Puget Sound Regional Council

General Resources & Websites

ChangeLab Solutions
Cornell University Library: Local and Regional Food Systems
Crossroads Resource Center
Cultivating Regional Food Security: Recent Research in Urban-Rural Food Systems (2010)
The Food Trust
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future: Food Policy Networks Project
Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts, and Issues (2010)
National Good Food Network
Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System (2010)
Resources to Create a Food Oasis
Wallace Center
Washington State University Extension

Agriculture (including urban agriculture)

Census of Agriculture
US Department of Agriculture
Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy: A Guide to Growing Food on Public Property (2013)
ChangeLab Solutions
Digging In: Local Policies to Support Urban Agriculture (2014)
ChangeLab Solutions
Food for Thought: Groundwork for the King County Food & Fitness Initiative (2008)
UW Design and Planning Studio
Future of Farming (2009)
WA Department of Agriculture
Growing Green: An Inventory of Public Lands Suitable for Community Gardening (2008)
M. Horst for City of Seattle
Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities (2012)
King County Agricultural History Resources (1999)
King County FARMS Report: Future of Agriculture Realizing Meaningful Solutions (2009)
King County
King County Food and Fitness Initiative: Agricultural Assessment (2009)
WSU Small Farms Team
Kitsap County Strategic Agriculture Plan and Inventory (2011)
Kitsap County
Losing Ground: Farmland Protection in the Puget Sound Region and Summary of County Assessments (2011)
American Farmland Trust
Manual of Best Management Policies for Maintenance of Agricultural Waterways (2012)
King County
Measuring Urban Agriculture in the City of Seattle (2013)
Puget Sound Regional Council
Planting the Seeds: Moving to More Local Food in Western Washington (2012)
American Farmland Trust
Preserving Farmland and Farmers: Pierce County Strategic Action Plan (2006)
Pierce County
Producing Edible Landscapes in Seattle’s Urban Forest (2012)
Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
Regional Agriculture – Land Use Technical Study of the Central Puget Sound Region (1974)
Puget Sound Governmental Conference
Snohomish County Agriculture Action Plan: A Plan to Preserve and Enhance the Agricultural Economy in Snohomish County (2005)
Snohomish County
Snohomish County Economic Opportunity Assessment (2007)
Snohomish County
Urban Agriculture: A Sixteen City Survey of Urban Agriculture Practices Across the Country
Turner Environmental Law Clinic
Urban Agriculture in Seattle: Policy & Barriers
Prepared by UW students for City of Seattle Departments
Urban Forest Justice: Wild Foods and Medicines in the City
Urban Ecology
Using Land Inventories to Plan for Urban Agriculture (2008)
Journal of the American Planning Association
Washington Farmland Information and Statistics
Farmland Information Center
Washington State Farmland Preservation Indicators (2009)
WA Office of Farmland Preservation
Working Paper and Statistics on Farmland in WA: Future of Farming Appendix
American Farmland Trust
Working to Preserve Farm, Forest and Ranch Lands: A Guide for Military Installations (2011)
American Farmland Trust

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Economic Development (food economy, farmers markets, processing, procurement, retail)

