History

2015

  • WSFFN took on Fiscal Sponsorship of Coupeville Farm to School, Walla Walla Valley Farm to School and the Washington Food Systems Roundtable, and continued Fiscal Sponsorship of Northwest Farm Bill Action Group.
  • The Network continued to implement the USDA Harvest and Beyond grant providing nutrition education materials for schools.
  • The WA Food Systems Roundtable continued to meet monthly. With WSFFN acting as fiscal sponsor, the Roundtable received $30,000 to support the initial visioning and action plan development for a 25 year food system vision.
  • High School intern Alice Wistar from Philadelphia contributed two helpful weeks in January, lining up Lobby Day appointments and creating a new WSFFN rack card.
  • Ellen Gray attended NSAC’s winter meeting in Georgia, on Jekyll Island.
  • At Good Food & Farming Lobby Day in February, 50 volunteers advocated 76 legislators to fund Healthy Farms Healthy Food Healthy Kids. They presented apples tagged with “Invest in a ‘fruit-ful’ future.” The day ended with WSMA’s Legislators’ Reception. For the first time, The Network provided a Shuttle Bus from Bellingham to Olympia, underwritten by a generous donor.
  • Ellen Gray, along with other collaborators, presented on “Policy Context & Partners That Make Farm to School Work” at the annual Farm to School Summit in Wenatchee in April.
  • Also in April, for the second year in a row, WSFFN had a Farm to School Reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. First Lady Trudi Inslee hosted the event as we raised $19,000 for Farm to School. 85 legislators, farmers, food service directors and F2S proponents attended.
  • WSFFN participated in its 3rd GiveBIG Day of online giving via The Seattle Foundation, with 52 donors contributing $7,700 including a $3K anonymous match.
  • Ellen Gray, together with Whatcom Farm to School Mardi Solomon and Holly O’Neil, presented a Food Service Directors workshop in Mount Vernon in May.
  • Allison Perry, a Stanford University rising Junior and BA candidate in Anthropology, was Summer Intern in our office, working on healthy food systems issues.
  • The 2015-17 state Operating Budget included a new $5 million Healthy Kids Healthy Schools Grant program for schools to purchase kitchen equipment and updates, school gardens and greenhouses, water stations and playground equipment. Representative Marcus Riccelli championed the program.
  • Board Chair, Anne Harvey and her spouse, Jan Pickard, hosted the fourth annual Whidbey House Party in Septemeber, raising $7,500. A record 46 attended.
  • Our annual Harvest Celebration took place in a new locale, Melrose Market Studios, catered by Kaspars. Over $27,000 was raised, with a record 134 attendees. Farmer Jim Baird and Representative Marcus Riccelli were honored with our 2015 Advocacy Awards.

 

