The mission of the PSFHC is to support and champion local, family scale farms by providing a direct connection with buyers in our region seeking high quality, locally produced food.
- Authenticity: we are committed to honesty, trustworthiness, and transparency in our relationship to our members, our buyers, and our community.
- Quality: we are committed to meeting customer expectations regarding excellent service and dependability, and the uniformity, consistency, and safety of our products.
- Resilience: we are committed to supporting the legacy of agriculture in our communities and are committed to embracing and upholding the values of cooperation to sustain that legacy.
We align with the National Good Food Purchasing Program and the International Cooperative Alliance to uphold the following Principles:
GOOD FOOD PRINCIPLES:
- Local Economy: We believe that participating in localized trade energizes our immediate economy and nourishes the people who live and work in our community and enables them to flourish and sustain their endeavors.
- Valued Work Force: We believe all people working in the food chain deserve safe and healthy working conditions and fair compensation.
- Environmental Sustainability: We believe in advancing sustainable and organic production practices that conserve soil and water, protect wildlife habitats and biodiversity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Animal Welfare: We believe all farm animals, as sentient beings, have value beyond economic measure and are entitled to moral and ethical consideration. As such, we uphold high standards for their humane treatment including preventative wellness care, rehabilitative care, access to pasture and a substantial percentage of their time spent on grass, living conditions and shelter that promotes their physical and social health, and slaughter practices that minimize suffering.
- Open and Voluntary Membership — Membership in a cooperative is open to all persons who can reasonably use its services and stand willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, regardless of race, religion, gender, or economic circumstances.
- Democratic Member Control — Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Elected representatives (directors/trustees) are elected from among the membership and are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote); cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
- Members’ Economic Participation — Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital remains the common property of the cooperative. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative; setting up reserves; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
- Autonomy and Independence — Cooperatives are autonomous organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control as well as their unique identity.
- Education, Training, and Information — Education and training for members, elected representatives (directors/trustees), CEOs, and employees help them effectively contribute to the development of their cooperatives. Communications about the nature and benefits of cooperatives, particularly with the general public and opinion leaders, helps boost cooperative understanding.
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives — By working together through local, regional, and national structures, cooperatives improve services, bolster local economies, and deal more effectively with social and community needs.
- Concern for Community — Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.