Issues, focusing mainly in Snohomish County:
The LWVSC Agriculture Committee grew out of the national League’s decision to update its agricultural policies in 2014, which coincided with the efforts by Congress to pass the Farm Bill that year. These policies covered multiple aspects of agriculture in the US today – economics, labeling, food safety, farm management, research and development, animal management, and farm subsidies. Even with the extensive research provided by the national league, reviewing and summarizing this enormous body of information, so that LWVSC members could reach a consensus by the deadline, was a time-consuming if not daunting task.
A committee was formed and each member took on a policy topic to research and summarize. The committee then took a presentation on the road to the chapter units. The LWVSC was able to reach consensus on all the policy topics and forward its recommendations to the national League.
This research helped us to see that agriculture isn’t just about farm subsidies or food labeling. It’s about our connection to the biological and physical realities of life on earth and the foundations of life – the soil and water. The Committee also read the book The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson, which tells the stories of farmers, ranchers, and scientists across the country who are breaking away from old destructive models and moving towards healing the earth. These are stories of hope for the future.
All of this energized the committee and we decided not to stop after the policy work was done. The messages of sustainability, of the tremendous creativity emerging today--particularly among the young people pioneering new techniques and ways of living with the land--are too important not to be heard and shared.
In 2015 the Natural Resources Committee joined forces with the Agriculture Committee and brought its many years of commitment to protecting the water, soil and forest resources of Snohomish County.
Updated April 25, 2017
Meetings: Quarterly, on the third Friday of the month at 10 a.m.
Location: Lynnwood Library (for confirmation contact Kate Lunceford)
We are currently working to create an inventory of urban agriculture projects in Snohomish County. When we have accumulated the material we will create a resource packet, a useful tool to distribute around the county.