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Center for Latino Farmers  
Contact: Eric Alegria
24 S 3rd Ave
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: 509-453-3157
Email:   latinofarmers [at] charter.net
Web:    http://www.centerforlatinofarmers.com
The Center for Latino Farmers assists Spanish-speaking farmers to get established on their own land. The Center empowers new and emerging farmers to efficiently and effectively run their businesses by connecting them to USDA services, providing training workshops, preparing loan packages, and providing one-on-one technical assistance.  

Community to Community Development
Contact: Rosalinda Guillen, Executive Director
203 W Holly, Suite 317
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-738-0893
Email:  decomunidad [at] qwest.net
Web:   http://www.foodjustice.org
Community to Community Development is a place-based, grassroots organization committed to creating alliances in order to strengthen local and global movements towards social, economic and environmental justice.

Left Foot Organics
Contact: Ann M Vandeman
PO Box 12772
Olympia, WA 98508
Phone: 360-402-3748
Email:   ann [at] leftfootorganics.org
Web:    http://www.leftfootorganics.org
Left Foot Organics is a vocational program promoting self-sufficiency, community inclusion and independence for people with developmental disabilities through meaningful employment and training in the business of growing and marketing high quality, fresh, organic food. Left Foot operates a 5 acre organic farm south of Olympia. We bring people with disabilities together with rural youth to work growing good food for the local market. Our work is based on our core values of respect for  all people and for the land, our belief in the right of each person to participate in contributing to their community, and in a cooperative learning model where all receive the support they need to do their best.

Lopez Community Land Trust
Contact: Sandy Bishop, Executive Director
PO Box 25
Lopez, WA 98261
Phone: 360-468-3723
Email:  lclt [at] rockisland.com
Web:   http://www.lopezclt.org   
The Lopez Community Land Trust's Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development Program is committed to cultivating an ethic of agricultural land stewardship, providing education about the importance of strong local food systems and actively promoting the development of small scale agricultural infrastructure for the San Juan Islands.

Northwest Cooperative Development Center

1050 Capitol Way S, Suite B
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 360-943-4241
Email:   nwcdc [at] qwest.net
Web:    http://www.nwcdc.coop
The Center assists in the formation and management of a wide range of cooperative enterprises, including consumer and producer cooperatives.

NW SEED - Sustainable Energy for Economic Development

Contact: Jennifer Grove
1402 Third Ave, Suite 901
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-328-2441
Email:   jennifer [at] nwseed.org
Web:     http://www.nwseed.org
Wind, solar, and biomass energy hold the promise of economic independence for many Northwest farms and energy independence for the US. NW SEED is devoted to helping farmers make that happen through rural economic development projects.

ShoreBank Pacific

PO Box 400
Ilwaco, WA 98624
Phone: 877-326-4326

Email:  ecobank [at] shorebankpacific.com
Web:   http://www.eco-bank.com/
ShoreBank Pacific, a Washington State chartered, FDIC insured bank, is the first commercial bank in the United States with a commitment to environmentally sustainable community development. Through our lending programs, we support individual and community efforts to bring together conservation and economic development. With each loan, we provide information on conservation improvements that can increase the value of the borrower's business.

Sustainable Connections
, Food and Farming Program
Contact: Laura Ridenour
1701 Ellis St., Suite 221
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-647-7093
Email:  lridenour [at] sconnect.org
Web:    http://www.sconnect.org
Sustainable Connections is a nonprofit membership organization of Northwest Washington business and community leaders working to transform and model an economy built on sustainable practices.

The Food & Farming Team at Sustainable Connections works to build a vibrant and sustainable regional food economy in Northwest Washington. With an emphasis on Whatcom County, we connect food buyers and sellers of all kinds, publish the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder, the comprehensive guide and map to local food, and are the home of the 10% local food challenge, providing incentives and tools to support the art of feeding ourselves from a place and a community.


Building the Local Food Economy

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies – BALLE


The Center for an Agricultural Economy
Conservation Economy: A Pattern Language for Sustainability

Jefferson Landworks Collaborative

King County Rural Economic Strategies Report

Local Food as Economic Development

Puget Sound Regional Food System Project


Uniting Around Food to Save a Dying Down

Economic Development category edited by Eric Magnuson Email category editor.

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