With the help of community volunteers and organizations, Seattle Tilth is developing the Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (RBUFW) into a dynamic farm that will be an educational place for the whole community. Weekly volunteer work parties happen every Saturday and you’re invited to stop by and get your hands dirty! Learn from the experts through hands-on experience at this little urban farm in Rainier Beach and be part of an exciting process of growing a community farm!
- Learn more about Seattle Tilth’s programs at RBUFW
- Contact Us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get directions to the farm
- Volunteer with Seattle Tilth’s Southeast Seattle programs
Seattle Tilth was granted co-operatorship of the site in 2011 along with Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. The Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands is part of the Rainier Valley Eats (RaVE) campaign, finding creative ways to address hunger and food security in Rainier Valley. We are fortunate to have major support from Seattle Parks & Recreation and United Way of King County.
Before working at Seattle Tilth, Katie Pencke grew up in Southeast Seattle, studied ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and Horticulture at South Seattle Community College. Working as a bi-lingual healthcare educator for Seattle Parks and as an environmental educator with Passages Northwest, Girls on the Sound, and Tucson’s Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage, prepared her to begin her Seattle Tilth career as a learning garden coordinator in 2008. Since that time she helped start Seattle Tilth Farm Works in Auburn, and is now program manager of Seattle Youth Garden Works South at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.
Anthony Reyes came to Seattle Tilth from Los Angeles where he worked as an urban farmer, orchard manager, installation foreman for an urban farming company and would occasionally contribute to a food justice journal. He has worked on various farms throughout the Pacific Northwest, most notably providing seed-to-table education to youth at Common Threads Farm in Bellingham. Much of his passion for food justice he attributes to his studies at UC Santa Cruz, where he studied Community Studies with a focus on food, agriculture and social justice. When he’s not managing the SYGW Farm, you can find him biking around Seattle and enjoying the many mountain ranges and parks in the Cascades.
Recent RBUFW Posts
- Restoring the Wetlands January 20, 2016 - By Chris Hoffer, Environmental Programs Manager Why Restore the Wetlands? First-time visitors to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands often ask why there is so much land set aside for the wetlands. Couldn’t we use […]
- Hello Food and Farm Hub August 26, 2015 - By Chris Iberle, Food Hub Manager What is cool as a walk-in cooler, attracts local farmers, delivers CSA boxes, makes juice and sells chicken feed? A new Food and Farm […]
- South End Summer Happenings August 6, 2015 - Introducing the New Food and Farm Hub We’re pleased as peaches to introduce the new Food and Farm Hub! The 5,000 square foot building is one of the first multi-use food […]
- Rainier Beach Urban Farm Takes Root November 9, 2013 - By Paul Haas, Senior Director of Community Engagement Seattle’s largest, newest and arguably coolest urban farm is taking shape exactly where you might least expect it… tucked into the Rainier […]
- Join Us on Green Seattle Day October 16, 2013 - With the seasonal return of cooler temperatures and rain, many of us have already put our gardens to bed for the winter. At the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, […]