Cities can provide the setting for great markets– as essential civic infrastructure and resilient food access points. In part, this requires commitment, collaboration, and capacity. Uneven public policy responses to the Covid pandemic shone a bright light on critical gaps and urgent needs. Stephen seized an opportunity to strategically engage and lead complementary expertise for timely conversation about the centrality of Farmers Markets as essential infrastructure amidst the Covid pandemic.
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A Seattle-based non-profit housing developer retained MetroAG Strategies to complement the work of its design and development team as they create and sell two dozen affordable, net-zero energy cottage homes set to displace a community garden.
Should we buy the property or not? A client was considering a large developable land purchase inside an urban growth boundary and outside a City’s boundary. To undergo annexation into a city is a time consuming, expensive process that requires many technical, policy, and political decisions.
MetroAG Strategies was hired to assist a non-profit development client to find and assess sites to build a diverse, intergenerational intentional community.
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.
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.
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.
Kathryn Gardow provided the expertise necessary to facilitate the approvals for this 1,300 acre project located in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Hailed nationally as a model of innovation, Washington’s Public Works Board has invested more than $2 Billion statewide through a self-sustaining mechanism to fund infrastructure. As a gubernatorial appointee and Vice Chair, Kathryn Gardow P.E., represented the general public to fund basic, vital infrastructure projects in jurisdictions across the State of Washington.