Puget Sound Food System Project Report

Cascade Harvest Coalition recently announced the hiring of Greg Lynn, former owner of Auburn-area Harmony Farms to be project manager for Puget Sound Food Project (PSFP). Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Washington State Department of Agriculture, WSU Extension, and area food producers, distributors, and consumer and agriculture advocacy groups are partners in the project, funded by the Minneapolis-based Carolyn Foundation. The Puget Sound Food Project is dedicated to re-localizing our food supply and renewing the value of agriculture in the Puget Sound region.

A man with broad interests and a passion for growing sprouts and other green things, Lynn was selected for the position from a group of highly-qualified applicants.  With his in-depth knowledge of agriculture from growing crops to regulatory issues in food safety and organic certification he was the hiring team’s clear first choice. His nearly thirty years of experience will serve him well as the organizer of the project.
A number of tasks are underway to more fully refine the scope of the PSFP. These include:

  1. Identifying and communicating with local food stakeholders in each of the Puget Sound counties to introduce them to the PSFP;

  2. Determining what local activities, existing and planned, are taking place which parallel the PSFP; and

  3. Recruiting key stakeholders to participate in the PSFP strategic planning process who could attend meetings scheduled in November 2007 and January 2008.

The November strategic planning meeting is scheduled for November 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Room at the Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave., Everett, WA 98201, 425-257-7788

For more information about the PSFP, contact Greg Lynn at (253) 569-8718 or e-mail lynngh1@aol.com.