  •  Thea Rittenhouse started as our new, first ever, Program Director.
  • The Network and the Good Food Coalition successfully lobbied to get $200K in FMNP and $111K for Small Farm Internship Program.
  • We transferred the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group’s (NWFBAG) funds from Community Alliance for Global Justice in order to be the fiscal sponsor of NWFBAG. Ariana Taylor-Stanley (coordinator) and Danielle Gilmour (intern) teaches Farm Bill 101 workshops to help the every day person understand the language of the Farm Bill.
  • WSFFN commented on the FDA’s Federal Food Safety Modernization Act in November 2013, and the FDA recognized some problems with their proposal, and released a new set of food safety regulations this year as a result. The National Sustainable Ag Coalition was instrumental in achieving this revisiting and established a respectful relationship with Mike Taylor at the FDA.
  • Joan Qazi and Thea Rittenhouse held the first of three regional networking meetings in Wenatchee, bringing together approximately 15 farmers and 15 school districts to discuss produce availability and forward contracts.
  • Conor Byrne Pub, in Ballard, held a fundraiser for The Network. For the second time in three years they donated the “house take”, as well as provided space and time for us to do outreach to the Seattle community.
  • The Governor’s Mansion in Olympia hosted WSFFN’s successful fundraiser for Farm to School/Fresh Food in Schools project.
  • Ellen presented on Legislative Advocacy for Farm to School at the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, TX. Ellen, Thea and Joan attended and networked with folks from all across the country who are participating in Farm to School programs.
  • Jill Smith of Pure Eire Dairy, Othello WA, joined the Board of Directors.
  • Ellen participated in a call with Labor & Industries to flesh out the Small Farm Internship Program outreach. Enrollment in the program opened July 1st and WSFFN is one of the organizations helping to do outreach and encourage farms to enroll.
  • The Gebbers Farm invited Ellen to attend their Cherry Tour in Chelan and to present WSFFN Fresh Food in Schools efforts to the folks invited on the tour/gathering as a part of Chelan Fresh’s outreach efforts.
  • Ellen Gray receives Advocacy of the Year Award from the Washington State Farmers Market Association.
  • Successfully advocated to have funding restored for WSDA’s Farm to School & Small Farm Programs. Good Food and Farming Lobby Day on February 4th brings together 40 volunteers, who visit 70 legislators.
  • Second Fresh Food in Schools Summit takes place at Moses Lake, 130 attending. Farmers and school lunch personnel receive Farm to School Pioneer Awards.
  • Federal Representative Suzan DelBene joins House Agriculture Committee and advocates for farmers on Federal Farm Bill. She meets with Good Food Coalition to address Farm Bill priorities.
  • First Lady Trudi Inslee visits Pe Ell School for Taste Washington Day in September.
  • Fresh Food in Schools video is created and debuts at annual Harvest Celebration.
  • Annual Harvest Celebration Fundraiser at Kaspars raises record $52,000, and has record attendance of 130. Farm to School Pioneer Award is presented to Farmer John Butler and Citizen Advocate Award is presented to Trudy Bialic for her tireless efforts on I-522 GMO Labeling initiative.
  • Ellen Gray receives an award for her advocacy work from Tilth Producers of Washington.
  • WSFFN begins the first of two year fiscal sponsorship for the Focus on Farming Conference. This year’s was the Tenth Annual Conference held in Everett at Comcast Arena. Farmer Will Allen is keynote speaker.
  • Bethany Rodgers-Clark was hired as the part-time Operations Assistant, replacing Justin Smith.
  • Kathryn Gardow, of Gardow Consulting in Seattle, WA, joined the Board of Directors.
  • We successfully accomplished our #1 priority to restore funding for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program with our lobbying efforts. A huge thanks to Board Member, Paul Benz, who volunteers tirelessly in Olympia to advance our issues!
  • Collaborated with WSDA and Washington Environmental Council to complete “A School’s Guide to Purchasing Washington-Grown Food,” funded by Public Health-Seattle and King County and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
  • Offered first annual Fresh Food in Schools Summit in Olympia, 120 attending from around the state. Funding provided by WSDA through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, the Washington Women’s Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation and other donors. Keynote speaker is Kate Adamick, nationally renowned food systems consultant, co-founder of Cook for America, and author of Lunch Money: Serving Healthy School Food in a Sick Economy. Farm to School Pioneer Awards are presented to farmers and food service personnel.
  • Brian Estes was hired as our new Eastern Washington FFS Coordinator and Acacia Larson was hired as the new Western FFS Coordinator.
