Transition Whatcom

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

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Comment by Laura R. on May 6, 2011 at 8:28am

There is still time to register for the Whatcom Food Network Forum to be held Wednesday, May 11th from 8:30am-3:30pm at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center in Bellingham.  Forum Agenda and Invitation Letter is attached.


TO REGISTER: Visit the Forum website at


Click on the left hand column under “REGISTER” and complete the required fields. Registration is required to attend the event.


From the Forum website, we encourage you to review the Whatcom Food Network Planning Committee’s guiding document, which is listed under “BACKGROUND”.  If you have any questions please email the Planning Committee at

 We look forward to seeing you on May 11th,


Whatcom Food Network

Planning CommitteeForum%20Agenda.pdf

Comment by Heather K on April 9, 2011 at 6:13pm

Great Event "Food for Thought" event this past fri night!

Great panal of speakers & audience!  The room was packed!

Comment by warren miller on April 7, 2011 at 10:11pm

There is a Food Security oriented event tomorrow (Friday) "A Call to Action: Food for Thought" at the Old Foundry at 6PM. A lively panel discussion, with Kate representing TW, will be followed by a Free Concert.

If you are interested in helping out at the Transition Whatcom table please email Thanx!


Comment by Kate Clark on March 17, 2011 at 11:23am

Woohoo- The Community Food Assessment is up!  Thanks, Drew for alerting me!

Comment by Juliet Thompson on February 15, 2011 at 11:33pm


The character Broke-Ass in the grist article is a good one. Doesn't the Morse family own that lot? I'm quite sure that's the case. I heard or saw that a project was starting up on the lot, then fizzled. I know a tiny bit more than that, but don't want to write it here, let's talk, Kate?


Comment by Kate Clark on February 15, 2011 at 11:36am
Comment by warren miller on February 4, 2011 at 1:31pm

Don't miss out on the Roving Work party tomorrow (Feb 5th). Help create a Garden at Shuksan Middle School! A great way to get kids thinking about local food is to have some grown at their school...


Comment by Heather K on January 26, 2011 at 8:56pm
  Many of us agree with Laura S., in wanting to move towards becoming locally resilient in our local food network - to reflect the current changes of living on earth with less fossil fuels available, ie moving beyond the 'peak energy' of 'peak- everything' that we've become dependent on- especially oil for transportation & fertilizers.


Thanks Laura R for the work you do and including this network in your planning towards a “Whatcom Food Network”!

I hope someone here will contact you about being present for your next planning session, on Wed Feb 2 10:30 -12 at WSU Whatcom Extension office on Forest St.

Comment by Laura J Sellens on January 26, 2011 at 5:28pm

Hi Laura R,

Your food network idea sounds pretty similar to what we discussed.  The only thing I would add as a topic is, how will reduced fossils fuels supply change our food security/sovereignty strategies over time?  That's a long-term action based goal.


I would really like to be a part of your networking discussion, but I'm back to work now.  Maybe I can join in next time I'm laid off.




Comment by Laura R. on January 26, 2011 at 10:20am

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 way. We plan to pull together all the organizations and groups that are working on or within the food system in April or May.

Here's the details:

What do we hope to accomplish by establishing the Whatcom Food Network?

 Purpose Statement (draft)
The Whatcom Food Network is working to build common understanding and facilitate collaborative efforts toward a healthy and equitable food system for all.

Actions to Guide the Work of the Network
.       Identify overlaps and collaborate on opportunities to build community capacity toward a healthy and equitable food system for all.
.       Gain a collective understanding of system-wide barriers and
.       Identify potential partnerships and opportunities to leverage

Long Term Overarching Functions
.       Increase communication among food system-related organizations,
agencies, and institutions.
.       Facilitate collective work toward mutual goals (This last one is
a place holder for the longer-term and action-based work that might come of having a Network).


Hopefully it is clear from the above Network outline that the purpose is to coordinate and find common ground.

We have had lots of discussions about community engagement events that might map a common vision for food security, or create actions and plans, but we feel strongly that the first step must be to bring together the groups that are already working on food system issues to agree to be coordinated in our efforts.

I am particularly excited about your efforts to do some "plant the seed" events because that is exactly what is needed for the general public education, and to work toward a community food security summit that will engage the most people. Yay!

At our last Network planning meeting we discussed the potential overlap between what the Transition food security group is planning and the Network Launch event.

We would like to invite a few of you planning the food security event to join us in planning this Network launch.  The next meeting is 10:30 am - 12 noon on Wednesday, February 2 at the WSU Whatcom Extension office on Forest Street. We will set the date, plan the agenda and logistics of the Network launch event, and prepare a save the date notice.  

Please contact me if you are interested in joining us! I will not post my personal information here, but you can start by contacting me on this site or at work: 360-647-7093, x 106.


We hope to unify our efforts and to work together!


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