The Thread Fund
Copyright © 2016
Copyright © 2016
The Pacific Northwest is a leader in food systems development with agendas that are innovative and rapidly evolving. As separate actors in the region generate plans and policies, it is important to view these agendas as connected and mutually affective. To gain a snapshot of what is moving in the area, this report analyzes the following documents for themes, trends, and distinctions:
In addition to the above list, several other regional actors are in the process of developing food action plans including the Kitsap Food Policy Council, Spokane Food Policy Council, and the Community Farm Connection (CFC) out of north central Washington. These actors and their goals thus far were analyzed based on website content rather than a published document.
The documents were analyzed based largely on text related to goals, actions, and indicators. They range in format and detail, from fully formed food action plans to succinct bulleted lists to narrative research reports. The Snohomish County Sustainable Lands Strategy Report is particularly unique because it focuses exclusively on land management, but has implications for the food system nonetheless. The actors represent a full spectrum of stages in food action plan development. For instance, Clark County may have the gateway goal to “Develop/define a vision for urban agriculture in Clark County” while the City of Seattle fine-tunes the city property database to “develop additional site criteria to more readily identify vacant or underused parcels suitable for urban agriculture”. Together, they present the diverse yet cohesive picture of food system trends in the Pacific Northwest.
The plans call for a variety of actions to build a more sustainable and equitable local food system. This report does not cover every single action in the plans, but focuses on main trends and categories. Upon analysis, nine key actions emerge:
For complete information, download the report below.