  • Ellen attended Dean Bernardo’s Kitchen Cabinet meeting at the Mount Vernon Research Center, as well as the WSU Organic Summit, which summarized the organic and sustainable efforts at WSU and the announcement of Pacific Foods $5 million gift to WSU for expansion of their organic farm.
  • Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard selects WSFFN as beneficiary of their annual Willie Nelson Tribute Night, with $1,100 in proceeds, thanks to 5 donating bands.
  • The Network officially joined the Good Food Coalition when the Board of Directors approved it in their June meeting.
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    • Chris Feise, retired CSNAR Director from Shoreline WA, joined the Board of Directors.
    • We were honored to be the recipients of Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s 4% Friday.
    • Stine Loughlin replaced Jennifer Hall as the Eastern Washington Fresh Food in Schools project Coordinator.
    • We received an unanticipated grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation as well as the Washington Women’s Foundation 3 year grant to help fund our Fresh Food in Schools project.
    • Justin Smith was hired to replace Gale Sterrett as The Network’s Administrative Assistant.
    • Completed year one of three-year Fresh Food in Schools Project. Three FFS coordinators (Eastern, Central, Western) began building connections between local farmers and twenty school districts across the state to help them purchase more Washington-grown fruits and vegetables.
    • Annual Harvest Celebration is held at TASTE-SAM Restaurant, with exquisite locally sourced meal prepared by Chef Craig Hetherington and food provided by many local farmers. Advocacy Award is presented to Eric Hurlburt, retiring WSDA Chief of Domestic Marketing and Economic Development.
  • The Mount Vernon School District presented Ellen Gray and Rita Ordonez (Fresh Food in Schools Coordinator) with an award for helping to improve the nutrition of the school district.
  • The Good Food Coalition , in which WSFFN and Washington Environmental Council (WEC) are co-chairs of, worked with the Governor to issue an Executive Order (EO) establishing the Food Policy Council/Forum. The Governor signed the EO on June 22nd at the Access to Healthy Foods Conference.
  • Clara Duff was hired as The Network’s Development Associate.
  • We were awarded two multi-year contracts/grants to fund our Farm to School efforts. We started the three-year Fresh Food in Schools Project, helping our farmers feed our kids, providing kids access to healthier local food, helping to combat childhood obesity. We also worked in collaboration with the WEC and WSDA to provide an analysis of the different geographic preferencing rules and regulations for school programs, as well as creating and distributing a local food procurement toolkit for King County school districts.
  • Our application to the Slow Food Terre Madre conference on behalf of the Good Food Coalition was awarded two “food activist” delegate slots and three “observer slots.
  • Three contractors were hired to implement the work for the Fresh Food in Schools project: Rita Ordonez from Mount Vernon, Jennifer Hall from Spokane and Joan Qazi from Wenatchee.
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    • Network co-sponsors “Creating a Sustainable Future for Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest” Conference in Richland.
    • Collaborates with Anti Hunger Nutrition Coalition to Host Lobby Day in Olympia in March to advocate for continued funding for WA-Grown grants to low income schools and for the Senior and WIC Farmer Market Nutrition Programs.
    • Welcomes new Leadership Team members Tim Crosby, Collen Donovan, Steve Hallstrom, Gretchen Hoyt, Karen Kinney and Ricky Knue.
    • In May co-sponsors well-attended Grazing Conference in Richland, WA. Review of innovative project, Beefing Up the Palouse (BUP), results using cattle as a tool to create positive changes within an ecosystem and the comprehensive environmental monitoring process that leads to diagnosis and proscribed change.
    • Hosts successful fundraiser at Portage Bay Cafe in Seattle. Thanks to Amy and John Gunnar for offering their wonderful space and Chef Patrick Boin for his fabulous menu and all our hardworking farmers who donated food!
    • Grants Local Farms Healthy Kids Awards to Representative Kelli Linville and Representative Kathy Haigh for their support to continue funding for the WA-Grown grant program allowing low income schools to purchase fresh food from Washington farmers.
    • Funding for collaborative project with WSU, Beefing Up the Palouse ends. We thank staff member and BUP Project Manager, Maurice Robinette, for all his great work on behalf of the Network and sustainable agriculture.
    • Co-sponsors with Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, WSDA Director of Department of Agriculture Dan Newhouse, King Pierce County Farm Bureau, WSU Extension, Cascade Harvet Coalition, King County and WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program and the WA State Farmers Market Asscoaition, a tour of the University District Farmers Market.
    • New content managed web site is launched with the help of Groundwire (formerly ONE/Northwest).

