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The King Conservation District Regional Food System Program was initiated to link producers with consumers and to serve as a catalyst for making local food production environmentally and economically sustainable. The program funds projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products.
The 2017 Regional Food System Grant Program will be announced in early April. To learn about projects funded last year click HERE.
King Conservation District is a supporting member of the Green Snoqualmie Partnership, which is a coordinated effort to restore and care for over 900 acres of Snoqualmie’s forested parks and natural areas. The Partnership is building a sustainable network of healthy natural open spaces for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. Other partners include Forterra, City of Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Tribe, the Snoqualmie Ridge, King County, Mountains to Sound Greenway, and the Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Forum.
KCD supports the Green Snoqualmie Partnership through our Urban Forest Health Management Program.
See the Green Snoqualmie Partnership website for details on their next habitat restoration work party, March 18th.
Kick off the spring planting season at the King Conservation District’s Native Plant Sale. Our annual sale includes nearly three dozen species of native trees, shrubs, berries, and groundcovers. For details on all available plants click HERE.
While at the Native Plant Sale, plan to stay for the Native Plant Community Fair. This year's participants include the Washington Native Plant Society, Weed Warriors, DIRT Corps, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, Garden Hotline, Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, City Fruit, Scarecrow's Pride, Stone Soup Gardens, Raindog Designs, Garden Cycles, King County Forestry Program, Rent Mason Bees, Center for Natural Lands Management, Elk Run Farm, Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, Sustainable Renton, and Tadpole Haven Native Plants.
The King Conservation District will be in Booth 2816 at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Stop by to meet our staff and learn about KCD programs and services. See a demonstration Hugelkultur mound, drop off soil samples, and enter our daily raffle.
Visitors to the KCD booth will receive a coupon for 10% off pre-orders for the KCD Native Plant Sale.
In 1957 the King Conservation District honored Yoneichi Matsuda as Conservationist Farmer of the Year, and today KCD continues to support Matsuda Farm through two major projects with the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust.
In 2016 the KCD Regional Food System Program awarded a $50,000 grant to the Land Trust to support redevelopment of Matsuda Farm, with the goal of establishing a farm-to-school program with the Vashon School District.
Last fall the KCD Landowner Incentive Program provided funding and a Washington Conservation Corps crew to plant more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs in a 35-foot buffer around the farm's irrigation pond.
See the KCD Facebook page for a set of photos and more information about the history and restoration of Matsuda Farm.
King Conservation District partners with AmeriCorps and the Mt. Adams Institute through the VetsWork program. VetsWork is an eleven month career development internship program for military veterans in work related to natural resources management, public lands and the environment. More information on the program can be found on the Mt. Adams Institute’s website. http://www.mtadamsinstitute.com/programs/
Highline College introduced a new Urban Agriculture Certificate Program to support people seeking new careers in urban food production with a year-round series of courses on growing food in dense urban environments.
In 2015 the King Conservation District awarded an $80,000 grant to Highline College to expand opportunities for South King County immigrants, refugees and youth to participate in the Urban Agriculture Program. Below are links to news about the program:
In the past two years the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program awarded $1.4 million in grants for 20 projects aimed at strengthening the local food economy. The diverse and innovative projects will contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products.
The King Conservation District Regional Food System Program was initiated in 2015 to link producers with consumers and to serve as a catalyst for making local food production environmentally and economically sustainable.
McAuliffe Park Learning Garde
The City of Kirkland Parks Department is collaborating with Seattle Tilth to establish a new Learning Garden at McAuliffe Park, a historic farm originally established in 1887.
In early 2016 the King Conservation District awarded a $13,903 grant to Seattle Tilth for development of new educational programs at McAuliffe Park, including urban farming in the new learning garden and restoration of nearly two acres of forested area. See the Seattle Tilth website for more information:
McAuliffe Park Learning Garden
City of Kirkland Presented with
2015 Local Government Award
The King Conservation District presented the City of Kirkland with the 2015 KCD Local Government Award in recognition of the Green Kirkland Partnership, which allied with nonprofit partners, businesses, and volunteers to restore more than 400 acres of natural areas.
Over the past decade KCD has provided the City of Kirkland with $469,000 in grants and services, including support for the development and implementation of Kirkland’s “20 Year Forest Restoration Plan” and support for their work with local landowners to prevent stormwater pollution. Through the Green Kirkland Partnership, the City of Kirkland has allied with nonprofit partners, businesses, and volunteers to restore more than 400 acres of natural areas.
The King Conservation District supported Kirkland’s participation in a consortium of cities sponsoring the Washington Native Plant Society’s Native Plant Stewardship Training and Restoration Program. Currently KCD is partnering with the City of Kirkland on the development of the McAuliffe Park Leaning Garden and other community food projects.
As part of the new KCD Urban Forestry Program, Kirkland was one of five cities selected for targeted technical assistance to enhance their urban forest. The District and the City of Kirkland are also collaborating on a vision to preserve Totem Lake a prized natural area for the community.