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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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