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Washington State Farm to School Network

A new Washington State Farm to School Network has launched and they hope you'll become a member!

The purpose of the Network is to grow farm to school (F2S) activity in Washington State. The Network will connect practitioners to learn from each other, create and share resources, set common goals, and amplify the impacts of farm to school for all communities in Washington. The network is committed to advancing racial and social equity by addressing disparities in access to the benefits of farm to school.

 

Join the Washington State Farm to School Network

This is a network designed around active participation by members connecting with each other. There are several ways for you to participate, all based on signing up as a member.

Fill out a membership form:

  1. Select any of the Communities of Practice you'd
    like to join
  2. Get added to your Regional Hub email list
    and directory
  3. Help the network work by joining a
    Network Action Team

Then participate in the network with other
members as described below!

Communities of Practice

Learn and share ideas, questions, resources, and best
practices with your peers across the state. Communities
of Practice are organized around four areas of farm to
school. Each Community of Practice will meet 2-3 times
per year through statewide conference calls or webinars.
Participants will share ideas, challenges, solutions,
and resources with each other to help advance work
around the state on that topic. Each Community of
Practice will also have its own email listserv for information sharing and discussion.
Join as many Communities of Practice as you like when you sign up.

Conference Call Schedule
• Farm to Preschool (ECE)
   September 5, 2018 at 1pm
   November 7, 2018 at 1pm - Watch the recording
   January 9, 2019 at 1pm - RSVP Here

• School Gardens & Farm-Based Learning
   October 17, 2018 at 9:30am - Watch the recording
   December 6, 2018 at 3pm - Stream the recording:  Video  Audio

• Local Food Sourcing for school meal programs
   January 10, 2019 at 8am - RSVP Here

• Food & Agriculture Education in classrooms and beyond
   November 29, 2018 at 3:30pm - Watch the recording
   February 28, 2019 at 3:30pm - RSVP Here

Sign up as a member to join the Community of Practice email list for your topic of interest.

 

Regional Hubs

An online directory will organize members by region, making it easier to find out who is doing what in your area, connect, and collaborate.

Regional hubs are organized in six general geographic areas with an email listserv for each region:

  • NW Washington
  • Central Washington
  • Eastern Washington
  • SE Washington
  • SW Washington
  • King & Pierce Counties

Sign up as a member to join the Regional Hub email list for your area.

Network Action Teams

The work of the network happens through Network Action Teams, which are organized to advance the Network's strategic priorities and support the activities of the Network as a whole. The Network Action Teams are:

  • Network Coordination - logistics, maintaining membership lists, coordinating phone calls, and funding the network
  • Metrics & Evaluation - tracking and reporting on farm to school activities across the state
  • Storytelling & Communications - sharing highlights and impacts about farm to school from across the state
  • Advocacy - working on various state and local issues important to child nutrition, farm to school, etc.

You can join a Network Action Team when you sign up as a member.

Questions? Contact waf2snetwork@gmail.com

 

Goals and Strategic Priorities

At the Launch Summit in May 2018, new members affirmed some Goals and initial Strategic Priorities. The goals support the overall purpose of growing farm to school in Washington State. These initial Strategic Priorities will help guide and align the diverse work that network members do in their own communities for shared, collective impact across our state. They'll be revisited by the network members and adjusted in coming months and years.

Local Food Sourcing
Goal:
Increase the amount of local, Washington produced foods purchased and served by K-12 schools. 
Strategic Priority: Increase collaboration and dialogue between farms and schools

School Gardens and Farm-based Learning
Goal:
Support school gardens and farms in every school.
Strategic
Priority: Develop or collect resources on school garden sustainability models and funding

Food & Agriculture Education
Goal:
Increase student understanding of where food comes from through education about food, agriculture, and nutrition.
Strategic Priority: Implement Harvest of the Month activities across the state with resources for classroom, cafeteria, and the community to promote local food

Farm to Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Goal:
Increase the number of early childhood education programs incorporating farm to school.
Strategic Priority: Raise awareness of Farm to ECE among ECE providers

Advancing Equity in Farm to School

As Dereca Blackmon from Stanford University has said, "Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a practice, equity is a goal." Across the country, states and communities are using farm to school to address the racial and social inequities in the food system. Read more here. As network members use the Strategic Priorities to guide and support their work on farm to school in their communities, we ask that they consider how that work can advance social and racial equity and inclusion. The network will work to ensure that the leadership, priorities, and membership is reflective of the diversity of students, teachers, nutrition staff, farmers, and partners across the state. Below are a few questions guiding this work.

