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.
Connecting low income people with vital resources
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.
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.
- 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.