Farm Development

Farm Development

Farm Development


Since its inception, farmers have played an integral role in the success and longevity of Pike Place Market. Farmers also receive support from the Market in order to grow and sustain successful farm businesses. Through educational programming and one-on-one technical assistance, we strive to help farmers overcome challenges and continue to strengthen Washington State's local food system. 


Business Resources

  • Direct Marketing & Online Marketing
  • Recordkeeping
  • Insurance Options
  • Business Planning
  • Financing your Farm
  • Grants

On-Farm Resources

  • Food Safety Training
  • Infrastructure Maintenance & Improvements
  • Pest Management
  • Water Management
  • Farm Succession Planning 

Upcoming Workshops & Events

January 6th & 7th, all day

Cascadia Grains Conference: The convergence of farmers, processors, and end-users, as well as investors, brokers, and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia through three enterprises - brewing and distilling, baking, and other food uses, as well as animal feed. MORE INFO

January 9th, 5:30-8:30pm  

WSU Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Farm Business Planning Course: J This course features a full ilne-up of local guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm owners with a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses. During the course, participants are guided in developing a business plan they can use to help finance and guide a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business. This course runs January 9th through March 20th.  MORE INFO

January 11th, 4:00-6:00pm

Watershed Improvement District Water Rights Auction:The voluntary auction will be open to both farmers who want to lease water and water right holders who wish to lease water to farmers for the 2017 irrigation season. The modified auction format is designed to encourage participation and fairness rather than prioritizing sales only to the highest bidders. This is the information session to learn more about the auction at Carnation City Hall.  MORE INFO

January 12th, 4:00-7:00pm

King County Agriculture Commission at Pike Place Market: The Ag Commission gives King County farmers the opportunity to take an active role in land use decisions and in the development and evaluation of policies, regulations, and incentives that can affect commercial agriculture in King County. Join us in the Classroom at Pike Place Market to give public comment and hear King County agriculture updates.

February 2nd-4th, all day 

Washington State Farmers Market Association Annual Conference: The WSFMA Annual Conference is a great place for direct-marketing farmers to learn new skills and get inspired for a successful 2017 season. Network with fellow farmers, managers, state agencies, and market supporters. Stay at the amazing Semiahmoo Resort out on the edege of the Salish Sea. Visit the Bellingham Farmers Market for an evening party! Register here:  MORE INFO





For more Information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Leigh Newman-Bell, Pike Place Farm Development Coordinator: or 206-605-8424