The Adult Learning Garden is the first Seattle Tilth garden and was built in 1978 behind the Good Shepherd Center by a group of visionaries who thought Seattle needed an urban agricultural center. Techniques demonstrated in the garden include year-round organic vegetable gardening, fruit producing trees and shrubs, drought tolerant and disease-resistant ornamental plantings, permaculture design, rain water harvesting, a green roof on our greenhouse, yard waste and food waste composting, soil building techniques, Pacific NW native plants, food bearing perennials, and a NW rain garden.
The Good Shepherd Center is also home to Seattle Tilth’s Children’s Garden.
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Sue Hartman first came to Seattle Tilth as a garden volunteer because she wanted to grow vegetables, but the big trees in her yard made it difficult. After spending a few years as an intern, teaching assistant and Master Composter/Natural Soil Builder volunteer, she joined the staff as an on-call educator for the Natural Soil Building Program. She now manages volunteers in the community learning garden at the Good Shepherd Center and teaches classes for our adult education program.
She is active in several local community organizations including Solid Ground/Lettuce Link and the Growing Food, Growing Community project in Wallingford. Leaf mold is on her “most favorite things” list.