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Farm-to-Table Program: Farmers meet Buyers, Buyers meet Farmers.

Since it's inception in 2009, Cascade Harvest Coalition's Farm-to-Table program has connected over 1,000 farmers, food producers and food buyers and helped generate approximately $3.5 million dollars in new sales for growers and producers in Washington State.By strengthening connections between local growers and food buyers at regional workshops around the state, we are actively re-building the infrastructure needed to ensure we have healthy, locally grown food in our institutions, like schools and hospitals, grocery stores and restaurants.

Through our Farm-to-Table Program, we have also done outreach at workshops, conferences and community events throughout the state and region (into Idaho, Oregon and California as well). Our participation includes events such as The Annual Tilth Producers Conference, Focus on Farming Conference, Community Food Security Coalition Conference, Farm-to-Table: Building Healthy Foodsheds and Communities (CHC’s very first

conference), Cultivating Success courses at WSU-Extension, workshops at The Evergreen State College, Rural Roots/WSU Pullman events, Western SARE workshops, and more - reaching an additional 7,800 farmers and producers.

The Farm-to-Table Program has participated in events in hundreds of communities throughout the State of Washington.  Talking about the importance of local food and farming to those communities, what they can do to support local food efforts where they live, easy ways to incorporate local farm products into their lives.  

Sharing recipes and information, sharing stories, making friends. Our idea was not to be in every community forever.  What we want to do is share information, tools, resources, best practices, etc. so that the communities we work with and the people in those communities can build the capacity to keep supporting local food and farming in ways that are meaningful to them.

What folks are saying about Farm-to-Table:

"You might have single-handedly saved a few farms today." Participant, Olympic Peninsula Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting

"We made some wonderful connections, starting with three co-ops and Terra Organica carrying our truffles! Last on the list of 10 minute meetings I met with Art at The Markets...I had run out of truffles and thought this might be a good segue to sell our 38 acres of wild edibles ie, fiddleheads and nettles [to start]...He was elated and couldn't wait to send a photographer out to showcase us in their "really local" campaign for local producers. Thanks guys!  You made it a win win again!  Looking forward to Localicious 2013!!" Bellingham Farm-to-Table

"The Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in Mt. Vernon was a powerful catalyst for sales and several community initiatives, including the launch of the Skagit WholeSale Market. Whether you are a farmer, distributor, processor, institutional buyer, or retailer, I highly recommend the day as a way to not only share ideas and create partnerships, but increase your financial stake in our regional food system."

-Lucy Norris, Project Manager, Puget Sound Food Hub (PSFH), a project of Northwest Agriculture Business Center