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
Sue Guyett - PGFC Chair
Rae Olsson - PGFC Vice Chair
Willow Falcon - PGFC Treasurer
Justin Peters - Secretary
Ken Casavant - At-Large
Kathleen Ryan - At-Large
Allison Fisher - At-Large
The local emphasis of the Pullman Good Food Co-op aligns with Sue Guyett’s passion for superior flavor in the produce she buys. Fruits and vegetables should taste good in their raw form. Sue Guyett is an entrepreneur at heart and believes in giving back to the community. Over the years, Sue has launched several successful programs and events for nonprofits, returned to school as a non-traditional student, earned a degree in Business and worked for the Washington State Auditor's Office.
Rae grew up in Olympia shopping at the Olympia Food Co-op, and studied sustainable agriculture and community development in food systems during undergrad. They moved to Pullman in 2015 to persue a PhD in Entomology, and fell in love with the Palouse. Now they work at WSU as part of the honey bee research program, and in their spare time they enjoying crossfit, running, hiking, and gardening with their partner and dogs, and fermenting just about anything they can get their hands on!
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.
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.
Allison is originally from Tucson, AZ and grew up with the Food Conspiracy Food Co-op. Allison attended Gonzaga and frequented the Main Street Co-op. After graduating, Allison moved to Pullman for her PhD in Math. Seeing how beneficial a food cooperative is for a community, Allison became impassioned to start a food coop! Previously, Allison worked for the WSU Office of the President as the Downtown Initiative Coordinator. She brings her experience in data analysis and community engagement.
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.
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.