The Agriculture Program brings together the County’s efforts to preserve prime agricultural soils with efforts to protect water resources and ensure the continuing economic vitality of agriculture in the County. King County has historically been a productive agricultural region with dairies, livestock operations, crop farms and berry fields. Rich agricultural areas once supported hundreds of families and provided an abundant local food source for thousands. Increased land prices, regulations, urban pressures, and drainage problems have all significantly contributed to the reduction of farmland in King County; however, farming is still a vital presence. King County has over 42,000 acres in its Agriculture Production Districts - areas designated for agriculture. In addition, there remain thousands of acres still viable as working farms in the urban and rural areas of the County. The King County Agriculture Program supports farming throughout the County.
For information about any of the above programs or to be included on the Commission mailing list, please call the Program Manager.
News and events:
- Farmers Market Report
Identifies financial challenges facing farmers markets that impact their viability and proposes changes to help strengthen operations and facilitate farmer access to the markets.
- FARMS Report - Future of Agriculture Realizing Meaningful Solutions
Report describes the findings of a study that determining what measures King County and other agencies should take to ensure the continued success of local agriculture.
- Download a copy of the Agriculture Program brochure (pdf).
For questions about the King County Agriculture Program, please contact Richard Martin, Environmental Programs Managing Supervisor. This program is made possible with the generous support of the King Conservation District (external link).