The Sustainable Living & Farming Tour

September 16th - 18th, 2022

About This Event

The Sustainable Living & Farming Tour is an opportunity for people to learn more about living a simpler and more sustainable life by visiting examples and partaking in hands-on applications in the greater Leavenworth area.

Over the course of one weekend, participants will choose between various workshop offerings and site visits that educate, inspire and motivate a path towards sustainable living. Participants will form connections to local  food, the surrounding environment and the people that are 'walking the talk' of sustainability & stewardship.

Event Schedule

From 'Waste' to Compost: a Tour of Winton Mfg

Friday, September 16, 2022
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1:00 pm
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2:30 pm
Winton MFG Compost Works: 17400 Winton Rd, Leavenworth, WA

Are you curious how our food and yard waste becomes nutrient rich compost? Join us for a tour of the new Winton Mfg Compost Works, an industrial composter located just east of Coles Corner. Winton opened this summer and has the capacity to compost all of the organic waste in the Wenatchee Valley into nutrient dense compost that is then sold back to local farmers and residents. Come up and see the process first hand and ask general manager, Thad Schutt, all about the composting process.

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Tools & Tips for Winter Gardening

Friday, September 16, 2022
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3:00 pm
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4:30 pm
Sage Mountain Natural Foods: 11685 US Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA

Learn tips and tricks to continue gardening throughout the winter months, including how to build a cold frame from salvaged materials.  This simple piece of equipment can extend your harvest and give you a source of fresh greens during cold months. The workshop will include a hands on component in which we will construct cold frames in small groups. Raffle tickets will be available for sale and one lucky winner will get to take a cold frame home with them!

 

Your instructor, Connie, has been a WSU Master Gardener since 2010.  She is superintendent of the Boswell Building at the Chelan County Fair, where flowers, fruits and vegetables are displayed.  Her favorite activities are hiking, biking, and tending her home vegetable garden.  She is a former forest entomologist with the US Forest Service.  She retired in 2019 after a 42-year career.

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Upper Valley MEND Glean

Friday, September 16, 2022
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5:30 pm
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7:30 pm
Cashmere, WA

Join the Upper Valley MEND Glean team to harvest apples from a local orchard. This program helps reduce food waste and brings fresh, healthy produce to local families who shop at the Community Cupboard Food Bank in Leavenworth. Please RSVP ahead of time to get the address of the location and further instructions.

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Chumstick Valley Farm Tours

Saturday, September 17, 2022
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9:30 am
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2:30 pm

Join us for a day of touring local farms to learn about their sustainable farming practices and land stewardship. This tour will visit four farms located within the Chumstick Creek watershed, outside of Leavenworth, WA.

We will meet at the Wilkomen Park and Ride/Link Bus Stop behind Safeway at 9:30am to load into an electric bus provided by Link Transit. The tour will include approximately 45-60 minutes at each farm listed below and will return to Leavenworth by 2:30pm.

Participating Farms:

Gibbs Organic Farm: This family owned and operated 40-acre farm includes 8 gardens, 5 acres of fruit orchard, pastures, a mix of animals, and a tree farm and all aspects of its fields, woods and streams are managed as a single integrated system, or permaculture.

Infuse Organics: At this small medicinal herbal farm the mission is to live symbiotically with nature. They do this with integrity, sustainability, and a genuine desire to help others.

         

Tierra Garden Organics: This small scale production garden is run in collaboration with the Tierra Village Community (a community for adults with developmental differences). Through hands-on daily activities the gardeners from Tierra Village strengthen their personal connections to nature and learn about organic farming tenants that are at the core of Sunitsch Canyon’s legacy of land stewardship.

           

Snowgrass Farm: This women-led small farm of  2 acres of diversified crops is tucked between two forested ridges on P'Squosa land and utilizes certified organic farming methods, various permaculture concepts and selective minimal tillage practices to help regenerate and build healthy soils and nutritional crops.    

