What is happening locally?

What else is happening in the community?

In 2011, the Whatcom Food Network was launched to build common understanding and facilitate collaborative efforts toward an equitable, sustainable and healthy food system for all.   Find out more about the efforts of community partners and get involved!  Learn about Whatcom County’s local food economy by downloading the 2013 Community Food Assessment Update  at http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/cfa/

Whatcom County Facts & Figures

  • 26,500 students, age 5-18 years
  • 56 public schools and 20 independent schools
  • 44% of students qualify for free-and-reduced lunch programs
  • 30% of residents eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables
  • 60% of residents are overweight or obese
  • 1500 farms (half of what we had in the 1950s)
  • 100,000 acres in farmland (half of what we had in the 1950s)
  • 2% of all the food purchased in Whatcom County is grown, raised or caught here