PT Food Co-op

The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, Port Townsend, 98368
Port Townsend
Phone: (360) 385-2883

Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

Emergency Preparedness Event (EP)

August 27th, 2012 by

Join us in September for a special ordering extravaganza. For Co-op owners only, for the month of September, you can stock up for Emergency Preparedness by ordering from the UNFI Buyer’s Club catalog at NO ADDITIONAL MARK-UP and with NO MINIMUM order. Ask at the Member Services Desk for more info. This is the time to purchase a case of those crackers you really love to serve guests, to stock up on tuna, to store grains in case of emergency, and to get great deals!

Non-GMO Project Shelf Labels Are Here!

August 5th, 2012 by

You asked for it, and we’ve done it. Using the Non-GMO Project’s verification certification list of products, we’ve labeled our shelves with signage that shows you which products are certified by the Non-GMO Project. Learn how to avoid genetically modified foods by looking for this certification seal on our shelves, and on various product labels. We also have shopping guides available in the store to help you avoid GMO products. You can also read GMO Myth’s and Truths on the Non-GMO Project website.

Concerned about GMO’s? Download our pdf.

WSFFN & Willie Nelson!

April 25th, 2012 by

Willie Nelson is once again supporting farming! Join us in Ballard for a tribute evening of Willie’s music to benefit WSFFN. The Port Townsend Food Co-op supports the work of WSFFN and encourages you to step out and enjoy this low cost evening ($10). 80% will go to WSFFN. For more info on the event click here.

For more info on WSFFN, click here.

Organic Farming Websites

February 1st, 2012 by

All Organics Links
Provides global website links for organic information.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (USDA)
Search national farm databases for CSAs near you including Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association CSA listings, NewFarm Farm Locater and Local Food Directorie.

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
A nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Search for information about rare breeds for your own farm or homestead or learn about ways to support ALBC’s efforts.

ATTRA-National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
A local foods directory resource and an education source for information about sustainable agriculture including pest management, water management and soils and compost.

Center for Rural Affairs
Establishes strong rural communities, social and economic justice, and environmental stewardship, by engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.

Eat Wild
A clearinghouse for information about pasture-based farming. Learn about the benefits of grass-fed foods and find local grass-fed meat and dairy products.

Farming and the Environment
A non-profit organization working to protect both the economic vitality of farming in Washington State and promote the environmental stewardship of the state’s working agricultural landscape.

Local Harvest
Find fresh and healthy organic foods grown close to you. Search for farmer’s markets, CSAs, co-ops and restaurants that feature local food.

National Organic Program (NOP)
All you need to know about organic standards as overseen by the USDA including the NOP Regulations & Guidelines and the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.

New Farm
A program of Rodale Institute, informs, encourages, equips and inspires farmers with the support they need to take the important transition steps toward regenerative agriculture.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
Works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.

Organic Consumers Association
Campaigns for food safety, organic agriculture, fair trade and sustainability.

Organic Farming Research Foundation
Sponsors research related to organic farming practices, disseminates research results to organic farmers, and educates the public about organic farming issues.

Organic Seed Alliance (formerly Abundant Life Seed)
Provides collaborative education and research programs with organic farmers and other seed professionals, and the charitable distribution of open-pollinated seed.

Organic Trade Association (OTA)
Hosts a large annual trade show, a member only website, and regularly reports on changes to organic regulations or policies.

Pesticide Action Network
Works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.

Rodale Institute
Works worldwide to achieve a regenerative food system that improves environmental and human health.

Seed Savers Exchange
Networks growers to help preserve the diversity of our collective garden bounty.

Sunfield Education Association
A local farm and education center, which is providing programs in education and sustainable land stewardship that strive to engage the hands, awaken the mind, and nurture understanding of the connection between the earth and its inhabitants.

Tilth Producers
Provides support to organic sustainable farmers through education, networking and research opportunities throughout Washington state.

Traveling Organic
A travel directory & guide with a focus on organic living, created to make it easier for people to find sustainable, organic goods, services and lifestyle choices while away from home or at home.

USDA Farmer’s Market Resources
Search for farmer’s markets in other states and learn about the growth of farmer’s markets since 1994, new developments and trends, and other information for the interested consumer or for farmers who want to enter this market. 

Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network
A grassroots, statewide advocacy organization for sustainable agriculture and family farms in Washington State.

Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Bio-technology Websites

February 1st, 2012 by

Institute for Responsible Technology
A consumer safety partner promoting the Campaign for Healthier Eating. Go to their website to sign up for their newsletter for regular updates on efforts to label GMO products and more.

Center for Food Safety
Challenges harmful food production technologies and promotes sustainable alternatives.

