South King County Food Coalition (fiscal sponsor for the Food Access and Aggregation Community Team)
Food Access and Aggregation Community Team Site Exploration
The Food Access and Aggregation Community Team will complete necessary preparations, build organizational capacity and bring in new community stakeholders to be able to cooperatively manage a farm property in South King County that is being acquired by King County. The South King County Food Access and Aggregation Community Team (FAACT) is developing a robust plan to manage this farm property in partnership with King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. The vision of coordinating the use of shared farm and food on a land leasing arrangement would suit both parties. If DNRP does not succeed in securing the site, or the arrangement does not work for another reason, DNRP has expressed their commitment to help the FAACT locate a suitable farm property for this project at another location.
Mary joined KCD in late 2015 and currently serves as Senior Manager for the Regional Food System Program. Mary came to KCD from Cascade Harvest Coalition, a non-profit which she founded and directed since 1999. Mary brings more than three decades of passion, experience and expertise in natural resource management, agricultural economics, and food system development. Mary coordinates the KCD Regional Food System Program, including Strategic Initiatives and Food System Grants, with the goals of making an enduring contribution toward strengthening King County’s food economy. Mary’s education includes a BS in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from Montana State University, Bozeman. Outside of work, Mary enjoys hiking the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her yellow lab, Libby, and photography.