Rows of kale, eggplant, corn, and other late summer vegetables extend for nearly 5 acres across one corner of Horseneck Farm in early September, located just a few miles south of downtown Kent. On a clear day, Mt. Rainier towers behind the trees in the distance. This setting – a small, green retreat within a hub of manufacturing – is just one of five King County-owned farms leased to area farmers through its Farmland Leasing Program. The goal is for marginalized and beginning farmers to have land access to grow their agricultural businesses despite increasingly expensive property prices across the county.
epartment of Agriculture. While beekeeping is often done in rural areas, with some hives being transported farm to farm to foster pollination, a small company is supporting local farms and bottling honey produced in the Seattle metro area through a network of beehive hosts.
On a typical day, you can find Caitlin Ames harvesting vegetables, guiding interns and volunteers, and generally keeping tabs on the ever-evolving to-do list at Matsuda Farm, where they have been manager for five years.
According to the nonprofit ReFED, over a third of food products in the U.S. went to waste in 2019. From crops that are unharvested, to grocery stores that stock excess inventory, to shoppers who buy more than they can use, food waste propels climate change and harms the budgets of key players in our food system.
As temperatures spiked above 100 degrees last month, many Pacific Northwest residents struggled to keep cool, seeking respite in the water or in air-conditioned spaces such as cooling centers. For farmers across King County, these extreme temperatures presented additional challenges of working safely outdoors and protecting vulnerable livestock and crops.
Don’t miss this free event at Marymoor Park on Aug. 21! Enjoy a farmers market, live music, local food vendors and booths with interactive, sustainability-themed activities.
A new farmers market opened earlier this month with a special purpose: to provide culturally relevant, locally sourced food for the African Diaspora and immigrant community, and to uplift BIPOC farms and food businesses. It takes place the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June to November, at the Hope Academy in South Delridge.
A bike ride that takes you by a farm stand in the summer. A trip to a small museum that lands you next to an independent restaurant serving locally sourced vegetables.
Connect with Business Impact NW for free and low-cost customized services – from business planning to online marketing – designed to meet the needs of your farm.
Farm Practices Illustrated can help you spend less time deciphering County codes and more time growing the food our community needs.
Access to farmland is a significant barrier for many farmers, especially Black and Indigenous farmers and farmers of color, whether they are just starting out or have extensive experience growing food. Recently, King County partnered with the Black Farmers Collective to assist in expanding their farm operation, Small Axe Farm, on property in the Sammamish Valley, to grow more healthy and nutritious food.
Creating a community-based organization at the beginning of a pandemic may sound like an impossible feat, but Plant Based Food Share was created in order to show King County residents that it is possible, necessary, and, in fact, a recipe for hope and success.
In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic led to so much uncertainty in work programs and daily life, it’s a
Crosscut recently produced a powerful 7-minute video that shows how the impacts of pollution – both historic and current –