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Sustainability is Baked into Washington State Potato Farming

Monday, 21 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

Did you know that sustainability is baked into Washington State potato farming? 99% of Washington’s potato farms are family farms. All too often, when we aren’t personally around farms, there can be a tendency to overlook the fact that farming is a practice and passion that farmers intend on continuing for decades – if not for longer when their kids & grandkids take over. Because...

Washington Potato Growers are Environmentalists

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

As a Washington local and nature lover, I can often be found hiking, paddling, or otherwise exploring our beautiful backyard.   Because of these experiences, I developed a strong awareness and care for how our lifestyles impact nature. So, with every decision I make (like where to grocery shop or what produce to buy) there’s always consideration for the environment. Just as we weigh...

Northwest RiverPartners ~ Hydropower for a better Northwest

Saturday, 23 July 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

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Nutritious and Delicious Potatoes - Do They Deserve a Place on Your Plate?

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

I recently had the sincere pleasure of visiting a potato farm about an hour north of where I live here in Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. I didn’t even realize it before my visit, but I’m living in a major potato heartland. The Skagit Valley is located right between Seattle and the Canadian border where the Skagit river flows into the Puget Sound (yes - there’s water all around...

The Science Behind Groundwater Levels and Soil Health

Friday, 04 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

There is something special about the Skagit Valley; the way the air smells clean, the land gives under your feet with a sense of purpose and hope for new growth.  Having family that farmed here for generations, I know the worth of this valley.  I know how the Skagit River curves its way gently through rolling hills and green pastures, providing the valley with nutrients and vital...

Join Team Potato

Friday, 15 July 2022 Blog & News

JOIN TEAM POTATO AND BECOME PART OF THE WSPC POWERED BY POTATOES TEAM! The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) needs your help spreading the word on the health benefits of potatoes for athletes! For many years, potatoes have been categorized as unhealthy, which isn’t true! Studies have found that athletes are using potatoes as a powerful fuel before, during, and after major events....

Exploring Our Food System on a Potato Farm

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

Living in Washington State, sometimes I forget how big of a farming state this is. In the city, you’ll notice herb gardens, flowers, or even some berry patches in the summertime but if you drive North or East of the city of Seattle, you find yourself quickly surrounded by expansive fields of produce with irrigation spraying in bands and tractors or harvester equipment. When I went to the...

Learning about how we all can benefit so much from multigenerational potato farming in Washington's Skagit Valley

Monday, 10 October 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

If you've ever headed up to Vancouver, British Columbia from Seattle like my family does often to see our relatives, it's likely that you've taken the I-5 that winds through field upon field through the Skagit Valley.  The Skagit Valley is a region known for its fertile soil and is also very famous for spring tulip festivals. On a sunny day in July, I was invited by Washington Potatoes to...

Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 Blog & News

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As America’s Favorite Vegetable, potatoes can help provide students with the nutrients and energy they need to do their best during the school day. That’s why it’s important to remind school foodservice operators that potatoes are not only delicious, but also cost-effective and a nutritious addition to the school menu. In partnership with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), two...
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WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently opened the application period for the Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant. This one-time grant program is funded by USDA and is designed to bolster the middle of Washington’s food supply chain. The program aims to enhance local and regional food systems by supporting activities like aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution. Eligible entities include agricultural producers, processors, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities meeting SBA small business size standards, local and tribal governments, and institutions like schools and hospitals. Priority will be given to projects that benefit underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers, small and veteran-owned businesses, and projects that expand processing, aggregation, and distribution capacities. The application period opened on May 30, 2024, and closes on July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM. WSDA is offering extensive support to help applicants through the process. This includes assistance from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and dedicated office hours every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the application deadline. Visit the RFSI webpage for more information about what’s available. If you need assistance, please visit the RSI website. WSDA will also be available with office hours of every Tuesday 10am through July 9th and every Thursday at 2pm through June 27th (no office hours on July 4th holiday)

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