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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.

Food Systems Team collage with the text I'm a food systems team members @wsufoodsystemsOur 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. We are organized as a collaborative program supported by both the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) and WSU Extension. All housed within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.


Upcoming Offerings:

Farm Walk 2019 Bright Ide Acres – Pasture Raised Meat: Pasture Management, Ethics, and Slaughter

REGISTRATION OPEN! Come meet farmers Andrew and Micha Ide of Bright Ide Acres in Orting, WA, a farm enterprise dedicated to the production of ethically raised meat on pasture. Well explore the rotational grazing system [...]

WSU Extension Cascadia Grains Regional Field Day

WSU Extension Cascadia Grains Regional Field Day Value-Adding Grains with Local and Direct Markets: Winter Grain Field Day WHEN: Monday, May 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM WHERE: 78th St. Heritage Farm 1919 NE 78th [...]

Cultivating Success: Whole Farm Planning – Thurston County

  12-Week Whole Farm Planning Course Washington State University Extension – Thurston County June 11th – August 27th Tuesday Evenings, 6-8:30pm WSU Thurston County Extension Office   This quarter-long class will provide practical information about [...]

Farm Walk 2019 Bluebird Grain Farms – Soil Health Management in Organic Grain Production

REGISTRATION OPEN! Organic Heirloom Grains From Plow to your Plate! Find out how Bluebird Grain Farms uses cover crops and other soil health management practices to care for the earth they farm in the Methow Valley. [...]

Farm Walk 2019 Spoon Full Farm – Loyal to Soil: Regenerative No-Till Practices for Garden & Pasture

REGISTRATION OPEN! Learn how the farmers at Spoon Full Farm are fulfilling their mission of being "Loyal to Soil" through their Whole Earth farming practices. We will discuss their no-till garden and pastures, carbon sequestration [...]

Cultivating Success Statewide Instructor Training

Instructor & Coordinator Training - Tuesday, July 30th in Spokane, WA.  This training will include updated instructor toolkits for all Cultivating Success™ Programs, consisting of, Is a Small Farm in Your Future?, Whole Farm Planning and Agricultural Entrepreneurship, as well [...]

Farm Walk 2019



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