Join the Whatcom Food Network for Their Fall Forum: The People That Make the Food System Work


Submitted by: Sustainable Connections

All are invited to attend The Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum on November 14, 2018. The Fall Forum will take a peek into the world of workers, the foundation that enables our food system to function.

The 2017 Community Food Assessment revealed gaps in our knowledge about the challenges and opportunities for those working within each sector of the food system. This Forum is an opportunity to learn more. The Fall Forum will include a presentation by Michelle Stelovich from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council. Michelle will present current employment and labor data from our region, and facilitate a panel of workers from different food system sectors including processing, distribution, farming and consumption (grocery). Employees will have time to share stories and experiences from their day-to-day work.

Laura McWilliams from Industry Health will shine a light on the unique challenges faced by chefs, cooks, dishwashers and others working in the “back of house.” In addition, Sara Southerland from Sustainable Connections will share perspectives through the lens of food and farm business owners, focusing on the opportunities and challenges involved in retaining a strong workforce.

Join the Whatcom Food Network for an exploration of Washington and Whatcom employment data, worker health and wellness, and what it’s like from the inside. The Fall Forum is free, but attendees must RSVP as space is limited. Special thanks to the Whatcom Community Foundation, which makes these Forums possible.

What: Whatcom Food Network Fall Forum
When: November, 14 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: BelleWood Acres, Distillery Room, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden
Cost: FREE

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