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CONTACT: Cheryl Ouellette, tour coordinator: 253-278-3609,  
James Duft, Mother Earth News Fair programming manager: 785-274-4439,  

Washington Tilth Association Announces Six One-Time Farm Tours
Organic farming and gardening tours introduce omnivores to their food  

PUYALLUP, Wash. (May 2, 2011) – In preparation for the Mother Earth News Fair, June 4-5 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, the Washington Tilth Association will host six Puyallup-area farm tours on Friday, June 3. 

The tours include: 

  • Meat Tour – Direct Marketing and Small-Scale Meat Production 
  • Why Buy Local Tour of Orting Valley Farms 
  • Snoqualmie Valley Farms Tour – The New American Farmer 
  • Organic Vegetable, Small Fruit Production and CSA Tour 
  • Small-Scale Dairy Tour – Cows, Goats and Sheep Dairies 
  • Season-Extension, Hydroponics and Winery Tour. 

“The public is hungry to eat local,” says Cheryl Ouellette, coordinator for the tour. “They’re starved for relationships with their farmers, and this local farm movement is a powerful way to connect with the people who are growing the food.” 

Each tour costs $60 per person, which includes bus fare, lunch catered by PCC Natural Markets, a stipend for participating farmers, gratuities, taxes and a donation to the Washington Tilth Association. Tours begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 3 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds and return to the Fairgrounds at 4 p.m.  

Tickets are available for pre-order online at Only 100 seats will be sold per tour, and tickets will not be sold on-site. 

About the Washington Tilth Association 
The Washington Tilth Association ( aims to support and promote biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. Made up of eight chapters throughout the state, the Association supports organic farmers and gardeners in the Pacific Northwest.  

About Mother Earth News Fairs
In 2010, Mother Earth News launched its first Fair ( in Seven Springs, Pa. Mother Earth News Fairs are family-oriented sustainable-lifestyle events that feature dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on real food, renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, gardening, green building, green transportation and natural health. Additional activities include a seed swap, children’s activities, and livestock and craft demonstrations.  

About Ogden Publications Inc. 
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.  

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