Have you noticed some activity around the abandoned phone booth on the outside of our Downtown store along Forest Street? For several months now, a team of three dedicated artist-writer-activists have been putting a plan into action to create something beautiful from the former eyesore.
Increasing the stable supply of healthy local food for Whatcom County residents is a primary mission of the Co-op’s Farm Fund. In 2015, the Farm Fund created the Next Step Project to offer assistance to farmers scaling up to increase the amount of local food available to local markets.
On September 1, 2016, local farmworkers voted to unionize. Five hundred indigenous farmworkers formed an independent union, drafted a union contract, won an $850,000 lawsuit, and established a new Washington state labor law that guarantees both hourly and piece-rate farmworkers have the right to paid 10-minute rest breaks.