Member Spotlights

PCC began as a food-buying club with 15 families. Now, it’s exceeded 100,000 members. To celebrate that milestone, we’re spotlighting several members this year who help make the co-op thrive. If you have a membership story to share in our letters page, let us know at


PCC Member Jari Preston

Jari Preston

Meet longtime co-op member Jari! She’s shopped at Kirkland PCC for 30 years and has kept coming back because of the co-op’s local connections, support of small farms and high product standards. Jari loves to grind her own coffee in-store, as the smell elicits fond memories of being a child and grocery shopping with her mother. Before she checks out, she grabs a few of her PCC favorites: PCC Walnut Beet Salad and Crab Cakes. Thank you for your decades of dedication, Jari! We hope you enjoy seeing the same familiar faces at the bigger and better Kirkland PCC that opened earlier this year!


PCC Member Kathleen Yow

Kathleen Yow

Whether our members have been with us for days or decades, each one has a special relationship with our co-op. Meet Kathleen, a member who joined after her son was born back when our original Ravenna location was open and PCC didn’t sell meat. It was there that she built community and began learning about natural foods and quality standards. Our co-op played a large role in her personal and professional life — many of her wellness center’s customers came from her connection to PCC. Today, she works near Kirkland PCC and enjoys the Walnut Beet Salad, Hungarian Mushroom Soup and Mushroom Risotto Cakes from the PCC Market Kitchen. Thank you for your ongoing support, Kathleen!

Also in this issue

The local farmer who turned trash into a farm-saving treasure

Jason Weston is a legend. He’s “The Planet Jr. Guy,” the person who recognized the value in a vintage tractor from generations past.

News bites

California’s green grid • World food prize • Culinary program saved • Soil health program • Black farmers and wealth • Bird-friendly beef? • Cropland control • Plant fungus decoded • Energy-efficient lights • Microplastics concerns • Sustainable Yakima • Seed libraries sprout • People’s gardens • Antibiotics in beef • Insects in decline • Recycling rates drop

From okra to amaranth, plants help new residents “grow home”

The Tilth Alliance seeks to provide culturally relevant edible plant starts for refugee, immigrant, and low-income communities to help them grow the foods they know and enjoy.