PCC Board of Trustees report, June 2011

This article was originally published in June 2011

Annual member meeting recap

The 2011 meeting was a glowing success. Attendance reached yet another record with more than 445 members joining us at St. Demetrios Hall on April 26.

Executive Chef Blake Caldwell, PCC Seward Park’s deli coordinator, led the planning and preparation of our dinner. Using local, seasonal and organic ingredients, their team produced a beautiful and delicious spring meal. All of the recipes, along with a report by former nutrition educator Leika Suzumura on the menu features, are linked from the annual meeting page on our website.

Board chair Julianne Lamsek and CEO Tracy Wolpert reported on the co-op’s solid financial health and shared operational highlights of 2010. Their reports are linked from the annual meeting page on our website as is the official 2010 annual report.

On behalf of the 2010-2011 nominating committee, chair Janet Hietter introduced the five board candidates to the members. Each candidate gave a brief statement.

The evening concluded with a panel discussion on the organic industry, featuring three experts in the field: Liana Hoodes, executive director of the National Organic Coalition; Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., technical policy director at Consumers Union; and Michael Sligh, founding chair of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and Sustainable Agriculture Program director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International.

They were in Seattle for the spring meeting of the NOSB. Sligh talked about the history and development of the organic standards, describing the years of work it took to get to the first set of rules in 2002. Dr. Rangan described some of the science involved in setting and reviewing standards and Hoodes stressed the importance of consumer input as the NOSB makes decisions.

They encouraged PCC members to remain vigilant about educating themselves and answer the call when asked to weigh in on issues affecting the organic food supply.

Election results

The ballot count meeting for the 2011 election was on May 23, so results were not known before press time. Results are now posted in the stores, co-op office, on our website and will be reported in the July issue.

Board meetings

The report on the May 31 board meeting will be published in the July Sound Consumer.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 28 at the co-op office at 5 p.m. Member comment period is at 7 p.m.

Also in this issue

News bites, June 2011

Organic growth, Washington organics decline, Food sovereignty, and more

Foraging in our own backyard

Students from the Edible Campus Project at the University of Washington are identifying and mapping edible plants on the UW campus. They’ve divided the campus into quadrants and plan to have a foraging guide available to the public.

Bananas at risk

Like so many Americans, I am a banana junkie. Almost every morning, I pull out the Vitamix blender and make a smoothie, always with at least a couple of bananas along with other scrumptious fruits. I buy two or three bunches of bananas a week.