Liza Burke

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Drip Irrigation for Home Gardeners
Saturday, May 13, 2017 (10:00AM - 12:00PM)
Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Good Shepherd Center, Room 107

Learn how easy it is to water your garden with resource-efficient drip irrigation!  Even though our Pacific Northwest maritime climate is known for rain, during the dry summer we still need to water food crops, thirsty ornamentals and container gardens.  Be smart with your resources and learn how to maximize the water you use in your landscape.

This class will cover:
· Basic drip irrigation system design and use in a home garden
· Water requirements and how to create zones
· Parts you’ll need and where to purchase them
· Tips for installation, scheduling, winterizing and troubleshooting
· Soaker hoses and other low-pressure options

This class features a lecture, garden tour and hands-on opportunity to assemble components of a drip system. Please dress for the weather.

This class pairs well with Water Catchment: Harvest the Rain offered later in the afternoon. Sign up for both classes for a full day of learning and receive a discount! If you purchase our individual ticket for $65, you will be registered for both classes.

For more information on this class and to register, click here.

Hosted By
Tilth Alliance
Phone: (206) 633-0451
9 months ago
Food Preservation Intensive Course
Thursday, June 15, 2017 (6:30PM - 8:30PM)
Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Whole Foods Market - Redmond

Make your summer bounty last through the winter! Learn everything you need to know to safely can, freeze, dry, pickle and ferment fresh foods to enjoy throughout the year. Whether you are growing a ton of tomatoes or hoping to utilize all the zucchini from your CSA, start filling your pantry with food that you’ve preserved yourself. 

This comprehensive course will give you the skills and confidence to make value-added products from produce to store in your pantry, feed your family and give away as wonderful gifts. This intensive and fun program emphasizes experiential, hands-on learning to present scientific and practical information. 

You will learn about:
· An overview of food preservation history and food safety
· USDA guidelines for safely canning using boiling water and pressure canning methods
· An introduction to fermentation and specialty products
· Best practices for freezing, dehydrating and pickling
· Safety regarding meat and dairy preservation

Class fee includes a copy of So Easy to Preserve and a comprehensive class binder. Upon completing this 16-hour course, students are awarded Tilth’s certificate of completion.

Beginning food preservers ready to dive into an intensive program are welcome, along with people who have some preservation experience.

This class includes three weeknight lectures and two weekend hands-on sessions.

Dates: Thursday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, June 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, June 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

To learn more about this class or register for it, click here.

Hosted By
Tilth Alliance
Phone: (206) 633-0451
9 months ago
Outsmart Pests: Organic Pest Management
Thursday, May 25, 2017 (6:30PM - 8:30PM)
Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Good Shepherd Center, Room 107

Improve your garden by managing garden pests and problems -- without any pesticides! Now that your garden is growing, all you have to do is sit back and watch, right? But wait, what's eating holes in your broccoli? What should be done about all of those weeds? Why are your tomatoes brown?

Come learn how to avoid chemicals by using organic practices to manage pest bugs, weeds and diseases. Learn the art and science of attracting beneficial bugs to pollinate your crops and reduce harmful insects that damage your veggies.

In this class:
· Learn about the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system and what it means for organic gardeners
· Meet some common garden pests and weeds, and safe solutions for managing them
· Go on a bug hunt in the garden to identify good and bad bugs
· Get resources to help you continue problem solving pests in your own backyard

This dynamic class features a lecture, slideshow, garden tour and pest troubleshooting activities.

This class is a great follow-up to Secrets of Companion Planting offered the previous Thursday. Sign up for both classes for a full day of learning and a discount! If you purchase the individual ticket for $65, you will be registered for both classes. Visit the Secrets of Companion Planting page to register for this deal.

To learn more about the Organic Pest Management class or to register for it, click here.

Hosted By
Tilth Alliance
Phone: (206) 633-0451
9 months ago
Saturday, May 20, 2017 (2:00PM - 4:00PM)
Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Bradner Gardens Park

Grow beyond gardening basics and learn how to create new plants from seeds, cuttings and divisions in this hands-on workshop.

· Learn about taking cuttings from flowering and fruiting shrubs
· dividing perennials
· propagating plants from layered cuttings
· starting seeds, with a focus on seeds that need special techniques to get them to grow

Become familiar with the way plants reproduce themselves and how you can create a robust, vibrant garden through plant propagation. Be prepared to do some outdoor digging in our community learning garden and to get your hands dirty in the classroom.

