News & Updates
Welcome to Farm King County! A new one-stop resource for your farm operation.
Easy access to technical assistance on the web allows farmers to spend more time doing what they do best – farming. FarmKingCounty.org is a new one-stop shop web portal for farming resources. The project, which is collaboration between WSU Extension, KCD, WSDA and King County, provides web based technical information and resources that will allow local farmers and food entrepreneurs to grow their enterprises. Learn more about the project.
Pre-Proposals Requested for 2017 Regional Food System Grants
Pre-proposals for 2017 grants are due by 4:00 PM, on April 24th. The maximum award will be $100,000. Requests for Full-Proposals will be due June 22, 2017. Recipients will be announced October 10, 2017.
Local meat marketing and usda processing for beef, pork, lamb, goat, and other red meat.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
FREE with pre-registration by April 5 for Enumclaw and April 15 for Carnation. For more information, please contact Patrice Barrentine, King County Agriculture Program at (206) 477-1556. Made possible through a Regional Food System Grant from the King Conservation District.
USDA Crop Insurance
USDA Whole-Farm Revenue Protection deadline March 15. More information about the product can be found on the RMA Whole-Farm web page.
Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net.
USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs
The face of agriculture is changing, and urban agriculture is one of the latest movements to challenge the traditional view of farming. From rooftop gardens to aquaponics centers in old warehouses to growing crops on abandoned properties, urban agriculture provides many benefits to a community, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for low-income residents. Download the toolkit.
King County awarding $500,000 in grant funds for historic barn preservation.
King County’s Historic Preservation Program is pleased to announce that it is re-launching the Barn Again Historic Barn Preservation Program. The goal of this program is to provide funds for the stabilization and rehabilitation of historic barns and outbuildings that are historically associated with the working life of a farm, as well as community gathering places associated with agricultural organizations, such as grange halls. Applications are due May 2.
Poultry Processing Equipment Available for Rent
King Conservation District provides low-cost rental of equipment for small-scale producers to safely process poultry for home consumption, or to slaughter poultry for direct marketing with a WSDA permit. At this time no other poultry processing equipment is available for rent in King County. The KCD project helps producers fill the demand for locally-grown chicken, turkey, and other poultry.
KCD rental equipment is provided in partnership with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), which manages online scheduling, and Grange Supply in Issaquah, which serves as the pick-up and drop-off location.
KCD announces 2016 Regional Food System Program!
The program is designed to support projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products. More information can be found on the KCD website.
Food Safety Modernization Act Resources.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
- The "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act" video explains how the new law makes prevention from farm to table the basis of food safety.
- FSMA: Key Requirement of the Final Rule on Produce Safety
- FSMA: Flow chart explaining coverage and exemptions for produce safety.
- Am I affected by the Food Safety Rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act? A Flowchart for Farmers and Food Businesses by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) FSMA: Key Requirement on Preventive Controls for Human Food
- WSDA Regulations for Food Safety: FAQ on the Food Safety Modernization Act
- Growing Opportunity: A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs developed by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is condensed and targeted guide for small and medium sized producers looking to make the most of the national programs. The guide covers many different types of FSA loans, grant programs like Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), the Organic Certification Cost Share Program, and Whole Farm Revenue Protection Programs to provide crop insurance options for small diversified operations. These program offerings are accompanied by information on Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) audits and the Conservation Stewardship Program.
Growth of Puget Sound Food Hub Offers Marketing Opportunities for Local Farmers
The Puget Sound Food Hub (PSFH) combines marketing, aggregation, and distribution to provide local farms access to restaurants, grocery stores and institutions. In addition to providing delivery stretching from as far south as King to as far north as Whatcom County, the hub allows smaller farms to aggregate products with other farms and sell to both small and larger wholesale customers. Farmers set their own unit size and pricing and customers order directly from the website from multiple farms, receiving one order and one invoice.
King County Farmer Testifies Before Congress.
On February 2, 2016, Kurt Tonnemaker was one of five farmers from around the country invited to testify to the House Ag Committee about the challenges and opportunities of direct marketing. He and his brother Kole are the 4th generation running Tonnemaker Farms. See video of the testimony.