Dear Tilth Community,
I imagine you must be as astounded as I am at how quickly life can change in the course of just a few days. There is no doubt we are experiencing a historic event that is having a profound impact on our daily lives and our sense of well-being and security. While for many of us it feels as if the fabric of our communities could begin to unravel under the stress, I have seen people and organizations coming together to hold tight to the threads that keep us whole. I am profoundly grateful for all that people are doing to ensure we continue to work for and with each other in community through this surreal and difficult time.
Like many others, Tilth Alliance is working hard to make the adjustments necessary to keep people safe while continuing to serve our community. I wanted to share with you some of the adjustments we have been making, and some of our thoughts about the future — keep scrolling to read those.
Thank you for continuing to support Tilth Alliance, and the entire non-profit community, as we all work together to keep our community whole, healthy and safe. We look forward to being “in-person” with you all again soon.
Farm, Learning Gardens and Volunteer Opportunities
The Garden Hotline remains open for business and ready to take all your gardening questions, Mon.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Keep an eye out for their newsletter with gardening tips, and check them out on Facebook.
Our Master Composter/Sustainability Steward volunteers are leaping into action to help out by getting our gardens planted, creating educational articles and other resources, and more. If your group could use their help, let us know!
Classes & Summer Camps
To protect the health and safety of you and our staff, all in person adult classes are being held live, online via Zoom. Browse our entire class catalog and sign up for classes today!
Keep the kids learning this summer! Summer camps will be held live, online via Zoom through July 10. At virtual camp, kids will follow along as camp instructors lead them through garden and science-related activities. Supplies for activities will be picked up from our offices. Book your spot today!
After July 10, camps will be held in-person with reduced capacity and increased safety health precautions recommended by the Washington State Department of Health. Precautions include: limiting camp group sizes; conducting daily temperature checks; increasing sanitization of surfaces; maximizing outdoor time, staggering activity times, and practicing social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
Farm Stand at Rainier Beach Opens June 18
Open every Thursday, 2-7 p.m. starting June 18, the farm stand will offer an abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, eggs, honey, and other agricultural products. Available products include produce grown right at our farm and additional items sourced from small, local farms. Learn more.
Good Food Bags
We have made it a priority to deliver as many Good Food Bags as possible to people in need throughout this crisis. Although many of the sites that received weekly delivery of free or subsidized produce through the program have had to close, we continue to find new avenues for getting bags of fresh local produce to the community. Thanks to additional funding from King County’s Best Start for Kids we are able to increase the amount of produce we can distribute through that program. At the same time the Good Food Bags program puts fresh produce on the plates of low-income families, it also supports local farmers whose sales are likely to be adversely impacted by restaurant closures and the delay in the opening of farmers markets. We are grateful to be able to continue this program in force despite the current challenges we are all facing. Please note that until further notice we have suspended all volunteer food packing shifts for safety reasons.