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Know your farmer, know your food: Eat Local First Collaborative launches "Meet Your CSA Farmer" campaign


Spring is in the air and so is the season to find your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmer! With the 2021 growing season underway, the Eat Local First Collaborative has launched the "Meet Your CSA Farmer" campaign featuring a new CSA Finder tool integrated with the Washington Food & Farm Finder designed to help consumers find CSA options near them.

Additional resources, tips and tools, and farmer-curated stories on how to make the most out of CSA shares are also available, and act by March 31 for a chance to win for $100 toward a CSA share in Washington state. Stay tuned for the “Meet Your CSA Farmer” video series debuting on the Eat Local First Facebook and Instagram channels where you’ll “meet” 15+ CSA farms from across Washington talking about their farms and how consumers can purchase a share. 


For more information contact info@eatlocalfirst.org.

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What’s in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for agriculture?

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In early March, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) – a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package and one of the largest recovery and stimulus bills in history. An estimated $10.4 billion is for programs designed to strengthen the agricultural and food supply chain and to provide relief and other programs for socially disadvantaged farmers. Here are some of the most noteworthy aspects of ARP:

  • Direct aid for BIPOC farmers – The largest portion of ag-related funding (50%) will provide historic debt relief to Black, Indigenous, and farmers of color (BIPOC) and expand opportunities for BIPOC farmers. Funding aims to improve land access, address property issues, establish an equity commission, and create a legal center for BIPOC farmers.
  • Strengthen the food supply chain through purchase of agricultural products – 40% of funding is allocated to purchase more food from farmers and to support their delivery to families through non-profits, food banks, and restaurants. This funding provides infrastructure investments and support for food processors, farmers markets, food banks, and producers to build resiliency in the food supply for the long term.
  • Food assistance for people facing hunger – Funding for food assistance extends the 15% increase in SNAP benefits through Sept. 30, 2021, expands access to more fruits and vegetables for mothers and children, provides food for seniors, provides meals to homeless young adults, and directs nutrition assistance to U.S. territories.

Read more about ARP here.

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Congratulations to 2020 KCD Food Systems Grant awardees!


The King Conservation District (KCD) Regional Food System Grant Program provides a catalyst for making local food production more ecologically and economically sustainable. The program funds projects that improve food access, support new farmers, expand acreage in food production, and increase demand for local farm products. Congratulations to the 2020 awardees! See below:

  • Black Star Farmers
  • Feed the People
  • Forterra
  • Highline College
  • King County DNRP
  • Living Well Kent
  • Pacific Coast Harvest
  • Seattle Good Business Network
  • Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement
  • The Bellevue Urban Garden (tBUG)
  • Vashon Island Growers Association
  • Viva Farms
  • Washington Water Trust

Check out KCD's grants page for more information on the application process if you are interested in applying in the future.

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