Snohomish Agricultural Resilience
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This page is being used to store information about a network of activities among the Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County, and other partners related to the increasing the agricultural landbase and infrastructure in Snohomish County while increasing ecosystem services on agricultural lands. It also references other documents of interest. This is larger in scope than the series of efforts of more limited scope being pursued by Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) as the "Snohomish Agriculture Resilience Plan"
- Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy is a core mechanism created in 2010 where an executive committee representing tribal, federal, state, local governments and environmental and agricultural interests develop strategies for achieving both agricultural and conservation goals.
- Snohomish Agricultural Advisory Board is part of the Snohomish County executives office, with representatives from different agricultural sectors (dairy, grazing, cropping, equestrian, etc.)
- The Snohomish Conservation District is lead by a five person board, three elected and two appointed by the WCC
- Snohomish Farm Bureau is a chapter of the Washington State Farm Bureau
The Agricultural Agenda
A number of processes have resulted in development of an agenda for agricultural sustainability.
- The Focus on Farming conference. has provided a forum for discussion
- Snohomish County has an agricultural coordinator within the Executives office, that has lead development of a series of reports:
Protecting farmland base and been a recurring tenet of agricultural resilience.
- Snohomish Farmland Protection Strategy is being developed with PCC Farmland Trust and the Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy.
- Coordinated Farmland Protection is an effort to evaluate and improve state and federal mechanisms for land acquisition to allow for protection of farmland while enhancing ecological functions.
- Mauger et al 2015 puget sound climate change begins to investigate climate change effects on agriculture including flood impacts, water availability, and temperature changes.
- French Creek Watershed floodplains are providing an opportunity to develop drainage management agreements involving the regulatory authority of Ecology, WDFW and USACE (SeeFrench Creek Drainage Management).
- File:SCB 2015 snohomish county agriculture research.pdf provides a snapshot of the status of Snohomish County agriculture (with cited statistics) provided by Snohomish Blueprint
- SCD prepared a proposal for NOAA FY2017 funding in File:Dittbrenner et al 2017 snohomish coastal resilience proposal.pdf.
- File:SnoCD 2016 DRAFT climate change effects on agricultural drainage proposal.pdf - SCD is working with USGS and others to complete a first order quantification of the effects of increasing sea level and flood levels on groundwater levels in subsided bottom lands.
- The Hmong community are small intensive producers in the Snohomish agricultural community that may not be well represented in longer-lived agricultural networks.
- Urban Land Institute article on Agrihoods - could cluster development in R5 that actively promotes farm preservation become part of the land use mix?
- Yes! Magazine article on local food ordinances - how do local ordinances support or hinder small farms?