To learn more about this class or register for it, click here

Hosted By
Tilth Alliance
Phone: (206) 633-0451
9 months ago
Secrets of Companion Planting
Thursday, May 18, 2017 (6:30PM - 8:30PM)
Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Good Shepherd Center, Room 107

Did you know that some plants grow better together? Improve the health and productivity of your garden by choosing plants that work together as companions, rather than compete for resources. This class provides an introduction to the many ways that you can combine plants to maximize your harvest and make the most of your space.

In this class we will tour the garden to see real life examples of companion planting, inter-planting and polyculture. Learn about:
· companion planting and different types of plant relationships
· incorporating perennial plants into your annual food garden
· the permaculture concept of “plant guilds”

This workshop combines lecture with an outdoor garden tour.  Please dress for the weather.

This class pairs well with Outsmart Pests: Organic Pest Management offered the following Thursday. Sign up for both classes for a discount! If you purchase our individual ticket for $65, you will be registered for both classes.

To learn more about the class or register for it, click here

Hosted By
Tilth Alliance
Phone: (206) 633-0451
9 months ago
Water Catchment: Harvest the Rain
Saturday, May 13, 2017 (2:00PM - 4:00PM)
Hosted by Tilth Alliance @ Good Shepherd Center, Room 107

Save money, prevent storm water pollution and collect rainwater for home use. Water is an important resource that falls from the sky for free. Unfortunately, most of the rain falls in the winter when we need it the least for irrigation. In the fall and winter we often have a deluge of water that causes flooding and other damage. What if you could slow down or collect that water and save it for use during the dry summer?

In this class, learn about:
·         The water cycle
·         Issues around storm water pollution
·         Using the soil to store water with bio-swales, mulch and rain gardens
·         Collecting, storing and using water in rain barrels and cisterns 
·         Simple techniques for re-using grey water
·         Other ways to protect and manage water wisely, including permeable surfaces and green roofs

This class features a classroom presentation and demonstration garden tour. Please dress for the weather.

This class is a great follow-up to Drip Irrigation for Home Gardeners, offered earlier in the morning. Sign up for both classes for a full day of learning and a discount! If you purchase our individual ticket for $65, you will be registered for both classes. Visit the Drip Irrigation for Home Gardeners page to register for this deal.

For more information on this class and registration, visit the webpage Water Catchment: Harvest the Rain 

Tilth strives to educate all children and adults regardless of their financial means. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for an adult education class or children's camp, please submit this form.



Hosted By
Tilth Alliance
Phone: (206) 633-0451
9 months ago
Renowned permaculturist Toby Hemenway will be teaching Seattle Tilth's yearly intensive Permaculture Design Certification Course.

This course is ideal for anyone who would like to explore the concepts of permaculture in-depth and in a community setting, people who'd like to practice these principles in their lives and communities or anyone who might like to obtain a two-year diploma or other advanced trainings in permaculture.
Graduates of this course will receive a certificate on behalf of the Permaculture Institute USA. The certificate signifies the successful completion of a permaculture design course and confers upon the holder the right to use the word “Permaculture” in a business or professional setting.

This engaging 72-hour course is offered over six weekends May-October. Classes are held once a month on Saturdays (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sundays (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). Dates are as follows: May 21 & 22, June 25 & 26, July 16 & 17 , Aug. 20 & 21, Sept. 17 & 18, Oct. 15 & 16.

All classes will be held at the Nobie Chan Education Center at South Seattle Community College in West Seattle. The address is 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106.
Tuition: $1,150
Early Bird Tuition (register by April 22): $1,000

To learn more about this course, for payment information, or to register visit our website http://seattletilth.nonprofitsoapbox.com/-permaculture-a-sustainable-landscapes/event/590.
1 year ago
Backyard Beekeeping 101
Wed., Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the Good Shepard Center, Room 107
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Beekeeping 201: Start Your Hive
Wed., Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the Good Shepard Center, Room 107
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98103
2 years ago
Sat., Feb. 27, 2-5 p.m.
at Bradner Gardens Park
1730 Bradner Place S.
Seattle, WA 98144
2 years ago
Thurs., Feb. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bradner Gardens Park
1730 Bradner Place S.
Seattle, WA 98144
2 years ago