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Sustainability Training and Outreach

Become an expert in building healthy soil, conserving natural resources and improving the watershed – then share with your community!

Leaf in Circle

Are you passionate about protecting natural resources and want to be more active in your community? Gain expertise in food waste prevention, composting and soil building, resource conservation and more!

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.

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

Choose a Program

There is some overlap in curriculum between the two programs listed below, but the residency requirements and program structures vary.

  • Apply by Sat., Feb. 11!
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  • Free training, offered for Seattle residents through a sponsorship with Seattle Public Utilities.
  • Training topics include on-site composting systems for food and yard waste, soil science and management, waste prevention, natural yard care and recycling.

  • Training will be online and in person in both Seattle's Wallingford and Rainier Beach neighborhoods with year-round outreach opportunities and ongoing learning in Seattle.
  • Apply by Mon., Jan. 31!
    Soil Water Stewardship Training
  • Preference given to Rainier Beach residents as well as King County residents (outside Seattle).
  • Participants meet one weekend per month, February-October. This includes both virtual training through Zoom and outdoor, hands-on volunteer projects, following public health safety guidelines. These projects will take place at the Rainier Beach Farm in Seattle, McAuliffe Park in Kirkland and many other community sites in King County.  
  • Training topics include food systems, water conservation, storm water management and green infrastructure, soil science and composting, sustainable garden techniques, and more.


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