This afternoon, Governor Inslee signed SB 5947 into law, officially creating the Sustainable Farms and Fields Program.
The product of months of bipartisan collaboration, this voluntary grant program will provide much-needed economic support to WA farmers and ensure that our state remains a leader in climate action as well as agricultural production and innovation.
Thank you to the many partners and stakeholders that have worked so hard to make this day possible. The collaborative effort that led to the passage of Sustainable Farms and Fields is a powerful example of the type of statewide engagement that is possible and needed to unite WA communities and move forward together toward net zero emissions.
Thank you to the 115 farms and organizations from across the state that signed onto the letter of support for the program. Click on the following links to find out more about a few of these farms: Spoon Full Farm, Living Heritage Farms, and Klickitat Canyon Winery.
If you’d like to help WA farmers as they continue to provide our essential food supply during the coronavirus crisis, you can learn about opportunities to do so here.
We look forward to working with all of these partners and more in the coming months in order to make this program a success. We know there is much to do and the road ahead poses significant challenges, but WA farmers and farm communities need our support now more than ever.
It has been less than two weeks since the 2020 legislative session came to a close, and yet it suddenly seems like a distant past. In that short time, the rhythms and realities of daily life have been altered in ways most of us have never experienced, and we are all left wondering what tomorrow will bring and worrying about loved ones with whom we cannot be right now. In this time of unease and uncertainty, we hope that those of you who can are staying home and staying safe. To those of you on the front lines of this crisis, working hard to keep the rest of us safe, healthy, and fed, we extend our sincerest gratitude to you and best wishes for your health and safety.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has changed not only our present circumstances, but also the way we think about the future and our role in addressing the new challenges it presents. It is going to take bold, decisive action to ensure that all Washington communities recover from this crisis and emerge from it more resilient to future shocks and disruptions to our economy and way of life. Carbon WA is committed to being a part of that process, and as we prepare for that work, we are staying connected to our communities and partners and supporting their immediate needs.
As part of our Sustainable Farms & Fields campaign, we have spent the past year working with farmers from the peninsula to the palouse. Now, with restaurants and farmers markets closing across the state, Washington farmers need new ways to reach customers and generate revenue as the growing season approaches. You can support them by signing up for a CSA, to get healthy, farm-fresh products delivered to your door all season long. By investing in this service now, you can provide farmers with immediate economic relief while minimizing your own trips to the grocery store. And, if you’re able, you can support those who are hardest hit by this crisis by donating to the Good Farmer Fund.
We are so grateful for the support of WA farmers in our work, and for the work they do every day to keep our communities and our land healthy. If you can, please join us now in supporting them.
While we are still unsure of what the future holds, we can acknowledge that this is going to be difficult and commit to working together to face it. You have our commitment that Carbon WA will be here to do just that. Thank you for all you do and for your continued support of our work.