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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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Tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting food access and diet in Washington!

The University of Washington and Washington State University, with support from Tacoma Community College, have created the Washington State Food Security Survey (WAFOOD) to monitor how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted economic security and food access for Washington State residents. This information will help state and community partners to identify needs and support resource allocation for WA State residents.

You may access the online survey here:

It should only take about 15 minutes to complete, and is computer and smart phone-capable.

This survey will ask questions about your health, food access, and economic needs. The goal is to learn more about how WA residents are handling economic and food disruptions due to the pandemic. Washington State residents who are 18 years or older may participate.

Upon completing the survey, you will have the option to provide an email address to enter a drawing for a $50 grocery store gift card (one of fifty). Entering the drawing is optional, and you can participate in the survey without providing an email address. Taking part in this study is voluntary. You will NOT be asked for your name, protected health information, or any identifying information.

On behalf of the research team and the many partners who have taken the time to comment on and support this survey, thank you for your time and support!