Sustainability in our Local Food System

Nourish your body, nourish the earth. You can feel good about eating food that has been locally grown, caught, raised, and made by producers listed on these pages. Not only do they share the same communities and landscapes as you, they take pride in being good stewards of our land and resources. These icons will help you recognize businesses who care for their employees, the environment, and the local economy.

Sustainability Indicators

Outline of a heart with silhouette of a pig inside; teal green

Animal Welfare
Indicates third-party certifications supporting animal welfare and humane farming practices.

Certified Organic
A third-party certification identifying products free of chemical pesticides & fertilizers, hormones, and preventative antibiotics.

Eat Local First Participant
These businesses are committed to sourcing more of their food from local farmers and food producers. Learn more here

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Food Access & Nutrition
These businesses are actively participating in one or more of the following food access and nutrition incentive programs to create a food-secure community:  SNAP/EBT, Market Match, WIC, Farmers Market Nutrition, and food recovery. *Programs vary by region and market

Salmon-Safe Certified
Third-party certification indicates farms with agricultural practices that protect water quality, salmon habitat, and native biodiversity.

Sustainable Seafood
These businesses hold themselves to the highest standards and go to great lengths to manage their fisheries with best practices for catching/farming with minimal impact on marine habitats and other wildlife. They have been rated “Best Choice” by Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch program.

Diversity in our Local Food System

Diversity builds economic vitality, uplifts communities, and promotes productivity and resilience. We believe communities thrive with the inclusion of all people and want to bring visibility to business owners who enrich our community. The icons below celebrate business owners who have self-selected for their business to be recognized in the following ways:

Diversity Indicators

Dark green circle with acronym POC to denote People of Color

BIPOC-Owned:
Owned by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color.

Disability-Owned
Physical and/or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

LGBTQ Owned Business Indicator

LGBTQ+ Owned:
Sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities, such as: lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, queer; transgender, non-binary, agender, and more.

Veteran-owned business

Veteran-Owned:
Active service completed in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Woman-owned business

Woman-Owned:
Owned and operated by a woman.

You will find these indicators on the business listings in the Washington Food & Farm Finder

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Thank You to Our Food & Farming Sponsors

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