Our region is blessed with the renowned group Seattle Tilth, a non-profit educational organization that dedicates itself to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources, as they say in their mission statement.
"The mission of Seattle Tilth is to inspire and educate people to garden organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Our vision is to transform the NW region into the organic gardening capital of the world."
What better way to fulfill their mission than to offer classes, operate a garden hotline, keep demonstration gardens and offer hands-on children’s program, for school groups and summer camps. Showing people how to raise healthy chickens in an urban environment, and organizing a city wide Chicken Coop Tour are two more examples of their creative teaching projects.
They also offer a variety of classes and workshops from beekeeping to container veggie growing. If you want to turn your lawn desert into a sustainable food growing system and don’t know how, Seattle Tilth has plenty of programs and information to help you jumpstart your way to success.
Those who attended the NW Flower & Garden Show most likely enjoyed the Seattle Tilth’s display garden; I know I did. Cold frames, barnyard animals and edibles surrounded the beautiful red shed. A cute little chicken tractor was displayed on one side, while goats enjoyed viewing the crowds from their pen on another side. The small, clever garden design was jam packed with vegetables that were beautiful as well as edible. I am one who uses my apple and plum trees, blueberry bushes, pumpkin plants, bean vines and colorful Swiss chard in the front garden as edibles as well as ornamentals.
If you are not sure how to start and maintain a compost pile or worm bin, you can listen to a Master Compost/Soil Builder podcast from Seattle Tilth’s web site.
Photos taken at Seattle Tilth's display garden during the 2010 Northwest Flower and Garden Show.