Matsuda Farm to Vashon Schools
Matsuda Farm will build two movable high tunnels to increase the shoulder-season production of produce for Vashon Island School District. For ten years, Vashon Island School District has prepared meals from scratch using whole foods to make available to its 1,600 students. As a result, enrollment for school lunches has soared to 50% and 30% for breakfast. Because no wholesale growers are on Vashon Island, all of that produce has been trucked onto the Island – until now.
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.