PCC Board of Trustees
The committee is reviewing board applications submitted by the October 14 deadline and beginning the interview process. The 2015 candidate slate will be announced in the January Sound Consumer.
Three PCC trustees, Maggie Lucas, Karen May and Sandy Voit, attended the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) held in Madison, WI in early June. At CCMA, speakers and trainers from outside the food co-op sector supplement the contributions of local and national co-ops. The CCMA attendees are primarily managers, staff and board members of food co-ops, although other types of co-ops were also represented. There were more than 500 attendees from approximately 140 co-ops.
There were two full days of workshops (ten tracks offered at six sessions) on ensuring food access, developing leaders, strategic thinking, growth/expansion, and governance. There also was a day of educational tours, from local food co-ops to the Krusenbaum family dairy farm (a member of the Organic Valley Cooperative).
Lucas noted, "I came away from this half-day tour amazed at the complexity of managing a dairy herd under the organic standards and so grateful that there are famers willing to do this challenging work. We learned about the homeopathic remedies used by the vets who care for these animals, the micro-hornets and grazing rotation used to help reduce the pesky fly population, and the ultra high level of care taken to test the products for highest quality."
"The Organic Valley Cooperative embodies the cooperative principles we want to support," Lucas continued. "It requires all members of its highest leadership to be participating farmers, and chooses those leaders via democratic vote. Standards and policies likewise allow input from all the co-op's members and are rigorously enforced. Member farmers are guaranteed a fair price for their product in advance, which is a tremendous benefit in an industry so much at the mercy of the market. Organic Valley is a great example of cooperative principles in action bringing a valuable product to consumers. As a PCC member I’m proud that we partner with Organic Valley, and I feel lucky to have this choice when I shop."
The annual conference is rotated annually among East/Central/West regions. Next year the conference will be in Boise, ID.
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