PCC Columbia City - Back to the Future

Known for its fresh produce, bulk selection, and wide offering of local and organic products, the PCC’s newest store is not only built on the company’s successes and new shopping trends, but also pulled a few ideas from the past to expand services.
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Magical Thinking: PCC in 30 Years (Audio)

Darrell Vannoy, PCC’s new VP of Merchandising and Procurement, discusses the changes and evolution of PCC Natural Markets and where the company – and food retailing – may be in 30 years.
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Fire Update: Making Sure Farm Friends Are OK

(8/26: Updates below – more to come!)

Wild fires and forest fires are rampant across the Northwest, south into California, and east into Montana. When you have friends farming on lands that are in the paths of these fires, all you can do is pray that they will be safe.

Farming is a hard business
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So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

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The ocean contains 97% of the planet’s water and covers 71% of the Earth’s surface. Stand on the shore and its expanse and distant horizon imply an endless source of resources. Now we recognize that the oceans are not boundless and the numbers of fish are not endless. It wasn’t until the late 20th Century that we understood the world production (harvest) of fish is on a downward trend and we will be out of fish by the middle of this century unless we take some drastic steps.
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Sizzling Summer Sundays - Chicken on the Grill

There are days when it just doesn’t pay to cook inside, and hot summer Sundays seem to be the norm here in Seattle this year! Fire up the grill, quarter that pastured organic chicken, and do dinner “al fresco!”
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The Challenge of Cheap Food

In the rush to insure cheap and plentiful food for our nation, we have inadvertently created a much greater problem and we are now experiencing a very high cost for our cheap food.
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Peas (and Love) in the City

After spending 20 years with Seattle Tilth in a variety of posts, including everything from office and event manager to education program manager and children’s program manager, Lisa Taylor has moved on to concentrate on using her skills as urban farmer, garden educator, speaker and workshop organizer, and consultant.

Lisa has taught everyone from
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Maritime Northwest Garden Guide by Lisa Taylor

The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide is designed as a month-by-month gardening calendar, outlining when to plant vegetables, herbs and flowers.
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Beating Whole Foods at Its Own Game

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Whole Foods has been neck in neck for some time with Puget Sound’s PCC Natural Markets (the largest and one of the oldest food cooperatives in the nation), however the corporate structure of “whole” just couldn’t match the cooperative foundation of “real,” at least as far as good food principles.
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Good Grass Makes Good Beef - And Good Soil

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Over the last 70 years, the beef industry has changed considerably, evolving into an intense, industrial enterprise designed to put as much weight on as many cattle as fast as possible and get the resulting meat to market as quickly as possible. In response to the damaging impact of feedlot production, more and more farmers and ranchers are choosing to return to – and improve upon – traditional methods of raising cattle on grass.
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