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Rural health services

Sep. 27, 2013
Ag Commission to Vashon Oct. 10

Sep. 11, 2013
External article, Capital Press
Researchers delve into climate change puzzle

Jul. 8, 2013
Innovative Transfer of Development Rights would move $18 million in density credits from rural farms and forests to South Lake Union and downtown Seattle

Jun. 3, 2013
External article, Renton Reporter
County offering advice on how to get rid of invasive knotweed

May 29, 2013
External article, Climate Solutions
A low-hanging fruit overripe for the picking

Apr. 19, 2013
King County honors 12 environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Oxbow Farm, Leader in Conservation and Agricultural Education

Apr. 2, 2013
King County sounding the alarm as harmful weeds begin to grow this spring

Feb. 4, 2013
2013 State of the County Address

Dec. 3, 2012
Taking Action to Address Climate Change: Council adopts County Strategic Climate Action Plan
King County aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050

CropSwap (external link)
Trade your abundant produce with farmers and gardeners by zip code

Nov. 6, 2012
External article, Issaquah Press
Darigold donates water for Lake Sammamish kokanee

Economic Development for Small Farm/Forest Landowners (external link)
November 13, 2012 at Preston Community Center

Proposed Surface Water Management fee increase for 2013-2014
New legal requirements, new incentives

Sept. 26, 2012
Executive’s budget advances Community Service Area program for better engagement with residents of unincorporated King County
Budget builds on County Council’s endorsement of new rural and urban unincorporated area engagement process

Sept. 12, 2012
King County, PCC Farmland Trust partner to protect Snoqualmie Valley farmland

Sept. 4, 2012
King County Agriculture Commission talks farmland preservation, Sept. 13 in Issaquah

Aug. 28, 2012
External report, KPLU
Why King County held a party for a property tax audio

External report, Sierra
4: University of Washington
Top 10 America's Coolest Schools

Aug. 2, 2012
It’s prime time for fresh, healthy produce as Executive celebrates region’s farmers markets

Conservation FuturesConservation Futures: forests, farms and fun... forever video
30th anniversary video celebrating conservation of King County's precious open space, parks, farms and forests.

Jul. 24, 2012
Executive and Mayor announce innovative partnership for rural protections and urban densities
Incentive program provides new public benefits for development of South Lake Union while preserving rural farms and forests

Jul. 23, 2012
King County celebrates 30 years of protecting open space, forests, and farms

Jul. 1, 2012
External article, New York Times
Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local

Jun. 27, 2012
King County Executive proposes $100,000 to continue 4-H youth programs

May 6, 2012
External article, Science News
Commonly Used Pesticide Turns Honey Bees Into 'Picky Eaters'

May 6, 2012
External article, Seatle Times
Fertilizer from food waste: PCC tests 'full circle' system with local firm

May 1, 2012
External article, Seatle Times
Farmers markets come and go for 2012 season

Apr. 20, 2012
External article, Seatle Times
WSU organic agriculture, wind and solar development programs receive $5M gift

Apr. 19, 2012
Invasive weeds get the boot, salmon get a boost, with King County grant awards

Mar. 30, 2012
External report, Science
Field Research on Bees Raises Concern About Low-Dose Pesticides

Mar. 22, 2012
Healthier options brought to hundreds of thousands of residents

Mar. 5, 2012
Learn about agricultural drainage assistance at any of 3 King County workshops in March

Feb. 27, 2012
Agriculture Commission to explore strategies that make small farms viable in King County

February 2012 message to staff
WLRD Director Mark Isaacson on Equity and Social Justice

Feb. 14, 2012
Help is available for farmers interested in building, repairing livestock-saving farm pads

Feb. 1, 2012
External article, Crosscut
Will the last farmer to leave Puget Sound please wish us luck?

