Veterans Give Back by Connecting with Nature
King Conservation District's, Chauncey Foster, talks to KING5 reporter Josh Green about the benefits of eco-therapy for returning combat veterans. Recently, fifteen U.S. veterans and their spouses volunteered at Seattle's Sturtevant Ravine Park helping to restore the park as an open space by removing invasive Himalayan Blackberry vines and trash.
King Conservation Staff will be at a different King County Farmers Market throughout the 2016 market season. We would love the opportunity to talk with you about KCD program and services, enter you in our weekly raffle and answer any questions you may have about stewarding your natural resources in support of local food, clean water and healthy trees. Find out which Farmers Markets we will be attending here
In a recent KING-5 news story, environmental reporter, Alison Morrow, produced a feature story on the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative's CSA program which is partnering with EvergreenHealth in Woodinville to offer patients access to local, fresh produce to improve overall health and combat chronic illness. KCD helped establish the cooperative with a $10,000 early action grant though our new Regional Food System Program. Learn more about the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative via their website: www.snovalleycoop.com.
Learn about Native Pollinators
Join the King Conservation District, Xerces Society, and Horses for Clean Water for a series of three workshops on the benefits native insects and pollinators for farmers and gardeners. For an overview of the workshops click Here.
Register for each of the workshops via the links below:
June 3: Beneficial Bugs on the Farm, Enumclaw
June 4: Farming with Native Pollinators, Woodinville
June 5: Native Pollinators in the City, Seattle
KCD LIFT Program
The Local Institutional Food Team (LIFT) is here to help you source local food for your institution! We are a network of resource providers and industry experts that provide technical assistance to purchasers looking for local farm products and those wanting to start or participate in existing projects and programs that support local agriculture.
Poultry Processing Equipment
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.
Infrastructure Mapping Tool
In collaboration with King County and the Cascade Harvest Coalition, the King Conservation District has developed an easy-to-use online tool that farmers, cottage industry business owners, facility owners, and policy makers can access to expand opportunities for local food production in King County.
In 2015, a total of 772 volunteers contributed 2,872 service hours on KCD sponsored habitat restoration projects totaling $66,515.52 (based on Washington state compensation rate for matching purposes). Connect with your community and local environment to discover how you can be a better steward of the natural resources around you. Discover volunteer opportunities at www.kingcd.org/volunteer.
The deadline for the 2016 Regional Food System Grant round closed on Thursday, April 14th. KCD received 33 pre-proposals covering a wide diversity of food system topics. Requested grant funding totals just over $2.5 million.
Expanded outreach resulted in a greater diversity of community organizations, non-profits, farms, and others participating in this year’s grant round. The potential for these projects to have a positive impact on our regional food system is fantastic! Projects range from farmer education and farm incubators, to value-added processing, infrastructure improvements, marketing support for local food, healthy food access, institutional purchasing, food hub development in both urban and rural areas, and so much more.
For more information click Here.
King Conservation District Announces 1st Round of Regional Food System Grants
On November 9th the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors awarded nine KCD Regional Food System Grants totaling $663,878. Grant recipients included Nelli Farms, Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Highline College, SnoValley Tilth, King County Agriculture Program, Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance, Washington State University, and HumanLinks Foundation/21 Acres. See the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program page for additional information.
New Video Highlights Agricultural Drainage Program
At the KCD annual meeting King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert presented the premier screening of a new video about the about the Agricultural Drainage Program. Funded with support from the King County Flood Control District, the program enables participating farmers to return improve field drainage and return land to full production.
We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions:
View job descriptions here.
KCD Introduces New Urban Forest Program
The King Conservation District’s new Urban Forest Health Management Program will invest up to $150,000 annually for the next five years to help communities steward street trees, urban backyards, and forested open spaces. For details click here.