Lopez Island Event: Farm Walk Monday, Apr 27, Lopez Island Farm

REPOST from Cascade Harvest Coalition

Farm Walk, Monday April 27, Lopez Island Farm, Lopez Island, WA www.lopezislandfarm.com

Pastured Pigs and Soil Fertility, 10am-1pm

Bruce Dunlop is a grass farmer and meat producer who utilizes rotational grazing to optimize soil nutrients. Pig manure fertilizes fall-planted pasture which feeds sheep in subsequent years.  A Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) farmer grant is helping Bruce compare soil fertility in plots with pigs pastured under different rotation regimes. See and discuss early results of this on-going research with Bruce and WSU faculty collaborators Tom Schultz and Craig Cogger. Sheep breeding, offal composting, meat production, processing, and marketing methods, and the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative USDA certified mobile meat processing unit will also be discussed.  (Sustainable)

Special Note on traveling to Lopez Island: To take your own vehicle, plan to board the ferry from Anacortes at 8:50 am, and board return ferry from Lopez Island at 1:35 or 4:55 pm.  Roundtrip fares: passenger: $10.95; vehicle + driver: $26.60; bicycle surcharge: $2.00.  To carpool, Tilth Producers and the WSU Small Farms Team will operate a van to take people from the Lopez ferry terminal to the Farm Walk and back to the ferry terminal afterward.  There will be no charge for this service.  To take advantage of this opportunity, you must RSVP for the Farm Walk and the van with Nancy Allen (nancy@tilthproducers.org, ph. 206-442-7620).  On Monday at approximately 8 am, you can park at the Anacortes ferry terminal and meet a Tilth producers representative at the passenger ticket counter at the Anacortes terminal.  We will also meet at the front of the ferry (in the passenger cabin, not on the car deck).  Upon arrival of the ferry at Lopez, we will proceed as a group to the van(s).

The Farm Walk Program. Since 2004, WSU has partnered with Tilth Producers of Washington to bring farmers together on over 40 organic and sustainable Washington farms.  Discussions are organized around a specific theme; they are a forum for producers and other participants to exchange ideas on specific types of farming from innovative farm leaders at an advanced level. The hope is to learn about best management practices in a ‘hands-on’ environment designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise developed by established farmers with new and future farmers. Please visit http://smallfarms.wsu.edu

Farm Walk Logistics — Complete details at www.tilthproducers.org

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