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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.

Promote social and environmental justice in your community through environmental stewardship.

Drip Irrigation InstallationOur Soil and Water Stewardship program offers a comprehensive, nine-month training in sustainable food production and natural resource conservation for 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 King County like the 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
  • TablingReduce food waste and its social and environmental impacts

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 locations throughout King County, with partner organizations.  

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

  • Soil and Water StewardsFebruary 23 and 24
  • March 23 and 24
  • April 27 and 28
  • May 18 and 19
  • June 22 and 23
  • July 27 and 28
  • August 24 and 25
  • September 28 and 29
  • October 26 and 27


  • 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 diverse communities.
  • Live in King County (priority is given to residents outside of Seattle; Seattle residents are eligible for Master Composter/Sustainability Stewards).
  • 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-$200.


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, Department of Ecology and the WaterWorks Grant Program funded by King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

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