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The Reciprocity of Restoration

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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8:00 am
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9:30 am
Little Chumstick Creek outside of Leavenworth, WA

Join Cascadia Conservation District as we explore the connection between people and the landscape through Riparian Restoration Projects and thoughtful stewardship of the land. The workshop will highlight a multi-landowner restoration project that has been going on since 2016. You will learn how to incorporate conservation practices on your property to enhance water quality and wildlife habitat.  We will also talk about what it means to be “Salmon-Safe” in the agriculture world and learn about the diverse programs offered by Cascadia CD.

 

Founded in 1948, Cascadia CD is self-governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors who oversee the work of dedicated staff members with a broad range of expertise. Our mission remains to encourage wise stewardship and conservation through best management practices for all natural resources for current and future residents in Chelan County.

 

Alex believes that the connection between people and place is the foundation of meaningful and effective restoration. She has been working to help reconnect and restore Cascadian ecosystems for over a decade. Prior to working for Cascadia Conservation District, Alex had the opportunity to work and learn from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in both their Natural Resource Department and Government Affairs Department. She has a masters from the University of Washington in Environmental Horticulture and an Holistic Landscape Design Certificate from Bastyr University. She also owns her own business, Cultivate Cascadia, which focuses on relational harvest of high quality, sustainably sourced non-timber forest products.

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Backyard Chickens 101

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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10:00 am
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11:30 am
Wild and Merry Homestead up Merry Canyon Rd, Leavenworth, WA

In this fun, hands-on workshop you'll learn all the basics you need to know about bringing chickens to your homestead and keeping them happy and healthy.  Topics covered will include coop/run building & maintenance, feeding, enrichment, protecting against predators, seasonal considerations, chicken first aid, ever entertaining chicken personalities, and more! 

 

Your instructor for this workshop, Nicole Haskey, Is a river guide, teaching artist, and Recreation Therapist, who traded in the chaos and stress of the big city to pursue a more intentional, slow way of living, connecting with and learning from the land.  She has been growing her little homestead in Leavenworth over the last 8 years.  Her co-host for this event and constant teacher, Dolly Parton Chicken, has been living the Wild and Merry Life with Nicole for over 2 years, providing endless entertainment, supervision of all homestead chores, and occasionally stealing her  pizza. 

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Backyard Pollinator Garden Design

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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12:30 pm
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2:30 pm
Derby Canyon Natives Nursery: 9750 Derby Canyon Rd, Peshastin, WA

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, wasps, and beetles are essential parts of all terrestrial ecosystems, and much of the food we eat depends on them. Habitat loss and pesticides have had a negative impact on many pollinators, but we can help by adding native plants that feed the pollinators to our gardens. Betsy will introduce you to some of these plants and help you design your own pollinator garden that will bloom from spring to fall. Please bring a pencil, a ruler, and measurements and photos of the area you'd like to work on for the hands-on portion of this workshop. The instructor will provide graph paper.

A selection of small native pollinator plants, mostly perennials, will be available for sale following the workshop.

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Introduction to Pruning

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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3:00 pm
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4:30 pm

This session will give you an introduction to pruning basics. Dana will cover topics such as what to prune when, choosing the right tool for the task, disease prevention, and more.

Dana owned and operated an organic landscaping business for 8 years in Seattle, WA before moving to Leavenworth last spring. For plant health and productivity, she is a proponent of choosing the right plant for the location in order to minimize pruning needs…even though pruning is one of her favorite garden tasks.

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Herbal Medicine Making

Sunday, September 18, 2022
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5:00 pm
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6:30 pm
Sage Mountain Natural Foods: 11685 US Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA

Join a local herbalist to learn how to make herbal medicines from a variety of plants common to our area. This workshop will be a hands-on way to learn about a variety of different herbal preparations and how to incorporate them into your life.

Kyra owns and operates Balsamroot Botanicals, a small herbal medicine business focused on making high quality medicines and body care products using locally wildcrafted herbs. She grew up exploring the wildlands of the Pacific Northwest and has always had a special love for plants. Following this passion for plants and the outdoors, she received a BA in Environmental Education from Western Washington University in 2016 and completed a clinical herbalism program with Wildroot Botanicals in 2020. She started Balsamroot Botanicals in 2022 because she is passionate about using plant medicine to help others take ownership of their health and deepen their connection to the world around them.

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Tour Map

300 Enchantment Park Way Leavenworth WA 98826