Healthy Foods. Healthy Community.

About the Just and Healthy Food System COI

How we relate to our food system, to the land, and to each other are fundamental to the overall health of the watershed. Food is a crucial point of interaction for many important systems that influence both social and environmental factors.

It is our goal to craft solutions that address the system-wide problems of injustice and public health in the watershed. By improving the health and justice in the food system, we aim to secure the following benefits, which will lead to greater health for all citizens and ecosystems in the watershed.

Equity & Decision Making Power

Racial equity is utilized to support activities working to strengthen communities of color and incorporate actions to dismantle institutional racism. Addressing disparities related to race help us to begin address food system issues related to all communities that are marginalized so that all people can obtain healthy, culturally appropriate food, and exercise their power in decision making for matters concerning their communities. 

Healthy People & Healthy Communities

We believe all people in our region should have access to sufficient fresh unprocessed food for good nutrition, and an awareness of how to prepare it and the ability or support to do so. We believe in a future where no one is hungry and there are a diversity of options for engaging with the natural world to promote good mental health.

We connect institutions to individual communities. Healthy communities exist when all people have strong connections to each other, their environment, and their food system. And, when there are opportunities for all people to learn new skills and become involved with their community in ways most meaningful to them. 

Re-valuing Agriculture and Farming

We see a world where people are more connected to the food system. Where they understand farming is a challenge, and appreciate and value those who know how to grow food, and recognize the importance of having food nearby. Systems are created to allow farmers to do the work of growing food in urban, rural and suburban settings. Farmed food is available to all resident through a variety of ways and land is kept ecologically healthy and resilient. 

Children gardening


The JHFS COI works with a broad group of partners to encourage widespread public stewardship of the watershed’s unique environments

Center for food preservation arts
Harvest pierce county
Hilltop Urban Gardens
Orting valley farmers market
Pierce conservation district
Proctor farmers market
St. Leo Food Connection
Tacoma farmers market
Tacoma Pierce country health department
University of puget sound
University of washington tacoma
Pierce county Washington state university extension
Village keepers


  1. Increase Equity - Restructure Power Relations in the COI and Broader Community
  2. Build Skills, Tools, and Resources to Make Food Available to All People
  3. Connect, Engage, and Support Communities to Engage in Work of JHFS COI
  4. Re-valuing Food and Agriculture


The JHFS COI in guided by a long-term strategic plan, which helps a broad range of stakeholders set priorities and allocate resources. Learn more about our approach in these foundational and guiding documents.

Get In Touch

Our work is made more powerful with more members. If you’d like to learn more about how to address issues of food justice, food sovereignty, and equity throughout the watershed, please contact:

Brandi YaƱez-Riddle
  • Brandi Yañez-Riddle
  • Just and Healthy Food System
  • COI Coordinator