Description of Network program work
Federal Farm Bill needs to be re-authorized and there are opportunities to shape it to support a more sustainable food and farming system.
Brief summary of 2011 Legislative Issues affecting sustainable food & Farming issues.
Summary of bills that were introduced during 2010 Legislative Session.
The Network is a member in a broad coalition of environmental, farming, school and public health interests who worked together to conceptualize, draft and build support for Senate Bill 6483, the Local Farms Healthy Kids Act, which passed in March 2008. We continue to advocate for funding and implementation of these important programs whose purpose is to bring more local, fresh foods in to our own communities, supporting local farmers, feeding local people nutritious food.
A newer element of our work is to ensure that sustainable agriculture is well-represented in the Future of Farming Project which is a statewide assessment of agriculture that was conducted by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in the summer of 2008.
Collaborative project between WSU and the Network, from 2007 to June 2009. Was a unique opportunity to study and convert 6,000 acres of dry Palouse farmland into a sustainable, managed grazing, pasture-based cattle ranching operation in eastern WA. Project results will benefit farmers, rural communities, consumers and the environment.
Noticing the lack of academic training for organic and sustainable farmers, The Network started working with WSU and the legislature in 1997 to establish the first undergraduate degree in organic farming in the nation. We have also secured funding for sustainable farming and ranching practices research.