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FOOD TO BANK ON is a three-year farmer incubation project that connects beginning sustainable farmers with business training, markets and mentorship, while providing farm-fresh product to food banks and shelters.
Aspects of the project include:
- Training: Business planning, technical training workshops and field days in conjunction with the WSU Whatcom County Extension and industry experts on a variety of practical topics from soil health to financial management.
- Markets: New farmers are paid wholesale rates to deliver fresh food to local food banks; farmers are also connected with new markets through Sustainable Connections membership.
Mentorship: In addition to valuable peer-to-peer relationships with the cohort of farmers in the 1st through 4th years of business, each new farmer is paired up with an experienced mentor farmer.
The community, farmers, and the hungry all benefit from the innovative and effective work of the Food To Bank On project. Whatcom County food banks, soup kitchens and women's shelters have received over $57,000 in fresh produce since the programs' start in 2003.