Jan. 27, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Longtime Monroe dairy farm now turns manure into money

Jan. 11, 2012
External article, TechFlash
The Climate Corporation opens Seattle office

Dec. 12, 2011
Got ‘cow power?’ Groundbreaking kicks off green energy project near Enumclaw

Oct. 12, 2011
King County Agriculture Commission to focus on equestrians at Oct. 20 Enumclaw meeting

Oct. 10, 2011
Exciting, healthy changes underway for school meals

Sept. 29, 2011
External article, Daily Journal of Commerce
It’s not all waste - fueling our future energy needs

Sept. 18, 2011
External article, Snoqualmie Valley Record
Growing the future, saving the soil; Author draws attention to Snoqualmie Valley farms' mission for change

Sept. 11-17, 2011
Washington Organic Week

Sept. 12, 2011
External article, Everett Herald
Washington is leading the way with organics

Aug. 15, 2011
External article, Seattle P-I
College organic, sustainability programs growing

Aug. 3, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Study: Healthful diet may be too costly for some Americans

Aug. 2, 2011
King County brings healthier options to hundreds of thousands of residents

25 de julio de 2011
Programas le dan más residentes del condado de King acceso a alimentos sanos en los mercados agrícolas

June 29, 2011
Programs offer access to farmers markets, healthy food, to more King County residents
Ten farmers markets in King County now accepting EBT/WIC benefits

July 20, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Local churches launch fresh-food market to change the way we eat

May 31, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Organic farming more popular in Ore., NW schools

May 24, 2011
June 7 workshop offers tips to horse owners for creating efficient property layouts

May 6, 2011
County offers free workshops to help residents tackle tough noxious weeds
Agencies, landowners asked to help stop spread of invasive and noxious plants, including garlic mustard, invasive knotweed and giant hogweed

April 21, 2011
Executive Constantine proposes next wave of King County actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change
Motion addresses near-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for local impacts such as sea level rise and flooding

April 19, 2011
King County honors environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Executive Constantine to recognize winners at County’s annual Earth Day Expo, April 22 at Westlake Plaza in Seattle

April 14, 2011
Executive Constantine goes online April 18 to discuss climate change with experts, public

Feb. 15, 2011
King County seeks applicants for Rural Forest Commission positions

Feb. 11, 2011
Help available for farmers interested in building, repairing livestock-saving farm pads
King County schedules Feb. 28 meeting in Preston to offer advice, technical help

Feb. 2, 2011
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
School cafeterias hope to serve locally grown food

The King County Customer Service Guide 2011 (pdf) is designed to help you quickly locate the service you need.

Maintenance of agricultural drainages in the Snoqualmie Valley New
Notice of Action under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

Dec. 2, 2010
‘Tis the season to buy local: Puget Sound Fresh farmers offer holiday trees, greens

Nov. 30, 2010
External article, Marketplace
Insurance companies have no doubts about global warming

Nov. 16, 2010
External article, Sammamish Review
Conservation leaders honor Councilwoman Kathy Lambert

Nov. 3, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
New farmers take over Puyallup filbert orchard

Our first Ag Commission meeting of 2011 will be held Thursday, February 10th, 4-7 p.m.

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (external link)
Watershed Science Center
125 West Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027

The date of future meetings will be decided then and posted.

May 25, 2010
Unwanted chemicals – what is the safe way to dispose of them?

Bucket excavatorFree training: agricultural drainage maintenance best practices
for farmers and excavators, June 3, 2010

May 4, 2010
‘Homegrown Celebration’ to feature 4-H, Enumclaw-area produce, arts and crafts

April 30, 2010
External report, KING5 News
King County seasonal farmers markets kick off this weekend video

April 20, 2010
Complete inventory of climate change pollution to help guide regional climate action
Effort will estimate emissions of all goods and services, help inform future plans

March. 19, 2010
New report recommends ways to strengthen farmers markets and bolster rural areas
Key proposals include coordinated marketing, expanding payment options

