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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.

We grew from the roots of the Small Farms Program, built on many years of dedicated support for the nearly 90% of farms in Washington that are considered small. We still aim at supporting this crucial demographic of farmers with a broadened objective, taking a holistic approach to supporting the Washington food system.


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12/3-1/9 Training: Business Readiness Workshop

12/4 HUB: SW Washington Growers Cooperative’s Grain Project and Food Hub Updates

Join Mike Peroni of Northwest Agriculture Business Center and Stephen Bramwell with WSU Extension to learn about cooperative marketing and infrastructure development, with a focus on the SW Washington Growers Cooperative’s Grain Project and Food [...]

12/9 Webinar: Creating Virtual Farm & Food Experiences

Creating Virtual Farm and Food Experiences Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9am Pacific time; 12pm Eastern time; 6pm Central European time; 10:30 Indian time Whether it's farm tours, private tastings, or conferences, we are all figuring [...]

12/17 Webinar: Building food council networks that support

Webinar Date and Time: Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 2:30 to 4:00 pm EST There is no cost to participate. Registration for the webinar is required.  Click the link immediately below to register CLICK TO REGISTER [...]

1/12 Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship – Snohomish County

Growing Profitable Farms Farming can be a good economic opportunity as well as a great lifestyle choice. However, success requires that farming be viewed as an enterprise that must sustain itself and the farm family [...]

2/2-4/1 Training: Business Planning Program


Washington State Food Security Survey Report