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Seattle Tilth 

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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 
Seattle 
WA
98103 
(206) 633-0451 

Andrea Platt Dwyer 
Executive Director 

Programs

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.

We 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 youth.

 

Connecting low-income people to vital resources

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.


Key Successes:

·         Grew over 40,000 lbs of food on our three farms and five learning gardens – much of it going to families who are low-income.

·         Distributed 1,500 Good Food Bags to households which otherwise have few opportunities to access healthy, organically grown produce.

·         Fostered 70 disadvantaged adults and teenagers to become future farmers

·         Provided 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.

Evaluation

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.

Sustainability
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:

DateAmountPurpose
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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