Washington Statewide Organizing

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Published on March 23, 2009

Author: farmtoschool

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From the short course "Organizing Farm to School Statewide: Collaboration Models for Program, Policy, and Success of Scale" at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Thursday, March 13, 2009. Portland, OR.

Contact Erin MacDougall at erin.macdougall@kingcounty.gov for more information.

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Washington Farm to School – Collaborating for state policy and systems change Erin MacDougall Good Food Policy Group – Washington State “ Organizing Farm to School Statewide: Collaboration Models for Program, Policy, and Success of Scale” – Short Course National Farm to Cafeteria Conference March 19, 2009 Portland, Oregon

WA: Overview Population Agriculture Location of farms in relation to schools Political environment

Population

Agriculture

Location of farms in relation to schools

Political environment

WA: Coordination/coalition building leads to policy change 2002 2004 2007 - 2008 All future possibilities! Seattle/King County F2S Connections Team WSDA Initiates handbook/pilot salad bar program Good Food Coalition formed, WA Local Farms, Healthy Kids passes, state F2S program established 2009

WA: Involvement State/county agencies and pocket grassroots jumpstarted Parents, agencies, and non- profits representing schools, nutrition, public health, farming, and food retail Expansion included more of the above + farmers, environmental, food security/hunger, land preservation, and faith-based Champion legislators, lobbyists, coalition members and other advocates, and the media attention successfully moved the bill

State/county agencies and pocket grassroots jumpstarted

Parents, agencies, and non- profits representing schools, nutrition, public health, farming, and food retail

Expansion included more of the above + farmers, environmental,

food security/hunger, land preservation, and faith-based

Champion legislators, lobbyists, coalition members and other

advocates, and the media attention successfully moved the bill

WA: Strengths Agricultural production Strong food system movement Interest in local farms economy Many, including educators, interested in gardening and urban farming

Agricultural production

Strong food system movement

Interest in local farms economy

Many, including educators, interested in gardening and urban farming

WA: Challenges of the food system Political and geographic divide Location of farms Cost of local food Meeting demand Curricula

Political and geographic divide

Location of farms

Cost of local food

Meeting demand

Curricula

WA: Challenges of the legislative timing 60 day legislative session in 2008 Troubled budget prospects How will this help my district? Concern about fresh versus processed foods No money for studies

60 day legislative session in 2008

Troubled budget prospects

How will this help my district?

Concern about fresh versus processed foods

No money for studies

WA: Local Farms, Healthy Kids (2008) State procurement policy WSDA Farm to School program Farm to Food Banks Farmers Market Technology Program Washington Grown Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in schools

State procurement policy

WSDA Farm to School program

Farm to Food Banks

Farmers Market Technology Program

Washington Grown Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in schools

WA: Best selling points for collaboration and success Benefits in areas of importance to many: The health of children Strong agricultural economies Preservation of farmland and open spaces Washington has a chance to lead the way by enacting comprehensive legislation and making room for multiple stakeholders to achieve success Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS

Benefits in areas of importance to many:

The health of children

Strong agricultural economies

Preservation of farmland and open spaces

Washington has a chance to lead the way by enacting comprehensive legislation and making room for multiple stakeholders to achieve success

WA: Best selling points “ For Washington State, Local Farms – Healthy Kids provides more healthy food choices for kids while supporting local economic development and food from local farms.” -King County Executive Ron Sims

WA: Best selling points “ Investing this year in Local Farms-Healthy Kids will pay big dividends in the future… A future where our local food systems help connect people together is a good place to start—a universal win for our children’s health, our economy and our environment.” - Michael Bennett, President, Pacific Pre-Pak, Inc

WA: Best selling points “ I’m so pleased that Washington State has invested in this critical effort to help farmers like us stay in business, protect and preserve farmland, and provide our children with nutritious locally grown produce.” - Gretchen Hoyt, Alm Hill Gardens, Everson, WA

WA: Best selling points “ Local produce in schools will help develop good eating habits at a young age, and will help eliminate the waste and energy required to ship food long distances.” - Josie Olney, 16 Seattle, and Tamlyn Zawalich, 16 Shoreline

WA: Tools for success Real barriers had been identified through talking with schools, farms and parents over time Worked with experienced policy advocates and a coalition with a record of legislative success Built a broad coalition and addressed possible push-back early Emphasized crossover appeal of issues, bringing together groups often at odds: urban/rural, agriculture/environment, East/West, conservative/liberal

Real barriers had been identified through talking with schools, farms and parents over time

Worked with experienced policy advocates and a coalition with a record of legislative success

Built a broad coalition and addressed possible push-back early

Emphasized crossover appeal of issues, bringing together groups often at odds: urban/rural, agriculture/environment, East/West, conservative/liberal

WA: Resources that help In-kind time of organizational leads Experienced lobbyists Students to do background research A strong coalition ready to move swiftly during session Media attention

In-kind time of organizational leads

Experienced lobbyists

Students to do background research

A strong coalition ready to move swiftly during session

Media attention

Thank you! Contact information: Erin MacDougall 206.263.8804 [email_address] Or for more information about our state Farm to School program: Tricia Sexton-Kovacs 360.902.2029 [email_address]

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