PCC Board of Trustees

Board report

There was no board meeting in December. The November 26 board meeting agenda included review and approval of the 2014 budget and business plan.

The nominating committee also released the names of PCC members who will be candidates in the 2014 board election. The committee interviewed seven applicants and nominated four members:

Carol Binder
Carol Binder (civic volunteer, licensed CPA, ret.), incumbent
Julianne Lamsek
Julianne Lamsek (technology director, KCTS TV 9), incumbent
Bruce Williams
Bruce Williams (civic volunteer, boards of directors), incumbent
Betsy Lieberman
Betsy Lieberman (nonprofit leadership consultant)

We'll post candidate bios and photos on our website by April 2, including video interviews.

The board also considered applications for the 2014-2015 nominating committee and decided on the following slate:

  • Janet Hietter, incumbent
  • Julie Tempest, incumbent
  • Karen Gaudette Brewer
  • Leanne Skooglund Hofford
  • Sara Walsh

The Member Relations committee discussed plans for the 2014 annual meeting and the board approved the meeting program. Tentatively titled "60 years of Governance, Growth and Giving" the presentation will be a multi-media look at our history.

The next board meeting will be on May 27 at the business office at 5 p.m. Member comment period is at 7 p.m. Member comments are limited to 3 minutes unless additional time is previously approved by the board chair.


At the November board meeting, Trudy Bialic, PCC director of public affairs and co-chair of the Yes on 522 steering committee, gave the board a post-election report. She included the final numbers, as well as next steps by groups that are continuing to push for labeling.

On behalf of the board and membership, board chair Maggie Lucas thanked Bialic and board member Stephen Tan. Tan, an environmental attorney, volunteered many hours on research, speaking engagements and writing articles in support of 522.

Urban agriculture tour

On October 26, the board of Seattle Tilth hosted PCC board and staff members on a tour of three urban farms managed by Seattle Tilth — Seattle Youth Garden Works, Bradner Gardens and what will be Seattle's largest urban farm — the Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (RBUFW).

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The group was all smiles after touring three urban agriculture projects. The tour was hosted by Seattle Tilth.

The purpose of the tour was to "learn about the breadth of work Seattle Tilth is doing in our community to inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system," noted Board Development Committee chair Julianne Lamsek. The committee plans educational opportunities for the board and this trip was in line with one of the board's long-term study tracks.

The first stop was Seattle Youth Garden Works where youth ages 16-21 are offered employment experience in urgan agriculture while developing leadership skills and personal connections to the food system.

Next on the tour was Bradner Gardens Park a unique collaborative partnership between City of Seattle Parks Department, Seattle Tilth, Washington Native Plant Society, King County Master Gardeners, P-Patch and neighborhood residents. All of the park's demonstrations are maintained by volunteers and are 100% organic.

Andrea accepting check from Scott
Andrea Dwyer, executive director of Seattle Tilth, accepts PCC's contribution from PCC Seward Park store director Scott McCormick.

The final stop was RBUFW, a long-neglected and formally inaccessible 10-acre farm site, which is the focus of a $2.4 million capital campaign being carried out by Seattle Tilth, in partnership with the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and the Seattle Parks Campaign. At the end of the tour, PCC announced a $10,000 donation in support of the ongoing capital campaign.

"We hope PCC's donation inspires others to step forward and support this wonderful example of people coming together to feed, educate and connect with their neighbors," said Scott McCormick, store director for PCC's nearby Seward Park location. "I was honored to present the donation on behalf of PCC. The scope of Seattle Tilth's work and the diverse communities they involve is impressive."

The farm and all on-site programming are managed by Seattle Tilth and directly benefit the Rainier Beach neighborhood. When fully funded, the revitalized farm will be active year-round offering fresh produce sold through an on-site market stand, covered outdoor workspace, community kitchen, greenhouses for year-round production of organic fruits and vegetables, a fruit orchard, apiaries, native plant nursery, compost center and community gathering place.

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(l-r) PCC board chair Maggie Lucas, Seattle Tilth board member JJ Jacobi and PCC trustee Carol Binder. Jacobi was the guide for the tour.

"Seattle Tilth and PCC Natural Markets are like-minded organizations that have enjoyed a multi-year partnership focused on local, sustainable agriculture," said Andrea Dwyer, executive director of Seattle Tilth. "This donation is a welcome boost to our capital campaign that, together with other public and private funding, will realize our dream for making the most of the opportunity the Rainier Beach Urban Farm offers residents throughout the Southeast Seattle community."

RBUFW will be a tremendous cooperative effort involving 5,000 community members each year. Students, volunteers, neighbors and farmers will work to produce more than 10 tons of organic produce annually.

Contact the board

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