WSFFN and the Good Food Coalition advocated for healthier local food systems this past session.
We asked 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. )