County and ZIP Code Business Patterns
United States Census Bureau.
Direct and Intermediated Marketing of Local Foods in the United States (2011)
US Department of Agriculture
Data Compilation Background Report: Economic Opportunities Preliminary Analysis, Local Food Action Initiative (2009)
V. Sonntag. Presentation to City of Seattle
Economic Opportunities for a Regional Food System (2010)
T. Morales & V. Sonntag. Presented to the Seattle City Council Committee on Regional Development & Sustainability
Farm-to-Institution Strategies:Impact Investing in Health and Economic Development through the Value Chain of Healthy Regional Food in the Puget Sound region (2014)
Cascade Harvest Coalition, Slow Money Northwest
Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State (2013)
WSU Small Farms Program
Farmers Market Search
US Department of Agriculture
Food Processing in Western Washington: A Review of Surveys on Agricultural Processing Infrastructure and Recommendations for Next Steps (2012)
Urban Food Link
Getting to Grocery: Tools for Attracting Healthy Food Retail to Underserved Neighborhoods (2009)
ChangeLab Solutions
Guide for Farmers Markets on Military Installations (2015)
United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense
Healthier Food Retail: Beginning the Assessment Process in Your State or Community
Centers for Disease Control
Healthy Corner Stores Network
King County Farmers Market Report (2010)
King County
Impact of WIC and Senior Nutrition FMNPs in Washington’s Communities (2011)
Washington State Farmers Market Association
Local Meat for Local Meals: An Assessment of Demand for a Mobile Slaughtering Unit in Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston Counties (2009)
Marketing Research and Strategy for Growing Sales Opportunities at Puget Sound Farmers Markets
Cascade Harvest Coalition
North American Food Sector, Part One: Program Scan and Literature Review (2013)
Wallace Center at Winrock International
North American Food Sector, Part Two: Roadmap for City Food Sector Innovation and Investment (2013)
Wallace Center at Winrock International
Opening a Farmers Market on Federal Property: A Guide for Market Operators and Building Managers (2009)
U.S. General Services Administration and US Department of Agriculture
Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative
Regional Food Hub Resource Guide (2012)
US Department of Agriculture
Regional Food Hubs: Understanding the Scope and Scale of Food Hub Operations (2011)
US Department of Agriculture
Supporting Access to Healthy Food: Urban Agriculture in Federal Way (2012)
Prepared for the City of Federal Way by Forterra
Toolkit: Economic Development and Redevelopment (2007)
ChangeLab Solutions
Using Government Purchasing Power to Increase Access to Healthy Food (2011)
ChangeLab Solutions
WA Food Procurement Policy Brief (2009)
UW Public Health students for Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Why Local Linkages Matter: Findings from the Local Food Economy Study (2005)
Sustainable Seattle
Women in the Green Economy, Voices from SE Seattle (2011)
Got Green

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Agricultural Waterway Buffer Study, Whatcom County, Washington (2012)
WSU Extension
Environmental Markets for Northwest Farmers and Ranchers (2010)
American Farmland Trust
A Framework for Stewardship: Final Report of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center on the work of the Agriculture and Critical Areas Committee (2010)
Washington State University and University of Washington
Reducing Food Waste
US Environmental Protection Agency
Snohomish County Sustainable Lands Strategy
Snohomish County
Your Passport to Living in the Puget Sound Region (2014)
King Conservation District, Northwest Natural Resources Group, Calyx Sustainable Tourism, and Cascade Harvest Coalition

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Equity (food access, food security, wages)

American FactFinder
US Census Bureau
Benchmarking Access to Food Sources and Physical Activity Facilities (2009)
UW Urban Form Lab
Calculating Selling Area for Healthy Retail (2014)
ChangeLab Solutions
The Color of Food (2011)
Applied Research Center
Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit (2003)
US Department of Agriculture
An Evaluation of Food Deserts in America (2012)
Choices Magazine
Farmers Market Access Project: Expanding Nutrition Assistance Programs at Washington Farmers Markets (2012)
King County, Farmers Market Access Project Advisory Committee
Farmers Markets as a Strategy to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Low-Income Families and Communities (2013)
Project for Public Spaces
Food Desert Locator
US Department of Agriculture
The Hands That Feed Us: Challenges and Opportunities for Workers Along the Food Chain (2012)
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Map the Meal Gap
Feeding America
Missing Meals Report (2013)
Food Lifeline
The Search for Affordable Nutrient Rich Foods: A Comparison of Supermarket Food Prices in Seattle-King County (2009)
UW Center for Public Health Nutrition
Strategic Plan to End Childhood Hunger in Washington (2008)
Children’s Alliance
Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences: Report to Congress (2009)
US Department of Agriculture
Understanding the Role of Community Development Finance in Improving Access to Healthy Food (2014)
The Food Trust, ChangeLab Solutions, and NPLAN

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Health (food environment, nutrition, healthy purchasing, obesity)

