Welcome to the KCD Community Agriculture Map!
KCD staff and a consultant team worked in late 2017 to design and develop this website. Our desire is for this site to provide a fertile space for Community Agriculture sites to grow and thrive, share information, recruit volunteers, and celebrate the growing impact of agriculture projects and programs in King County. “Community Agriculture” covers a broad spectrum of community gardens, food bank gardens, teaching gardens, and other projects and programs that promote food security and access.
In 2015, King Conservation District (KCD) launched a new Community Agriculture program in King County.
KCD is offering expertise and resources to schools, individuals, non-profits, and places of worship, helping expand access to healthy food and teaching important lessons on soil health, water quality, habitat, and natural resource stewardship in the urban landscape. KCD staff work directly with Member Jurisdiction staff and private land owners to increase the ability to grow food within our urban core.
Food access and security has become increasingly important as we face the impacts of amplified population density, climate and weather pattern changes, and the threat of natural disasters.
Additionally, King County includes USDA-defined food deserts, and one in five children in King County are food insecure (defined as reduced quality, variety and desirability of diet-with or with reduced food intake).
See http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert for more information.
KCD is working to support community-based urban agriculture through education, technical assistance, partner matchmaking, and help in identifying possible funding and other resources. KCD works in partnership with Pierce Conservation District and Snohomish Conservation District on improving regional food access and security through information and resource sharing.
KCD hopes to build onto this project in 2018 and beyond, to help promote community agriculture projects to elected officials and their jurisdictions, and help make policy or other support available. The web page will be a platform that could grow to connect projects across King, Snohomish and Pierce County.