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Local Food Systems Panel

Panel Role

Identify issues related to local food production for the Sustainable Thurston Task Force.

The Local Food Systems Panel is working to articulate issues and opportunities related to food production within the Thurston region.  The reasearch and information gathered has been compiled in a white paper intended to inform the process and to serve as a starting point for the public conversation set to begin in early 2012.  The draft white paper was presented to the Sustainable Thurston Task Force on Monday, January 23rd, 2012.

Local Food Systems Panel Presentation to the Sustainable Thurston Task Force [pdf 1825 KB]

Local Food Systems Panel Draft White Paper [pdf 873 KB]

Appendices to the Draft White Paper:

Federal Commodity Food Programs

Whats Working Well? Challenges? Opportunities?

Thurston County Food Bank, Robert Coit, Executive Director

A Look at Hunger in Thurston County, December 2011

2011 Food Bank User Survey, Executive Summary

2011 Food Bank User Survey, Food Bank Comparisons 2005-2011

Come to the Table food Summit, October 2011

Welcome to the Food Summit, Introductory Slide Presentation, TJ Johnson,
Event Organizer, Sustainable South Sound and The Evergreen State College

From Farm to Fork: An Overview of the Current Thurston County Food System,
Zena Edwards, Washington State University Thurston County Extension, Food
Safety & Nutrition Educator

Food Summit Results, compiled by TESC students in the program Ecological
Agriculture: Developing a Sustainable Local Food System

Healthy Eating: Policy and Environment Change Fact Sheet, Thurston County Public Health
and Social Services, January 2012

Market Forces - Creating Jobs Through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems,
Union of Concerned Scientists, August 2011

Thurston County Working Lands Strategic Plan, February 2010

Frequently Asked Questions about Agritourism in Thurston County, Thurston County 2011

Savor Washington: Fresh & Local in Olympia (Thurston County), 2011 Washington State
Tourism & Washington State Department of Agriculture

Panel Members

Robert Coit

Thurston County Food Bank, Panel Chair  

Jackie Barrett Sharar

Transportation Policy Board

Stephanie Blumhagen

United Way of Thurston County  

 Stephen Buxbaum

City of Olympia 

 Zena Edwards

WSU Thurston County Extension 

 Emy Ellings

WA State Department of Health 

Jaclyn Ford

WA State Department of Agriculture  

Kim Gaffi


Debby Gaffney

North Thurston Public Schools  

TJ Johnson

Sustainable South Sound, The Evergreen
State College

Dawna Kelley-Donohue

Tenino City Council,
Tenino Farmers Market 

Heather Kowalewski

The Evergreen State College
MES Student

 Ron Lawson

City of Lacey 

 Sabine Meuse

WA Dept. of Health 

 Kellie McNelly

ROOF Community Services 

Becca Pilcher

Thurston County  

 Tess Rios

South Puget Sound Community College 

Sandra Romero

Thurston County 

Barb Scavezze

NW EcoBuilding Guild  

 Lisa Smith

Enterprise for Equity 

 Karen Valenzuela

Thurston County 

 Lesley Wigen

Thurston County Public Health 

Peter Witt

The Hobbs Group, Kiwanis Food Bank
Garden Project, American Farmland Trust
Panel Support

Karen Parkhurst

Thurston Regional Planning Council   

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