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 at the Good Shepherd Center in North Seattle, Bradner Gardens and Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in South Seattle or at McAuliffe Park in Kirkland. 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 our gardens at the Good Shepherd Center.

Community Volunteer Work Parties

Support our Adult Community Learning Garden in Wallingford, adjacent to Meridian Playground and just beyond our Children’s Learning Garden.

Children’s Garden Work Parties

The Children’s Learning Garden at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford is maintained by our Youth and Families and Natural Yard Care programs.

During the Youth and Families shifts, volunteers will help maintain annual garden beds planted by youths in our programs. The Natural Yard Care shifts will involve stewarding perennial plantings and garden beds growing food for local food banks. At either shift, you can expect to help with planting, weeding, digging, mulching, watering, harvesting, pathway maintenance, compost bin maintenance, garden bed design and preparation, and trellis building! All ages and skill levels welcome: learn by doing!

If you would like to volunteer in the Children’s Garden with our Natural Yard Care team but don’t see a shift that works for you, please email Melissa at Availability on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 areas, remove aggressive plant species in the wetlands, tend to the children’s garden, and lend a hand in the greenhouses.

Volunteer work parties are held year-round, typically on Friday and Saturday mornings. During the height of the growing season, additional weekday work parties help us keep up with the harvest. Check here for additional pop-up work parties and special events at the farm!

Community Volunteer Work Parties

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.