Seattle Tilth Farm Works
Find out about our farmer training program in Auburn.
We Provide Small Farm Business Training and Support.
Seattle Tilth provides farm business training and support to immigrants, refugees and people with limited resources in South King County. This “farm incubator” program is called Seattle Tilth Farm Works and is located in Auburn, WA.
Seattle Tilth Farm Works participants attend farm and business trainings, tour neighboring farm operations, and gain hands-on experience growing and harvesting food using organic practices.
Apply to be a Farmer
Once the season starts up again in the spring, join us for volunteer work parties on the last Saturday of the month! Learn more about sustainable agriculture while supporting the program. Read more about volunteering.
Join Our CSA or Visit Our Farm Stands
Interested in supporting Seattle Tilth Farm Works and enjoying the season’s harvest? You’re invited to participate in our new Community Supported Agriculture subscription program. Find out about our CSA. Or, visit our farms stands.
What's a "Farm Incubator"?
Through Seattle Tilth Farm Works, participants are empowered, and expected, to create market, farm and business plans to ensure their success as small farm operators. Participants who successfully complete the program can rent land, equipment and utilities at subsidized rates. Graduates receive market and distribution support in addition to opportunities for continuing education. Somali Bantu, Ethiopian, and Burundian immigrants have participated in the program along with Americans with limited resources.
At the heart of this project is the idea that participating farmers learn best by actually operating a small farm in a supportive environment. This learn-by-doing concept has already been proven successful at other nationally recognized agricultural small farm and new farmer trainings.
This program provides:
A comprehensive educational program covering farming, business planning, operations and marketing
- On-site mentorship from experienced farmers
- Hands-on experience growing food on 1/4 acre plots
Access to farmland, equipment, water and other necessary farming inputs
Assistance in creating marketing channels for products
Thank You Partners and Supporters!
BURST for Prosperity initiated this program in 2009, passing the reins to Seattle Tilth in 2010 while continuing their valuable support.
The land belongs to Seattle Parks and Recreation and they are making it available as part of their Parks Urban Food Systems program.
Special thanks to Cedar Grove Composting for donating compost every season.
This project is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture,USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30615. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.Start2Farm.gov, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
For more information, or to be a part of this collaborative effort, please contact us: (253) 737-5833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find us at the farm: 17601 SE Lake Moneysmith Rd., Auburn, WA 98092. Get Directions