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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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9/25 HUB: WSU Food Systems HUB! LIVE Friday @ 10am

WSU Food Systems HUB - LIVE Friday @ 10am REGISTER NOW FOR A ZOOM LINK! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.       The WSU Food [...]

9/23 Webinar: Farming for Justice Discussion: Indigenous Land Management and Cultural Preservation: How We Care for Ourselves and Culture Through Land Stewardship

Farming For Justice- Indigenous Land Management and Cultural Preservation: How We Care for Ourselves and Culture Through Land Stewardship Wednesday, September 23rd 12pm-1:30pm EST via Zoom This free engaged webinar will be recorded. Register Here [...]

9/30 Concert—Viva Farms Love the Land Concert

Now more than ever, we need regional food security. Local farmers are under enormous pressure due to rising land prices, climate change, and a growing pandemic. We know we are stronger together, and that it [...]

10/22 Cultivating Success™: Whole Farm Planning Courses Start

Cultivating Success™: Whole Farm Planning (Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching)   Statewide Offering – Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 8:30pm   Fall/Winter 2020 Whole Farm Planning Course Description We’ll cover a broad overview of production and marketing [...]

10/6-7 Summit: Virtual Digital Agriculture Summit 2020

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY to host Virtual Digital Agriculture Summit 2020  October 6-7, 2020  Washington State University will be hosting a virtual Digital Agriculture Summit on October 6-7, with participation from a broad range of stakeholders and [...]

10/14 Webinar: Food Justice is Racial Justice: National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting

October 14, 1-3pm ET (Virtual) How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital and resources can help us create systemic change in the ways we [...]

Whole Farm Planning Course

Starts on October 20th fully online through zoom!

Military Veterans

What’s your next mission? Interested in farming? You are eligible for scholarship!

¡Curso traducido al Español!

Course offered with Spanish language interpretation and facilitation.