Below you will find an ever-growing list of resources and related projects. Check back often!
Whatcom Community Foundation
The Sustainable Whatcom Fund Committee of the Whatcom Community Foundation accepts funding proposals that aim to help expand the innovative and sustainable use of locally grown foods in school meal and snack programs. The Committee reviews proposals on a quarterly basis.
Visit the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Farm-to-School page.
Glossary for Food, Farming, & Sustainability
A rich lexicon relevant to food, farming, and sustainability, created by the Nourish Food + Community project.
National Farm-to-School Network
The National Farm-to-School Network is a collaborative project of the Center for Food & Justice (CFJ) and the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC). The Network is composed of eight regional agencies, coordinating efforts to promote, institutionalize and catalyze farm-to-school programs nationally. This website offers a wealth of resources and ideas for anyone interested in the farm-to-school movement.
See also National Farm-to-School Month
The Center For Ecoliteracy has a fabulous, downloadable guide called Rethinking School Lunch that explains the rationale for reforming school food, and explores ten pathways to creating healthier school meals. http://www.ecoliteracy.org/downloads/rethinking-school-lunch-guide
Sustainable Connections – Food and Farming Program
Sustainable Connections provides an excellent database for finding local products, at http://sustainableconnections.org/foodfarming/guidetoeatinglocal.
There is also tools and support for farmers interested in serving schools and other retail markets, at http://sustainableconnections.org/foodfarming/FTBO/resources-for-farmers
WSDA Farm-to-School Toolkit
This WSDA Farm-to-School toolkit provides farms, schools, families, and communities with resources to help them meet their farm-to-school goals. Through stories, photos, templates, documents and more, the toolkit highlights farm-to-school and school garden successes and best practices.
The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network
The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network (The Network) is a non-profit, statewide advocacy organization that works to advance sustainable agriculture and strengthen family farms in Washington State. Their mission is to engage with partners to keep farmers farming and ensure that all Washingtonians have access to good food. They advocate bringing food from the ranch and farm to the table in a way that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.
Whatcom Locavore is written and photographed by Nancy and Joan Ging to help people in Whatcom County, WA, learn about locally produced foods and how fun and healthy it can be to eat them. A “locavore” is a person who eats only local foods. The site contains articles, resources, and a locavore bookstore. This year they published the Whatcom Locavore 2012 Calendar.
Common Threads is a Whatcom-based organization working to connect young people with healthy food through hands-on, seed-to-table educational experiences. They organize the School Garden Collective and provide resources for educators.
Each month, Washivore profiles a fruit or vegetable (or sometimes decorative plant) that’s in season. Their goal is help you get to know the magnificent fruits and vegetables grown in Washington. They have photos, recipes, and monthly features.
Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day is celebrated on October 24.