  • What are the existing disparities in access to farm to school, and how can we work to solve them?
  • How can collaboration include farmers of color, farmworkers, veterans, or disadvantaged farmers, and support their work as members of the network? 
  • How can the network work to increase access to farm to school and locally grown foods in cafeterias at underserved districts, schools, and ECE providers?
  • How can the network and its members support underserved communities and communities of color to have better access to school gardens, sustainable models, and funding?
  • How can the network ensure that educational materials are inclusive and representative of all communities across Washington? 
  • How do youth, students and families participate as network members?

If you are interested in supporting the network's work on equity through the Network Action Teams or other activities, please email waf2snetwork@gmail.com.

Network Members

As of 11/26/18 

More details, information, and contact info for members coming soon!

Northwest Region

Anacortes School District Skagit

Bellingham School District

Whatcom

Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Whatcom

Common Threads Farm

Whatcom

Community Food Co-op - The Real Food Show Whatcom

Concrete Farm to School

Skagit

Concrete School District Skagit

Coupeville Farm to School

Island

Coupeville School District Island

Glacier Peak High School

Snohomish

Happy Chix Farm Whatcom
Hope Mountain Farm Everson
Kragnes Family Farms Whatcom

LaConner School District

Skagit

League of Women Voters - Snohomish County

Snohomish

Lopez Island School District

San Juan

Maha Farm and Forest

Island

Mama's Garden Whatcom
Monroe School District Snohomish

Oak Harbor Public Schools

Island

Orcas Montessori School San Juan

School Garden Advocates

Snohomish

South Whidbey School District Island

South Whidbey School Farms

Island

Tomorrow's Hope Child Development/Housing Hope

Snohomish

United General District 304

Skagit

Viva Farms

Skagit

Whatcom Farm to School

Whatcom

WSU Skagit County Extension

Skagit

WSU Snohomish County Extension - SNAP-Ed

Snohomish

WSU Whatcom County Extension - SNAP-Ed

Whatcom


Central Region

13 Fox Farm Okanogan

Cloudview EcoFarms

Grant

Creative Culinary Solutions, Kent Getzin Consulting

Douglas

Grant County Public Health

Grant

Hope Mountain Farm Chelan

JQ Enterprises

Chelan

Quincy Agriculture Education

Grant

Royal FFA

Grant

S.T.E.A.M. Farm project Chelan

Warden High School

Grant

Wenatchee School District Chelan

Yaksum Canyon Truck Farm

Chelan


Northeast Region

Catholic Charities Eastern Washington Food for All program Spokane

Central Valley School District

Spokane

Cheney High School

Spokane

Cheney School District

Spokane

Empire Health Foundation

Spokane

ESD 101 Child Nutrition Cooperative

Spokane & NE WA

Freezone Farm Stevens

LINC Foods

Spokane

Lincoln County Conservation District

Lincoln

Lind-Ritzville Middle School

Adams

Mead School District

Spokane

River City Youth Ops

Spokane

Spokane Public Schools

Spokane

Wellpinit School District

Stevens

WSU Lincoln and Adams County Extension

Lincoln

WSU Spokane County Extension - Food Sen$e

Spokane


Southeast Region

Eastside Sustainable Farms Benton

Ellensburg School District

Kittitas

Grandview School District

Yakima

Hayshaker Farm Walla Walla

Northwest Community Action Center/Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic

Yakima

Rowley & Hawkins Fruit Farm Franklin
Walla Walla County Conservation District Walla Walla

Walla Walla Public Schools

Walla Walla

Walla Walla Valley Farm to School

Walla Walla

Willow Public School

Walla Walla

Pullman School District

Whitman

Selah School District Yakima

WSU Agricultural Education

Whitman


Southwest Region

American Soul Brothers Clark

April Joy Farm

Clark

Bremerton School District Kitsap

Clark County Green Schools

Clark

Clark County Public Health Clark
Community Wellness Project Jefferson

Crescent School

Clallam

Elma High School

Grays Harbor

Elma School District

Grays Harbor

Fort Vancouver High School

Clark

Grapeview School District Mason

GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)

