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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 to learn and apply their new skills, partnering with local organizations in Rainier Beach and throughout King County, including Got Green, International Rescue Committee and Hopelink.

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 behavior change 
  • 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, February–October. Saturdays will be at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in South Seattle and consist of instruction and hands-on learning facilitated by Tilth Alliance educators and expert guest instructors. On Sundays, we will apply what we’ve learned through community projects at the farm and locations throughout King County.  

Activities will take place on the following Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.:

  • Soil and Water StewardsFebruary 22 and 23
  • March 28 and 29
  • April 25 and 26
  • May 30 and 31
  • June 27 and 28
  • July 25 and 26
  • August 22 and 23
  • September 26 and 27
  • October 24 and 25


  • Interest in environmental and food related issues.
  • Willing to commit to the entire program, meeting one weekend per month, February-October.
  • 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 are available to help offset the cost of transportation to training and project locations. We provide $50 per training weekend for a total of up to $500 for participants that have demonstrated a strong commitment to community engagement.


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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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