     

     

    • Ellen Gray hired as Executive Director.
    • Ellen is panelist in Storming the Sound Conference speaking about Local Farms Healthy Kids legislation proposed before the State Legislature.
    • Successfully advocated, as part of broad Good Food Coalition, for $1.49 Million for Local Farms Healthy Kids Act which granted $600,000 for low income eligible schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables; $290,000 for launching new Farm to School program within WSDA; $200,000 for Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, enabling families and seniors in need to receive food stamps redeemable at farmers markets; $350,000 to establish new Farmer to Food Bank pilot program to enable food banks to contract with local farmers for fresh produce, and, gave $50,000 to farmers markets to purchase equipment that will allow them to accept wireless electronic food stamps.
    • Held successful Local Farms Healthy Kids celebration and fundraiser at Café Flora in Seattle.
    • WSDA’s new strategic ag assessment, “Future of Farming” Project, galvanizes the Network to get sustainable agriculture representatives appointed to their Steering Committee; Network provides support, data and other information to above representatives; outreach to engage and empower sustainable ag advocates to participate in Future of Farming process and survey. Network in collaboration with its partners drafts and submits recommendations to WSDA.
    • Network welcomes new LT members Victor Azar, Michael Grenetz, Paul Haeder, Sarah Nason and Casey Schoenberger.
    • Network co-sponsors speaker series in Mount Vernon with People for Puget Sound, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, and the Slow Food Skagit River/Salish Sea.
    • Network/Ellen elected Chair of the Washington Small Farms Advisory Board (WSFAB). The WSFAB was established to provide guidence to WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing program and the WSU Small Farm Team. The Board consists of farmers, agricultural organizations, industry, university personnel and other stakeholder parties that discuss issues relevant to small-scale family farming and to recommend policy that ensure a vibrant food and farming industry in Washington.
    • Director facilitates Local Farms Healthy Kids workshop at the BIONEERS conference in Spokane to explain the new state legislation and share stories from food service directors, parents, farmers and advocates about how schools are working hard to get local healthy food into their cafeterias.

     

    • Ellen Gray becomes Interim Director. Gale Sterrett becomes Administrative Manager.
    • Several new WSU research staff positions are created, one position located in Mount Vernon, is to help farmers develop value-added products from their harvest (i.e. jams, relishes, cheeses) to increase their income.
    • $450,000 is set aside by the state legislature for a WSDA Future of Farming Evaluation to develop a strategy to keep farms productive and profitable as well as Washington’s entire ag sector competitive. Network preparing to be at the table.
    • Network is part of national coalition working to stop the use of genetically-modified, Round Up Ready alfalfa seed which could destroy the organic dairy industry and dramatically effect WA exports.
    • Network is part of broader, national Sustainable Agriculture Coalition campaign to secure new and additional funds for sustainable agriculture as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.
    • State grants Network and WSU $81,000 for two-year “Beefing Up the Palouse” (BUP) project to investigate the economic feasibility of converting dry Eastern WA farmland into a sustainable, pasture-based, grass-fed beef operation. Maurice Robinette, Network Eastern WA Organizer, and ranch owner Gregg Beckley, are co-managers of the project. The project tests management practices that could potentially reconcile conflicts between existing agricultural land uses and protection of critical areas. If successful, it will benefit farmers/ranchers, rural communities, consumers and the environment.
    • The Network works with a loose coalition of environmental, farming, school, childhood nutrition and anti-hunger interests to help draft and introduce Local Farms Healthy Kids legislation which provides better access to fresh, Washington grown foods for all Washingtonians irregardless of income and helps keep farmers farming by opening up the school and food bank markets to Washington farmers.

     

