A first-generation farmer, Burr Mosby was appointed to serve a three-year term on the KCD Board by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Burr started farming in 1977 and today Mosby Farms grows 350 acres of vegetables in the valleys of Auburn, Sumner and Orting. The farm supplies produce houses, grocery chains and restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.
Burr and his family are involved in state and local agriculture advocacy and community groups that support agriculture and healthy eating. Mosby Farms believes in giving back to the community and does so by donating produce to local food banks and soup kitchens from Seattle to Orting. Being a good steward of the land is of utmost priority for the future of agriculture, and Burr shares his knowledge from farmer’s perspective as a member of the KCD Board of Supervisors.
Kirstin joined the Board of Supervisors in 2019. She is passionate about saving our Southern Resident orcas, salmon conservation, and combating climate change.
Kirstin is a dedicated community volunteer and served as a Cascadia College trustee, a 4Culture board member, and a King County Charter Review Commissioner. She previously worked on public policy at the King County Council and a public affairs firm. Kirstin received her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Washington.
Bill Knutsen is no stranger to the changes that have swept across the King County landscape. Bill is a third generation dairy farmer, now retired. He graduated from Northshore schools and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Central Washington College School of Business.
Bill ran a thriving dairy business with his family in the Bothell area for many years, bottling the milk and delivering it to area homes. Eventually, the family business evolved to include a drive thru dairy store in the 1970s and 1980s. Bill is currently serving his 4th term as a King Conservation District supervisor.
In addition to his service to KCD, Bill has been a King County Ag Commissioner and was president of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association – an organization charged with helping farmers operate profitably. Bill is married, with a son and a daughter and six grandchildren.
Jim joined the KCD Advisory Committee in 2014 to help KCD chart its future in supporting conservation across the region. His role, along with numerous other dedicated stakeholders, was to help guide the implementation of the KCD/King County Conservation Panel and Task Force recommendations.
Jim’s experience as a boy in the Ozark hills built his conservation values, including passion for the land and for the livestock on it. Fifteen years ago Jim and his wife of 29 years their young family to the Snoqualmie Valley.
Says Jim, “Moving forward, KCD will play a more integrated role in implementing regional food policy and building social equity and will expand its contribution to local solutions for healthy cities facing long-term climate related issues.”
Jim strongly believes we have entered a new era in conservation both locally and regionally. “Economically viable farming in King County that supports families and feeds us locally is on the rise. Farmers here, with renewed support, are joining conservationist, cities and non-profit advocacy groups to lead change.”
Chris Porter is a beekeeper that recognizes that a cleaner, healthier environment for the survival of bees is necessary. Bees are a critical component in sustaining our food chain. They are also like the “canary in the coal mine” – and their survival is at great risk, along with the fruit we grow on our trees, the vegetables we plant in our garden, and the crops our farmers plant and harvest to feed us all. More than one out of 3 bites of food we eat is there because of pollinators such as bees.
As a KCD Supervisor, Chris works to raise awareness of how vital bees are for the survival of our environment. Hundreds of thousands of species of plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices around the world require pollination. They require clean water and pollen free from pesticides. What happens to our water sources, the plants we plant in our gardens and farms, and the use of pesticides, all play a major role in the declining population of bees.