Tag: Local Food Action Initiative

HEALTHY EATING IN SCHOOLS

December 7th, 2013

Getting more nutritious food into our schools is a key goal of Public Health Seattle & King County and of my Local Food Action Initiative. Seattle Public Schools has embraced this idea, and is working closely with Health Department and City staff along with the YMCA to make this happen. A series of programs are […]

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PIKE PLACE MARKET, CITY AND KING COUNTY PARTNER TO PRESERVE FARMS

August 22nd, 2013

The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), the City of Seattle, and King County have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to identify strategies to preserve farmland and increase food production in King County. Phase I will begin immediately, and will analyze options and make recommendations on how to preserve and restore farmland […]

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CAN WESTERN WASHINGTON FEED ITSELF?

July 3rd, 2012

The Local Food Action Initiative (LFAI) is designed to increase gardening and farming in the City, encourage farmers markets and other connections to local producers, and emphasize food as an important part of our economy.  We know that eating more locally can reduce the cost of transport, provide access to food that is healthier and […]

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SEATTLE FOOD ACTION PLAN FOR 2012

March 15th, 2012

 While the City will be putting together a long-range plan for local food through a series of three workshops that began on March 13, my office will continue to work with City Departments and regional partners on actions to implement the Local Food Action Initiative in 2012.  Here is our list of planned activities: Support […]

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CITY FOOD POLICY WORKSHOPS

March 1st, 2012

My staff and I have been working on issues around local food since we secured approval of the Local Food Action Initiative in 2008.  I am very happy that Mayor McGinn and the entire City Council have given great support to this work, and we have completed a large number of significant accomplishments on this […]

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PARKS DEPARTMENT EMBRACES LOCAL FOOD ACTIONS

October 20th, 2011

On Saturday, October 1, the Parks Department and community partners officially broke ground on the Rainier Beach Urban Farm, which will transform the seven acres of the former Atlantic City Nursery into a working organic urban farm and demonstration wetlands restoration site.  The Parks Department nursery was closed in January, 2010.  Seattle Tilth and the […]

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HEALTHY VENDING MACHINES? YES, SAYS BOARD OF HEALTH!

May 3rd, 2011

On Thursday, April 21, the Board of Health of Seattle-King County (BOH) adopted a set of guidelines for getting healthier food choices into vending machines.  The guidelines are not binding on either the vending machine owners or those who contract with them, but are designed to set a path and give guidance and direction to […]

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ACTION ON LOCAL FOOD FOR 2011

March 21st, 2011

As we move into the fourth year of implementation of Seattle’s Local Food Action Initiative (Resolution 31019), I plan to work on the following actions in 2011: Develop additional opportunities for expanding economic activity, marketing, and jobs in the local food economy including exploring how best to support Puget Sound Fresh. Increase connections between the […]

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2010 ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR ACTION ON LOCAL FOOD

March 15th, 2011

The Seattle City Council adopted Resolution 31019, the Local Food Action Initiative, in 2007.  Here’s what we accomplished in 2010: Declared 2010 as the Year of Urban Agriculture and organized a series of events and public engagement programs to provide resources and encourage people to grow food and increase the number of gardens in Seattle. […]

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NEW URBAN FARMS IN PARKS LEVY OPPORTUNITY FUND

January 27th, 2011

The Citizen Oversight Committee for the Parks and Green Spaces Levy has issued its recommendations for the first phase of the Opportunity Fund.  Fifteen projects were recommended to receive $7 million in funding, including two innovative major urban agriculture projects.  Parks and Green Spaces is a $146 million, six-year levy approved by the voters in […]

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