Access to Healthy Foods in Washington (2010)
Access to Healthy Foods Coalition and UW Center for Public Health Nutrition
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
WA Department of Health
Child Nutrition Programs
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Chronic Disease Profiles by County
WA Department of Health
Cooking Up Community: Nutrition Education in Emergency Food Programs (2012)
County Health Rankings
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Food Environment Atlas
US Department of Agriculture ERS
Food Systems and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Growing Nourishing Food Systems: A Guide for Local Governments to Improve Healthy Eating in Washington State (2013)
WA Department of Health
Healthy and Affordable Food Resources: A Study of Two King County Neighborhoods with High Numbers of American Indian and Alaskan Native Residents (2012)
Seattle Indian Health Board – Urban Indian Health Institute
King County Healthy Vending Guidelines (2011)
Public Health – Seattle & King County
King County’s Putting Prevention to Work data
Public Health – Seattle & King County
Kitsap County Core Public Health Indicators (2013)
Kitsap Public Health
Mayor’s Guide to Fighting Childhood Obesity (2009)
The United States Conference of Mayors
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research
Pierce County Environmental Health Trends (2012)
Tacoma Pierce County Public Health
Research Review: School-based Health Interventions and Academic Achievement (2009)
WA Department of Health, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Health
The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables
Centers for Disease Control
WA Child Nutrition Programs (2011)
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
WA Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan (2008)
WA Department of Health

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Planning for Whole Communities Toolkit (2014)
Puget Sound Regional Council
Aligning Food Systems Policies to Advance Public Health (2009)
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Community Design for Healthy Eating (2006)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Community Food Security Coalition Recommendations for Food Systems Policy in Seattle (2011)
Commissioned by Seattle City Council
ENACT: Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Strategies
Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments
Food Access Policy and Planning Guide (2011)
Northwest Center for Livable Communities
Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned (2009)
Food First
Gardening – A National Call to Action (2010)
Food & Society Policy Fellows
Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities (2012)
Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic & Community Food Security Coalition
Good Laws, Good Food: Putting State Food Policy to Work for Our Communities (2012)
Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic & Mark Winne Associates
Growing Food Connections Policy Database (2014)
Growing Food Connections
Guide to Fruit and Vegetable Strategies (2011)
Centers for Disease Control
Healthy Food in Your Community: A Toolkit for Policy Change (2014)
Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy
Healthy Places, Healthy Food Environment
Centers for Disease Control
Healthy Planning Policies: A Compendium from California General Plans (2009)
ChangeLab Solutions
Integrating Food Policy in Comprehensive Planning: Resources for the City of Seattle (2012)
Puget Sound Regional Council
King County Strategic Plan (2010 – 2014)
King County
Local Government Support for Food System Development: Themes and Opportunities from National Data
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
Model Food Systems Policy Tools for Local Communities
National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Northwest Farm Bill Action Group
Nutrition and Physical Activity Legislative Database
WA Department of Health & UW Center for Public Health Nutrition Partners in Action
Partners in Action, Good Nutrition, Active Living, and Healthy Communities in Washington.
University of Washington, Center for Public Health Nutrition
A Planner’s Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning: Transforming Food Environments, Facilitating Healthy Eating (2008)
American Planning Association
Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food Systems: A National Scan and Evaluation of Local Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans (2012)
American Planning Association
Planning to Eat? Innovative Local Government Plans and Policies to Build Healthy Food Systems in the US (2011)
SUNY – Buffalo
Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning (2007)
American Planning Association
Promoting Healthy Communities and Reducing Childhood Obesity: Legislative Options
National Conference of State Legislatures
Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community (2010)
Prevention Institute
Recommendations of the King County Farms and Food Roundtable (2014)
Cedar River Group for King County, Pike Place Market and City of Seattle
Report on Washington’s Food System Response to Executive Order 10-02 (2012)
Washington State
Seattle Farm Bill Principles

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Community Food Assessments and Plans

Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
USDA Economic Research Service
Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems Resource Index
Farmland Information Center
What’s Cooking in Your Food System? A Guide to Community Food Assessment (2002)
Community Food Security Coalition

Washington State

Central Puget Sound Food System Assessment (2011)
UW Urban Planning studio
Exploring the Clark County Food System (2008)
Clark County
The Food Landscape in Federal Way, WA (2011)
Urban Food Link
North Central Washington Regional Food System Baseline Assessment Final Report (2009)
Seattle Food Action Plan (2012)
Whatcom County Community Food Assessment (2011)

Other Examples

GO TO 2040 Plan – Local Food Systems element
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
The Good Food for All Agenda: Creating a New Regional Food System for Los Angeles (2010)
Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force
Cultivating Resilience: A Food System Blueprint that Advances the Health of Iowans, Farms and Communities (2011)
Iowa Food Systems Council
Food Works: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System (2010)
New York City Council
Greater Philadelphia Food Systems Study and Eating Here: Greater Philadelphia’s Food System Plan
Michigan Good Food Charter (2010)
Michigan Good Food

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