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Soil and Water Stewardship Training

Become an advocate for the environment in your community! Receive hands-on training and join a select team of community members to empower friends and neighbors to support local food systems and practice environmental stewardship in their everyday actions.

Soil & Water Stewards are students, parents, teachers, professionals and community leaders passionate about food, the environment and the health of our communities.

Drip Irrigation InstallationOur Soil and Water Stewardship program offers a comprehensive, nine-month training in sustainable food production and natural resource conservation for Seattle and King County residents. Apply what you learn in your own community through hands-on projects like building garden beds, installing rain gardens and creating habitat for wildlife and pollinators.

Soil and Water Stewards meet one weekend a month. In 2021, this includes both virtual training through Zoom and small group, hands-on volunteer projects, following public health safety guidelines. These projects will take place at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in Seattle, McAuliffe Park in Kirkland and other garden and partner sites in King County. 

Learn How To:

  • Soil TestingImprove soil health and build compost systems, from worm bins to hot piles
  • Reduce toxic runoff threatening Puget Sound, through rain gardens, cisterns and green infrastructure 
  • Get involved in addressing food equity and environmental justice issues that affect communities in King County
  • Build garden beds and grow food using organic gardening techniques
  • Implement permaculture concepts and design sustainable landscapes
  • Install rain barrels, drip irrigation systems and implement water conservation practices

Training Schedule

Participants will meet one weekend each month from February–October. Saturday mornings will consist of interactive classes held over Zoom with Tilth Alliance educators and expert guest instructors. On Sundays, we will apply what we’ve learned through hands-on community projects, working in small groups of up to 5 volunteers during a two-hour morning or afternoon shift, following all relevant COVID-19 safety guidelines. 

Activities will take place on the following Saturdays (10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. shifts available):

  • Soil and Water StewardsFebruary 27 and 28
  • March 27 and 28
  • April 24 and 25
  • May 22 and 23
  • June 26 and 27
  • July 24 and 25
  • August 28 and 29
  • September 25 and 26
  • October 23 and 24


  • Interest in environmental and food related issues.
  • Willing to commit to the entire program, meeting one weekend per month, February - October. This includes both the Saturday Zoom session and the Sunday volunteer project, which will require working with a small group of up to 5 volunteers, following public health safety guidelines.
  • Can commit to following all relevant public health measures and Tilth Alliance volunteer protocols related to COVID-19, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance during hands-on volunteer projects.
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with community members and partner organizations.
  • Live in Seattle or King County (Seattle residents may also consider the Master Composter/Sustainability Stewards training program).
  • Value community service and engagement as an effective means to promote positive change. 
  • Participants contribute a materials fee to the program, which will go towards community projects. This is on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale from $0-$300.
  • A limited number of stipends ($50 - $100 per training weekend) are available to help offset barriers to participation, such as the cost of transportation to volunteer project locations. 

Applications for 2021 are closed and will open again in December for 2022.


For more information, contact

Attend an upcoming volunteer orientation to learn more about all of Tilth Alliance's volunteer opportunities in Seattle and King County.

Training and community resources are made possible by funding from: Cascade Water Alliance and the WaterWorks Grant Program funded by King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

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