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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: 60
Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2017

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


Started by Krista Rome. Last reply by Penny Chambers Jan 11, 2017. 25 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

Roving Garden Party - March 24th

Started by Jamie Jedinak Mar 15, 2015. 0 Replies

ROVING GARDEN PARTY ~  March 24th ~ 6pmWhere: 5463 Noon Rd ~ just a few driveways north of Smith Rd ~ Watch for parking signs!! Parking will be in property next to me, watch for signs!!Requested…Continue

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

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

Comment Wall


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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.
Comment by Linda J Fels on October 13, 2011 at 3:21pm
I hope someone is going from our group.  My timing continues to be awful.  I will be out of town AGAIN!
Comment by Laura R. on October 13, 2011 at 1:23pm
Folks! A few of you attended the first Food Network Forum in May. We've posted a great report of the outcomes of that day on the website. Round two on Monday, October 17 will take us further into community agreed upon goals and strategies. See here to register.
Comment by Patricia Herlevi on October 1, 2011 at 9:44am

Hi Jean,

There are plenty of workshops I would take if I had the money and time.  I think your topic is worthwhile and I hope that you attract students for your proposed workshop.  Some day we'll not have to deal with this bread winning economy and live in a barter and trade society, I hope.  Then we will have more students to share our wisdom, tools, and practices.  The way things are now many of us are scrambling to pay bills and ironically feed ourselves from grocery store shelves.

Comment by Patricia Herlevi on October 1, 2011 at 9:40am

I found free give-away books on eating sustainably at the Bellingham City Library yesterday including Michael Pollen's "In Defense of Food" hardback edition.  I already know this stuff, but I could pass these books on to people who might not. 


However, the question we should address is why people who have food and nutrition awareness don't act on this knowledge.  I know plenty of people who know that fast food is unhealthy and leads to obesity but still eat it.  What would motivate people to change their dietary habits beyond the fear motivation?  Perhaps it's time to walk away from what we're against and replace that with what we choose to embrace.

Comment by Jean Kroll on September 21, 2011 at 8:59pm

Justlooking for some feedback:  I've been studying/practicing the "art" of food storage for about 3 years now.  When you think about the fact that grocery stores have about 3 days of food for any given community, in these uncertain times, having a big pantry makes sense!  I've been considering offering a class through Whatcom Folk School, but I don't want to go through the trouble of creating a class if people wouldn't be interested in signing up for it.  It is a rather dull topic - but an important one!  Especially in conjunction with growing one's own food, taking advantage of local harvests, etc., it just seems to be an important part of what we're trying to do.  It can be rather fun!  An you can save a lot of money, as well.


Anyway, your feedback is appreciated!


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