Food and Farm

The Food & Farming program

The Food & Farming Program is helping to create a vibrant local food economy. We support local farmers, connect food buyers to local farms and artisans, and encourage our community to always Eat Local First! Below are the programs, projects, and tools we offer to businesses. If you are an individual just click the logo to the right to learn about how to get involved as a community member.

Contact Sara Southerland about how to get involved!

We connect local food & farming businesses of all kinds

CONNECTING & SUPPORTING FOOD BUSINESSES

Linking local food & farm businesses and providing resources to support their success.

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One-on-One Consultations
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NW WA Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting
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NW WA Chefs Collective
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Resources & Directories for Sourcing Local Food
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All 2017 Program Opportunities
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Farmer & Chef Email Listservs

 

 

Local Food

GROWING A LOCAL FOOD FOLLOWING

Promoting local food businesses and inspiring our community to eat local.

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Join the Eat Local First Campaign
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Harvest of the Month
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Connecting Businesses to CSA: Farm Fresh Workplaces
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Participate in The Farm Tour & Other Community Events
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Demo Days at the Farmers Market

New Farmers and chefs

BUILDING A HEALTHY FOOD COMMUNITY

Supporting new farmers and local food system growth.

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Beginning Farmers Food To Bank On Program
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Farmer’s Marketing Toolkit
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Business Agriculture Development Group
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Collaboration with Regional Partners

 

One-on-One Consultations

Our team offers free marketing consultations to support farmers in growing their business and sales, and support food and farming businesses in connecting more with local producers and telling their story. The feedback we’ve received from these consultations is stellar! We know it can be hard to prioritize this component of your business, so let us tailor our resources and expertise to your businesses’ very specific needs. Contact the Food & Farming Team to set up a consultation.

“Thank you so much for all this information and for a really great meeting. I so appreciate it, and the meeting was motivating. I’m going to create a marketing to-do list and prioritize next steps so I keep all this moving forward this season so we are in better shape with more connections and sales by next spring.” -Past Participant

Harvest of the Month

The Harvest of the Month is a local and seasonal produce item that’s featured on school menus each month – and we’re helping to take it community-wide! Look for the harvest item at local grocery stores, restaurants and farmers markets to Eat Local First all year long! Want your business or organization to participate? Contact us about receiving free promotional materials every month and help our community learn about seasonal eating, where our food comes from, and why eating local matters.

Demo Days

A collaboration between Sustainable Connections, the Bellingham Farmers Market, and the Community Food Coop; Demo Days showcases simple ways to prepare seasonal produce and helping answer questions for shoppers in preparing and storing fresh foods at home. If you would like to participate in Demo Days, either as a grocer or market that would like to have us or as a local food educator preparing food, please contact us!

Business Agricultural Development Group

The Food & Farming Business Development Group brings stakeholders together throughout the year to work on or learn about specific projects and issues related to market development and increasing the economic success of our local food system. If you would like to participate send us an email and we will add you to our mailing list!

Many thanks to our 2017 Food & Farming Program Sponsors!

Eat Local First Sponsors & Partners

Community Food Co-op
Bellingham Farmers Market
Whatcom Community Foundation
Industrial Credit Union

Food & Farming Sponsors

Cascade Cuts
Mt. Baker Care Center