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Message From The Executive

Early progress on a more accessible, resilient food supply system in King County

The people of King County want a sustainable source of locally produced food – one that supports local farms and is more resilient to the effects of climate change.

That’s why in 2014 I launched an initiative to better connect farmers to consumers and increase access to healthy, affordable food in underserved areas. By bringing together farmers, grocers, restaurants and farmer’s markets, we’re making it more convenient and affordable to eat local.

The Local Food Initiative has created a roadmap for how we will achieve our goal. It includes 20 top-priority actions we can take now to improve the local food-supply system in our region as well as long-term strategies.

This annual progress report provides a summary of our initial accomplishments, which include:

  • Improving access to land and water for farmers.
  • Increasing access to fresh, local produce to families with limited financial resources.
  • Creating a one-stop shop for technical resources for the farm community.

I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, and appreciate the contributions that members of my Kitchen Cabinet have made. Together, we will build on our early success and create a more accessible, resilient local food and beverage supply that the people of our region want.

Thank you,

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Dow Constantine
King County Executive

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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