Food To Bank On
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.
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.
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
- Learn more about Food To Bank On
- Great resources for new farmers in Whatcom County
- Stay connected via the Whatcom Farmers' Listserve. Click here to join.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Many thanks to the 2014 Farmer Mentors
- Misty Meadows Farm, Melissa Moeller (top left)
- Cedarville Farm, Mike Finger (top right)
- Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Tom Thornton (middle right)
- Osprey Hill Farm, Anna Martin (middle left)
- Rabbit Fields Farm, Roslyn McNicholl (top center)
- The Growing Garden, Mike Long (bottom center)