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Sound Consumer, May 2018 | Issue No. 539 | Cooperatives

Creating a cooperative economy

Co-ops blend the best of the free market with an ownership model that requires the co-op to be responsible to the people who actually use the goods or services. The owners are the users of the business. In the case of co-ops like PCC, the vast majority of the owners are going to be your neighbors, the people who live in the same community and most are active shoppers.

Co-ops blend the best of the free market with an ownership model that requires the co-op to be responsible to the people who actually use the goods or services. The owners are the users of the business. In the case of co-ops like PCC, the vast majority of the owners are going to be your neighbors, the people who live in the same community and most are active shoppers.

VOTE ONLINE OR IN-STORE BY MAY 30

A core cooperative principle is democratic member control, which means that members can participate in making certain decisions for the co-op. One of the ways this comes to life for our co-op is through our Annual Election when members can vote for candidates to serve on PCC’s Board of Trustees and PCC’s Nominating Committee.

A core cooperative principle is democratic member control, which means that members can participate in making certain decisions for the co-op. One of the ways this comes to life for our co-op is through our Annual Election when members can vote for candidates to serve on PCC’s Board of Trustees and PCC’s Nominating Committee.

African-American co-ops and collective courage

In celebrating the power of the cooperative model, it is imperative that we address the impact of cooperative economies across our diverse communities. We are delighted to share this review of Professor Gordon-Nembhard’s insightful book “Collective Courage,” on the forgotten history of cooperative economics in African American communities.

In celebrating the power of the cooperative model, it is imperative that we address the impact of cooperative economies across our diverse communities. We are delighted to share this review of Professor Gordon-Nembhard’s insightful book “Collective Courage,” on the forgotten history of cooperative economics in African American communities.

The story of PCC Farmland Trust

PCC is integral to the creation of PCC Farmland Trust. When PCC members first stepped up to support farmland protection for Nash’s Organic Farm, PCC had never considered leading a farmland conservation effort as complex as the one Nash was proposing. No cooperative had.

PCC is integral to the creation of PCC Farmland Trust. When PCC members first stepped up to support farmland protection for Nash’s Organic Farm, PCC had never considered leading a farmland conservation effort as complex as the one Nash was proposing. No cooperative had.

PCC’s 2018 Annual Election

Join members and the PCC Board of Trustees to celebrate PCC’s 65th anniversary, learn how the co-op performed in 2017 against its financial, social and environmental bottom lines, cast your vote in the annual election and hear from some of our local producers and non-profit partners. Wednesday, June 6.

Join members and the PCC Board of Trustees to celebrate PCC’s 65th anniversary, learn how the co-op performed in 2017 against its financial, social and environmental bottom lines, cast your vote in the annual election and hear from some of our local producers and non-profit partners. Wednesday, June 6.

Producer Partnerships

Frontier has operated as a member-owned cooperative for more than 40 years, dedicated to supporting and advocating values of the co-op community. Frontier Co-op was one of the first suppliers to actively advocate organic products and organic agriculture, becoming a certified organic processor as soon as that program was available. Today, Frontier provides a wide array of the organic herbs, spices and teas that we offer in our stores.

Frontier has operated as a member-owned cooperative for more than 40 years, dedicated to supporting and advocating values of the co-op community. Frontier Co-op was one of the first suppliers to actively advocate organic products and organic agriculture, becoming a certified organic processor as soon as that program was available. Today, Frontier provides a wide array of the organic herbs, spices and teas that we offer in our stores.

Letters to the editor

Synchronicity · Vegan protein powder · Omega-6s · Meat alternatives · Plastic packaging

Synchronicity · Vegan protein powder · Omega-6s · Meat alternatives · Plastic packaging

News bites

Puget Sound net pens no more · Sharing table · Alexa tracks alcohol · PFAS restriction in Washington · Suing the CDC · Quality not quantity · Cheese tax · Spicy foods curb cravings · Young farmers · CRISPR contained · Non-GMO Philippines

Puget Sound net pens no more · Sharing table · Alexa tracks alcohol · PFAS restriction in Washington · Suing the CDC · Quality not quantity · Cheese tax · Spicy foods curb cravings · Young farmers · CRISPR contained · Non-GMO Philippines

Our co-op community

PCC in Burien · Mother’s Day kids craft event · Columbia City Farmers Market · Body care sale at PCC Mother’s Day weekend · Annual UW Bothell Husky 5K · Grapes, Paws and Hops Festival · Seattle Works Day · May customer service star · PCC Cooks

PCC in Burien · Mother’s Day kids craft event · Columbia City Farmers Market · Body care sale at PCC Mother’s Day weekend · Annual UW Bothell Husky 5K · Grapes, Paws and Hops Festival · Seattle Works Day · May customer service star · May customer service star · PCC Cooks

Sound Consumer, May 2018 | Issue No. 539 | Cooperatives