2019 Fall Forum

Please Join Us!

Thursday, November 14th
8:50 am to 12:30 pm
Pioneer Pavilion Community Center
2007 Cherry St, Ferndale 98248


Learn about our rich history in food processing as well as what’s in the works to help local producers add value to their products and hold their ground in the market. This year’s Fall Forum features presentations by Mauri Ingram of the Whatcom Community Foundation on the proposed waterfront food campus, as well as Tammy Cooper-Woodrich from Nooksack Tribe and Dave Green from Skagit Valley Malting on the history of processing in our region, and a panel of representatives from a diverse array of local industries and perspectives involved in processing. Join us to be a part of this important conversation about how we can continue strengthening our local food system!

This event is free, but registration is required to help us ensure enough food and seating for all attendees. Please call Kerry at (360) 647-7093 x110 for help with special accommodations.

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2019 Fall Forum Agenda

8:50– 9:05
Registration and Breakfast
Welcome & Updates


Facilitated Networking
A Brief History of History of Indigenous Processing in Our Region

Presentation by Tammy Cooper-Woodrich, Nooksack Tribal Member and Storyteller

In the past, preservation was usually done by smoking and drying.  In modern times, we utilize canning, salting, freezing, drying, and smoking.  Food was hunted, fished from the water, and gathered.  It is still done that way.

A Brief History of the Frozen Vegetable Industry in Whatcom County

Presentation by Dave Green, President & CEO of Skagit Valley Malting
Frozen Vegetable Processing played a prominent role in Whatcom county agriculture for over 80 years. At its peak there were processors in Lynden, Ferndale and 2 in Bellingham. By 1997 all the processors were gone. Where did the industry go and why did the leave?

10:20– 11:10
A Panel on Current & Future Processing Practices and Trends

Panelists: Scott Korthuis of Oxbo International, Dave Green of Skagit Valley Malting, Pete Granger of Legoe Bay Fisheries, David Lukens of Grace Harbor Farms

Panelists will give an overview of their industry as it relates to processing, exploring current trends and innovations, and future needs to support local producers in our region.

From Field to Food Campus: How the Proposed Millworks Project Will Help Support Our Local Food Economy

Presentation by Mauri Ingram, President & CEO of the Whatcom Community Foundation
Hear about the new Local Food Campus being planned for the Bellingham waterfront that will include commercial kitchen space, processing and storage opportunities, event space and more. Mauri Ingram with the Whatcom Community Foundation will share more about this exciting development and how to get involved. Interactive Q&A and discussion to follow.

11:45– 12:05
Break Out Work Session
Closing Comments
Networking with Appetizers

Thank You to Our Generous Supporter!

Thank You to Our Event Space Sponsor!