The Eat Local First Collaborative is made up of regional partner organizations from around the state that are working together to facilitate connections between consumers and farm/food businesses across Washington through one easy-to-use, searchable platform.
Washington State University Food Systems
The Washington State University Food Systems Program delivers multidisciplinary expertise across academic, research, and extension, providing specialized resources for farmers and food systems contributors. Our work is guided by an interdisciplinary team made up of WSU Faculty, Staff, and critical non-WSU partners. We seek to work with communities throughout the state to foster viable farm businesses, optimize sustainable natural resource stewardship, and promote scaled processing and distribution, always in the pursuit of access to healthy food for all.
Seattle Good Business Network
Seattle Good Business Network connects and inspires people to buy, produce, and invest locally, so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy. The Good Food Economy program works to connect and strengthen the local food pipeline and build a resilient, sustainable, and just local food economy. Programs and initiatives include Good Food Kitchens, Good Food Forum, Seattle Restaurant Week, Seattle Made, Seattle Restored, Sustainability and Circular Economy, Youth Workforce Development, and and NW Sewn.
Sustainable Connections works to create thriving communities through innovative ideas, collaboration, and action across Northwest Washington. Our Food & Farming Program works to support local farmers, connect food buyers to local farms and artisans, and grow a more vibrant local food system. We are the founders of the Eat Local First Campaign, Eat Local Month, Whatcom County Farm Tour, the printed Whatcom & Skagit Food & Farm Finder, serving Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties.
The Local Food Trust
The mission of The Local Food Trust is to strengthen communities and regional economies by bringing philanthropy to food and farming. Our consulting services focus on scalable growth and accessing capital needed to ensure a business is durable and resilient. We connect clients to suppliers and buyers who want to support to small scale operations and work to localize supply chain to help farmers and producers connect more directly to market opportunities.
Tilth Alliance works in community with Washington farmers, gardeners and eaters to build a sustainable, healthy and equitable food future. We produce a print and online Farm Guide, offer training and resources for farmers on organic, regenerative, and sustainable farming practices through Farm Walks and the annual Tilth Conference; host WA FarmLink to help farmers find available land; and offer grants to farmers to implement sustainable agriculture projects. We also offer garden education for the whole family, food access programs, and environmental stewardship training.
WSU Regional Small Farms
The WSU Regional Small Farms Program supports small to mid-sized farms in Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties by leveraging the broad resources of Washington State University. The goal of the Regional Small Farms program is to support a thriving food and farm sector through classes and workshops, technical support and access to WSU specialists, and applied research and policy development.
Pierce County Fresh
Pierce County Fresh is dedicated to boosting the consumption of local agricultural products and services in Pierce County. We support all types of farms and farmers and are proud to highlight the broad diversity of agriculture and farmers in our region. A program of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative and with generous funding from The Russell Family Foundation, we connect growers and producers to consumers who want to eat better, eat seasonally, and support their local farmers. Shop local, eat fresh!
New Regional Partners Coming Soon!
We are so excited to have our friends around the state join us to build a comprehensive resource.
Island Grown in the San Juans
Genuine Skagit Valley
Gorge Grown Food Network
the Methow Conservancy
Walla Walla Grown
and other regional partners.
Interested in joining the collaborative?