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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:

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Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching – Spokane County

Tuesday nights 6:00-9:00 pm, September 24 to December 10, 2019 (No class on November 26) During this 12-week class series, students will learn how to apply successful whole farm management principles to a small farm [...]

Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching – Snohomish County

There are now five million fewer farms in the U.S. than there were in the 1930s and of those remaining, almost 40 percent of the farmers are at least 55 years old. Without new farmers [...]

Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching – Skagit County

Program Contact: Kate Smith 360-428-4270 ext. 223 • Our Cultivating Success Program offers courses that provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support necessary to develop a sustainable small acreage farm. Cultivating [...]

Value-Added Producer Grant Workshop in Chehalis, WA

Chehalis Library 400 N Market Blvd. Chehalis, WA 98532 Join us for this FREE grant workshop for an overview of the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. Grant and matching funds may be used for planning [...]