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Honoring our Founder: City unveils the naming of a street near the farmers market

Join us at 9:30 AM for the celebration and unveiling of Chris Curtis Way!
Aug 17, 2019 from 09:30 AM to 10:00 AM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
University District Farmers Market
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The City Council has passed a resolution to name University Way between 50th and 52nd Chris Curtis Way!  Join us at the University District Farmers Market on August 17th at 9:30 AM for the unveiling of the historic street sign honoring Chris Curtis, the founder of the non-profit organization Neighborhood Farmers Markets, which runs University District Farmers Market and six other farmers markets in Seattle. The unveiling will take place at University Way and NE 52nd St.

Curtis, who started the University District Farmers market in 1993, has an extensive list of achievements, including in the area of food access. Curtis and the Neighborhood Farmers Market created the Fresh Bucks incentive program for SNAP/EBT users at farmers markets. Fresh Bucks dollar matching became the model for a city-wide program in 2013, and in 2017 progressed to unlimited matching dollars for all SNAP users.

In 2008, Curtis also launched The Good Farmer Fund, which provides emergency relief funds to local farms to mitigate situations such as crop losses due to extreme weather and protecting livestock from predators. The Good Farmer Fund is funded through proceeds from NFM’s annual fundraising event, An Incredible Feast, and private donations. Over $255,000 has been granted since the program's inception.


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