Food System Committee


A food system includes all of the inputs that impact food, from farm to fork to waste.  Findings from the 2021 update of the 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
  • Riley Sweeney - Food Access
  • Amber Noskoff - Nutrition/public health
  • Krista Rome - Natural Resources
  • Rhys-Thorvald Hansen - Whatcom Food Network representative
  • Vacant - Export Sales Farming
  • Sean Hopps -Labor Issues
  • Nikki Oleson- Processing/Distribution
  • Paul Burrill - 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. Agendas prior to 2021 can be found in the Agenda Center.

Date Agenda Meeting Summary
February 2, 2022 Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2022 Agenda Minutes
April 6, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2022 Agenda Minutes
August 10, 2022 Agenda Minutes
September 7, 2022 Agenda Minutes
October 18, 2022 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2022 Agenda Minutes
December 15, 2022 Agenda