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The Food & Farming program connects eaters and food buyers to local farms and fisherman, supports new farmers, and is a resource for building a vibrant local food economy.



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We connect local food & farming businesses of all kinds

with events like the NW WA Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting, through organizations such as the NW WA Chefs Collective and Chef Farm Tours, building relationships through Farm Fresh Workplaces and one-on-one consultations and more.



rabbit fields at farmers market




We celebrate local food in our community

through the Eat Local First Campaign Harvest of the Month, and awesome events and resources like September Eat Local Month, the Whatcom County Farm Tour, annual CSA Fair, Demo Days at the Market, and the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder.



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We help grow new farmers

through our Food to Bank On Program, which gives beginning farmers business training, mentorship, and connections to markets. We also collaborate with multiple local partners across the region growing a stronger local food economy.




 Photo Credit: Diane Padys



How to Get Involved:



Take the Eat Local First Pledge and learn more about local food in our community and why it's important.



Find local producers, promote your business, and get involved.


Find local buyers, promote your business, and get involved




Many thanks to our 2016 Program Sponsors who help ensure the Food & Farming Program continues!


Bellingham Farmers MarketHaggen

 Industrial Credit Union

Food & Farming Program sponsors:

New Community Food Co-op Logo           Peoples Bank

Mt Baker Care Center_2016           City of Bellingham new

Whatcom Community Foundation Cascade Cuts logo

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Thank you also to the Seattle Thread Foundation!

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