As Executive Director of the nation’s only organic farmland land trust, Kathryn Gardow conserved the 100-acre Orting Valley Farm, developed a model conservation easement tool, and created a stewardship program.
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Broad-based interest, political will, and urgency intersected around supporting and growing the local food and farming economy. Kathryn Gardow and Stephen Antupit worked with King Conservation District (KCD) leadership (and key partners) to position the special-purpose agency and its set of new, strategic initiatives for success.
Stephen Antupit is an active Director on the Board of Seattle’s Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, the pre-eminent non-profit committed to supporting and strengthening Washington’s small family farm businesses by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets.
As Executive Director of PCC Farmland Trust, Kathryn Gardow led the nation’s only organic farmland land trust the through the non-profit’s huge growth period.
Kathryn Gardow serves as a board member of the Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network, the leading statewide organization that educates and advocates for sustainable food and farming programs and policies in Washington State.
Rated as one of the nation’s top-ten farmers markets, the University District Farmers Market was nonetheless being displaced from its long-standing (and year-round) Seattle location. More than a popular community destination for thousands of weekly visitors was at stake. The potential loss of the popular market stood to put almost 10,000 acres of locally-productive farmland and local farmers at great economic risk.
Serving as a member of the Farmland Preservation Board, Kathryn Gardow is responsible for recommending capital grant funding for farmland preservation to the Washington Legislature.
Almost one hundred land use professionals have benefited from multiple offerings of this all-day field curriculum. Starting with Kathryn Gardow’s vision and leadership as part of ULI Northwest’s Center for Sustainable Leadership program, Kathryn and Stephen Antupit have since updated and conducted several subsequent versions of this innovative and important in-the-field learning experience.
Focus on Farming is Washington’s annual pre-eminent farming conference. Hosted by Snohomish County, it provides educational and networking opportunities for farmers, nonprofits, and regional food partners.