Support Healthy Farms Healthy Food Healthy Kids!
Read more about our 2015 legislative efforts to strengthen our local food system and invest in healthy farms, healthy food and healthy kids!
Help us advocate for local, healthy food systems
Olympia 1-800-562-6000 on Monday March 30th
On MONDAY March 30th PLEASE call your Senator directly, or
leave a message asking them to include
at least $250K/year for WSDA's Farm to School and
Small Farm Direct Marketing Programs in their budget
The Senate Ways and Means Committee prepares the Senate's budget proposal, which is expected to be released next week. Unfortunately we were not able to get funding for WSDA programs in the House budget proposal that was released yesterday, so we especially need your Senator's help NOW!SAMPLE MESSAGE: Our farmers need help navigating all the rules and regulations to be able to sell directly to consumers and schools. PLEASE INCLUDE at least $250,000/year in the budget for the WSDA SMALL FARM DIRECT MARKETING AND FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS.
THE GOOD NEWS: We are thankful that they include $2M for the Apple A Day school kitchen equipment grants, and $90K for the farming education for at-risk highschoolers BUT....
THE BAD NEWS:
The House did not
include any funding for WSDA's Small Farm Direct Marketing and Farm to School
programs. These programs provide farmers the much-needed technical support to
navigate rules and regulations for selling directly to schools, hospitals,
farmers markets and consumers. They also compile and publish the Small
Farm Direct Marketing Handbook (the Green Book), which is a farmer's
one-stop resource for selling direct. These WSDA programs have been cut from
their original $500,000/year and now only have $125,000/year for both programs.
We need to increase funding to ensure that our direct market farmers get the
technical support they need. We are asking
legislators to include at least $250,000/year.
WSFFN and the Good Food Coalition are advocating for healthier local food systems.
We are asking for:
$250,00 Funding for WSDA to help small and direct market farms and school food buyers get the technical support they need to navigate the ever-evolving rules and regulations, and restore WSDA's Farm to School and Small Farms and Direct Marketing Program funding and $75K for WSU-CSANR to study the economics of the local food system. (Originally in House Bill 1710.)
$1.5M Funding to help schools get the kitchen equipment they need to prepare wholesome meals and purchase more local food from Washington farmers. (Originally in Apple a Day Act - House Bill 1164.)
$1 M Funding for a three year farming education pilot program targeting at-risk youth to reduce their chances of dropping out of high school. (Originally in Dropout Prevention thru Farming HB 1568. )