Growing for Good

Our new collaboration with PCC Community Markets & Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets

The Growing for Good Partnership: Farmer Centered, Community Focused, People Funded

After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, PCC Community Markets reached out to Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets in response to the public’s rising levels of food insecurity. Working with Harvest Against Hunger and the tools and knowledge of our preexisting Farm to Community programs, PCC initially donated $80,000 to NFM to help establish a CSA-type contracting model that would allow NFM to provide upfront payment to local farms to sell their produce to food banks, as many small farmers were unable to sell their produce in their usual avenues when markets and restaurants began to close.

With PCC’s donations, along with over $212,000 in funding raised by the public through PCC Food Bank Program, this partnership been able to support 15 Seattle-area food banks and 14 farms across 7 counties around WA in just its first season.

PCC’s 2023 holiday fundraiser has launched! Donate in PCC stores at the register or online to support the work of Growing for Good in the 2024 growing season! 

Having the opportunity to meet the farmers who have grown such nutritious and delicious items and sharing clients' positive feedback has been such a success.
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Mike Hatada

Program Evolution

Our partnership with PCC Community Markets and Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets began with the goals of providing both an alternative income stream for NFM’s small farms whose businesses were threatened by the closures of Seattle farmers markets in spring 2020, and fresh produce for food banks in PCC’s Food Bank program experiencing greater demand during the pandemic. While the partnership was initially meant to be a short-term solution to COVID-19’s impacts on food security and the local farm economy, its multiplier benefits have allowed it to become more established in the region’s food system. With increasingly successful fundraisers now allowing for a multi-year commitment from PCC, the program has continued to expand and is preparing to begin its 4th season of farm-to-food bank contracting. 

Click below to view annual reports for impacts, testimonials, and future directions for the program: 

2021 | 2022

      2022 Farms

  • Sno-Valley Gardens 
    Windy Acre Farms
    Present Tense Farms
    AG Family Farm
    Alvarez Farms
    Canales Produce
    Farias Farm
    Hayton Farms Berries
    Kirsop Farm
    Regino Farm
    Viva Farms
    Mariposa Farm
  • Spring Time Farm
  • Frey Family Farm
  • Left Foot Farm
  • Olsen Farms

      2022 Food Banks

  • Asian Counseling & Referral Service
  • Chicken Soup Brigade
  • Byrd Barr Place
    Des Moines Area Food Bank
    Edmonds Food Bank
    Ballard Food Bank
    University District Food Bank
    FamilyWorks – Wallingford Food Bank
    Highline Area Food Bank
    North Helpline – Bitter Lake/Lake City Food Bank
    Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank
    Jewish Family Service – Polack Food Bank
    Maltby Food Bank
    Hopelink – Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland
    Rainier Valley Food Bank
    Renewal Food Bank
    White Center Food Bank
    West Seattle Food Bank
    Westgate Chapel