the self-guided tour around the 11-plus acre campus. Lesedi Farm’s high tunnel hoop house, garden and farm stand is open. The hoop house is planted with several African, as well as, local crops. Owner Dorcas Young is from Botswana and she cooks and sells her produce at Whidbey Island Farmers’ Markets. There are concessions, clean restrooms, children’s play areas and plenty of parking. Raffle tickets to win a BugaBay worm bin are on sale until the drawing Sunday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. Additional activities are scheduled each day.
• Antique Tractor and Old Iron Meet all day. Last year’s tractor event was so much fun, we’re adding two other oldies: stationary engines and old cars. This isn't a judged show, but a place for owners and people interested in similar machinery to bring their equipment and exchange laughs and lies. Can a stationary engine move? And how old is old? Got something 1955 or earlier? Bring it over.
• Plant propagation from cuttings class is 1 to 2:30 p.m., taught by Anza Muenchow, WSU Master Gardener Coordinator. Master Gardener credits are available. Bring a lab fee of $4 to cover the cost of materials and take home a tray of future perennial garden plants. This class repeats Sunday.
• Mini-farmers’ market offering local and Tilth-grown produce, plus hot food from the kitchen by Kym Saephan.
• Tilth Farmers’ Market is in full swing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some vendors plan to stay open all day. From the kitchen Chef Edward Hueneke prepares hot, tasty food.
• Live music with local musicians. A story telling by Hawaiian native Mokihana Calizar.
• Vermiculture class at noon with Teresa Spratt of BugaBay. Learn the value of composting food waste with worms. Raffle tickets for a worm bin are on sale.
• Plant propagation from cuttings class is 1 to 2:30 p.m., taught by Anza Muenchow, WSU Master Gardener Coordinator. Master Gardener credits are available. Bring a lab fee of $4 to cover the cost of materials and take home a tray of future perennial garden plants.
South Whidbey Tilth, located on 11 acres between Bayview and Freeland, is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and promote biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. The Tilth campus is home to a seasonal Sunday Farmers’ Market, Community Gardens, an orchard with honeybee hives, an education classroom for many kinds of classes and workshops, and multiple native plant restoration projects, including woodlands with walking trails. A newsletter with educational articles and news events is distributed to its membership, bimonthly.
South Whidbey Tilth was founded in 1982 on the mostly rural south end of Whidbey Island. It is a chapter of the Tilth Associations which began in the early 70s during the resurgence of interest in ecology, building concern regarding increased chemical pesticide and fertilizer use in farming of the day, the desire to 'get back to basics', and the desire for the preservation of community.
Directions: (see map: http://www.southwhidbeytilth.org/map.html). From the south, travel on SR 525 just 6.7 miles from the Clinton ferry dock or one mile past the Goose and the Bayview Shopping Corner. Turn right onto Thompson Road and the first left through the gate. If coming from the north on SR 525, continue 2.9 miles from the Freeland light. Look for the scarecrow and turn left onto Thompson Road and the first left through the gate.