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Farm walks study variety of applied skills


By STEVE BROWN



Capital Press



Tilth Producers of Washington and Washington State University's Small Farms Team are sponsoring farm walks to introduce farmers to current research and how it is put into practice.



The walks are:



* April 22 -- Klickitat Canyon Winery and Meadowlark Vineyards, near Lyle, incorporates no-till practices, native flora and biodiversity. Owners Robin Dobson and Kathleen Perillo will explain how they manage both natural and agricultural ecosystems.



* May 6 -- Heron Pond Farms, at the base of Tower Mountain in Spokane, is a small, family-owned farm that produces artisan cheeses and heritage pork. Lorie Arnold will teach the essentials of creating a Grade A dairy with pasture-raised goats and pigs.



* May 13 -- Cascadia Mushrooms, near Bellingham, operates entirely on green power, and 90 percent of its byproducts are recycled. Owner/operator Alex Winstead grows a wide variety of culinary and medicinal fungi, marketing the fresh mushrooms, plugs and growing kits.



* June 3 -- Pine Stump Farms, in Omak, produces hay, cattle, silvopasture, chickens, and goats, as well as value-added products like goat cheese. Albert Roberts will instruct participants in repair and maintenance of necessary equipment.



* June 17 -- Suyematsu-Bentryn Farms, on Bainbridge Island, is a non-profit community of farmers working together on public land. During the farm walk, farmers, educators and volunteers will describe how the pieces of the agricultural community fit together.



Cost for each walk is $15 for Tilth Producers members, students and interns; $25 for non-members; plus a $5 fee for day-of registration.



Information and registration: www.tilthproducers.org



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