This article is part of the series: “Seattle Environmental Justice in Action” — highlighting projects and organizations that are advancing environmental justice in our city. In 2017, the City of Seattle and the King Conservation District (KCD) to support projects that advance environmental justice along with improving natural resources in Seattle. Project proposals were required to address the goals of the Seattle Equity & Environment Agenda as well as natural resource priorities.
The Rainier Beach Community Farm Stand is a weekly event for the Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS). Every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, Liya Rubio, Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) Farm Stand Manager, and her team of staff and volunteers from RBAC and Roots of All Roads, set up a farm stand in the parking lot of ECS. The stand brings in locally sourced fresh produce from people of color (POC)-owned and operated farms to the Rainier Beach community. This is environmental justice in action.
Jessica has managed the Member Jurisdiction and WRIA Grant Programs at KCD since March 2007. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish and graduate level education in the fields of Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Facilitation and Negotiation. She is an experienced program manager responsible for tracking millions of dollars in grant funding with a successful track record of liaising with local governments, nonprofits, and watershed groups on natural resource conservation issues.