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Food To Bank On

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is a three-year farmer incubation project that connects beginning sustainable farmers with business training, markets and mentorship, while providing farm-fresh product to food banks and shelters.Farm Walk Cedarville

Aspects of the project include:

  • Training: Business planning, technical training workshops
  • Markets: New farmers deliver fresh food to local food banks; farmers are connected with new markets through Sustainable Connections membership.
  • Mentorship: In addition to valuable peer-to-peer relationships with the cohort of farmers, each new farmer is paired up with an experienced mentor farmer.

Forty five beginning farmers have participated in the project since 2003. Eighty percent of the project participants are still successfully farming today.

The community, farmers, and the hungry all benefit from the innovative and effective work of the Food To Bank On project. Whatcom County food banks, soup kitchens and women's shelters have received over $80,000 in fresh produce since the programs' start in 2003.

FARMER PROFILES: Click here to see current FTBO Farmers



INTERESTED in being a part of Food to Bank On?

We're done accepting applications for the 2015 season. Please check back in October 2016 season applications.
Contact Program Assistant, at for more information.

Many thanks to the 2014 Farmer Mentors

Misty Meadows   Rabbit Fields Farm   Cedarville 2014  

Osprey Hill Farm   Cloud Mountain Farm

Mike Long


Thank YOU 2014 Food to Bank On Sponsors:


 New Community Food Co-op Logo    Terra new logo

ICUHeritage Bank

wsda  United Way
GloryBeeAmy's Kitchen  Organic Valley Applegate

           Pizza'zza   Ninkasi_bigger woodstock

   diane padys photography

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