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
CALL Olympia 1-800-562-6000 to help our hardworking farmers get the support they need to sell directly to schools, farmers markets & restaurants.
PLEASE call your legislators 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 the final budget.
Both the House and the Senate have released their budget proposals and are now negotiating the final budget. Unfortunately neither budget proposal includes additional funding for WSDA Small Farms Direct Marketing or Farm to School programs, so we especially need your 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 $99K for the farming education targeting at-risk high schoolers 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 are now operating on $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:
$250,000/year 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. )