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Growing a New Kind of Cafeteria Food

Cauliflower mac and cheese? A salad bar stocked from the school’s own farm? Nearly 15 years after state legislation supporting “farm to school” cafeterias, see how one Washington district has navigated the “three legs” of a successful school lunch.

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Tips for Baking the Best “Everyday Cake”

Polina Chesnakova, a professional baker and cooking teacher, shares the secrets of success for baking great cakes (plus a recipe for the Tres Leches Cake in her new cookbook.)

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The Best Fruits & Vegetables to Buy Organic

The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists compiled by the Environmental Working Group are a good guide for when to prioritize organic produce if you have to make a choice. See what’s new for 2022.

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PCC Grants Support Creative, Essential Food Programs

From schoolchildren to elders, innovative new farmers markets to treasured old community centers, see how PCC’s Food Access Grants will help nonprofit organizations around the region provide nutritious food to those who need it.

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S’klallam Connections Garden Grows at Heronswood

A new garden is part of an overall renaissance at a world-renowned nursery that had fallen into disrepair. It’s led by members of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, on land historically occupied and currently owned by the tribe, meant to link members with the traditional uses of plants.

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Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Our correspondent from Bastyr University shares the science behind that question, plus two muffin-tin recipes for a quick, nutritious, and appealing start to the day.

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Make Your Own Five Mary’s Beeswax Wraps

Want to use less plastic? These DIY beeswax wraps are a great way to cut back on lunchbox waste or get started on homemade holiday gifts.

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A New Legacy for Grand Central Bakery

Grand Central Bakery’s origins are baked into Seattle’s food history. Now the famed bread makers are among a handful of mission-driven food businesses working to make sure their legacy and values will continue long-term.

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Students Hope Arctic Art—and a Museum Exhibit—Helps the Planet

A local teacher’s trip to the Arctic Circle has inspired years of classroom inspiration on conservation, and now a museum exhibit.

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A Conversation with Earthgen

Learn how EarthGen reaches nearly 40,000 students around the state with its environmental education programs, supported by PCC’s “Farm to School” bagged apple sales.

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PCC Customer Service Stars

Meet Leo Munoz from the View Ridge PCC and Jared Cohen from the Issaquah PCC!

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Member Spotlights

PCC now has more than 100,000 members. To celebrate that milestone, we’re spotlighting some of the members who help the co-op thrive.

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News Bites

Bluebird Grain honored • Pulse export shortages • Skagit farms preserved • California water woes • Vashon solar energy • Pesticide battle • Canada plastics ban • Parks and plastic • Juice lead limits • Edamame options • “Forever chemicals” law • Clif organics grant • Farmworker health care • Wasterwater treatment • Beer, yeast and recycling

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Letters to the Editor

More Einkorn flour • Plastic film recycling • Nutritional yeast and MSG • Real chocolate? • Homemade yogurt • Egg carton recycling • Avoiding idling

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PCC Presentation to United Nations Summer Academy

Aimee Simpson, PCC’s senior director of advocacy and environmental, social and governance (ESG) talked with a United Nations group on “how to learn from the past to feed the future.”

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