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Black Farmers Collective expands Small Axe Farm to Sammamish Valley to grow food and support BIPOC farmers

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.Continue readingBlack Farmers Collective expands Small Axe Farm to Sammamish Valley to grow food and support BIPOC farmers

Plant Based Food Share provides healthy and culturally relevant plant-based meals to communities and families

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.Continue readingPlant Based Food Share provides healthy and culturally relevant plant-based meals to communities and families

Vashon Island growers are using the challenges of 2020 to improve the island’s food and farm economy

The creative and efficient ways that farm businesses have responded to the COVID-19 crisis have been inspirational and transformative. The Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA) has expanded their efforts to support farm businesses online and promote collaboration between farmers and food access organizations.Continue readingVashon Island growers are using the challenges of 2020 to improve the island’s food and farm economy

Recognizing a community leader: Josh Monaghan reflects on over twenty years of supporting the local food system

After decades of working tirelessly supporting the local food and farm system, Josh Monaghan will be leaving his position as Director of Stewardship Programs at King Conservation District (KCD). The Local Food Team would like to thank Josh for his many years of service and dedication.Continue readingRecognizing a community leader: Josh Monaghan reflects on over twenty years of supporting the local food system

King County Council approves relief funding for COVID-19 impacts to the agricultural sector

The King County Council has allocated $1,380,000 to help King County farmers and farmers markets comply with public health and safety operating requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to overcome losses due to COVID-19.Continue readingKing County Council approves relief funding for COVID-19 impacts to the agricultural sector

Local food facilities could address gaps in the King County local food system

Numerous studies across the Puget Sound region have confirmed that there is insufficient kitchen, processing, packaging, storage space, and transportation capacity to adequately and efficiently connect local food producers with target markets. Much of the regional infrastructure needed to grow our local food economy no longer exists, is in need of improvement, or is not adequate to meet the needs of small and medium farms and food businesses in our region.Continue readingLocal food facilities could address gaps in the King County local food system