North Sound Sustainability Forum
Maia Barmish

Lively discussion at North Sound Sustainability Forum

Residents of the North Sound region voiced their thoughts and concerns about the future of the region at a Sustainability Forum on April 16th that Forterra cohosted with Snohomish Conservation District and Economic Alliance Snohomish.

Farmers, community members and nonprofit organizations participated in animated and deep discussions around the topics generated by the participants themselves: How to define sustainability success in rural communities and cities; how to motivate other communities to care about sustainability in rural towns; how to save farms and working and rural lands while creating cities people want to live in; and how to make the region more resilient.

Many expressed a strong desire to support farming communities so they may thrive in the future while working with cities to prevent sprawl and protect the beauty and resources of the region. People expressed that that to fill the need for farm support and land preservation policy changes must be made. Participants would like to see models like the Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program in their communities, as well as agri-tourism to engage, educate and excite city dwellers, who are often unacquainted with the importance farm lands.

The evening ended on a hopeful note, with renewed energy and enthusiasm to partner together and learn more about how to make our region more sustainable.