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Sound Consumer, December 2009

PCC Farmland Trust saves Orting Valley Farms

It is with great excitement and gratitude that PCC Farmland Trust announces the preservation of 100 acres in Pierce County. This property, Orting Valley Farms, has been our most complex and ambitious project to date and has involved the time and generous efforts of many project partners and concerned community members. Saving it is an accomplishment on many levels.

It is with great excitement and gratitude that PCC Farmland Trust announces the preservation of 100 acres in Pierce County. This property, Orting Valley Farms, has been our most complex and ambitious project to date and has involved the time and generous efforts of many project partners and concerned community members. Saving it is an accomplishment on many levels.

Sustainable Christmas trees

Which is more sustainable — a live-cut Christmas tree or an artificial tree that lasts many years? We’ve had both, not being sure of what’s more naughty or nice. So when we saw an editorial on this question in our regional agriculture paper, the Capital Press, we thought ’tis the season to share what it said.

Which is more sustainable — a live-cut Christmas tree or an artificial tree that lasts many years? We’ve had both, not being sure of what’s more naughty or nice. So when we saw an editorial on this question in our regional agriculture paper, the Capital Press, we thought ’tis the season to share what it said.

Compendium, not your average greeting card company

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a greeting card connoisseur. But it didn’t take me long to figure out that Fremont-based Compendium is not your average card company. Compendium is a shining example of a new wave of companies that are embracing a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a greeting card connoisseur. But it didn’t take me long to figure out that Fremont-based Compendium is not your average card company. Compendium is a shining example of a new wave of companies that are embracing a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

Winter: time to shift to crucifers!

Many call them “brassicas” or “cole crops” (hence, “coleslaw”) and they include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and kale and all their kin — including mustard greens and some roots. What unites this nutritious family botanically is their similarly patterned flowers — four petals in the form of a cross; hence, crucifer, a “cross-bearer.”

Many call them “brassicas” or “cole crops” (hence, “coleslaw”) and they include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, and kale and all their kin — including mustard greens and some roots. What unites this nutritious family botanically is their similarly patterned flowers — four petals in the form of a cross; hence, crucifer, a “cross-bearer.”

Notes from the Cellar

Here we go again (already). Another lap around the sun almost done. With mere weeks remaining of the annual descent into darkness, it’s time to have a look around before commencing the long, slow climb back into the light.

Here we go again (already). Another lap around the sun almost done. With mere weeks remaining of the annual descent into darkness, it’s time to have a look around before commencing the long, slow climb back into the light.

PCC Farmland Trust celebrates 10 successful years

What a ride it has been! PCC Farmland Trust’s 10th anniversary year has been a time of meeting new people, adding new farmland, expanding the trust’s work, and visiting its farms. Thank you for supporting the trust’s work. We could not do it without you!

What a ride it has been! PCC Farmland Trust’s 10th anniversary year has been a time of meeting new people, adding new farmland, expanding the trust’s work, and visiting its farms. Thank you for supporting the trust’s work. We could not do it without you!

Letters to the editor

Organic cotton · PCC movies with a message · Gates Foundation · Avoiding genetically engineered food · Stevia safety? · Mushrooms · Quorn · Plastic deli containers · Produce bags

Organic cotton · PCC movies with a message · Gates Foundation · Avoiding genetically engineered food · Stevia safety? · Mushrooms · Quorn · Plastic deli containers · Produce bags

News bites

McEvoy to lead National Organic Program · Organic demand exceeds supply · Organic reduces global warming · Organic sustainability · Canadian cattle not inspected? · Bottled water statistics · HFCS and bees · NOAA raises red flags on offshore drilling plan · Sweden labels carbon emissions on food · Junk food as addictive as heroin

McEvoy to lead National Organic Program · Organic demand exceeds supply · Organic reduces global warming · Organic sustainability · Canadian cattle not inspected? · Bottled water statistics · HFCS and bees · NOAA raises red flags on offshore drilling plan · Sweden labels carbon emissions on food · Junk food as addictive as heroin

Your co-op

2009 fall member meeting

2009 fall member meeting