By STEVE BROWN
SEATTLE -- Elected officials, planners and food system advocates will meet April 26 to plan for the future of farms and food in the Puget Sound region.
The Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington will host the daylong event, which will include speakers from the Seattle City Council, Kitsap County, Skagit County, American Farmland Trust and Cascade Harvest Coalition, as well as from California, Delaware and Vermont.
Conference topics will include planning and zoning tools to support agriculture; dealing with vested development rights; strategies for supporting the agricultural industry and the local food economy; and building a political coalition in support of local food and farms.
Event sponsors are the American Planning Association Washington Chapter, Forterra, Cascade Harvest Coalition and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.
The conference, at 3501 NE 41st St. in Seattle, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with a networking session at 5-7 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Admission is $100 for government and for-profit employees, $75 for non-profit employees and unaffiliated guests.