PCC 2013 Annual Report

A message from your board

As our cooperative celebrates 60 years, your board of trustees is looking ahead to how we can keep PCC successfully fulfilling its mission in the next 60 years. Toward that end, your board spent much of its 2013 retreat on the topic of healthy growth. We explored many facets of PCC's growth, including number of members served, organic farmers supported, jobs provided and community efforts enriched. And of course, throughout the year, we learned a lot about GMOs. We also learned how committed our members are to the cause of labeling, a cause we will continue to support.

Your board also took steps to grow our relationships with community partners. In May, we toured Jubilee Farms, an organic farm now supported by the PCC Farmland Trust. In October, the board met with board members and staff of Seattle Tilth and toured three of their urban farms and teaching locations. This truly inspiring group shares PCC's values and passes them on to new generations of farmers, cooks and teachers. I urge you to check out the websites of these two unique and very successful organizations.

In June, several board members attended the Consumer Cooperative Management Association's annual conference to learn and share ideas with other cooperatives from around the country. Carol Binder, trustee, travelled to Senegal, Africa with the National Cooperative Business Association as a volunteer to teach business and cooperative principles to newly formed, women-owned cooperatives there.

PCC's 60 years of success has allowed us to do so much to further our cooperative, environmental and community ideals. All of this is made possible by the support of our members and patrons. Thank you, and be assured that your board of trustees will continue, on your behalf, to work hard toward continued success for the next 60 years.

Maggie Lucas
Chair, PCC Board of Trustees

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