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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:

Cascadia Grains Farm Walk: South Sound Grain Industry Infrastructure and Market Development

Join us on Friday, January 17th for a special Cascadia Grains Farm Walk, a four-stop tour in the South Sound, checking out developing grains production, market, and infrastructure projects first-hand. First, we'll visit Boistfort Valley [...]

Cascadia Grains Conference 2020

The 8th Cascadia Grains Conference will bring together 300 farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, brokers, investors, policy-makers and others to strengthen the role of grains in the agricultural and food economy of the Pacific Northwest. The [...]

Women in Ag Conference

Registration is OPEN Join us for inspiration, knowledge and networking Saturday, January 25, 2020 for the 8th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference.      "HEALTHY FARMS" is the theme for the eighth annual Women in Agriculture Conference. Experience an engaging, [...]

San Juan County Ag Summit

Two days of inspiration, education, and community for farmers, producers and all those involved in our local and regional food system. This year Orcas Island will host the annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit on [...]