Feb. 15, 2010
External column, Seattle Times
Protecting Washington's high-value forest and agriculture lands

Jan. 28, 2010
New report offers blueprint for growing agriculture business in King County
‘FARMS’ report notes value, future challenges of farming in populous county

Jan. 26, 2010
Learn about managing pastures, paddocks at free workshops in Preston-Fall City area
Sound management of livestock areas can save money, help the environment

Jan. 14, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Full Circle Farm expands grocery home-delivery service area

Jan. 13, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Disease dooming native bumblebees

Dec. 4, 2009
Special, no-cost pesticides collection for farmers and small businesses preparing for floods

Nov. 24, 2009
Constantine calls for a "culture of performance" that changes the way King County does business

Nov. 16, 2009
Fertile King County farmland returns to its roots, as much-needed soccer fields are built nearby

King County wants your opinion!
Countywide Strategic Plan

Oct. 7, 2009
External article, Northwest HUB
King County Updates Farmland Preservation Program

Sept. 24, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Take a harvest tour of King County farms

Sept. 21, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Northwest farmers have banded together to market their own flour

Sept. 11, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
EPA puts limits on 3 pesticides to protect salmon

Sept. 2, 2009
Green River Valley farmers can learn more about flood safety, dam repairs, at public meetings

Aug. 27, 2009
King County Hosts Historic Barn Workshop
Grants available to residents for barn stabilization and rehab work

Aug. 11, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Slaughterhouse on wheels aids 'locavore' movement

Jul. 31, 2009
Celebrate state farmers market week with a trip to your local King County farmers market

Jun. 22, 2009
Farm-fresh produce abounds as King County offers 39 farmers markets

Apr. 21, 2009
External report, KING5 News
US biologists say 3 pesticides harm salmon

Apr. 19, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Wash. farmers go organic as demands grow

Apr. 13, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Close loopholes in Washington's Growth Management Act

Mar. 30, 2009
Vashon agriculture focus of April 9 public meeting

Mar. 10, 2009
Farm pad meeting coming to Snoqualmie Valley

Mar. 10, 2009
King County Agricultural and Forestry Program recipient of King Conservation District’s “Rock Award”
Awards program spotlights programs, municipalities and individuals

Mar. 9, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Seed companies have a bumper crop of customers

Feb. 24, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Enumclaw to run King County fair

Feb. 24, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
4-H among state programs facing big WSU budget cut?

Feb. 23, 2009
King County wants to hear ideas of farming’s future

Feb. 3, 2009
King County’s noxious weed list growing
Weed board now requires knotweed control on upper, middle Green River

Jan. 27, 2009
External article, King 5 News
King County farms left scarred by winter storms video

Jan. 9, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Global warming will be a killer for agriculture, UW scientists say

Jan. 8, 2009
Flooding cuts off residents in East King County
Levee upgrades, farm pads keeping residents and animals safer this year

Farming Survey:
What's the future of agriculture in King County?

Nov. 19, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
To protect salmon, restrictions placed on three pesticides

Nov. 7, 2008
Sims pledges to ‘Eat Local for Thanksgiving,’ encourages food purchases from area farms

Oct. 7, 2008
Workshop for floodplain farmers set for Oct. 28
King County workshop covers flood preparedness, farm pads, other topics

Sept. 30, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Despite the bee crisis, you still can savor Northwest honeys

Sept. 25, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Living food: Genius in farming

Sept. 22, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Taste King County's bounty at Harvest Celebration Farm Tour

Sept. 19, 2008
Rural, home-based businesses in King County to get support under proposed rule changes
Executive pushes to improve conditions for traditional rural industries

Aug 22, 2008
Double your food stamp power and eat healthy by shopping at two King County farmers markets
Pilot project to expand food stamp use at farmers markets beginning this week

Reducing exposure to pesticide residues:
Updated Shopper’s Tips for Buying Fruits & Vegetables

July 21, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Pesticide Information: No problem here

