Across the nation there are over 40,000 schools with farm-to-school programs bringing more fresh, healthy, and locally produced foods into their cafeterias, including approximately 1200 schools in Washington state and all of the public schools in Whatcom County!

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Healthy eating has a profound impact on a child’s ability to learn, and creates positive attitudes and behaviors. So what makes a meal healthy and …

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There is growing interest in connecting fresh and local foods with school lunch programs.  With childhood obesity, diabetes, and other nutrition-related diseases on the rise, …

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It’s as Easy 1-2-3 to Eat Local for the Holidays

Gratitude for the abundant harvest is a common and sincere feeling at this time of year. As you prepare for your holiday celebrations, please consider taking time to eat local this year.

  1. Modify your family favorite recipes and create your menu utilizing local meats, produce and dairy products from local farms, the Bellingham Farmers Market, or the grocery store.
  2. Involve the kids in the shopping and cooking — it may take a bit longer, but it’s worth it and they will be more enthusiastic eaters at the dinner table! This article has good tips on safely cooking with kids of different ages.
  3. Try placing a few of these thought-provoking discussion cards developed by the Cascade Harvest Coalition on your Thanksgiving table to stimulate some interesting conversations about food among your guests.

What does “Local” mean to you?


“Local” can mean different things to different people. When we say “local food” we are referring to food grown within a four-county region: Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties. This is the same definition used by Sustainable Connections in their Eat Local First Campaign.

Take the Eat Local for the Holidays pledge and you could win $25 to spend at the Community Food Co-op!

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