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Visit with KCD at the NW Flower & Garden Show
February 22-26

The King Conservation District will be in Booth 2816 at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Stop by to meet our staff and learn about KCD programs and services. See a demonstration Hugelkultur mound, drop off soil samples, and enter our daily raffle.

Visitors to the KCD booth will receive a coupon for 10% off pre-orders for the KCD Native Plant Sale.

Preserving the History & Enhancing the Future of Matsuda Farm

In 1957 the King Conservation District honored Yoneichi Matsuda as Conservationist Farmer of the Year, and today KCD continues to support Matsuda Farm through two major projects with the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust.

In 2016 the KCD Regional Food System Program awarded a $50,000 grant to the Land Trust to support redevelopment of Matsuda Farm, with the goal of establishing a farm-to-school program with the Vashon School District.

Last fall the KCD Landowner Incentive Program provided funding and a Washington Conservation Corps crew to plant more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs in a 35-foot buffer around the farm's irrigation pond.

See the KCD Facebook page for a set of photos and more information about the history and restoration of Matsuda Farm.

KCD Forestry Program Working with Mt. Adams Institute VetWorks

King Conservation District partners with AmeriCorps and the Mt. Adams Institute through the VetsWork program. VetsWork is an eleven month career development internship program for military veterans in work related to natural resources management, public lands and the environment. More information on the program can be found on the Mt. Adams Institute’s website.

Highline College Initiates New Urban Agriculture Program

Highline College introduced a new Urban Agriculture Certificate Program to support people seeking new careers in urban food production with a year-round series of courses on growing food in dense urban environments.

In 2015 the King Conservation District awarded an $80,000 grant to Highline College to expand opportunities for South King County immigrants, refugees and youth to participate in the Urban Agriculture Program. Below are links to news about the program:

Combatting South King County’s Food Desert

Urban Farming Course Helps Refugees in Washington – KING 5

King Conservation District Strengthens Local Food System

In the past two years the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program awarded $1.4 million in grants for 20 projects aimed at strengthening the local food economy. The diverse and innovative projects will 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.

The King Conservation District Regional Food System Program was initiated in 2015 to link producers with consumers and to serve as a catalyst for making local food production environmentally and economically sustainable.

KCD Native Plant Sale is an Affordable Way to
Beautify and Restore Natural Habitats

plant sale

Orders are now being accepted for the King Conservation District’s Native Bareroot Plant Sale. The annual sale includes nearly three dozen species of native trees, shrubs, berries, and groundcovers. New plants in the 2017 sale include Evergreen Violet, Madrone, Nodding Onion, Oregon Iris, Oregon Stonecrop, Paper Birch, Red Columbine, and Wild Ginger. For details on all available plants and online ordering click HERE.

Orders must be placed by the end of February. Orders over $200 placed by November 30th receive a 10% discount.

Plant Pick-Up Date
: Saturday, March 11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the King Conservation District, 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057.

KCD’s native plants have well developed roots and are easy to handle, transport and plant. Bareroot stock is a highly cost-effective approach to purchasing native plants for restoration projects of any scale, whether in urban backyards or on rural properties.

King Conservation District Native Plant Sale

City of Kirkland & Seattle Tilth

McAuliffe Park Learning Garden
The City of Kirkland Parks Department is collaborating with Seattle Tilth to establish a new Learning Garden at McAuliffe Park, a historic farm originally established in 1887.

In early 2016 the King Conservation District awarded a $13,903 grant to Seattle Tilth for development of new educational programs at McAuliffe Park, including urban farming in the new learning garden and restoration of nearly two acres of forested area. See the Seattle Tilth website for more information:
McAuliffe Park Learning Garden

City of Kirkland Presented with
2015 Local Government Award

The King Conservation District presented the City of Kirkland with the 2015 KCD Local Government Award in recognition of the Green Kirkland Partnership, which allied with nonprofit partners, businesses, and volunteers to restore more than 400 acres of natural areas.

Over the past decade KCD has provided the City of Kirkland with $469,000 in grants and services, including support for the development and implementation of Kirkland’s “20 Year Forest Restoration Plan” and support for their work with local landowners to prevent stormwater pollution. Through the Green Kirkland Partnership, the City of Kirkland has allied with nonprofit partners, businesses, and volunteers to restore more than 400 acres of natural areas.

The King Conservation District supported Kirkland’s participation in a consortium of cities sponsoring the Washington Native Plant Society’s Native Plant Stewardship Training and Restoration Program. Currently KCD is partnering with the City of Kirkland on the development of the McAuliffe Park Leaning Garden and other community food projects.

As part of the new KCD Urban Forestry Program, Kirkland was one of five cities selected for targeted technical assistance to enhance their urban forest. The District and the City of Kirkland are also collaborating on a vision to preserve Totem Lake a prized natural area for the community.