Local leaders celebrate farmers on Food Day

October 25, 2011

By Staff

County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert (center) holds a Food Day proclamation Monday alongside other King County and Seattle leaders. Contributed

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 25, 2011

Food Day, a grassroots effort to promote healthier eating, food security and sustainable food policies, is receiving a weeklong celebration in King County and the Puget Sound region.

The celebration includes farm tours, panel discussions, film screenings and, of course, dinners.

King County and Seattle leaders issued a rare joint proclamation Monday, Food Day, to support the national Food Day campaign and local observances.

County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a county Board of Health member and the Issaquah representative on the council, and Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin invited colleagues to join a joint county-city presentation on Food Day.

“We are fortunate in the Northwest to have the climate and the agricultural land needed to produce plenty of food, and harvest time is a great opportunity to recognize the essential contributions of our local farmers,” Lambert said in a statement. “This joint city-county proclamation draws more attention to the issue of access to healthy food and the importance of agriculture in both urban and rural areas of King County.”

County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined the councils to issue the proclamation.

“We all benefit from keeping fresh, locally produced foods available and accessible to everyone in King County — from families to farmers to grocers,” Constantine said in a statement. “Food Day rightly recognizes the important role that agriculture plays — and will continue to play — in our region.”

Lambert and other Board of Health members adopted a Food Day resolution Oct. 21. (Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger serves on the Board of Health.)

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