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Food Systems

The Washington State University Food Systems Program delivers multidisciplinary expertise across academic, research, and extension, providing specialized resources for farmers and food systems contributors. We seek to work with communities throughout the state to foster viable farm businesses, optimize sustainable natural resource stewardship, and to promote scaled processing and distribution, always in the pursuit of access to healthy food for all.

Our work is guided by an interdisciplinary team made up of WSU Faculty, Staff, and critical non-WSU partners. The WSU Food Systems Team collaborates on initiatives that promote research, implement change, and provide unparalleled educational opportunities for farm and food systems stakeholders throughout the state.


The WSU Food Systems Program has grown from historical roots of what was the Small Farms Program, built on many years of dedicated support for Washington Farmers. We now venture to broaden our objectives, taking a holistic approach to supporting the Washington food system.


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Upcoming Offerings:

Farm Walk 2019 Lazy R Ranch and LINC Foods – Holistic Management for Grazing Animals and Innovative Distribution Models

REGISTRATION OPEN! Join us for this two-part Farm Walk at Lazy R Ranch and LINC Foods! We will start the day at Lazy R Ranch where we will learn from 2018 Tilth Conference Farmer of [...]

Cultivating Success Statewide Instructor Training

Instructor Training Become a Certified Instructor for the Premier Sustainable Small Farms Curricula in WA and ID!   Training being held at WSU Spokane County Extension Classrooms - 9am to 5pm 222 N Havana Spokane, [...]

Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer

AFT's Farmland for the Next Generation: Land Access Train-the-Trainer Wednesday July 31st in Spokane, WA - 9am to 4pm 222 N Havana Spokane, WA 99202 This is intended for agricultural educators of all kinds! Any extension, land trusts, [...]

Farm Walk 2019 Viva Farms Berry Growers – Innovations in Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Production

Viva Farms – Berry Growers Come meet the farmers from Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino’s Farm, Pure Nelida, Farias Farm, and Cabrera Farms, who grow at the Viva Farms Incubator in Burlington, WA. Throughout [...]

Farm Walk 2019 Lost Peacock Creamery How Not to Start a Goat Dairy: Lessons Learned & Models for Success from a Veteran, Female Farmer

Join farmers Rachael Taylor-Tuller and Matthew Tuller of Lost Peacock Creamery as they share their story of how they came to be farmers, why they landed on a goat dairy, and how they are working [...]

Food Systems Innovation Events