The Chuckanut Center is run by a volunteer board of directors who are committed to working with the public and other organizations to fulfill the mission of growing food, skills and a resilient community. If you’d like to become involved, please be in touch.
Erin McCain-Anderson, President
Born and raised in Bellingham and now living in Ferndale with her family, Erin holds this little PNW corner of the world near and dear to her heart. She learned about her love of gardens and her green thumb while working with herbs in a production nursery, so she planted her first garden in the back yard of a rental and hasn’t stopped in 20 years. Erin also worked for a number of years in community recreation programming and as an environmental/outdoor education teacher just out of college. Now her professional life is in event planning and management and she had the pleasure of working with many non-profits over the years. At home she’s an urban homesteader, where her family’s 1/4 acre lot sports many chickens, rabbits, a gigantic vegetable garden and a lot of fruit trees and berry bushes. She loves to can, cook and entertain friends and be outside in the sunshine.
Erin enjoys getting her hands dirty in the Chuckanut Center gardens, tackling projects and weeds and utilizing the beautiful caretakers house for instruction and gatherings. She’s excited to work hard to grow the center as an important resource for individuals wanting to be more self sufficient, feel more food secure, connect to other like minded community members and grow a network of urban homesteaders.
Pamela Jull, Treasurer
Pamela Jull moved to Bellingham in 1996 with her husband and newborn to work at WWU in the Sociology Department. She taught statistics, research methods and several topical classes before moving into a research position for the university and Washington State government. In 2005 she left the university to give her full attention to her social science research firm, Applied Research Northwest, where she has devoted her time to studying healthcare, environmental education, equity and human behavior.
Growing up on Bainbridge Island, Pamela spent weekends and family vacations either sailing in the San Juan Islands, running on the beach near Copalis, or hiking in the Olympic Mountains. Her childhood influences gave her interest in sociological issues relating to the natural environment and she has spend her professional career working with non-profits in an array of social research projects to protect waterways. In addition she offers technical assistance, research services and capacity building training to non-profits and government agencies around the country. When Pamela is not working she’s skiing, spending time with friends and family and cooking up a storm, as food is where her light really shines! She is pleased to be playing a supportive role as Treasurer in the continuing work of the Chuckanut Center, building community around sharing skills, growing food and increased resiliency.
Hannah has been with the Center since August 2018. Hannah has a background in horticulture with a lot of experience in landscaping. She used to run a small vegetable farm, with a u-pick veggie stand, on about 2 acres on an existing farm in Whatcom county. She also ran her own landscape maintenance company as a one woman operation, and has worked as a landscaper for about 10 years. She currently works as a Bookkeeper for a busy construction company in Bellingham.
Hannah dreams of growing lots of food and flowers on her own property and someday homesteading with her neighbors. Being involved in the community is very important to her and working at the Chuckanut Center brings all of her interests, experience and aspirations together.
Meg All, Secretary
Meg All is a permaculture enthusiast whose passion is creating systems that support the regenerative cycles of life. Having grown up in south-central Kentucky near her grandpa’s cattle ranch, Meg saw the once-lush land that she loved turned to a monoculture desert after being sold to big ag. This instilled in her a conviction to mimic natural ecosystems in food production practices. For the past ten years, she has been both humbled and empowered by the joys and challenges of growing food and community.
She rooted in Bellingham in 2015 after falling for the place where the mountains meet the sea – the ultimate dream of a hiker, biker, and paddler. Since then, she has been working as a program coordinator for students and under-represented groups at SPIE, the international society of optics and photonics, where she helps build supportive learning and work environments for optical engineers.
She first got involved in the Chuckanut Center in 2016 on the Garden Committee after curiosity got the best of her. Then life happened (as it sometimes does). After a multi-year hiatus, she returned to the Chuckanut Center in May 2019 to serve as Board Secretary and live into the mission of growing food, skills, and a resilient community.