July 18, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
County removes pesticide guide
Group says tips on safe fruits, vegetables are 'misleading'

July 17, 2008
Family fun comes to Enumclaw, July 18-20, with King County 4-H/FFA Agricultural Fair

July 14, 2008
Sims named County Leader of the Year by national magazine

July 14, 2008
External article, Western Farmer-Stockman
Washington State U Offers Nation's First Online Organic Ag Certificate

July 11, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Puget Sound: We're the polluters

July 8, 2008
King County farmers get flexibility to protect equipment, stock with new rules in flood areas

July 1, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
County OKs floodplain pads, buildings by farmers
Lack of such structures exacerbated flooding losses

June 30, 2008
External article, Capital Press
Agriculture advocate helps make things happen
Embleton:‘People need to pay attention to where their food comes from’

June 24, 2008
Cute cows, swift pigs, pie-baking contest featured at King County 4-H/FFA Agricultural Fair

June 13, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Urban folks find farming a tough row to hoe
A new farming venture aimed at providing organic produce to residents of Seattle's Central Area and other urban neighborhoods needs help saving its first crop.

June 2, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Urban farming sprouts in Seattle

May, 30, 2008
External article, Capital Press
County fair goes back to roots

April 25, 2008
Tradition takes center stage at King County 4-H/FFA Agricultural Fair
Demand outpaces available space

April 22, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Farmers markets keep growing
Demand outpaces available space

April 11, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
'Major disaster' for bees may jeopardize Washington state's crops

April 9, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Living Food: Grow, buy locally

Feb. 28, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Eat your veggies, organic or otherwise

Feb. 28, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
King County Fair shrinks to 3 days, focus on farms

Feb. 6, 2008
King County farmers would get new flood protection with task force proposals

Jan. 30, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Harmful pesticides found in everyday food products
Mercer Island children tested in yearlong study

Jan. 29, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Bills' aim: Fresher foods for students

Jan. 22, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
The lowdown on topsoil: It's disappearing
Disappearing dirt rivals global warming as an environmental threat

Jan. 10, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Bill aims to put more farm-fresh foods on school lunch menus

Jan. 4, 2007

King County Noxious Weed Board meets Jan. 16 to discuss weed control listCounty panel mulls changes to weed list as state requires control of 5 new weeds

Jan. 1, 2008
External article, Western Farmer-Stockman
WSU Offers Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Certificate

Dec. 4, 2007
Support King County agriculture by purchasing Christmas trees from Puget Sound Fresh growers

Dec. 3, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
King County loosens rules on some agricultural land

Nov. 21, 2007
External opinion, Seattle P-I Editorial Board
Living Food: It's about balance

Nov. 21, 2007
External column, Seattle P-I
On Food: Local choices are good for everyone

Nov. 3, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Keeping it local for a green Thanksgiving

Nov. 2, 2007
Savor local flavor at the holiday table
Sims asks people to pledge to ‘Eat Local for Thanksgiving'

Oct. 17, 2007
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Color Northwesterners green

Oct. 15, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Many barriers keep organic food out of school lunches

Aug. 4, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Say bye bye to bananas, hello local with '100 Mile Diet'

July 30, 2007
Snoqualmie Valley farmers get tools to protect against winter flooding

July 5, 2007
Ten critters ready to go toe to claw (to hoof) for King County Fair ‘Royal Critter’ crown
Newts, horse, rabbit, chicken among the flock of finalists for July 18 event

Apr. 27, 2007
King County wants to rip out noxious weed problem by the roots
King County Noxious Weed Program offering free workshops for landowners

Apr. 20, 2007
It doesn’t get any fresher: Farmers markets opening for business across King County

Apr. 13, 2007
Sims honors Rep. Norm Dicks, 13 others with Green Globe Awards

Leader in Resource Management:
Murray LLC

Greenprint for King County
Regional conservation strategy

Mar. 27, 2007
April 16 workshop will provide farmers with tips on obtaining permits

