Today I participated in the Whatcom Food Network Forum. The point of the Forum was to “build common understanding and facilitate collaboration efforts toward a healthy and equitable food system for all.”
It was so interesting and energizing. I met some of my secret ‘heroes’ of Whatcom County: the people who grow our food, market and sell and distribute our food, and educate about food.
I was hesitant to register at first because why would they want a teacher there? But I soon realized that the schools are an integral part of the Food System, and we need to collaborate more so that everybody knows about where our food comes from in order to make healthy choices. People were seeking me out!
It is going to take me a few days to distill and crystallize everything I learned today, but I just wanted to share what a wonderful day I had with like-minded food people.
The closing question of the day: How do we work as a combined force to come into right relationship with food and diffuse that into the broader community?