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.  

Draft 2021 Community Food Assessment now available for review.

Please fill out this form if you have comments. 


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
  • Riley Sweeney - Food Access
  • Amber Noskoff - Nutrition/public health
  • Krista Rome - Natural Resources
  • Vacant - Whatcom Food Network representative
  • Vacant - Export Sales Farming
  • Vacant -Labor Issues
  • Nikki Oleson- Processing/Distribution
  • Vacant - Fishing Industry

Interested applicants can find the application to apply here

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
December 3, 2020 Agenda Minutes
January 27, 2021 Agenda Minutes
February 24, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 24, 2021 Agenda Minutes
April 28, 2021 Agenda Minutes
June 30, 2021 Agenda Minutes
August 4, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 1, 2021 Agenda Minutes
October 20, 2021 Agenda Minutes
December 1, 2021 Agenda Minutes