About the Whatcom Community Food Assessment
The original Whatcom Community Food Assessment, and its updates, are a collection of maps, data sets, survey information, and other descriptions that aim to show us where current gaps, opportunities, and challenges exits Whatcom County’s food system.
The focus areas were determined by the first CFA working group, with public input, and are not meant to be a comprehensive description, it’s meant to be a tool that can be expanded as time goes on.
Each community’s CFA is different as there are no universal formulas or rules. We’d like to disclaim that the CFA updates are not comprehensive and are not perfect. The Whatcom Food Network (WFN) Update Subcommittee gathered input from individuals and groups representing as many points of view on as many topics as possible, given the resources available, and made an effort to present information in an accurate, fair, and unbiased manner.
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History of the Whatcom CFA
The Whatcom County Community Food Assessment (CFA) began as a journey into the world of local food systems in 2007 by staff and faculty at the WSU Whatcom County Extension Office.
After a lot of research, and public input, the goals and the direction for the CFA were refined and created. The effort that began in 2007 culminated in the first Whatcom Community Food Assessment being published in 2011.
The first CFA actually led to the creation of the Whatcom Food Network as one of the main findings was that more connection and communication across our food system was needed.
In 2013, with new data available, the Whatcom Food Network elected to update the CFA and has elected to update this important document every three to four years (the work of the CFA Sub-committee).
Made Possible By
The Community Food Assessment and it’s subsequent updates were made possible by: