Depending on the time of year, we’ll be weeding, preparing beds for planting, harvesting food for local food banks, caring for natural areas and more! No experience necessary, and gloves and tools provided.

Learn by doing as you work alongside Tilth Alliance’s staff and other community members at one of our garden locations in North Seattle, Southeast Seattle and Kirkland or at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. Volunteer opportunities are tailored for each site.

The Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle 98103

During weekly work parties, small groups of volunteers help to prepare and maintain annual and perennial garden beds, tend to fruit trees, harvest produce, weed and mulch this special community learning garden in Wallingford, adjacent to Meridian Playground and just beyond our Children’s Learning Garden.

Community Volunteer Work Parties

Children’s Learning Garden

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle 98103

The Children’s Learning Garden at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford features perennial beds with native, edible, and pollinator-friendly plants, fruit trees, and rotating annual crops, along with unique, re-purposed container gardens.

Volunteers are welcome to join occasional pop-up work parties (posted here when available) or to schedule times to help out – just once or on a regular basis. Current options include Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays.

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands

5513 S Cloverdale St, Seattle 98118

During weekly and monthly work parties, groups of volunteers help with a wide variety of projects at Seattle’s largest urban farm. This unique location provides opportunities to tend native and beneficial plants on the Pollinator Hillside, plant and harvest crops in the production farm and U-Pick area, remove aggressive plant species in the wetlands and lend a hand in the greenhouses.

Volunteer work parties are held year-round, typically on Friday mornings, and 1-2 Saturdays each month. The Dandelion Club is a monthly Saturday volunteer opportunity for all experience levels to learn about, weed, prune and harvest medicine plants. During the height of the growing season, additional Wednesday evening work parties help us keep up with the harvest. Check here for additional pop-up work parties and special events at the farm!

Pollinator Hillside Planting Party on Endangered Species Day

Join the Garden Hotline staff to celebrate Endangered Species Day by planting annuals and perennials that provide food and habitat for native and beneficial insects and other pollinators! Learn what makes each plant variety valuable for different pollinators and how to incorporate them into your home or community garden plot.

Community Volunteer Work Parties

Learn by doing as you gain hands-on experience related to urban agriculture and environmental stewardship.

Dandelion Club

Once a month, we’ll be focusing on weeding, pruning, and harvesting medicinal plants while stewarding the earth. Herbalists and people interested in plant medicine are welcome!

Bradner Gardens Park

1730 Bradner Pl S, Seattle 98144

Tilth Alliance’s learning garden at Bradner Gardens Park features annual and perennial plants grown in raised beds and swale gardens. Weekly volunteer opportunities are scheduled during the growing season, roughly April-October, with a limited number of spots available each week. Many volunteers at this location return on a regular basis, forming a crew that works throughout the season, but one-time volunteers are welcome. Please contact us to get connected with staff and schedule your first volunteer shift.

McAuliffe Park

10824 NE 116th St, Kirkland 98034

Several organizations partner in their work at McAuliffe Park, which features historic buildings, a community P-Patch, and an urban forest. Tilth Alliance’s community learning garden features gardens built using permaculture design principles, a rain garden and cistern and a composting area. Small groups of Tilth Alliance volunteers tend to annual vegetable crops and perennial plantings, learning how to grow food, harvest rainwater and conserve water and other resources. Weekly volunteer opportunities are scheduled during the growing season, roughly April-October. Check here for additional pop-up work parties during the fall and winter.