Seattle Tilth Trains New Master Composter Volunteers this Spring

Turn Garbage into Gold and Fight Climate Change with Compost

soil builder

Did you know that Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy? All of this uneaten food generates nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US, increasing climate change. Alternatively, when it’s kept out of the garbage and composted, food waste is an incredibly useful soil amendment, turning garbage into “gardener’s gold.”

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Now in its fourth decade, Seattle Tilth offers the Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators — and climate change heroes! Compost reduces global warming, storm water pollution and food waste while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

A diverse team of community volunteers participates in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. Learn how to compost while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling! Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 22 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N).

After the training, each Master Composter contributes 35 hours of volunteer outreach, teaching practical techniques to other community members throughout the city. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

Food waste is such a problem that the City of Seattle prohibits food waste from going in the garbage. But many residents and community groups need support figuring out what to do with food waste. Master Composters have mobilized to provide needed education.

Apply by March 6
The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. However, King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County.Applications are due March 6. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Learn more and APPLY NOW!

Come to a Seattle Tilth volunteer orientation to get your questions answered:

Volunteer Orientation: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m. at Bradner Gardens Park; 1730 Bradner Place S

The Master Composter/Soil Builder program is managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.


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Can’t Wait for the Chainsaw Class?

ugly blade

If you’ve got some branches that need to be chopped but can’t wait until our next chainsaw class, maybe you should check out these “ugly” pruning blades we just picked up for a reciprocating saw!

They are 9″ long and can be used on branches that are 4″ in diameter. They fit into most reciprocating saws aka sawzalls (and we recommend using a corded one).



Here is a video showing more:

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Next Chainsaw Safety Class on April 23rd (updated!) – FULL

UPDATE: this class is now full.

We have scheduled our next Chainsaw Safety Class!

chainsaw safety

When (rescheduled!) : Saturday April 23rd, 10-11:30 am
Where: NE Seattle Tool Library (2415 NE 80th St)
How Much: we ask for a $10 donation and that participants be members of the TL

The Chainsaw Safety Class is required to borrow a chainsaw from the tool library. To sign up just call (206) 524-6062 or email Space is limited, so don’t wait!

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Sun February 21: Seed Starting Class

Seed Starting Class
Date and Time: Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00-3:00PM
Location: North Seattle Friends Church Fellowship Hall at 7740 24th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Cost: Free, but a donation to the Seed Library is suggested.
(Pre-registration not required.)

Give your garden a head start by starting your veggie garden indoors. We will show you how to grow your own plant starts! Save money, grow more varieties of veggies, and experience the joy of growing your food from start to finish!

In this class you will learn about:

  • Sources for seeds
  • Supplies needed for setting up your indoor growing space
  • Planting and caring for vegetable seeds and seedlings
  • How to harden off and transplant your little plants

This class will be indoors with hands-on activities. Be prepared to get dirty! Go home with a couple of seed starts and the information you need to gather supplies and start more of your own.

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Please message for any questions!

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Apply to Participate on HALA Community Focus Groups!

Seattle is changing fast – want to have a say in the future of our neighborhoods? Department of Neighborhoods is looking for applicants for HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) Community Focus Groups.

The Community Focus Groups will guide implementation of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) – the bold action plan put forth by Mayor Murray and the City Council to improve housing affordability and availability throughout Seattle. We are asking residents from neighborhoods across the city to participate as volunteers to inform the HALA process. A key focus of the Community Focus Groups will be land use and zoning changes that could affect neighborhoods.

Read more about HALA here:
Fill out an application here:

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