history

As the Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network we spent 20 years advocating and supporting sustainable food and farming in Washington.


Collective Impact/  Collaboration

Created and stewarded the Good Food Coalition: a broad array of food, farming, public health, anti-hunger, social equity organizations and individuals.

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Policy Development/  Advocacy

Taxable revenue exemption for nonprofit organizations that host farmers markets, in partnership with the Washington State Farmers Market Association

Women Infants and Children (WIC) policy allowing low-income moms to purchase organic food in grocery stores with WIC coupons, State Department of Health

2008 Local Farms / Healthy Kids Act

Halting the commercialization of genetically modified (“Round up Ready”) wheat and the sale of genetically modified alfalfa seed

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Research Programs

Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic farming program
WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
$1 million in federal funding

Small Farm and Direct Marketing Program
Washington Department of Agriculture

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Public Education/  Thought Leadership

Advisory Roles

Member, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and the Natural Resources advisory committee
Member, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Frequent adviser to the Washington State Department of Agriculture
Member, Alliance for Clean Energy and Jobs

Hosted a forum on genetically modified foods in agriculture
“Go to” voice for consumer-based sustainable agriculture policy

Farm to School

State leader in the creation and implementation of Farm to School programs, increasing school purchasing of food grown sustainably in Washington State. These programs strengthen local and regional food communities while expanding growers' access to school markets.

United States Farm Bill

Organizational lead and fiscal sponsor of the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group