Seattle Tilth Farm Works

Proud Farmers

Seattle Tilth provides farm business training and support to immigrants, refugees and people with limited  resources in South King County. This “farm incubator” program is called Seattle Tilth Farm Works (STFW) and is located in Auburn, WA. Participants attend farm and business trainings, tour neighboring farm operations, and gain hands-on experience growing and harvesting food using organic practices.

Meet the farmers and read about our staff below. Learn more about Seattle Tilth Farm Works on our website.

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Partner Support

BURST for Prosperity initiated this program in 2009, passing the reins to Seattle Tilth in 2010 while continuing their valuable support. This program is made possible by funding from Communities Putting Prevention to Work  and the USDA’s Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program. The land belongs to Seattle Parks and Recreation and they are making it available as part of their Parks Urban Food Systems program. Special thanks to Cedar Grove Composting and Full Circle Farm for their significant support helping us prepare the land.

MatthewPassionate about developing small-farm systems and supporting others in their farm-related endeavors, Matthew McDermott is in hog heaven as the Seattle Tilth Farm Works Manager. Prior to joining Seattle Tilth, he had his hands dirty with a variety of growing systems in northern California – organic orchards, vineyards and mixed vegetables – and managing his own small farm in Michigan. His agroecological approach to systems has been guided by a formal apprenticeship at UC Santa Cruz and graduate studies at Michigan State University.

When not at the farm, you might find him trail running with his four legged friend or concocting something fermentable.

MicahMicah Anderson joined Seattle Tilth as the education manager for Seattle Tilth Farm Works in the summer of 2011 and has enjoyed supporting new farmers, facilitating farm classes and workshops, working in the fields, selling produce, and promoting farm frisbee awareness ever since. Micah holds a master’s degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle and has worked on farms and with farmers from around the world, including Papua New Guinea, where he helped create and support a community-based organization that continues to manage critical conservation areas.

Off the farm, Micah enjoys picking a banjo and changing his son’s diapers, occasionally managing to do both at the same time.


Recent STFW Posts

  • Fresh from the Farm Business Incubator June 26, 2017 - It's been a busy few weeks kicking off the summer farming season — check out the latest news from the farm!
  • Know Your Farmer! Meet Lucas Howe April 11, 2016 - By Jess Bitting, Farm Hub Coordinator It’s spring and our Seattle Tilth Farm Works farmers are busy gearing up for another big growing season. We are hoping to feed 400 community […]
  • Seattle Tilth Gets Certified Organic October 28, 2015 - Seattle Tilth farm sites are now Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), a nationally accredited certifier. Twenty acres of mixed vegetables, fruits, berries and pasture (for […]
  • Farmer Profile: Karla Farias December 10, 2014 - By Matthew McDermott, Seattle Tilth Farm Works Manager Karla Farias saw a niche to be filled: pastured pork raised using organic practices in the Puget Sound region. While there are […]
  • Growing Seattle Tilth Produce October 22, 2014 - By Amanda Laigle, Community Engagement Team Intern I went on assignment with Chris Iberle, the Food Hub Manager here at Seattle Tilth. I was interested in documenting a day in […]

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