Whatcom Food Network

Spring Forum

May 25, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Squalicum Boathouse
2600 N Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225

The Whatcom Food Network holds two forums each year to create a connecting point for the richly diverse organizations involved in food system work and to increase awareness of broader issues, topics, or opportunities related to food systems. We hope you can join us this spring for networking and an inside peek into the current changes, challenges, and collaborations happening in our local dairy industry.

Please Join Us!


2017 Forum Agenda

1:00 – 1:15pm Welcome!
1:15 – 1:30pm WFN Introduction & Updates
1:30 – 1:50pm Facilitated Networking
1:50 – 2:55pm

Past, Present & Future of Dairy in Whatcom County: Getting to Know Local Dairy

Meet four different dairy farmers, including Appel Farms, MyShan Dairy, and Twin Brook Creamery, from Whatcom County to learn all about the varying forms that the dairy industry takes here, their current challenges and opportunities, and where the Whatcom dairy industry may be headed.

2:55 – 3:10pm Break
3:10 – 3:50pm

Creating a Whatcom Food System Plan: What it is and How You Can be Invovled

Learn about the effort to shepherd a food system plan in Whatcom County, the latest update to the Whatcom Community Food Assessment, and participate in an interactive session to provide valuable feedback for both!

3:50 – 4:00pm Closing Comments
4:00- 4:30pm Optional Happy Half Hour & Informal Networking

2017 Forum Agenda (pdf)


Diana Meeks
Communications & Program Assistant
Sustainable Connections & Whatcom Food Network
(360) 647-7093 x110

Thank you to the Whatcom Community Foundation for helping make this event happen!


2016 Spring Forum Summary Report (pdf)

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Working to build common understanding
and facilitate collaborative efforts
toward an equitable, sustainable
and healthy food system for all.

Many organizations are working toward improving the food system in Whatcom County, from farm to fork to food disposal. Representatives of these groups are working toward improving the food system in Whatcom County by building partnerships to create a more just and coordinated food system!

Become a member of the Whatcom Food Network

A Brief History

The Whatcom Food Network was formed in April 2010, when a group of people came together with the goal of increasing coordination and collaboration among food-systems related organizations. This group became the Whatcom Food Network Planning Committee, which acts as the hub for these organizations throughout the county as we continue to define our network model, functions, values and goals.

Network projects include the hosting of a Whatcom Food Network Forum in May 2011, where a diverse group of 35 organizations convened to learn about the findings of the Whatcom Community Food Assessment, learn of model collaboration projects in other communities, and participate in small group discussions to further the implementation of the food network. A second forum in October 2011 built upon momentum from the first forum by adding to planning committee efforts around Network goals, and sparking mutual inspiration to continue collaborating and integrating our work.

This is an exciting time for Whatcom County food systems, as we build partnerships toward a more equitable, sustainable and healthy food system!


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WSU Whatcom County Extension 1000 N. Forest St., Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 778-5800 whatcom@wsu.edu