In 2015, KCD launched a new Community Agriculture program across King County. The ability to grow food within our urban core has become increasingly important as we face the impacts of amplified population density, climate and weather pattern changes and the threat of natural disasters which may temporarily cut off our food supply. Additionally, King County includes USDA-defined food deserts (see http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert for more information) and one in five children in King County are food insecure. Food security [is] a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Offering expertise and resources to schools, individuals, non-profits, and churches, KCD is helping expand access to healthy food and teaching important lessons on soil health, water quality, habitat, and natural resource stewardship in the urban landscape.