“Buying local trend isn’t translating into farm industry success in Thurston County”
- Editor’s note: This is a thoughtful and insightful story by Stephen Bramwell, a member of the The Olympian Board of Contributors. Bramwell is the Washington State University Thurston County Extension Director and Agriculture Agent, providing local research and education services to farmers.
“Thurston County has lost and is still losing key elements required for agricultural health. These include sufficient markets, affordable inputs, marketing infrastructure, compatible regulations, access to productive resources such as land and water, living wages, and a vibrant producer network, among others.
“Several examples illustrate the loss of these necessities, but also call attention to important nuances. I’ll provide an overview here, and take up some examples in depth in subsequent columns.”