    • Network goes through Strategic Planning process. Surveys partners and members in ag related fields, asking what they believe are most emergent issues Network should tackle. Strategic planning process identifies the need to a visionary process for agriculture. Network creates new “Vision” committee to explore an ag vision effort.
    • Avidly working on campaign with partners to secure funding for WSU’s BIOAg program for more sustainable farming and ranching research, more extension agents to disseminate information and for more education re sustainable agriculture.
    • Network involved in successful, national campaign to stop the sale of commercial, genetically-modified Round Up Ready Wheat seed.
    • Successfully led statewide coalition to advocate for $400,000 in new funding from the state legislature for the Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming Program (BIOAg) at WSU.
    • Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs hired as WSU’s first BIOAg Coordinator.
    • Hired Ellen Gray as Development Coordinator.
    • The Network, WSU, Cattle Producers of WA and the WA Cattlemen’s Association co-sponsored a Land EKG workshop led by Charley Orchard for ~25 participants. Purpose was to train ranchers how to assess the biological processes on their land to improve their grazing practices which will lead to better economic and social conditions for cattlemen, their families and community.
    • Conduct successful house party fundraiser in Seattle at Trice and Bill Booth’s house.
    • Maryon Attwood leaves Network; LT member temporarily leaves LT team to become Transition Director, Ellen Gray becomes Administrative Director.
    • Part-time fundraiser, Valerie Reuther, is hired on contract.
    • Our Legislative Campaign yielded an additional $250,000 for WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and an additional $682,000 for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (allowing these programs to operate at 2004 levels).
    • Legislature did not fund the BIOAg program but did insert a proviso into the final budget that sent a clear message to WSU to prioritize research in sustainable agriculture. WSU committed to hiring a statewide BIOAg Coordinator for the program.
    • Network successfully lobbied for an additional $150,000/biennium for WA Dept. of Agriculture’s Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program.
    • WSU approves and posts BIOAg Coordinator position.
    • Founding Director, Bonnie Rice, announces she will step down. Hired Maryon Attwood as 2nd Executive Director July 1st. Moved main office to Mount Vernon.
    • New By-Laws and Network Policy Manual adopted as Leadership Team transitions to governing itself. Four new Leadership Team (LT) members join the Network’s LT.
    • WSU requests $800,000 for the BIOAg Program in the 2005 Supplemental State Budget.
    • Network sponsors Biopharmaceutical Workshop for Activists in December. Notable presenters were Doug Gurian Sherman who served on FDA’s advisory Food Biotechnology Sub-committee, Michael Hansen of Consumer Policy Institute, William Freese, research analyst with Friends of the Earth and Rick North of Campaign for Safe Food. Topics included the basics of genetic engineering and biopharmaceuticals, human health impacts, environmental impacts and higher education, and industry plans for the future.
    • Major donor campaign raises $72,000.
    • Program Assistant, Gale Sterrett, hired full-time; Eastern Washington Organizer, Maurice Robinette, is hired part-time.
    • Network actively building partnerships with eastern WA conventional ranchers and farmers.
    • As part of a national campaign and the Network’s huge outreach efforts in eastern WA, the giant chemical corporation, Monsanto, announced it would stop development of Roundup Ready wheat.
    • Network granted 501(c)(3) status in October 2004. Tilth Producers of WA fiscal sponsorship terminates by the year’s end. Part-time bookkeeper, Jon Edholm, is hired on contract.
    • Several Leadership Team members hold Network’s first house parties to raise awareness of and financial support for the Network.
    • Hired Lobbyist, Mike Ryherd, to help us secure $2.6 million for WSU’s Biologically-Intensive and Organic Agriculture Program (BIOAg).
    • Five new Leadership Team members join the Network.
    • New State Food Code adopted. Network participated in 2 years of stakeholder and public meetings.
    • The Network, the only Farm Aid grantee in the Pacific Northwest, helps organize and participates in Farm Aid’s “Ten Ways to Ensure Healthy Food for You and Your Family” in Seattle, which preceded the fundraising concert.
    • Congress approves $125,000 for organic research at WSU. Organic Farming Research Foundation says in its second edition of State of the States, “WA State has made the most progress of any of the states in formalizing organic research and education programs since [2001].”
    • Network forms committees to work on issues of genetically-modified foods and corporate consolidation of agriculture.
    • First edition of Network newsletter, Growing Connections, is published.
    • At the request of WSU, Network agrees to join the planning committee for the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council annual conference in Seattle, to bring more diverse perspectives and represent public, sustainable agriculture and farmer interests.
    • Network co-sponsors workshops with the Center for Rural Affairs on Farm Bill policy, including the Conservation Security Program. Network mobilizes grassroots support for sustainable agriculture programs in the Farm Bill from Washington state farmers, organizations and residents.
    • Network raises more than $20,000 in special member campaign to support new effort to challenge the commercialization of genetically-modified (GM) wheat in WA.
