PCC Board of Trustees report, October 2013

This article was originally published in October 2013

Board reports

The board was scheduled to meet on September 24 (after our publication deadline) with an agenda that included consideration of work plans for this year’s four standing committees: Board Development, CEO Evaluation, Finance and Member Relations. Also on the agenda was a board discussion with the nominating committee as it prepares to begin the review of board applications.

The strategic learning session was scheduled to feature a presentation by Seattle Wholesale Growers Market — a floral cooperative that provides local flowers to PCC.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, at the business office at 5 p.m. Member comment period is at 7 p.m. Comments are limited to three minutes unless prior arrangement is made with the board chair.

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Nominating Committee

2013-2014 Nominating Committee (l-r) Mary Simon, Janet Hietter (chair), Tom Monahan, John Sheller, Don Nordness and Julie Tempest.

Board application deadline

The application deadline for the 2014 election is October 15. The nominating committee will conduct interviews in late October and early November. The 2014 slate should be finalized by late November and will be published on our website in early January. The slate should be published in the February issue of the Sound Consumer.

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Board outreach event

On July 23 the board hosted a gathering for members who were interested in learning more about labeling genetically engineered food. The event took place at the Kirkland Performance Center.

PCC public affairs director Trudy Bialic and board member Stephen Tan each presented and took questions. Bialic also is co-chair of the I-522 campaign. Tan, an environmental attorney, is managing partner at Cascadia Law.

Stephan Tan and PCC members

PCC members (l-r) Jennie Sanford-Arnold and Doug Lapchis with board member Stephen Tan after his presentation about GE labeling.
Amanda Reykdal

Yes on 522’s field manager, Amanda Reykdal, distributed information and signed up members who wished to volunteer or host events in their homes.

“Our members told us after April’s annual member meeting that they wanted to hear more about the Yes on 522 campaign,” says board chair Maggie Lucas. “So, we decided to make that the topic of our summer member outreach event. We were pleased to be able to host a gathering on the Eastside for a change of pace.”

PCC Farmland Trust

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Coming to your mailbox soon …

All PCC members should look for the annual funding appeal from PCC Farmland Trust in the mail in November. At its July meeting, our board approved the mailing to our membership.

Also in this issue

Letters to the editor, October 2013

What ingredients are safe?, Food waste, Pesticide residues, and more

Are there bee-killing pesticides in your garden?

"Bee-friendly" garden plants sold by Home Depot, Lowe's and other top garden retailers around the country contain neonicotinoid pesticides that can poison bees.

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about a juicy new apple variety coming soon, why avocado size is smaller this year, and updates on growing local quinoa and Oregon hazelnuts.