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by Goldie Caughlan, PCC Nutrition Education Manager, and contributions from Rita Overton, PCC Guest Editor
It's no doubt that the first harvest feast we now call Thanksgiving was celebrated with foods that were wholesome and natural. As we look toward recreating that famous meal with our own friends and family later this month, our search for those same good foods is a bit more complicated.
Coffee prices are at an all-time low and it's resulting in great hardship for the farm families for which coffee provides about 80 percent of their cash income. Take heart, for the Fair Trade coffee you buy at PCC provides living wages and concrete social change for these coffee-growing families.
A new program called "Buy Washington" may encourage consumers to buy home-grown apples, for example, instead of those labeled with a New Zealand sticker. The program is being funded with $3 million of a $10 million federal agricultural grant announced by Gov. Gary Locke. Locke says the grant money is meant to support and promote small Washington farmers and so-called "direct marketing" of small-farm products and farmers' markets.
by Nancy Gagnat, Cash for the Hungry Program Administrator
Cash for the Hungry has been knit into the fabric of PCC for so many years that it's become a quiet, steady part of PCC's ongoing community partnerships. It's always been supported by voluntary contributions, without prominent promotions or active solicitation. Volunteers truly drive this program and without them, Cash for the Hungry wouldn't be possible at PCC. As a grocery store, we just don't have the staff or budget. Cash for the Hungry is only possible due to more than 70 active volunteers and hundreds of shoppers who donate in our stores.
by Jody Aliesan, PCC Farmland Fund President and Operating Officer
PCC Farmland Fund President and Operating Officer According to a recent national defense report, "It is a principle of security that dispersal and redundancy create a survivable system." That's what the Earth has been doing for millions of years. Our only real security is "human security" — built on the economic, social and environmental well-being of all people. Together we depend upon shared commons — air, water and pollinators moving through the land.