Outcome of Organic Farmers Flock to Farm Walk Series

The Farm Walk series is a unique peer-learning opportunity to Washington growers by convening farmers and researchers to discuss topics identified by organic farmers as a priority for education. All farm walks took place on a farm that demonstrated excellence in a specific aspect of organic farming, processing or marketing; that offered a superior opportunity for exposing conventional and transitional growers to organic production methods; and that addressed subject matter for which there was sufficient research support. Experienced organic farmers shared their successful practices with attendees, supported by researchers and agriculture professionals familiar with the subject matters under discussion.

A resource booklet was created for all farms before the walks with information on the farm. This, as well as "virtual farm walks" were available for people that couldn't attend the walks. In all, there were 561 in 2008, and 552 attendees in 2009.

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