Mar. 16, 2007
Sixth-annual Small Farm Expo slated for March 24

Mar.13, 2007
Hmong farmers need home gardeners’ help

Mar. 2, 2007
External Links, Time Magazine
- Eating Better Than Organic
- Lure of the 100-Mile Diet

Feb. 7, 2007
King County Proposes Global Warming Action Plan
Other cities, counties and private sector urged to join effort

Feb. 6, 2007
Sims encourages local farmers, chefs to work together for better health, environment, economy

Sustainable Northwest
Promoting environmentally
sound economic development

Jan. 3, 2007
King County’s noxious weed board meets Jan. 17; Noxious weed list could grow by three

Oct. 17, 2006
USDA Rural Development to present grant to King County for renewable energy project

Sept. 26, 2006
8th annual Harvest Celebration

Aug. 31, 2006
Farmers, rural home-based businesses enjoy more flexibility under proposed code changes

Aug. 23, 2006
King County wins grant to plan manure digester
System would improve dairy waste management, capture methane for energy

Aug. 14, 2006
External Link, Seatle P-I
WSU's organic agriculture major takes root

Aug. 8, 2006
King County Farmers Markets: Providing fresh, healthy food year 'round

July 19, 2006
Jake the horse trots away with Royal Critter crown
24-year-old Morgan/Arab horse will represent 2006 King County Fair

July 18, 2006
King County in a race against the clock to stop the spread of toxic tansy ragwort

July 18, 2006
King County Fair: Alive and Kickin’ for 144 years
Wednesday’s Critter Crowning kicks off oldest county fair west of the Mississippi

June 21, 2006
External Article, King County Journal
U-pick goodies: Take flowers, berries and herbs straight from the farm to your kitchen

June 14, 2006
King County offers noxious weed workshop to Vashon property owners, June 27

June 6, 2006
Don't let your critter miss its big chance: King County Fair Critter Crowning Contest entries due June 15

May 20, 2006
External link, Seattle Times
Organic farming takes root

May 8, 2006
King County farmers market season kicks into high gear
Executive Sims trumpets farm-fresh produce now available in 27 neighborhoods

May 2, 2006
External link, King County Journal
9 noxious weeds: pretty, but dangerous: County asking for public's help to wipe them out

May 1, 2006
King County encourages landowners to get a jump on noxious weeds

Small Farm Expo
March 18 at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw

Jan 2, 2006
Sims to encourage more marketing connections between farmers, restaurants at Seattle event

Dec. 29, 2005
King County Agriculture Commission seeks applicants for five seats

Nov. 23, 2005
Puget Sound Fresh farm products still available as farmers' market season continues

Nov. 3, 2005
Sims lauds King County's water conservation, says climate change requires continued savings
Executive says reclaimed water source an important part of future plans

Oct. 28, 2005
King County agreement preserves farmland, creates new athletic fields in Sammamish Valley

Oct. 27, 2005
King County praised as national leader in addressing climate change

Oct. 26, 2005
Sims outlines efforts to reduce emissions, prepare for global warming

Oct 7, 2005
7th annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour draws more than 5,000 King County residents

Sept.30, 2005
King County dishes up 7th annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour

Sept. 20, 2005
King County's 2005 Harvest Celebration Farm Tour kicks off with events for children

Aug. 15, 2005
Come on out to the farm! Harvest Celebration returns to King County on October 1

July 25, 2005
External link, Seattle P-I
Noxious -- or obnoxious -- county orders landowners to off invasive weeds

July 15, 2005
External link, Capital Press
Rural King County residents asked to help plan future

June 21, 2005
Learn how to fight green invaders
King County offers Noxious Weed Workshop for rural landowners

May 17, 2005
King County farmers market sales grow 20 percent

May 9, 2005
County noxious weed specialists on the look out for infestations of the worst plant invaders

April 27, 2005
Vashon Island basin steward available to answer questions one-on-one

April 1, 2005
Snoqualmie Valley farmers take lead on habitat improvements that help farms and fish

March 9, 2005
Weeds, Gardens, Manure and Crops, OH MY!

