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Labor, challenges focus of Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum

Nov 3rd, 2018 | Category: News

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum, “The People That Make the Food System Work,” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Forum will look into the world of workers, including a presentation by Michelle Stelovich from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council. Michelle will discuss 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. In addition, 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.” Following, Sara Southerland, of Sustainable Connections, will share perspectives from food and farm business owners, noting the opportunities and challenges in keeping a strong workforce. The Forum is free; attendees must RSVP as space is limited. The Forum, funded by the Whatcom Community Foundation, will be held 2-5 p.m. at BelleWood Acres, Distillery Room, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. To RSVP, see

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