Seattle Tilth Programs
For more than 35 years, Seattle Tilth has played a vital
role in educating and empowering our community to build a healthy and strong
local food system. Today, Seattle Tilth’s mission and vision have never been
more critical, as more people lack access to healthy food.
Where many organizations talk about making changes, Seattle Tilth
is taking definitive action to overcome challenges and mobilize the community.
Our programs are:
Building leadership, skills and
capacity to identify and address food priorities.
are creating and preserving new urban and rural farmland that is producing
healthy food, and growing 50,000 lbs of food a year to feed the community. Our
farm incubator provides opportunities for immigrants and refugees to access
land and grow farm businesses. And we’re providing vital work and life skills
training and leadership development for more than 75 homeless and low-income
Connecting low-income people to vital
Annually, we distribute more than 2,500 low-cost
Good Food Bags, increasing healthy produce for low-income families. Seattle
Tilth cooking and nutrition programs prepare and provide more than 10,000
healthy meals and nutrition and cooking education for low-income adults, youth,
families and seniors. In the coming year, we will create 50 new community
gardens for low-income individuals and community-based organizations.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Over the past four years, Seattle Tilth has implemented
programs that are making a huge impact in the way we grow and eat food that
nourishes our community. We are leading the way to help young people and
disadvantaged adults become the next generation of farmers.
over 40,000 lbs of food on our three farms and five learning gardens – much of
it going to families who are low-income.
1,500 Good Food Bags to households which otherwise have few opportunities to
access healthy, organically grown produce.
70 disadvantaged adults and teenagers to become future farmers
8,000 healthy community meals and teach scratch cooking for hundreds of
low-income children, parents, families and seniors.
Seattle Tilth’s greatest challenge is growing our
capacity fast enough to meet increasing community needs. Seattle Tilth has the
expertise and experience to serve the community, but that is a challenge when
we need more staffing and systems in place to meet demand. Our thoughtful and
strategic leaders are committed to investing in building organizational
capacity that will serve the community more effectively and efficiently.