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Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works

Find out about our farm-to-market employment training program for underserved youth ages 16-21.

Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works empowers homeless and underserved youth to develop job skills through urban farm-based education and employment.

At Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works, youth ages 16-21 gain a meaningful employment experience in urban agriculture. People from diverse backgrounds come together to grow food and market a wide variety of produce. Through this work, youth and young adults develop leadership skills and personal connections to the food system.Thumbs Up Zukes

The Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works (formerly Seattle Youth Garden Works) program works with youth who are experiencing food scarcity, housing instability, involvement with the juvenile justice system, or greater than average barriers to employment. 

On the farm, youth participate in all aspects of a farm-to-market operation. They learn urban organic farming techniques, marketing and business skills, social-emotional skills, and ways to engage with their local communities through a lens of racial and social justice. The program helps youth achieve educational, financial and employment goals and encourages them to build strong relationships with peers, adult staff and volunteers.

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Crew members spend about half their time working on the farm. The other half is spent on education and self-development. While the farm is the best teaching tool we have, we supplement it with a well-rounded curriculum that includes cooking and nutrition, financial literacy, job readiness, goal-setting and peer-to-peer feedback. Youth leave the program better equipped for whatever they want to do in life.

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Farm Stands

Buy direct! Support Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works by purchasing our fresh, certified organic produce at farm stands across Seattle. Visit the crew selling the seasonal veggies, fruits and herbs they've worked hard to grow while growing themselves in the process. Find out more about Tilth Alliance Produce.

Volunteer

Work alongside youth on the farm, modeling good work skills and providing youth with opportunities to be heard by supportive adults:

See our volunteer page for more information.

Help out by harvesting on the farm! The Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works Harvest Crew meets on Fridays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning May 12 and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon starting May 23. Volunteers are welcome to attend either or both harvest days. Contact Susan Gebretsadik to join the crew.

Community Support

In order to realize the full potential of Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works, we need community support. Please make a donation to support our work!

Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works Locations

The Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works works on urban farms in North and South Seattle. 

North Seattle

Our location in North Seattle is based at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). The farm is located west of the buildings and Northwest of the Union Bay Natural Area. Visit the CUH website for more information about the site and bus routes.  See a Google Map to the farm.

We are currently accepting applications for the spring 2017 program. The application is available in Word format or as a PDFHow to submit your completed application:

  • Email: sygw@tilthalliance.org
  • Fax: (206) 533-0450 ATTN: Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works
  • Delivered in person/mailed:
    Tilth Alliance
    4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste. 100
    Seattle, WA 98103

South Seattle

Our location in South Seattle is based at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands.

We are currently accepting applications for the year-round 2017/2018 program. The application is available as a Microsoft Word document and a PDF. How to submit your completed application:

  • Email: sygw@tilthalliance.org
  • Fax: (206) 533-0450 ATTN: Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works
  • Delivered in person/mailed:
    Tilth Alliance
    4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste. 100
    Seattle, WA 98103

Media

Enjoy this article "Youth Program Plants Seeds for Success" from the Seattle Times by Aaron Jaffe (Oct. 31, 2011).  Check out a video created by David Barbosa and team about Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works (formerly Seattle Youth Garden Works).

 

Questions

Contact us if you have any feedback or questions!

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