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 living in Ferndale with her family, Erin holds this little 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 has the joy of baking for a local cafe as well. At home she’s an urban homesteader, where her families 1/4 acre neighborhood lot sports many chickens, rabbits, a gigantic vegetable garden and a lot of fruits. She loves to can, cook and entertain friends and be outside in the sunshine.
Erin loves to get 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, growing 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.
Hannah Parker, Treasurer
Hannah has been with the Center since August 2018 and she is currently serving as our important fiscal manager! 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.