October Membership Drive

October is Co-op Month and we’re having a membership drive!
If we reach our goal of 75 new members during the month of October, we will donate $500 to the Co-op Community Fund. (Members vote during next year’s Board election to determine which non-profits receive the funds.) Plus, receive a free Co-op tote bag made from organic cotton. And, if you invest the full amount up-front, we’ll wave the $10 admin fee.

Already a member? Spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors! If someone you know signs up for a membership during October and fills in your name on a special in-store coupon, you’ll receive a $5 Co-op gift card as a thank you.

Watershed Management Group’s Fall Water Harvesting Certification Course

Watershed Management Group (WMG) is accepting applications for its WMG Water Harvesting Certification course to be held November 12 – 21, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona. Applications are accepted until October 11, with priority given to the earliest applicants.

The WMG Water Harvesting Certification program is a hands-on training course that provides certification in water harvesting system design and implementation. WMG’s goal is to transfer water harvesting knowledge to those who will utilize them in their professions and teach these practices to others. Their program provides the highest quality and greatest depth of training in integrative water harvesting offered in the nation.

More information is available on the Watershed Management Group website, including a detailed program description, registration information, requirements, qualifications and certification information.

Local Food Workshop & Tours

Interested in learning more about local foods and visiting area growers? Local Food Concepts presents the Fall 2010 Local Food Workshop & Tours. Come and spend the afternoon!  The experience starts with the Local Foods Workshop for an hour of local food inspiration and learning, followed with a presentation by the Tour Host. After a snack, the Hosts will take you on a walking tour of their growing operations. Add in a light, local food supper with a chance for more questions and local food networking. That’s your afternoon under the bright blue skies of the Arizona autumn.

For Tour Fees and information, email LocalFoodConcepts@comcast.net or call 520.395.0663

Saturday, September 18: Walking J Farm (Double Check Ranch South), Amado
Sunday, October 3: Sunizona Family Farms, Willcox
Saturday, October 16: San Xavier Co-op Farm, Tucson
Saturday, October 30: Chiva Risa Goat Ranch, Hereford
Saturday, November 13: Sleeping Frog Farms, Cascabel

Please note that these are not Co-op events.

LFC Workshop Tour Flyer

We have new Wellness products at the Co-op!

In alignment with our commitment to providing access to safe, healthy, sustainably-produced products, as well as being conscious of social, ecological and economic impacts, Food Conspiracy is adding a few new product lines to our Wellness department.

Alaffia: Fair Trade Skin Care

Alaffia was founded as a way to empower communities in West Africa through the fair trade of shea butter. The Alaffia Shea Butter Cooperative in Togo, West Africa handcrafts the indigenous raw ingredients, and Alaffia Sustainable Skin Care in Olympia, Washington creates the finished products. Proceeds from sales of their products are then returned to communities in Togo to fund community empowerment and gender equity through school projects, women’s equality and health care, bicycles for education and reforestation. For more information please visit Alaffia’s website.

Nordic Naturals: Pure and Great Tasting Omega Oils

Nordic Naturals’ mission is to deliver pure and great-tasting omega fish oils that promote optimal health and wellness. Through sustainability, science + research, education, and social responsibility they initiate standards of integrity that apply not only to their product line but to all of their business practices worldwide. As an industry leader and innovator, Nordic Naturals strives to lead individuals to a better quality of life while maintaining a deep respect for the environment. For more information please visit Nordic Naturals’ website.

Trace Minerals Research (coming next month)

For over 35 years, Trace Minerals Research branded products have been recognized around the world as the pioneer of ionic trace mineral products that have supported consumers in living healthy lives. During that time, they have remained committed to six core values: quality, service, innovation + product development, education, leadership, and loyalty + fairness. They stand by these principles and believe they will help us improve the world we live in. For more information please visit Trace Minerals Research’s website.

Board Meeting w/Community Food Bank

Robert Ojeda, Director of the Community Food Resource Center of the Community Food Bank, will be joining us to discuss future plans. 6:30pm at Friends Meeting House, 931 N. 5th Ave. Stay involved with Co-op decision making. All members are welcome.

Board Meeting

Stay involved with Co-op decision making, come to our Board Meeting! 6:30pm at Friends Meeting House, 931 N. 5th Ave. All members are welcome.

Whole Foods Market, in Wake of OCA Campaign, Moving Away from Silk “Natural” Soymilk to Organic Brands

Fourteen years ago, a burgeoning Boulder company — White Wave Inc. — was responsible for launching Silk soymilk, a brand that is now the category leader.

So when Whole Foods Market wanted to boost its organic soymilk options a year after Dean Foods’ WhiteWave Foods shifted most of its Silk products away from certified organic soybeans, the Austin, Texas, grocer turned to a burgeoning Boulder County firm — one stocked with former White Wave employees.

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Why Do Members of Congress Think They’re Exempt from the American Work Ethic?

I don’t think of myself as especially hard working. I started my career at The New Yorker as a young staff writer—and in those days in New York publishing circles, the day began at ten a.m. That’s when the receptionist arrived, the switchboard opened. As a result, twenty-five years later, if I’m sitting at my computer by nine-thirty I still think to myself, “I’m early!” (Not only that, but twenty-five years later every place else I’ve ever lived still seems cheap by comparison.) Still, even with that laggardly start, I’ve managed to get done most of what I set out to do, and I’ve never spent a lot of time whining about how hard it all is. If Americans are supposed to be good at anything, it’s hard work.

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