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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Washington Apples

WA-applesWashington State Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-School Team has recently developed a lovely set of educational posters for 20 fruits and vegetables that grow locally.

These posters are now available online for download, adding another great promotion & education resource for Washington’s farm-to-school programs. 

Our Definition of “Local Food”

eat-local-for-the-holidays“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.

What does “local” mean to you?

Click this interactive map to see many of Whatcom County’s farms and what they grow.

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Fresh News

Bellewood Acres has been selling apples to schools for many years and kids love them! In this video, farmer/owner Dorie Belisle talks about the many threats to Whatcom County farms like Bellewood Acres and the importance of community understanding and support.