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
2020 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. Also available is the 2018 Report and the 2017 Progress report.
Download the full report - 4 MB PDF
- Growing the Food and Farm Economy - 898 KB PDF
- Advancing Equity - 913 KB PDF
- Increasing Access to Healthy Foods - 695 KB PDF
- Building Infrastructure - 470 KB PDF
- Responding to Covid-19 - 960 KB PDF
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.
August 24, 2022
Celebrate Farmers Market Week and find a variety of the freshest produce around at a nearby King County farmers markets
July 14, 2022
Correction: King County Farmers Markets (updated market list and citations)
July 8, 2022
EastWest Food Rescue: Reflecting on two successful years of working with farmers to feed Washingtonians experiencing food insecurity
June 3, 2022
King County Agriculture Commission an opportunity to take an active role in the development and evaluation of policies
April 4, 2022
Black Star Food Collective: Increasing food access through food buying clubs
March 26, 2022
Celebrating Black History Month
February 1, 2022
Cultivate South Park: Expanding food access and food justice though neighborhood led projects
October 26, 2021
Sovereignty Farm’s Victoria Plumage reflects on the project’s first year
September 28, 2021
Horseneck Farm: Preserved for agriculture, now increasing access for diverse growers