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Food Security Group


Food Security Group

We will be supporting existing community and TW food security-oriented projects, organizations, and the local ag industry; assessing gaps and how to fill them; and starting a plan for dramatically increasing food security in the next 10-20 years.

Location: Art used with permission by Sue Zimmerman
Members: 59
Latest Activity: Nov 15, 2013

Original Greetings Letter from the Food Security Workgroup:
Greetings from the Food Security Workgroup.doc

Good Links for Food Security Information:

Sustainable Connections Food and Farming Program (Sign up for the newsletter on this page)

WSU Extension Office

Discussion Forum

Global Dimming Caused By Chemtrails + Ph Changes Caused by Aluminum Spraying Screws With Food Security

Started by John Hammell. Last reply by John Hammell Oct 15, 2012. 1 Reply

All Gardeners: Please read this article about Global Dimming  We must all learn about weather modification…Continue


Started by Krista Rome. Last reply by Laura R. Jun 23, 2012. 24 Replies

Ok Folks! Take Note! I have created a list of every food I could think of that helps me to eat locally year-round here. I suspect I could be 100% easily, if only I could make the decision to give up…Continue

invitation to join the planning group for the Whatcom Food Network

Started by Laura R.. Last reply by Penny Chambers May 8, 2012. 19 Replies

Hi folks,re: planning for a food security summit, I've been working with a small group to plan the formation of a food network in Whatcom County, to work toward all of us being coordinated in some…Continue

Tags: summit, food

A new book on backyard food gardening

Started by Patricia Herlevi Apr 23, 2012. 0 Replies

I want to mention a new book out on Skipstone (Mountainier Books), "Food Grown Right in Your Backyard" by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm of Seattle.  Plenty of diagrams, how-to photos with the authors…Continue

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Comment by warren miller on June 21, 2013 at 10:28am

I attended the meeting last night on the city Parks and Rec 6yr plan-

Here are my comments:

Margo and I attended this meeting. It was a workshop to collect public input for the new PRO Plan. Probably around 50-60 attended. Most represented specific recreational uses (disc golf, swimming, biking, hiking, pickle ball, etc.) The meeting broke up into 3 groups with each group listing things they would like to add to the plan (under the 4 topics of parks and facilities, open space/natural features, trails and programs). Each group reported back their suggestions and then all members were able to place 4 stars among the topics they thought were most important (as a way to prioritize).

In reading over the previous plan I noticed that the word 'garden' didn't appear at all! Seems like gardening is not (yet) a recognized recreational activity. We need to change that!

Margo and I put all our stars on gardening related topics but the most heavily 'starred' topics were baseball, disc golf and swimming pools...

If we want to get 'garden' and 'food forests' included in this plan we will need to mobilize members to come to the next meeting or fill-out the online forms to show more gardening interest.

Anyone want to help organize this 'get out the vote' effort for gardening and other food security activities?

Comment by Celt M. Schira on May 30, 2013 at 12:47pm

Garden Plots available: Fairhaven Neighborhood, near Fairhaven library. Organic methods only. Looking for a place to grow some vegetables in the city? Contact Celt 756-8957.

Comment by Celt M. Schira on October 23, 2012 at 10:48am

I have organic potatoes (reds, russets, fingerlings, including several heritage varieties) and winter squash available for a donation to the cause. My apple trees is loaded with apples for gleaning. One tree is a cider apple and the other has two heirloom varieties for fresh eating, juice, applesauce and rounding out the cider. The apples need a ladder and a spotter. You are welcome to come get some. Contact me through TW or eh, look me up in the phone book. Regards, Celt

Comment by warren miller on October 11, 2012 at 11:58am

Don't forget to attend the next TW Quarterly potluck and membership meeting on Oct 21st at 2:30PM at the Cordata COOP. You can update the membership on any recent activity and invite new work group members.

Comment by T. Abe Lloyd on October 8, 2012 at 11:37am

The Pickford is screening a film called Survival Prayer that is about Indigenous Food Systems on Haida Gwaii. It screens at 7:15 PM on Saturday the 13th. The trailer is available at

Wade Davis endorsed Survival Prayer, calling it a “a wonderful film, and a moving portrait of a people struggling to keep their traditional hunting and gathering ways alive to inspire new generations of Haida men and women.”

Comment by Patricia Herlevi on May 4, 2012 at 2:38pm

My article on permaculture in Bellingham has been published in the Summer 2012 issue of Permaculture Activist, p 48.  In stores now.


Thanks to all of the permaculture experts in Bellingham who responded to my interview questions last summer and last winter.  Since it is a short article, only a few of you ended up in the piece. 

Comment by Patricia Herlevi on April 23, 2012 at 9:30am

My article on eating healthy on food stamps was published in the Skagit Valley Food Coop newsletter.  If pass through Mount Vernon, pick up a copy of the newsletter at the coop. (I don't even have a copy yet).

Comment by Patricia Herlevi on October 24, 2011 at 9:18pm

If you look under essays on Pacific NW Author blog, you will find both food security and new green economy essays. Some of these I wrote 1 or 2 years ago, but the information is still relevant.

I also wrote 2 articles on chronic hunger for The International Examiner (International District, Seattle) in 2007, but I don't know how to get access to those articles.  One of them focused on food distribution in Seattle's poorest neighborhoods.

Comment by Heather K on October 14, 2011 at 5:10pm
Food Network Forum I Summary Report pdf , that Laura R recommends at-

or -


Lets be sure to encourage our local farmers to attend this upcoming Monday Forum. (Brian K, Walter, Krista, Gretchen, Nicole & more!)

Phone Colleen, or click 'RSVP' on link to register-

(Yes, I plan on attending!)


I've also posted some events details on Transition Events page and sent out few invites.

Comment by Laura R. on October 14, 2011 at 4:42pm
yes, I think Heather is signed up. Just wanted to let others know. PLEASE know that the summary report from Forum I is worth reading and the Goals are open for input. We are very excited about the work of this group and the longer term implications for resilience for our community. I personally hope that the skills and knowledge of Transition will be incorporated through participation as we move forward.

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