2011 fall membership meeting recap

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(l-r) Tom and Ray Williams of Hudson Bay Farm, Nash Huber of Nash’s Organics and Andrew Stout of Full Circle Farm

Nearly 475 PCC members met at St. Demetrios Hall on October 25 to celebrate the first annual Food Day. Our meeting was a registered Food Day event – one of more than 100 in the Seattle area.

Through our program, Every Day is Food Day at PCC, we talked about the objectives of Food Day and how PCC is striving to achieve them.

  • Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods.
  • Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness.
  • Expand access to food and alleviate hunger.
  • Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms.
  • Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids.
  • Support fair conditions for food and farm workers.

Of course, it all starts with promoting safe and healthy foods and our meeting began with a delicious seasonal, local meal prepared by a team of PCC chefs. View recipes »

In a rare treat for our members, and to highlight our support for local food producers, we were joined by the farmers, ranchers and producers who brought us our meal ingredients – Pure Country Pork, Small Planet Organic Tofu, Nash’s Organics, Full Circle Farms, Rents Due Ranch, Oxbow Farm, River Valley Organics, Scott Leach Orchards, Pure »ire Dairy, Fidalgo Bay Coffees, Choice Teas and Organic Valley Farms. We also invited a number of our other local vendors to celebrate Food Day with us.

Bringing focus on PCC’s support of sustainable farming, we heard from PCC Farmland Trust executive director Rebecca Sadinsky in a report, not only on recent Trust activities, but on the history of the organization and some of the milestones reached over its ten years.

The first farmland saved by the Trust in 1999 is still farmed today by Nash Huber in Sequim. Andrew Stout of Full Circle Farm in Carnation farms on land preserved in 2005 by the Trust. Most recently, in 2011, the Trust saved the Williams Hudson Bay Farm in Walla Walla. Huber, Stout and Tom and Ray Williams all spoke to the members about the importance of the work of the Trust in preserving the rich farmland in our state.

We were reminded of PCC’s efforts to help alleviate hunger through out work with area food banks, and our advocacy work to influence policies that affect food security. To protect the environment and animals, PCC promotes, verifies and has earned legitimate certifications awarded by independent third parties.

Our spotlight on childhood nutrition shines through in the PCC Healthy Kids initiative, including the Free Fruit for Kids and Kid Picks programs, among other efforts.

To promote fair trade for workers, PCC labor practices focus on fairness, opportunities and respect for the many people who make our business possible. We offer fairly-traded products and we strive to educate on fair trade issues through our publications.

The evening ended with a question and answer session during which the farmers and our merchandisers spoke to some often-asked questions about our products and standards.

Washington state and West Coast Food Day organizer, Deborah Gardener, also spoke to our members and noted “"Food Day's six principles all really connect to the three core topics of the food movement: nutrition, food justice, and sustainability. That's what Food Day is all about: events all over the country like this one, so that suddenly as a public we get that these things are related. I can see from PCC's Food Day event that this is something to which you're all already dedicated, and that you're thinking about where we as food advocates want to be by Food Day 2012, and what we need to do to get there."

The board thanks everyone who contributed to the success of this wonderful evening with special gratitude to the producers who took the time – some straight from the farm – to join us!

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