In collaboration with King County and the Cascade Harvest Coalition (now Tilth Alliance), King Conservation District has developed an easy-to-use online tool that farmers, cottage industry business owners, facility owners, and policy makers can access to expand opportunities for local food production in King County.
The new Infrastructure Mapping Tool provides access to information about more than 400 food system facilities in King County. The online database will enable local farmers to connect with facilities they can to add value to their products and expand their market reach. This tool provides access to a wide range of food processing and distribution facilities, including commercial kitchens, bakeries, co-packers and wholesalers, distributors, dryers and dehydrators, freezers, meat and poultry processors, and storage facilities.
In addition to providing farmers with access to much needed infrastructure, the tool is also a valuable resource for assisting municipalities with food system policy and planning, including siting and funding decisions. Private businesses and non-profit organizations can also use the database for working together to create food hubs and other projects that are looking to site and develop food system infrastructure.
The Online Infrastructure Mapping Tool was made possible by a Planning Grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Promotion Program.