Local Food Initiative
What is the Local Food Initiative?
Launched in 2014, the Executive's Local Food Initiative aims to build a stronger farm-to-plate pipeline by setting targets and taking bold steps to:
- Better connect local farms to consumers
- Increase access to healthy, affordable foods in underserved areas
- Support farmers and protect farmland
- Create a sustainable farm-to-plate pipeline more resilient to the effects of climate change
Why it matters
King County has a long history of preserving farmland and supporting farmers and farmers markets. The County’s successful Farmland Preservation Program stretches back decades, while its “Puget Sound Fresh” campaign has supported farmers markets and educated consumers about locally grown products for nearly 20 years.
Despite these and other efforts, less than 2 percent of the nearly $6 billion King County residents spend annually on food and drink is actually grown in King County. Increasing that figure to 10 percent could mean an increase of at least 10,000 new jobs, a stronger rural economy, improved health, and more.
To address this opportunity, Executive Constantine has launched the Local Food Initiative with two major goals:
- Expand our local food economy to ensure job growth and economic viability for King County food businesses and farms.
- Improve access to healthy, affordable food in low-income communities.
With these goals in place, the Executive convened a Kitchen Cabinet comprised of more than 30 leaders, innovators and advocates who value the economic, environmental and health benefits of a robust local food system.
2018 Local Food Initiative Annual Report
This report highlights notable accomplishments that were achieved in 2018 that moved us toward our goal of building a stronger more resilient local food economy that offers nutritious and affordable food to all residents. Read the report.
Febrary 22, 2019
Celebrating urban agriculture, winter markets, and much more!
January 17, 2019
What's new for local food and farms in 2019?