Year in Review: 2017 Wrap Up

Last year was a big year for Tilth Alliance, and we couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank you! Take a look below at some of what we accomplished together in 2017.

Grew and donated thousands of pounds of food.

Tilth Alliance grew 18,982 pounds of food in 2017 at our farms and gardens throughout King County. 4,292 pounds of that food were donated to local food banks, helping make good food more accessible in our communities.

Kids dig learning in Tilth Alliance’s farms and gardens!

Over 3,700 students, kids and teens discovered where food comes from through Tilth Alliance’s garden and farm education programs. At our school garden and farm tours, mobile garden classes, and summer camps this summer, we tasted fresh veggies straight from the garden, learned about the natural environment, sang fun garden songs and more!

Came together to learn and network at Tilth Conference.

350 farmers, researchers and vendors gathered at Tilth Conference 2017 in Vancouver, WA, to share their wisdom and vision for farming in the Pacific Northwest. Highlights included a keynote and capnote talks from David Montgomery and Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, over 30 engaging workshops and seminars, loads of fun square dancing, and more!

Partnered with over 1,000 community members to better our food system!

In 2017, over 1,200 volunteers and community members contributed more than 14,000 hours to help build a better food future with Tilth Alliance. They helped plant fruit trees, pack Good Food Bags, build rain gardens, support office administration, distribute event posters, harvest fresh produce, and so much more. We ❤ our volunteers!

Brought farmers and producers together for peer-to-peer education.

Farm Walks provide farmer-to-farmer education in sustainable agriculture at farms across Washington State. Last year, over 100 farmers took part in these events to learn from each other in the field.

Gained new skills in the garden and kitchen.

Over 380 people learned how to grow and cook their own food in one of Tilth Alliance’s organic gardening, kitchen skills, urban livestock and teacher training classes. Way to go!

Met a new crop of farmers.

Creating a sustainable food future means we need more farmers growing good, sustainable food. Tilth Alliance’s farm business incubator provided education and business support to 31 beginning farmers developing new farm businesses in King County.

Grew student engagement in the garden. 

In 2017, we partnered with the University of Washington College of Education and Seattle Public Schools to create more culturally and community relevant, field-based learning opportunities for students. Funded by a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, this project will build outdoor learning gardens and develop a robust curriculum for educators to engage students in complex ecological reasoning and decision-making.

Thank you for a great year and we’re looking forward to a fantastic 2018!

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