Seattle urban farm expands in low-income area, and teaches wetland restoration

After several years of fundraising and planning, including a $3 million capital campaign, construction on Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands is tentatively set to start in April 2016.

Seattle Tilth, the “nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization” that operates the farm, spearheaded the expansion, with help from the Seattle Parks Foundation.

The Rainier Beach Urban Farm is “Seattle’s largest urban farm.” It grows fruit and vegetables that are sold at farms stands or cooked up for free community meals.

Educational programming teaches volunteers and visitors about how to grow and cook fresh, healthy food.

Other programs focus on restoration of the wetlands.

Having an urban farm in the middle of one of the most socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the city is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference,” said Seattle Tilth’s Executive Director, Andrea Dwyer.

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