Community Food Security Coalition
Wants all community residents to obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice. See their Farm to School program.

promotes dialogue about genetic science and its impact on our lives, pursuing sound and just genetic policy based on frank and open discussion from all perspectives.

Genetically Engineered Food Alert
A coalition of seven organizations united in their commitment to testing and labeling genetically engineered food.

Mothers for Natural Law
Promotes a national public awareness campaign on the dangers of genetically engineered foods, and an initiative to secure rigorous pre-market safety testing, mandatory labeling and a moratorium on these foods.

The Non-GMO Report
Publishes a monthly newsletter that provides information regarding the challenges of genetically modified (GM) foods.

The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods
Works to create a national grassroots consumer campaign for the purpose of lobbying to pass legislation that will require the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the United States.

True Food Network
A free service, connects consumers who want to take action to end the use of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in our foods. The Network calls on food companies to stop using GE ingredients in our food.

Union of Concerned Scientists
Seeks to ensure that all people have clean air, energy and transportation, as well as food that is produced in a safe and sustainable manner.

Environment & Health Websites

February 1st, 2012 by

2Good2Toss Jefferson County
Online recycling resource set up by local 4H students with support from Jefferson County Public Works and Washington Department of Ecology. Become a member of this online forum where you can sell items up to a value of $200.

Chef’s Collaborative
A culinary organization that connects local growers and restaurants. Search for member restaurants in your area.

Environmental Research Foundation
Provides understandable scientific information about the influence of toxic substances on human health and the environment.

Environmental Working Group Guide to Pesticides in Produce
A downloadable “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce” and a report card on best and worst produce choices for pesticides are among the food news available on this website.

Farming and the Environment
A non-profit organization working to protect both the economic vitality of farming in Washington State and promote the environmental stewardship of the state’s working agricultural landscape. 

Farm to School
Farm to School programs connects schools to farms to bring healthy whole foods to schoolchildren. Search for schools and school districts participating in a farm to school program in your area.

Future of Food
A website dedicated to spreading the word about GMOs in our food system. You can purchase a copy of the film by Deborah Koons Garcia, The Future of Food, on the website. 

GRACE Factory Farm Project’s Guide to Sustainably Raised Meat
Search for sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from stores, farms and restaurants in your area.

Greenpeace Shopper’s guide to GM
Find out what foods may presently contain GMOs, that presently contain GMOs but will be GMO-free in the near future, and that are guaranteed to be non-GMO.

HealthWorld Online
An internet health network you can use to access information, products, and services to help create your wellness-based lifestyle.

Local 20/20 – Food Resiliency Resources
A community group in Port Townsend working toward local sustainability by integrating economy, ecology and community via action and education. (home page) (Food Resiliency Resources)

Northwest Earth Institute

Uses chapters or local volunteer discussion groups to motivate individuals to examine and transform personal values and habits, and to act on that commitment.

Slow Food USA
An international organization that “recognizes that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of happiness.” Find out about a chapter in your area. 

Transfair USA
A non-profit organization and member of Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) and the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Learn about Fair Trade and how to shop Fair Trade.

The Green Guide Institute
Brings you the most objective, responsible and accurate environmental and health information you will find.

Cooperative Websites

February 1st, 2012 by

Co-op America
Works to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society by promoting socially responsible investing, consumer buying strategies, and resource conservation.

The Coop Directory Service
Provides information about American natural food co-ops both on-line and as a printed directory.

Cooperative Grocers Information Network (CGIN)
Strengthens retail food cooperatives via collaboration and sharing of resources.

Cooperative Grocer Magazine
Is a lively, colorful, bi-monthly magazine produced for the managers and directors of the more than 350 food cooperatives.

National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)
Helps provide legal and policy advocacy for cooperative business practices at a federal level, and also provides networking resources for common business needs.

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA)
Provides vision, leadership and systems to catapult a virtual chain of food co-ops to a position of prominence in the natural foods industry.

Northwest Cooperative Development Center (NCDC)
Helps newly forming cooperatives (from daycare centers to other food cooperatives) through pre-development stages including community organizing and technical assistance with business planning.

A source for learning about cooperatives in general and for locating co-ops in your region. Read about featured co-ops, read co-op stories and news, and get information about joining co-ops.

United Co-op Appeal
A project of the Cooperative Development Foundation, UCA is a workplace-giving program that supports non-profit organizations that use the cooperative enterprise model to bring economic development to individuals and communities throughout the United States and around the world. Find out how you can support this program with a donation.

Washington Travel Websites – Olympic Peninsula & Port Townsend

February 1st, 2012 by


Olympic Camping

Olympic Map

Enjoy Videos

Ferry Guide

Port Townsend Ferry

NW Ferry Map