The PGFC STORY
Pullman's very own food co-op, collectively grown
by the people of Pullman.
It started years ago, as a vision and dream shared by many Pullman residents… to open a full scale, natural food co-op in Pullman.
The dream is becoming a reality…
A small group of people are gathering the community together to open a Pullman based Food Co-op soon. Locals would like to open a store, offering good food from area farmers and producers, benefits all residents, and that presents helpful food education to everyone.
The start-up process has grown organically in the community, with many residents contributing their expertise to the planning and hard work of establishing the store. Community leaders, businesses, and residents excitedly continue to join together in the efforts to make the store a reality. Collectively, the current effort is focused on growing the number of member-owners to help open the Pullman Good Food Co-op soon.
Imagine being a store owner and smelling wholesome, fresh-baked bread and pastries wafting through the air as you approach your store. The busyness of the day melts away as you approach the entry filled with lush, colorful vegetation. Stepping inside, the market warmly receives you, offering a variety of fresh produce, prepared foods from the deli and bakery, a hot and cold beverage bar, health products, and a community space to visit with our friends and families.
You can join the dream...you can build the store! 1,000 memberships will help make the dream come true.
The mission of the Pullman Good Food Co-op is to provide the community with equitable access to healthy, affordable, quality food with a priority to support local producers.
To achieve our mission we will:
• Earn the loyalty of our owners through an ongoing commitment to service.
• Forge a deepening bond between sustainable, local producers and the co-op community.
• Strengthen our local economy through investment, employment and local trade
• Provide quality food, products, packaging, and food education that is affordable and environmentally responsible.
• Value and respect all peoples and beliefs.
• Build upon and operate with cooperative principles and values.
PGFC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Justin Peters - PGFC Chair
Willow Falcon - PGFC Treasurer
Kathleen Ryan - Secretary
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Justin Peters is an entrepreneur and fiscal analyst who has lived in the Pacific North West his entire life. He holds his MBA and has experience owning his own local business. Justin is committed to this community, volunteering his time where he can (especially enjoys his time with WSU Athletics) and has dedicated his career to Pullman Regional Hospital. In his spare time, he trains for Ironman races, travels, and spends time with his wife, 3 step-kids and dog.
Willow Falcon lives in Pullman with her husband, two children and two dogs. She came to the Palouse 17 years ago to study Soil Science at the University of Idaho. She is a local business owner and a dedicated volunteer with several organizations. To her, a community functions as a natural ecology does where businesses and individuals contribute in small but important ways to the overall landscape. Falcon brings small business experience and optimism to the co-op.
Kathleen is enthusiastic about the future of our local small-agriculture. Kathleen has lived in Pullman for 18 years, and has called Alaska, Arizona, Australia, France, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New York, and Washington home. She has been a working member of food co-ops, previously serving as Sustainable Practices Coordinator and on the Board of Directors. Kathleen has worked in the building industry for 40 years in energy and design. She brings her experience in design for community to PGFC.
Ken calls himself a farmer from North Dakota, which he is. He came to work on his PhD in agricultural economics at WSU, planning to return home but he and his wife Dorothy fell in love with the Palouse region. Recruited to the faculty he has been in Pullman for 54 years, retiring in his 50th year at WSU. Past City Council member, President of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce, he relishes civic and public service roles. Interests are cooperatives, agricultural supply chains, public/civic policy.
Matt Smylie graduated from WSU in 1999, and went on to a career in journalism before moving over to marketing and strategic/digital communications as a consultant in Northern Virginia. Matt and his wife, Candace, moved back to Pullman in 2021; along with their 18-year-old son, three goldendoodles, a basset hound, and their flock of backyard chickens.