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Acres in Agricultural Production Continued to Grow in 2017

Despite the high cost of land in King County that can make it difficult for new farmers to acquire land and for veteran farmers to expand their operations, the number of acres in agriculture production continued to expand in 2017.


Keeping Farmland Active

Learn about innovative options for land leasing and farmer collaboration!

Tilth Alliance invites you to tour a local farm to learn how its owner found innovative solutions for utilizing the land. Plus, hear how other local farmers found funding and creative ways to share farmland.

Saturday, June 16
10 a.m.-noon - Private farm in Enumclaw, Free to attend, RSVP required. Questions? Contact Julie Kintzi: (206) 633-0451 ext. 129.


Farm to Farmer

Farm to Farmer is a land matching project that connects new and expanding farmers with the land opportunities they need to grow their businesses. It also helps retiring farmers transfer their land to the next generation. Farm to Farmer is a project of PCC Farmland Trust.

How it works:


Farmland protection

King County considers new phase of farmland protection - King5

Bold vision demands a bold, pragmatic plan
A regional collaboration between King County, cities, business people, farmers, environmental partners and others has created a strategy to preserve our last, most important natural lands and urban green spaces in 30 years.

It calls for a series of accelerated actions to address rapidly-shrinking open spaces and climbing land prices. By finishing the job in a single generation, we can save $15 billion over what it would take under our current land preservation trajectory and protect many of these lands before they are lost.

65,000 acres have been mapped, priced, and prioritized within six land categories:


Farmers, residents, fish and wildlife win in historic Snoqualmie Fish, Farm and Flood accord

King County Executive Dow Constantine today thanked Snoqualmie Valley farmers, residents and fish and wildlife advocates for achieving a landmark agreement balancing reduced flood risk to people and property, strengthening salmon populations, and growing a prosperous farming community.


Organic Farming Research Foundation educational guides

Organic Farming Research Foundation has published a new series of educational guides designed to help organic farmers and ranchers enhance the soil health and overall resilience of their operations. These guides to practical organic soil health management will assist farmers in selecting the best practices for their particular circumstances, while leading the way toward more sustainable agricultural systems

The first three guides in the series are now available to download free of charge. The remaining four guides will be released over the coming weeks. This summer, a limited number of printed copies will be available upon request. The complete series includes:

Now available:

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview
A discussion of the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil organic matter and soil health in organic production.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Weed Management: An Ecological Approach
An ecological approach to integrated weed management tools that reduce the need for soil disturbance.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Practical Conservation Tillage
The impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems.

Coming soon:

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Cover Crops: Selection and Management
Selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection
Plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including potential benefits to soil biology and soil health.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Water Management and Water Quality
The role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil, and the Environment
The role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.


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.


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.


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.

Upcoming Events

Keeping Farmland Active, Saturday, June 16