Food System Committee


A food system includes all of the inputs that impact food, from farm to fork to waste.  Findings from a 2017 county-wide community food assessment illustrate opportunities for making a more sustainable and equitable food system in Whatcom County.  This committee will build on the findings of the community food assessment by engaging areas of the food system, including fishing, farming, labor, food access, environment, and waste. The purpose of this committee is to draft, implement, provide oversight for, and regularly update a county-wide food system plan to strengthen our local and regional food system.  


WCC Chapter 2.47


The Food System Committee has 9 members.

This committee shall include nine members appointed by the County Executive.  There shall be representation for a variety of areas related to food systems.

Current committee members:

  • Margaret Gerard - Local Sales Farming
  • Kendall Whitney - Fishing industry
  • Riley Sweeney - Food Access
  • Amber Noskoff - Nutrition/public health
  • Krista Rome - Natural Resources
  • Mardi Solomon - Whatcom Food Network representative
  • Vacant - Export Sales Farming
  • Vacant-Labor Issues
  • Vacant- Processing/Distribution

Term Length/term limit

Term of office for appointed members is four years; limit of two terms served.


In accordance with COVID-19 guidance, meetings are held virtually. Find the virtual meeting link in the agenda. 

Date Agenda Meeting Summary
January 29, 2020 Agenda Minutes
February 26, 2020 Agenda Minutes
June 24, 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 1, 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 8, 2020 Agenda Minutes