Cultivating Regional Food Security: Recent Research in Urban-Rural Food Systems

The conference at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture took place on December 4-5, 2010. The goal was to increase collaboration among community leaders and residents to create a more sustainable regional food system in terms of production, land use and equitable access to food.

Co-hosted by the UW Botanic Gardens and Washington State University Extension, the conference brought together a diverse audience including urban gardeners, agriculture organizations and policy-enacting legislators. More than 30 speakers presented emerging research on topics ranging from urban soils, food markets, urban/rural economic interdependence and public health. Work groups outlined post-conference initiatives.

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Conference handouts are available below and speakers’ slides will be uploaded in the coming days.


CRFS Speaker Bios, Slide Presentations and Handouts

Thanks to our Sponsors

KCD logoKing Conservation District was the Major Sponsor of the Conference.

Additional Sponsors: Whole Foods and CityClub of Seattle.

For more information, contact conference coordinator Karen Luetjen at 206-616-1569 or

Additional Links

Information Resources for Urban Farming

FARMS Report: Future of Agriculture, Realize Meaningful Solutions. King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division.

Opportunities for Improving Access to Healthy Food in Washington State. UW Center for Public Health Nutrition.