Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Public Comment Sessions on FARMS Study Findings

Dear Friends,

Thanks to all of you who participated in King County’s FARMS study by completing the consumer opinion survey and/or participating in one of the town hall meetings. You’re input on the future of farming in King County and the region was extremely valuable. A big shout out to the 450 of you who completed the telephone survey!

Preliminary results indicate that 89% of you purchased local food at a neighborhood farmers market in the last year and 74% said that is was very important for you to be able to purchase fruits and vegetables grown in King County. Importantly, 85% of you agreed with the statement that “King County should continue to provide services to farmers, such as assistance with permits, drainage improvements, promotion of local farm products, and grants to improve environmental practices.”

Now you have the opportunity to help translate those desires into actions.

The King Conservation District is holding a series of public comment sessions and taking written input on priorities and programs funded by the District’s special assessment. The total assessment is shared between the KCD for operations, originating jurisdictions (cities and unincorporated King County) and watershed stewardship activities. The announcement below provides more detail and the specific dates/times/locations for the public meetings.

We strongly encourage you to participate in person or in writing to support funding allocations for critical farm and food system needs in King County and all its cities. This must be a collaborative effort. Priorities include programs that address farm viability and marketing, farm transition – getting and keeping the next generation of farmers on the land, and increasing farm productivity.




King Conservation District sets dates and locations for district-wide public comment sessions

District seeks input in advance of 2010 special assessment

RENTON— The King Conservation District (King CD) will hold a series of six public comment sessions in May and June to provide input on conservation priorities and programs that would be funded by the reauthorization of the district special assessment.

The King CD ( provides conservation information and technical assistance programs to all landowners within the district’s boundaries (most of King County) on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. It provides grants for conservation projects and programs, and initiates community outreach activities including workshops, education programs, site visits, farm plans, and consultation on land, water and wildlife management.

The King CD is funded by a $10 per parcel/per year assessment within the district’s boundaries and expires on December 31st, 2009. It provides approximately $6 million annually to the District. This funding has been allocated to support good stewardship practices by private landowners through King CD education workshops and site-specific consulting, and for natural resource conservation projects in partnership with King County and its cities. For the past decade, King CD has supported salmon recovery work within the District.

“We are inviting landowners, residents, member jurisdictions, and organizations that operate within the boundary of the district to share their ideas about their natural resource conservation needs and work accomplishments of the District” said King CD Executive Director Jeffrey Possinger.

Individuals interested in providing comments can attend any number of the public comment sessions or may submit comments in writing by June 5, 2009 by email to or standard mail at:

King CD Board of Supervisors
Attn.: Public Comment
1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130
Renton, WA 98057

For more information on the King CD and the public comment process visit or call 425-282-1987.

As one of 47 conservation districts in the state, the King CD is a natural resources assistance agency authorized by the State of Washington and guided by the Washington State Conservation Commission.

King Conservation District Public Comment Locations and Dates:

· SHORELINE: Thursday, May 14, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Shoreline/ King County Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline WA 98155

· MERCER ISLAND: Tuesday, May 19, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Mercer Island/King County Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island, WA 98040

· KENT: Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Kent/King County Library, 212 2nd Avenue N., Kent, WA 98032

· SEATTLE: Wednesday, May 27, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Seattle Public Library (High Point branch), 3411 SW Raymond St., Seattle WA 98126

· CARNATION: Thursday, May 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Carnation/King County Library, 4804 Tolt Avenue, Carnation WA 98014

· ISSAQUAH: Tuesday, June 2, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Issaquah/King County Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah WA 98027

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Jeffrey Possinger, Executive Director or

Jason Chambers, Public Information Officer

King Conservation District


Barry Bartlett, The Bartlett Group


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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Maria Hines wins James Beard award for Best Chef Northwest

Maria Hines, of Tilth Restaurant, took home the award for Best Chef in the Northwest beating out fellow NW culinary marvels Jason Wilson (Crush), Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez (The Harvest Vine), Ethan Stowell (Union), and Cathy Whims (Nostrana). Congrats to Chef Hines! Chef Hines has been a huge proponent of using local ingredients, including her "producer spotlight" dinners, which highlight a specific local producer throughout a multi-course meal. We wish her the best and will continue to follow her phenomonal culinary accomplishments.