The people of King County appreciate the value and bene ts of enjoying locally grown food. You see it at farmers markets, grocers, restaurants, wineries and breweries that promote food and beverages proudly made right here in our community.
It’s a way to support local farms, eat healthier, reduce our carbon footprint, and re ect our region’s distinct culture.
I launched the Local Food Initiative in 2014 to create a stronger, more resilient local food system, and increase access to nutritious, a ordable food in underserved communities.
I brought together a Kitchen Cabinet of experts representing local farms, restaurants, groceries, farmers markets and governments to create a roadmap that will better connect local farms and communities.
This annual report includes a report card on our initial progress:
- 267 acres of land that were returned to agricultural production;
- More than 7,300 bags of healthy, locally grown produce that were distributed to 983 King County families through Good Food Bag, Harvest Share, and Farm-to-Go programs;
- The launch of a new, one-stop technical assistance resource for farmers and food entrepreneurs, FarmKingCounty.org;
- The more than $740,000 in grants that were distributed by the King Conservation District to projects and organizations to help support and grow our local food system; and
- The increase of sales by farmers at our King County farmers markets, which topped $19.7 million in 2016 – an increase of 8.6 percent from 2015.
I want to thank the members of the Kitchen Cabinet and everyone else who contributed to our early success. Together, we’re making it possible for more people in King County to participate in our local food economy, creating a more sustainable and accessible source for locally grown food.