Education and Land Resources for Seattle Area Gardeners!

~Rae Russell

Seattlites are fortunate to not only enjoy the benefits of a maritime climate that allows us to grow year-round, but to have access to so many wonderful gardening and farming resources. Whether you want to take a short workshop on container gardening, complete a serious course in sustainable farming, or simply find some tips and plant lists, everything that you need can be found nearby, even land!

Want to learn?

Here is a short list of area businesses and organizations that will help you develop your gardening skills. 

Center for Urban Horticulture: UW’s own Center for Urban Horticulture (part of the UW Botanic Gardens) offers free and affordable in-depth workshops for gardeners, arborists, mycological enthusiasts, and more.

City Peoples Garden Store: A locally owned and operated community garden store in Madison Valley, City People’s offers free workshops at their store throughout the year on a variety of topics ranging from edible gardening to pruning to designing with holiday containers. Check out their list of workshop offerings HERE

Sky Nursery: A family run nursery and garden store in Shoreline that offers free classes as well as info sheets and plant lists.

Swanson’s Nursery: A Blue Ridge nursery that has been open since 1924, Swanson’s also offers free workshops on everything from Bee Keeping to Water Wise Gardening.

Molbacks Garden and Home: A Woodinville nursery and garden supply store that hosts events and workshops (most of them free), including regular Master Gardener’s Clinics.

Master Gardener Foundation of King County: The Foundation is a nonprofit that supports and promotes the WSU Extension Master Gardener program. They also offer gardening fact sheets, plant clinics throughout the region, demonstration gardens, and an on-line Ask a Master Gardener form.

Seattle Tilth: Seattle Tilth aims to inspire and educate people to safeguard natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They offer classes for adults, teens, and kids on everything from veggie gardening to urban livestock care, as well as intensive teacher training courses and summer camp programs. Seattle Tilth’s Farm Works Program provides farm business training and support to immigrants, refugees and people with limited resources in South King County, and their Seattle Youth Garden Works Program empowers homeless and underserved youth through garden-based education and employment.

21 Acres School: 21 Acres is a nonprofit school in Woodinville dedicated to helping people learn how to grow food, eat well and live sustainably. They offer farm tours, cooking classes, and more. Check out their list of upcoming events and workshops HERE.

Greenbank Farm (Organic Farm School Program): Greenbank Farm on Whidby Island hosts a full-time, 7.5-month long expe­ri­en­tial pro­gram for aspir­ing farm­ers seek­ing to learn and prac­tice the skills needed to run a small-scale organic farm.  Students attend weekly lec­tures, dis­cus­sions and demon­stra­tions, conduct research projects, and practice practical farm skills.

Bullocks Farm: Bullocks offers an intensive 3-week permaculture design couse on their 30 year old permaculture homestead on Orcas Island.

Washington Native Plant Society: WNPS is a great source for Washington state native plant information and action. They offer classes, fieldtrips, plant sales, and tons of information on growing and identifying native plants.

City Fruit: City Fruit helps tree owners grow healthy fruit, provides assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promotes the sharing of extra fruit, and works to protect urban fruit trees. They offer pruning assistance, classes on tree care and fruit use, and if you register your urban fruit tree with them, they can help you harvest  your crop!

Need land/have land to offer?

Allycat acres: Alleycat Acres exists to connect people, place + produce by transforming underutilized urban spaces into neighborhood-run farms. They work with private landowners who are interested in donating a plot of land to be used for space as a community run farm. If you would like to volunteer on an existing farm or have land that you wish to donate, follow this LINK to get in touch.

WePatch: WePatch is an urban gardening project that brings together people looking for gardening space with those who have space to offer. Click HERE to set up an account and post a listing to the We Patch board as either a planter (someone looking for gardening space) or a partner (someone with gardening space to offer).

P-Patch: This program (part of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods) manages and promotes community-stewarded open spaces for organic urban agriculture to individuals and groups. If you are looking for a garden in your neighborhood to grow in click HERE to add your name to the P-Patch interest list

Know about a great area resource not listed on this page? Please share it with us in the comments section!