On Thursday August 24th Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) handed over a check to Snohomish County for $750 thousand dollars for a new Food and Farming Center to be built at McCollum Park. 

The new center will serve as a hub for fruit and vegetable farmers across Snohomish, Whatcom, Skagit, and King counties. DelBene worked to secure these funds as part of the government funding law for the fiscal year 2023, which was passed in December 2022.

 The new farming center will house an indoor farmers market, a commercial kitchen, and a processing and distribution facility for local farmers to sell and highlight their products. 

The center will also offer several community services, including educational programs, health awareness campaigns, and food bank contributions. Residents will also have access to the communal kitchen. 

 “Supporting our local farmers and ensuring our residents can access fresh, local produce are vital priorities for our community’s well-being and the strength of our agricultural economy while fostering a more resilient and interconnected food system,” said DelBene. “This investment will promote sustainable agriculture, drive economic growth, and enhance the overall health of our region.” 

  In total DelBene has secured $19.4 million for 15 different community projects across Washington’s 1st Congressional District in the fiscal year 2023 from the federal funding package.

Click here to see the list of projects: Projects