2019 Spring Forum

Eating for the Future
Having Our Local Food & Eating it Too!

Thursday, May 16th
Squalicum Boathouse
2600 S. Harbor Loop, Bellingham


What’s happening with local food and where are we headed? At the Spring Forum learn about what is working when it comes to eating local, for both individuals and institutions and what happens when local, healthy food access isn’t available. We’ll dive into one solution that addresses the economic, physical, and cultural barriers to one of Whatcom’s most important demographics – our children! Leave with action items, tools, and resources you can use in your organizations and homes so we can all eat for a healthy future!



2:00– 2:10
2:10– 2:20
WFN Introduction & Updates


2:15– 2:45
Facilitated Networking
2:45– 2:55
Introduction to the Consumption Sector
2:55– 3:25
The Landscape of Local

Sara Southerland, Sustainable Connections

What’s working with local consumption and where is there opportunity for growth? Sara will dive into the landscape of local food from individuals to institutions, share compelling research data on shopping preferences based on demographics, why prioritizing local food is a huge win for our economy, environment and community, and how we can increase local consumption throughout Whatcom County.

3:25– 3:55
Barriers to Equity

Ali Jensen, Whatcom County Health Department
Holly O’Neil, Whatcom Anti-Hunger Coalition

What happens when local, healthy food isn’t accessible to everyone? Learn about the economic, physical, and cultural barriers many in Whatcom County face. Hear new data about East Whatcom County food deserts and more.

3:55– 4:05
4:05– 4:35
The Good Food Promise

Jessica Sankey & Patrick Durgan
Bellingham Public Schools

Dive into one local solution that is working to creating generations of healthy eaters and create a culture of health. Learn about the new Good Food Promise and how it’s addressing the economic, physical, and cultural access many children face. Then learn how you can help!

4:35– 4:55
Break Out Session
4:55- 5:00
Closing Comments
5:00– 5:30
Happy Half Hour

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