Thurston

Hands On Personal Empowerment

Mason

Hood Canal School District Mason

La Center School District

Clark

Lower Columbia School Gardens

Cowlitz

Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Thurston

Ocean Beach School District

Grays Harbor

OSPI Child Nutrition - CACFP Southwest Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Klickitat
PE Ell School District Lewis
Port Angeles School District Clallam

Ridgefield School District

Clark

Shelton High School

Mason

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust

Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor

Sunfield Education Association  Jefferson

Toutle Lake School

Cowlitz

WSU Clallam County Extension

Clallam

WSU Clark County Extension - Food Sen$e

Clark

WSU Thurston County Extension

Thurston


King/Pierce Region

21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living King

Bellevue School District Nutrition Services

King

Carnation Farms

King

Cascadia Elementary School King

City of Seattle Preschool Program

King, Snohomish

City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment King

City of Seattle

King

DeLong Elementary School Garden

Pierce

Eatonville School District - GRITS Farm

Pierce

EduCulture Puget Sound Region

Ecotrust

King

Farmstand Local Foods

King

Federal Way Open Doors

King

Federal Way Public Schools King

Forward Food

King

Gardens for Good

Pierce

Highline Public Schools

King

Issaquah School District King

Kent School District

King

King Conservation District King
King County Local Food Initiative King
L & B Mini Ranch King

LivingWell Kent

King

North Beach Elementary King
Northwest School King
Nurturing Roots Farm King
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center King

Public Health Seattle King County

King

Riverview School District

King

Seattle Public Schools

King

Stewart Organics Farm Pierce

Sumner-Bonney Lake School District

Pierce

Tilth Alliance (formerly Seattle Tilth)

King

United Way of King County King

WSU King County Extension SNAP-Ed

King

WSU Pierce County EFNEP Pierce


Statewide Agencies & Organizations

American Indian Health Commission

Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition

E3 Washington

Kaiser Permanente WA

OSPI - Child Nutrition Services

OSPI - CTE Agriculture

OSPI - Environmental and Sustainability Education

OSPI - Healthiest Next Generation

READERS to EATERS

Washington Ag in the Classroom

Washington Green Schools

Washington State Beef Commission

Washington State Conservation Commission

Washington State Dairy Council

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Washington State Department of Health

Washington State Potato Commission

Washington State PTA

WSU Extension Food Safety

WSU Food Systems

Network Organizing Project & History

Farm to school has a long history in Washington State, going back to before the year 2000. In 2008, the Local Farms Healthy Kids Act established a Farm to School program at the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). WSDA Farm to School and many partner organizations worked with farmers and school districts across the state through trainings, workshops, and networking to grow farm to school in the state. At least 100 school districts in Washington are participating in Farm to School activities thanks to local and regional work and support.

In 2015, WSDA hosted a Farm to School Summit with many local and regional partners, supported by a USDA Farm to School grant. A statewide monthly coordinating call started after of the 2015 Farm to School Summit and was held through June 2018. Realizing the great potential for more peer to peer networking and connections statewide, farm to school partners asked WSDA to apply for a USDA Farm to School Grant in December 2016. The grant was awarded to WSDA Farm to School and work began on the project in August 2017. Non-profit and agency partners established a Network Formation Committee to meet and develop a network prototype, gather input from stakeholders, and organize a Washington State Farm to School Network Launch Summit.

Forty school nutrition staff, school gardeners, farmers and food producers, early childhood education, educators, statewide agencies and associations, non-profits, and other organizations gathered in Ellensburg, WA on May 4, 2018 to launch the network and grow farm to school in Washington State. Read the Launch Summit Results here.

At the Launch Summit, participants and the first members of the network:

  • Finalized the structure for the statewide farm to school network
  • Planned for implementing the network structure and outreach to new members
  • Set farm to school goals and priorities for members to work towards
  • Built momentum for farm to school in Washington state

 

The Washington State Farm to School Network is supported by a USDA Farm to School Grant and coordination by the Washington State Department of Agriculture through 2018

The purpose of the Network is to grow farm to school (F2S) activity in Washington State. The Network will achieve this by connecting practitioners to learn from each other, create and share resources, set common goals, and amplify the impacts of farm to school for all communities in Washington. The network is also committed to advancing racial and social equity by addressing disparities in access to the benefits of farm to school.
Last Updated: 12/10/2018