Inaba Farms

FILE — Operations manager Lon Inaba tends to chard plants in a greenhouse on March 11, 2019, at Inaba Produce Farms, 8351 McDonald Road in Wapato, Wash.

Farmers, producers, educators and agricultural professionals will gather later this week at the Yakima Convention Center for a state conference on organic and sustainable agriculture.

The annual Tilth Conference, Friday through Sunday, will include educational workshops, farm tours and an industry trade show, according to a news release.

Hosted by Tilth Alliance, the conference offers resources and learning opportunities for those interested in organic farming practices.

“This year’s theme focuses on resilience, which is particularly relevant as the critical relationship between agriculture and climate change becomes more and more clear,” said Melissa Spear, executive director of Tilth Alliance.

Keynote speakers are Javier Zamora, founder of JSM Organic Farms, and Valerie Segrest, director of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project.

On Saturday, Zamora will share his story, from growing up farming with his father in Mexico to starting his own 200-acre organic farm in California, and how he gives back to his local community.

Segrest’s talk on Sunday, “Revitalizing Coast Salish Food Culture,” will explore the ways today’s tribal communities are employing concepts of food sovereignty and reclaiming their food systems to create a culture of health for future generations.

Friday’s events include two all-day sessions, a farm tour and a Produce Safety Alliance grower training. The farm tour will visit three Yakima area producers: Inaba Produce Farms, Gilbert Orchards and Bale Breaker Brewing.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be more than 30 workshops geared to numerous skill levels and interests. Topics include improving production, sustainable systems, marketing, agriculture’s role in society, land access, business planning, and opportunities and challenges in the sustainable agriculture field.

Conference registration information is available at

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