BIPOC Producer Partnership
LWK seeks KCD funding to help BIPOC producers expand their agricultural businesses and access markets with high customer demand for their products. We will partner with three other BIPOC-led organizations to recruit 26 BIPOC producers. Our Food Access Manager and Assistant Manager will learn about each producer’s goals and challenges with their current farm business. Then, we will provide individual business management coaching, give each producer access to land, tools and seeds, and provide them with technical training in environmentally and economically sustainable practices to help them increase production. When they are ready to harvest, LWK will help them market their products through our East or West Hill Farmers’ Markets, through our CSA, or other markets they have identified. LWK will redirect any produce farmers do not sell to our Cultural Food Hub to eliminate food waste and bolster food security for refugees and immigrants in Kent and surrounding South King County.
Senior Manager, Regional Food System Program
O: 425-282-1958 – C: 425-529-4801
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.