History: 2012

2012

  • 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.
  • We hosted a delegation of folks from Azerbaijan that were interested in sustainable food systems. They toured Viva Farms, then came to our office to learn about the political advocacy we do, and then they toured Skagit Valley Food Co-op. They were visiting under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program and travelled across the U.S.
  • Ellen Gray and Paul Benz, along with others, toured the Everett Farmers Market with Representative Larson.
  • Whidbey House Party, hosted by Board member Anne Harvey, raises $5,000 and has 35 attendees.
  • We implemented Taste WA Day Sept 26th with a release of our 4′ by 6′ TASTE WA Wall Maps.
  • The Board voted to endorse Initiative 522-GMO Labeling.
  • Whole Foods – Bellevue honors WSFFN as a Partner in Fundraising for their monthly Community Give Day on September 11th, donating $5,785 as 4% of the day’s sales. The Network also participates in their August 26th “Jelly & Jam Back-to-School Bash.”
  • Network inspires creation of Sylvia’s Spinach children’s book, authored by Kathy Pryor, who signed copies at our October Harvest Celebration.
  • Other tabling events for community outreach include: Winterstomp at Mt. Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre (2/4), Earth Day Celebration in Sedro-Woolley (4/20), PCC Annual Meeting Seattle (4/24), Penn Cove Water Festival – Coupeville (5/19), Community Alliance for Global Justice – Seattle (7/14), and Community Food Co-op summer festival in Bellingham (7/14).
  • Network celebrates 15th anniversary at Harvest Celebration at Seattle Culinary Academy.  Academy students and chefs, under Chef Instructor Gregg Shiosaki and Associate Dean Linda Pal Chauncey, create scrumptious feast made from local farmer-donated food.  Program includes tribute to Karl Arne, and Advocacy Awards presented to Senator Lisa Brown, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, and Erin MacDougall, public health policy expert with King County Department of Health.
  • Ellen was invited to join the WA State Food Systems Roundtable to represent the Sustainable Farming sector to help develop a 25 year food system vision for the State.
  • Ethan Schaffer, from GrowFood.org and Viva Farms in Mount Vernon, joined the Board of Directors.