Seattle Tilth 


Seattle Tilth has a bold and ambitious vision for creating an equitable and sustainable local food system. Our work connects people to local, sustainable food, provides livelihoods for farmers, builds relationships around cooking together and protects our environment and natural resources. Working together, we are uniting people across a diversity of ages, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities towards a healthy future for our community and our environment. 

Mission Statement
Seattle Tilth’s mission is to inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system.
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Seattle Tilth
4649 Sunnyside Ave N Ste 100 
(206) 633-0451 

Andrea Platt Dwyer 
Executive Director 


Seattle Tilth Programs

For more than 37 years, Seattle Tilth has played a vital role in educating and empowering our community to build a sustainable and equitable local food system. Our vision is that all people have access to fresh, nutritious food and the resources needed to sustain good health and a thriving environment. Today, Seattle Tilth’s mission and vision have never been more critical, as our food is dominated by fast food, packaged and processed food and agriculture that relies on chemicals that are not healthy for the environment or people.

Seattle Tilth has a high level of community engagement, mobilizing community members to take action at home and in their communities throughout the region. Our programs are:

§  B Building leadership, skills and capacity to identify and address food priorities.
We are creating and preserving new urban and rural farmland that is producing and growing healthy food to feed the community. Our farm incubator, Seattle Tilth Farm Works, provides opportunities for new and limited-resource farmers 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 youth.

Connecting low income people with vital resources
Annually, we distribute more than 3,000 subsidized Good Food Bags, increasing healthy produce for low-income families. Seattle Tilth cooking and nutrition programs prepare and provide more than 6,750 healthy meals and education for low-income adults, youth, families and seniors.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Over the past five years, Seattle Tilth has developed and implemented programs that have a significant impact empowering the community to grow and eat healthy food. We are also supporting the next generation of farmers to take part in nourishing our community.

Key successes:
  • Grew over 34,800 lbs. of food at our three educational farms and five community learning gardens with all of the food going to the local community
  • Distributed 3,100 Good Food Bags to households which otherwise have limited opportunities to access healthy, organically grown produce.
  • Trained and supported 129 adults and youth with limited resources to become future farmers
  • Provided 6,800 healthy community meals and taught cooking from scratch for hundreds of low-income children, parents, families and seniors
  • Taught 10,249 children in farm and garden classes and camps, inspiring them to care for the earth and understand the importance of eating healthy food

Seattle Tilth’s greatest challenge is growing our capacity fast enough to meet increasing community needs. Seattle Tilth has the expertise to serve the community, but we have challenges because the need is too great and staffing is limited. Our thoughtful and strategic leaders are committed to investing in building organizational capacity that will serve the community more effectively and efficiently.


Seattle Tilth (ST) is recognized regionally and nationally for leadership and advocacy related to sustainable urban agriculture. ST deploys a large volunteer base throughout the Greater Seattle area to serve community members with programs, classes, and other outreach activities aimed at engaging residents in building safe, healthy, and green environments in neighborhoods, schools, and abandoned areas.

Use of Best Practices
Seattle Tilth’s programming is supported by research that highlights the benefits of urban agriculture, including the correlation between the growing of healthy food and its consumption.

ST builds a large and diverse coalition of environmental stewards by engaging with many different people through activities that respond to their interests and surrounding environment, e.g., supporting healthy plant growth for urban farmers through elimination of pesticides and helping to develop a farming business incubator for South County immigrants and refugees seeking a pathway out of poverty.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Seattle Tilth’s Farm Incubator Project is a resource for immigrant, refugee and low-income populations to start their own small farms. This particular population might have experience with farming but need to learn about how to grow produce in our climate and how to market to our community. Their Urban Food Hub is a food distribution program to support small farms and supply food to low income populations.

Seattle Tilth is implementing their next strategic plan in 2013 which will address evaluation, metrics, and communications. They have recently centralized all their data using Salesforce which will help them more effectively achieve their mission.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

12/15/2013 $50,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2013 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2012 $7,500.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2011 $7,500.00support general operating expenses.
9/10/2009 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/5/2006 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.


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