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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

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Comment by Kate Clark on January 1, 2011 at 11:45am

This is just a first meeting to have these discussions in person.  I have some of my own ideas about a food security event, but so, apparently, do some of you. So bring your ideas and together we can decide what we want and need to accomplish at this Summit!  


And be sure to check out some of the workshops that were part of the Regional Food Security Conference...

Comment by Jamie Jedinak on January 1, 2011 at 12:02am
Thank you Walter!!
Comment by Tris Shirley on December 31, 2010 at 10:17am

I replied to the Doodle, but I'm wondering if some advance discussion of the meeting would be in order? 

To me, it makes good sense for Transition folks to get together and start organizing our thinking about food security. But I wonder if we should involve experts like Fred and Steve before we have any clear idea of what the TW program might be.  Unless I'm missing something here, doesn't it make more sense to ask for theri help in shaping our proposal after we have done a little research and at least outlined some of our ideas? 


Perhaps there is already more substance to a food security action plan than I'm aware of.  In that case, onward and upward.  But if not, let's get our chickens and ducks in a row before we start using valuable time of local experts.

Comment by Kate Clark on December 30, 2010 at 10:30pm

Linda, Heather, JoAnn- Yes. afternoon or evening.  I don't know how long- maybe a couple hours this first time.  

Thanks for the feedback.


Comment by Linda J Fels on December 30, 2010 at 5:52pm
Kate, I can help with the planning.  On the Doodle poll, I assume all times are meant to be PM, not AM, correct?  How long a meeting do you envision?  That will help me decide which times work.
Comment by Kate Clark on December 30, 2010 at 12:01pm

First meeting to start planning a Whatcom Food Security Summit- please enter this doodle and let us know what days/times work for you.  Hope you can make it!! 

Comment by Kate Clark on December 27, 2010 at 10:29am

Here is a link to many of the presentations from the Regional Food Security Conference last month in Seattle. 

This note is to let you know that the majority of presenters from the Cultivating Regional Food Security conference have provided their slides which are available here:


I have positive response from Hanna and Heather- anyone else on board with helping plan this?  I already know Fred Berman and some other folks would be there- including Steve Jones with the WSU Extention in Mount Vernon who is the expert on locally grown wheat.


Comment by Hanna Winter on December 22, 2010 at 8:12pm

Kate, I'd love to help with planning the Food Security Summit, if you are still looking for help! Let me know what kind of help you might need.

-Hanna (

Comment by Heather K on November 11, 2010 at 2:37am
Kate, thanks for taking a lead initiating a food security summit for our bioregion!
Let me know how I can help. Lets brainstorm next time we see each other.
You stated the vision so clearly: “ to get these food security efforts, groups, organizations, etc. together to assess the current situation, and see where there needs to be more support and where there may be complete gaps”.
We all hold a wisdom piece of the puzzle in transition.

Below are some more of my ideas to share:
If you start a larger TW Discussion on the topic we could encourage discussion beyond the boundaries of our TW ning groups.
I know some local folks will be attending this weekends Tilth conference in Port Towsend, and it would be super if we could get them together for a tea or meal..maybe at Pastazza Cafe who cook with local products.

Also, the Human Ecology class at Western has created couple round-table discussions on sustainable topics and they may be willing to help out with the summit.

Other winter events in the process of planning are the annual winter seed-swap in Bellingham, possibly to be held sunday Jan 30t, though we haven't promoted that date yet.

Possibly the twog folks may be interested in creating a winter event combined with a summit, and they may be interested in helping.
And I'm aware the food-coop board is receiving the message that there is a growing interest in strengthening our local food security, as was clearly reflected by the audience at their 'desert with the directors'' event few weeks back.

I'd like to see our Transition community begin to gain clarity on defining the different levels, types, & boundaries of “local” products & food in the coming decades. (bioregion, miles, carbon footprint, watershed, neighborhoods, etc). And then I'd like us to assist our neighborhood groceries begin to create bolder larger color-coded shelf labels to allow for quicker consumer identification of local/bioregional products, (since not everyone's schedule matches the farmer market dates or has a vehicle to drive to a local farm.)
I'm aware of some folks having an interest in local grain/staples buying clubs and winter CSAs, but have not heard of anyone stepping forward yet.

Let us all know more about the details of what you envision, and what gaps you have learned currently exist.
As I'm not in the urban zone daily, I might miss some in person planning meetings.
Keep me in your email loop. Thanks for all you do in our growing community Kate!
Comment by Kate Clark on November 10, 2010 at 7:55pm
Hey food security people, I have held off as a lot of you were busy with planting and then harvest...I assume things may have slowed a bit by now. I would like to start planning a Whatcom Food Security Summit for January or February. My goals at least, would be to get these food security efforts, groups, organizations, etc. together to assess the current situation, and see where there needs to be more support and where there may be complete gaps. Any of you interested in being on a planning team for this?

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