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.
- 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.