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Tilth Alliance Celebrates 50 Years of Cultivating a Sustainable Food Future 

This summer, the Tilth movement marks a major milestone: 50 years of promoting organic, sustainable, and equitable food systems in the Pacific Northwest. Tilth Alliance will honor this anniversary with a special “Cultivate & Celebrate: 50 Years of Tilth” event on Sunday, July 28 from 5-8 p.m. at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in Seattle. 

From humble beginnings in 1974 at a meeting of nearly 800 farmers, gardeners and food system activists in Ellensburg, WA, the Tilth movement has blossomed into a vast network of thousands of food system professionals, farmers, gardeners and activists spread throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Tilth Alliance has been at the forefront, championing organic and regenerative agriculture practices, community gardening, farm education, improved food access and more. 

Grassroots beginning for the Tilth movement in the 1970s.

Raising a Fork to Tilth’s Achievements 

For one evening at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, Seattle’s largest urban farm, guests will be surrounded by the diverse tastes at the heart of Tilth’s 50-year legacy. Highlights include: 

  • Reception with signature cocktails & mocktails, regional wine and beer 
  • Farm fresh tasting menus crafted by top Seattle chefs and restaurants 
  • Online auction featuring unique Pacific Northwest experiences and goods 
  • Opportunities to learn about Tilth Alliance’s work and future initiatives 
  • And more! 

Local Sustainable Food Talent on Display 

Participating restaurants include an incredible lineup of Seattle eateries renowned for their commitment to locally-sourced, sustainable cuisine – a perfect match for Tilth’s 50-year mission. 

Guests will be treated to an exclusive small plate tasting menu crafted by local favorites like Tom Douglas & Co., at the forefront of defining modern Northwest cuisine for over 35 years. The James Beard award-winning team from Lark will showcase their artisan, seasonal American cooking. Art of the Table celebrates the region’s bounty through direct partnerships with local farmers, foragers and fishers. 

The event offers a special opportunity to sample Samara’s inventive wood-fired dishes featuring local ingredients. Natoncks Metsu will highlight the traditional foods and foodways of Native Country through thoughtful preparations by chef Jason Vickers. 84 Yesler promises bold seasonal fare reinterpreting Pacific Northwest harvests through a global lens. 

Additional participating restaurants bringing their sustainable, local flavors to this can’t-miss culinary experience include the Eastern Mediterranean cuisine of Mamnoon, and Taurus Ox will bring the bold and aromatic flavors of Laos. 

Event Details 

A limited number of tickets for this 21+ event are now on sale at tilthalliance.org/events. Suggested attire is “farm fancy” casual with comfortable shoes. Those unable to attend can participate in the online auction, share their Tilth story, make a donation during the upcoming giving campaign, and more. 

All proceeds support Tilth Alliance’s mission championing organic and regenerative farming, promoting community gardening, and expanding access to healthy and nutritious food. For full event details and tickets, visit tilthalliance.org/events