- 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.
- Gale transitioned The Network’s database over to the Salsa program that Democracy In Action (DIA) uses and sent out our first email “blast” on July 28th.
- Anne Harvey, from Whidbey Island, joined the Board of Directors.
- Annual Harvest Celebration takes place again at Portage Bay Café in South Lake Union. Advocacy Awards are presented to City Councilman Richard Conlin and state senator Ken Jacobsen.