    • Network co-sponsors three forums on small-scale poultry production with WSDA to resolve regulatory barriers that hinder producers from marketing their products directly to public.
    • Network meets with new CAHE Dean Jim Cook, to advocate for continued progress on CAHE’s support of organic and sustainable agriculture and small farms at WSU.
    • Congress approves funding for the Conservation Security Program in 2004.
    • WSU CAHE Dean James Zuiches makes the organic program a top priority of the College for the University 2003/4 state budget request.
    • Network gains meeting with WSU President after generating hundreds of calls and letters in support of an organic and biologically-based farming program. WSU President expresses support for an organic program at WSU.
    • Network convinces Washington State Department of Health to allow more organic products in Women, Infants and Children program. WIC vouchers can now buy organic carrots, infant cereal, peas, beans and lentils. Washington State is one of only a handful of states that now allows organic food choices in WIC program.
    • Network quadruples membership to 210 including individuals, farms, organizations, and businesses.
    • Program Assistant, Gale Sterrett, for the Network is hired (part-time).
    • Network hosts (with WSU) forum on genetic engineering in Spokane, over 250 people attend, including many farmers.
    • Legislature approves $150,000 in general funds for the WSDA Small Farm and Direct Marketing program.
    • Network ramps up organizing efforts for an organic farming program at WSU.
    • Network becomes membership organization, and opens office in Bellingham.
    • Network convinces WSDA Director to allocate $500,000 in federal specialty crop’ funds to direct marketing programs.
    • Network plays key role in ensuring legislative support for funding of the Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program.
    • Network convinces WSDA Director to request state funds for Small Farm and Direct Marketing program (which would encompass work done under the Sustainable Agriculture Program funded through the $40,000 EPA grant.)
    • WSU establishes statewide Small Farms Program. Hires Director, Marcy Ostrom, with funds from Safe Food Initiative.
    • Network begins concerted effort to gain WSU adminstrators’ support for development of an organic farming program.
    • Network convinces Washington State Department of Health to change its policy banning low-income families in the Women, Infants and Children program from using WIC vouchers to purchase organic foods in grocery stores. Organic milk is approved.
    • WSU CAHE Dean agrees to request funds for an organic program in the University federal funding request (no funds approved by Congress).
    • WSDA requests state funds for a Small Farms & Direct Marketing Program—the first program geared specifically toward assisting small farms in marketing their products and encouraging localized food systems.
    • Small farm and sustainable agriculture positions were added to the Safe Food Initiative, and the Director of Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (within CAHE) becomes full-time position; Chris Feise hired as Director. State legislature approves $7.5 million for the Safe Food Initiative. $1 million of this amount appropriated to the WA State Commission on Pesticide Registration (CPR) with change in CPR’s mandate to allow research into biological methods of pest control.
    • Network begins lobbying WSDA Director to request state funds for a permanent Sustainable Agriculture Program. Sustainable agriculture community meets with WSDA Director to discuss sustainable agriculture community’s needs, including a regional/local marketing program within WSDA.
    • Tilth Producers of WA, the statewide association of organic and sustainable farmers, becomes fiscal sponsor for the Network, replacing Seattle Tilth.
    • Network and EPA work to secure $40,000 EPA grant as seed money for establishment of a Sustainable Agriculture Program at Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). Part-time coordinator hired with EPA funds.
    • Part-time Network Coordinator, Bonnie Rice, hired with a small grant from the Bullitt Foundation grant to coordinate meetings statewide, where people interested in sustainable agriculture can network, share information and strategize on how to make Washington’s agricultural system more sustainable. Network mission, goals, principles developed.
    • WSU’s College of Agriculture and Home Economics (CAHE) forms advisory committee to develop multi-million legislative initiative. After repeated Network attempts to engage with WSU in this process/committee are rebuffed, the Network begins concerted organizing efforts against WSU’s Safe Food Initiative (SFI) due to lack of inclusion of small farms and sustainable agriculture in the SFI. Negotiations with WSU over changes to SFI and the College of Agriculture and Home Economics to support sustainable and organic agriculture and small farms continue during the next several months.
    • Network and WSU CAHE Dean James Zuiches sign historic formal agreement establishing a partnership between the Network and WSU. This “Letter of Mutual Commitment” commits WSU to increase support of sustainable and organic agriculture and small farms in research, teaching and extension programs.
    • Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network formed by several people representing sustainable agriculture, environmental organizations and agencies who realize that there is a need for a statewide advocacy organization to speak for sustainable and organic agriculture and small farms. Seattle Tilth agrees to be fiscal sponsor for the Network.