Pierce County’s Agriculture Program is among six projects and programs around the region receiving prestigious VISION 2040 Awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council.
The awards, presented on May 29, showcase work being done to implement VISION 2040, the region's long-range growth, economic development and transportation strategy.
Over the past year, Pierce County’s Agriculture Program has organized a Farm Forum, created a website for farmers, implemented regulatory and permitting reform and assisted with marketing by creating a series of videos introducing farmers to the community.
A signature accomplishment was establishing a partnership with the Cascade Harvest Coalition to develop an app for the Puget Sound Fresh program, which provides easy access to hundreds of farms, farmers markets and other information supporting the local food supply throughout Western Washington. The app is available at here .
“County staff in at least six departments are collaborating on our Agriculture Program to support local farmers,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “The agriculture industry is a vital part of our community and contributes to our quality of life. We are making sure that farming remains a healthy component of life in Pierce County.”