Tilth celebrates 40 years on Juneteeth

Everyone is welcome to enjoy cake at 11:30 a.m. on June 19 at the Tilth Farmers’ Market in Langley.

On June 19, 1982, a group gathered at the Greenbank Clubhouse to form South Whidbey Tilth, a nonprofit, sustainable agriculture organization dedicated to cultivating living soil and community to build an environmentally sound and socially equitable agriculture system.

Forty years later, it has an established land base with community gardens, orchards, wildlife enhancement areas, a farm stand and a seasonal farmers’ market. June is membership renewal month, new members who want to make a difference in how they eat and care for planet earth are welcome to join.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy cake at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 19 at the Tilth Farmers’ Market, 2812 Thompson Road, Langley, located off Highway 525. Juneteenth will also be celebrated, a holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. South Whidbey Tilth is a proud neighbor to the Modest Family Solutions, which was granted a 99-year lease to farm the parcel next door. Juneteenth is also a time to celebrate achievements and ambitions of African Americans. The Modest Family Solutions is an Everett-base, Afri-centric organization with an impressive array of activities including food distribution and agroecology programs.

The Farmers’ Market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. On June 19, the Porch Brothers bring their West Texas folk-style acoustic music to the market stage, featuring the three Rs, Rob Harris, Russel Clepper and Ron Rossel. SNAP and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program customers are welcome. The market has parking, children’s play area, restrooms, hot food and beverages, Wifi and fresh local produce, unique artisan crafts and more. For more information about the market visit: www.facebook.com/SouthWhidbeyTilthFarmersMarket