July 27

Young gardeners return to U-District Farmers Market



You may have noticed Seattle Youth Garden Works (SYGW) selling produce and plant starts at Seattle Tilth events and at the University Farmers Market in years past, but we hadn’t seen them this year.

We learned from Seattle Tilth that SYGW suspended operations temporarily in January, after it became fiscally independent from the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Recently Wallingford-based Seattle Tilth announced that it’s adding SYGW to its programs.

We are joining forces to ensure that the valuable job-training in urban agriculture that SYGW provides for homeless and at-risk youth in Seattle will not only continue to operate, but will be able to grow and expand…

The two organizations discussed combining forces and determined that the partnership between Seattle Tilth and SYGW will enhance both organizations’ missions. As part of Seattle Tilth, SYGW will continue working with homeless and marginalized youth, concentrating on job skills development at our mini farm at the UW Botanical Gardens, and selling our fruits and vegetables at the University District farmer’s market.

Seattle Tilth is throwing a party tomorrow evening at the Center for Urban Horticulture to welcome SYGW. Take a tour of the ¾ acre plot, aka “The Farm,” hear a program update from both organizations, and enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Get more information about the Farm Party here.

Learn more about the Seattle Youth Garden Works program and how to support it on the Seattle Tilth site

This story was written by Marina Gordon from our sister site My Wallingford.

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