Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), which manages garbage, recycling, and food and yard waste in Seattle, sees an opportunity to address these two issues—uneaten, surplus food and food insecurity—together, through food rescue. As part of its community-centered approach to tackling difficult issues, SPU partnered with Mary’s Place to convene its first Food Rescue Innovation Lab in early November. The event brought together a diverse group of innovative thinkers to discuss opportunities and solutions for rescuing safe, edible food from garbage and composting streams and diverting it to address hunger in Seattle. We interviewed Liz Fikejs, SPU Senior Waste Prevention Program Manager, to learn more about the Food Rescue Innovation Lab and SPU’s efforts around food rescue. … More Food Rescue Innovation Lab: Collaborative efforts to address hunger in Seattle
Farm King County recently launched its Food Systems Data Center, which combines an interactive mapping platform with information and data on local agriculture to tell the story of King County’s farm and food system. Farm King County is a one stop resource for information and assistance for farm operations, and this data will be useful to better understand, analyze, and measure the healthy and viability of our food system. The major components of the data center include the King County Farm and Food System Map and food system indicator progress metrics. … More Farm King County Data Center now live!
Did you know? Many King County farms donate some or all of the food they grow to local food banks. … More Take action and spread your love of local food this holiday season!
A new partnership between King County and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) aims to identify innovative solutions for funding food system infrastructure projects in our region. Unfortunately, much of the regional infrastructure needed to grow our local food economy no longer exists or is not appropriately scaled to meet the needs of small producers. To meet the growing demand for local products, farmers and food entrepreneurs require appropriately scaled food system infrastructure. … More CDFA and King County partner to explore innovative funding for food system infrastructure
In early 2018, King County and its partners launched the Working Farmland Partnership (WFP) to connect farmland owners with farmers looking to establish or expand their business. We interviewed Melissa Borsting, King County Project/Program Manager focused on the WFP, to better understand what the WFP means for local food, how the partnership works, and the successes and challenges faced by this project so far. … More The essential ingredients for growing farms: collaboration and getting to know people
Haven’t had a chance to grab a pumpkin this fall? Shop local and visit one (or all!) of these King County farms! Follow them on social media or visit their websites for updates on local food, volunteer opportunities, and more! … More King County farms to celebrate National Pumpkin Day, Oct. 26
On September 17, 2018, the City of Seattle announced “Fresh Bucks at Safeway”, a new partnership between the City of Seattle and Safeway that is implementing the city’s Fresh Bucks program at all Safeway locations in Seattle. … More Fresh Bucks now used at all Seattle Safeway stores
Across the street from a grassy private lot fenced off with razor wire, kids play tag in a gray concrete Tukwila parking lot, sometimes dodging honking cars and making the apartment manager nervous about his liability. The closest park playground is a hot 20-minute summer walk from the apartment building along busy arterials. These kids … More Green space for all: King County moves to speed up open space investments and improve access
To highlight Farmers Market week – King County is celebrating all that is farm-fresh and local with a photo contest and giving away some nice swag. Send in a picture of your favorite farmers market or one of your favorite locally-produced foods to be entered to win a limited edition CHOMP! trucker hat and bag. … More Celebrating Farmers Market Week in King County
Half a million King County residents don’t have easy access to a park, trail or to green space. Think about that for a minute. View the Land Conservation Initiative Story Map In a county world-renowned for its amazing outdoor possibilities – its Cascade Mountains, mighty forestlands, lush farmlands providing local food, salmon-bearing streams and rivers, … More King County Land Conservation Initiative: 65,000 acres to sustain us