PCC Provides Grants to Organic Farms | News | 425business.com – 425business.com

Seattle-based PCC Community Markets (PCC) has awarded $25,000 in Organic Producer Grants to six small- to midsized area farms across the state from Whidbey Island to Eastern Washington and north toward the Canadian border.
“We know today that organic production protects local ecosystems, farmworkers, and is healthier for communities,” Aimee Simpson, PCC’s senior director of advocacy and environmental, social and governance, said in a news release today. “That said, we also recognize how labor- and cost-intensive it can be to achieve and maintain organic certification. That’s why we believe it’s so important to support small farms as well as larger businesses in Washington state with their mission to feed our local communities with organic food.”
Grant recipients are Clover Mountain Dairy in Chewelah, Alluvial Farms in Everson, Silva Family Farm in Oak Harbor, Royal Produce Farm in Royal City, Long Hearing Farm in Rockport, and Rent’s Due Ranch in Stanwood.
PCC, which has 16 stores throughout Puget Sound, including on the Eastside, introduced the Organic Producer Grants in 2019 to help farms with projects such as transitioning from nonorganic to organic certification.
Grant recipients will use the money on efforts that include improving soil health and soil carbon sequestration, and improving sustainability, efficiency, effectiveness, or performance through the purchase of equipment, tools, and facility improvements. PCC also looked to benefit historically marginalized or underserved communities and people when reviewing grant applications. 
The co-op’s mission includes cultivating vibrant, local, organic food systems.
John Stearns is a staff writer.
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