Being Tilthy

National Partner: Tilth Association, Formerly Seattle Tilth

In 1977, the Tilth Association was formally incorporated “to support and promote biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture in the Pacific Northwest.”


1. Merger and formation of seven distinct food system programs similar to the Tilth Association model.

2. To demonstrate a replicable model of “tilth like” organizations across the US.

Tilth is an English word that stands for the quality of soil. In older meaning, the word also stood for the cultivation of wisdom and the spirit.

The Tilth serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information between gardeners, farmers, beekeepers, tree planters, ranchers, orchardists, and everyone else seeking the creation of local sustainable agriculture and forestry.
— The Future is Abundant: A Guide to Sustainable Agriculture, Tilth

GrowMemphis Community Garden Elective, St. Paul Garden. In partnership with Advance Memphis.