Protecting Your Water: Understanding The Water Rights Lawsuit

March 27, 2024  |  6:30 - 8:30 pm Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Peoples Bank Farm Pavilion Your RSVP is not required, but is appreciated so we know how many plan to attend. RSVP Today! Whatcom County residents are invited to a special informational event in Lynden on ...

Get to Know Your Farmers in 2024

Happy New Year from all of us at Whatcom Family Farmers! We recently became aware that many of our followers are not aware of our educational efforts. As we look ahead to 2024, we are proud to continue these educational experiences to connect our community with the people who grow ...

Whatcom Family Farmers joins coalition calling on Inslee to save key conservation program

On Thursday, August 24th, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that they will be restructuring or canceling up to 334 Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) contracts with working landowners across the state beginning October 1, 2023. Whatcom Family Farmers, together with a coalition of farmers and environmental advocates, are ...

BC Pollution Fouls Whatcom Waterways; Farmers Demand WA, Canadian Leaders Take Action

‘Massive’ bacterial counts–as much as 260 times the allowable limit–threaten shellfish, endangered salmon despite Whatcom farmers’ efforts to protect water quality in Nooksack River, tributaries (LYNDEN, Wash.) In a new letter to Washington state, tribal and Canadian officials, farmers in Whatcom County are shedding light on a troubling trend of ...

Why Whatcom County’s Proposed Food Plan Falls Short

Whatcom Family Farmers, Whatcom County Farm Bureau issue joint statement voicing local farming community’s concerns with Whatcom County’s recently-proposed Food System Plan. April 20, 2023 Food Systems Report Comments County Council members and Food System Committee: Whatcom Family Farmers is a non-profit organization representing many farmers and farm-related businesses in ...

Tell lawmakers to support stewardship and farming

Washington state lawmakers in both the Senate and the House will be holding executive sessions and recommending whether or not to pass two important bills, SB 5353 and HB 1421, that consider re-opening enrollment and adding funding to the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP). We are asking you to contact ...

Ecology’s Water “Solutions Showcase” Highlights Keys to Success in Yakima Basin

Countering Ecology’s focus on adjudication in Whatcom, leaders in the Yakima Integrated Water Plan explain cooperation and trust are essential to resolving water issues and show how litigation “stymied” progress on solving Yakima Basin issues for decades (LYNDEN, Wash.) The State Department of Ecology sponsored a “Solutions Showcase” on ...

Community Collaboration Can Solve Whatcom Water Crisis, Bring Legal Certainty

We’re fortunate that spring rains and snowpack this year have kept streams from dropping to the record low levels we saw during last year’s drought. But the reality is that stream flows still aren’t where they could be if our community came together to get desperately-needed infrastructure ...

Whatcom farmers share north Whatcom mayors’ concern over Ecology’s misleading statements, stalled collaboration

Farming community joins other local leaders’ calls to reinvigorate county-wide collaboration on flooding, water access solutions (LYNDEN, Wash.) Whatcom Family Farmers agrees with the mayors of five Whatcom cities, who are expressing their concerns about the Washington Department of Ecology’s troubling efforts to promote a harmful legal action against local ...

Whatcom County Council agrees unanimously to support collaboration

Whatcom Family Farmers is encouraged by Whatcom County's support for a collaborative approach to the Nooksack River Basin's ongoing water crisis. Last year's drought closely followed by record-setting flooding only a couple of months later clearly demonstrated the basin's water crisis results from a failure of water management, not ...

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