Seattle Tilth has been such an inspiration in my life and many of my friends. I was able to finally garden successfully with their help, and have since become highly active in urban agriculture, have expanded into owning chickens, rabbits, bees, and garden extensively. I'm so glad to see their programs expanding to teach urbanites how to compost and garden. They're really filling a unique niche. When I first became involved with Seattle Tilth, their demographic was somewhat limited, but I feel they've really reached out to more low-income and diverse communities in the past couple of years, and continue to impress me with their hard work.
I was looking for a summer internship with a non profit and Tilth provided me with that experience and much more. They took the time to introduce me to their organization and allowed me to really explore the many sides of their operations. Being a small non profit, I was able to work on small to large projects and felt like I was able to make a big difference in the small amount of time I was there. I continue to work with them when I can and always try to support and promote their events and programs.
As a graduate student finishing up my masters degree in Environmental Education, I was recommended to contact Seattle Tilth by the garden/teaching staff from the IslandWood garden I worked and taught in last year. Since June of 2009, we have been working together to get my master's project for the University of Washington "into" the ground so to speak!! They have not only provided material and staff supports, but genuine interest in the project as well--fostering and inspiring the project even further! They have been instrumental in the development of this project and I am fortunate to have access to such a supportive organization/community!
Seattle Tilth is often thought of as an gardening organization, not an organization that has a significant impact on region's environment. I think that is unfortunate and short sighted and here's why: Gardening takes the abstract idea of the
I have learned a lot from volunteering at the Good Shepherd Center Demonstration Garden. There is plenty of variety in gardening tasks and many opportunities to work with knowledgeable gardeners and teachers. The garden also has many excellent demonstrations of techniques that anyone can learn from
I've been a volunteer for Seattle Tilth for 11 years, and I just keep signing up for more because it's such a wonderful organization. The classes they provide are excellent quality and affordable, the events are festive, educational, and help to build a flourishing community. The beneficial impact Tilth has on our community is long reaching. Seattle Tilth, has taught me to grow my own food, keep chickens and bees, compost, conserve water, eliminate toxic chemicals in my yard, reduce storm water run off, and to support the local farmers to build a sustainable food system. They also have provided me with many learning opportunities through volunteering and helped me to connect with other people in the community. Thank you Seattle Tilth for all you do for our environment and community!
Review from Guidestar
Seattle Tilth has been my urban agriculture home for a good three years now! I started out on a Veggie Crew, then began volunteering and taking every class I could get my hands on, and am now receiving credit at Antioch University for my intern position in the Good Shepherd Center Learning Garden! Seattle Tilth has supported my learning in every way, showing me how to grow my own food, maintain a teaching garden, and teach others how to grow food, too! Through Tilth, I've also been able to connect with other diverse gardening communities and create a network of amazing teachers and cohorts in the world of sustainable urban agriculture. I love Seattle Tilth!