Sustainability Training and Outreach
Become an expert in building healthy soil, conserving natural resources and improving the watershed – then share with your community!
Are you passionate about reducing waste and ready to be more active in your community? Gain expertise in food waste prevention, composting and recycling, resource conservation and soil building -- then teach others!
Tilth Alliance manages two sustainability training and outreach programs that provide in-depth education to prepare volunteers to go out into their communities to help their friends, neighbors and the public conserve natural resources and make good use of waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
Following the training, volunteers commit to providing outreach to share what they learn, such as tabling at farmers markets and community festivals, hosting a workshop with friends and neighbors, or installing a compost bin or drip irrigation at a community garden.
Choose a Program
The volunteer model and curriculum for each of the programs listed below are similar, but the residency requirements and program focus vary.
Master Composter / Soil Builder (MC/SB)
- For Seattle residents.
Training topics include on-site composting systems for food and yard waste, soil science and management, natural yard care and recycling.
- Training is in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood with outreach activities in Seattle.
- MC/SB is offered through a partnership with Seattle Public Utilities.
- Preference given to King County residents.
- Trainings held in Kirkland and Renton.
- Training topics include food systems and sustainability, water conservation, soil science and building healthy soil, composting food and yard waste, sustainable garden techniques, and more.
Volunteers receive mentoring and support from Tilth Alliance staff and are invited to attend ongoing learning opportunities like recycling facility field trips and workshops on building your own worm bin.