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King Conservation Regional Food System Program
2015 Grant Awards

The KCD Board of Supervisors awarded $663,878 in 2015 KCD Regional Food System Grants to the organizations in the chart below. The goal for the KCD Food System Grants Program is to support 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.

Organization

Project Title

Grant Amount

Project Description

Nelli Farms

Pasture-Raised Poultry & Egg Cooperative Start-up

 $  80,000

Establish a poultry and egg cooperative to help King County farmers increase the profitability of egg sales.

Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment

King County Farmers Market Access Coordination

 $  49,086

Provide coordination and support to farmers markets to expand access for low income shoppers through use of SNAP and Fresh Bucks incentives.

Northwest Agriculture Business Center

Food Hub Development for King County Farmers

 $  95,000

Increase production, distribution, and consumption of sustainably produced food within King County by providing food hub sales, aggregation, and delivery services.

Highline College

Urban Agriculture/Agroforestry/Food Security

 $  80,000

Expand educational access for south King County immigrant-refugee communities and youth to become growers/producers in dense urban environments.

SnoValley Tilth

Experience Farming Project Infrastructure Upgrades

 $  31,295

Upgrade critical infrastructure for Experience Farming Project site to increase production capacity for participating farm businesses.

King County Agriculture Program

Beefing Up Infrastructure Needs for King County USDA Meat Processing

 $120,000

Establish USDA slaughter services through a partnership between the King County Agriculture Program, livestock producers, and membership organizations such as SnoValley Tilth and the Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative.

Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance

Launching a Successful Watershed Improvement District

 $  95,650

Launch the first watershed improvement district in the Snoqualmie Valley to address key barriers to food production, including water supply, water rights and agricultural drainage.

Washington State University

Bringing WSU Extension Expertise to King County Farmers

 $  99,852

Provide Cultivating Success courses, agriculture workshops, and other programs for King County farmers.

HumanLinks Foundation / 21 Acres

Hedgerow Trial to Attract Beneficial Insects to Farm Edges

 $  12,995

Construct a native plant hedgerow at 21 Acres Farm to determine the prevalence of beneficial and pollinator insect populations.

TOTAL FUNDED

 $663,878