Since 2017, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) has been operated jointly by the Tilth Alliance and the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.
“RBUFW is unique because it’s a working farm in the middle of the community and really focused on food production. [and] Learning to eat,” said Melissa Spear, executive director at Tilth Alliance.
Tilth’s public relations work for Rainier Beach Farm focuses on South Seattle and recognizes the diverse needs of the immigrant and refugee communities in the neighborhood.
“The other interesting thing about the way we run RBUFW is that not all programs are [the Tilth Alliance’s] programs. We have many programs run by other community members who just run the site. We work with them, we work with them, we support them,” Spear said.
She says the importance of learning to grow food is the ability to give people control and sovereignty over their access to food. “It’s less about, ‘Am I making enough money? Can I afford to go to the grocery store?’ Growing your own food gives you a sense of control over what you eat, and it’s healthy too.”
Sydney Aspinall was born and raised just outside of Seattle in the small town of North Bend, Washington. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, majoring in Journalism and Communications of Public Interest and French.
Azeb Tuji is an interdisciplinary artist, multimedia writer, and community activist with a passion for advocating for voices that are often marginalized. They are currently graduating from the University of Washington with majors in Journalism and Communications of Public Interest.
📸 Featured image: Larry Bosley, Dijana Steward and Alina Mikolajczyk (left to right) at the Tilth Alliance edible plant sale in Wallingford on Sunday, May 8, 2022. (Photo: Azeb Tuji)
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