Feb. 25, 2005
Small Farm Expo on March 19 puts tools for success in the hands of small acreage landowners

Jan. 12, 2005
Purchase of surplus county land to help farmers market, innovative ag projects sprout in Woodinville

» Critical Areas Package - CAO Resources
» Agricultural Practices Fact Sheet (Acrobat PDF)

Oct. 26, 2004
Agricultural Entrepreneurship: Business Planning for Farmers
Thursdays 6-9 pm, January 20 through April 7, 2005

Oct. 26, 2004
Metro Transit pilot project may tip balance for new statewide industry
Venture produces largest biodiesel-powered fleet in the state

Sept 29, 2004
Seattle Times
Multigenerational farm families want to keep tradition alive

Sept. 24, 2004
Local farmers gearing up for King County Harvest Celebration Farm Tour

Sept. 17, 2004
County surplus land to go to farmers' market

Sustainable Small Acreage Farming
Class for beginning and existing farmers - Wednesdays 6-9 pm Sept. 8-Dec. 15, 2004

Sep. 9, 2004
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Citizen-farmers are preserving the land and harvesting a dream

Aug. 30, 2004
Sixth Annual Harvest Celebration Farm Tour Announced

Aug. 4, 2004
Counties will recognize 8 Puget Sound Fresh 'Partners' for supporting local agriculture on Thursday

Jun. 24, 2004
King County announces permit procedures to help farmers

May 26 - Jun. 1, 2004
Seattle Weekly
Think Global, Eat Local

May 24, 2004
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Region's strawberry crop gets a jump on summer

Extension Class June 9:
Best Management Practices for Pastures, Livestock, and Farms

March 22, 2004
Everett Herald
Program gives farmers a fruitful way to grow

Feb. 27, 2004
Seattle Times
Reworked ordinance offers break on waterside buffers

Feb. 27, 2004
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Proposed land-use changes would boost density, ease rules in rural areas

Feb. 19, 2004
King County Seeks Volunteers for Tree-Planting Events in the Snoqualmie Valley

Feasibility Study: Anaerobic Digesters for King County Dairies

Study to Evaluate the Price and Markets for Residual Solids from a Dairy Cow Manure Anaerobic Digester

Nov. 24, 2003
Care about agricultural issues? King County Agriculture Commission has vacancies to fill

Oct 20, 2003
Wineries in rural areas match of agriculture, jobs

Oct 8, 2003
Reclaimed water for Sammamish Valley to flow from new source

Oct. 6, 2003
External Link, King County Journal
Public input sought on resource plan

Sept. 3, 2003
External link, Tacoma News Tribune
From cow pies to kilowatts

July 17, 2003
King County explores 'Manure Power' to support dairy farmers and boost air and water quality

King County Fair mascot crowned

Apr. 23, 2003
External link, Seattle Times
New generation of farmers nurturing a growing movement

Apr. 16, 2003
King County announces 2003 Green Globe Award winners

Apr. 8, 2003
County promotes wide range of energy measures
A biogas generation project for Enumclaw-area dairy farms being explored, among other projects

Mar 25, 2003
External link, Capital Press Ag News
King County listens to farmers

Mar. 6, 2003
Puget Sound Fresh helps boost farmers market sales

Oct. 16, 2002
External link, Seattle Post Intelligencer
For organic farmers, it's a much easier row to hoe

August 3, 2002
Seattle Post Intelligencer Editorial Board
Enjoy bounty of this state's other big industry

July 17, 2002
External link, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Farm foragers link local growers and up-scale restaurants

Puget Sound Fresh: A Case Study (Adobe Acrobat format)
External link - University of Wisconsin