Food System Committee


A food system includes all of the inputs that impact food, from farm to fork to waste. The  purtpose of the Whatcom County Food System Committee is to draft, implement, provide oversight for, and regularly update a countywide Food System Plan. The Committee is made up of 9 representatives from various food system sectors. The members of the Committee created a 10-year Food System Plan, which was adopted by the Whatcom County Council in July, 2023. 

The Plan was created by updating the Community Food Assessment, reviewing other County plans and food system plans, and engaging the community in a robust engagement process. The development of the Plan is demonstrated in this story map.

Now in the implementation phase, the Committee is providing oversight of the execution of the Food System Plan.

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Committee meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month*. The meetings are hybrid: in-person at 509 Girard Street in Bellingham and virtual via zoom. Find the virtual meeting link in the agenda. Agendas prior to 2023 can be found in the Agenda Center.

*February, 2024, the Committee will be meeting on February 20th. 

Date Agenda Meeting Summary
June 27, 2023 Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2023 Agenda Minutes
September 26, 2023 Agenda Minutes
October 24, 2023 Agenda Minutes
November 28, 2023 Agenda Minutes
January 23, 2024 Agenda Minutes
February 20, 2024 Agenda  
March 26, 2024    


The Food System Committee has 9 members.

Specifications: This committee shall include nine members appointed by the County Executive. There shall be representation for a variety of sectors in the food system. Current committee members:

Local sales farming: Margaret Gerard
Food Access: Sierra Crook (secretary)
Nutrition/Public Health: Noelle Beecroft (secretary)
Natural Resources: Trevor  Gearhart (vice chair)
Whatcom Food Network representative: Rhys-Thorvald Hansen (chair)
Export Sales Farming: Rob Dhaliwal
Labor: Sean Hopps
Processing/Distribution: Nikki Oleson
Fishing Industry: Paul Burrill

Term Length/term limit

Term of office for appointed members is four years; limit of two terms served. The Whatcom Food Network Representative is a two-year term.