Eat Local Challenge July 1 -14th

Food Conspiracy’s Eat Local Challenge. From July 1-14th, all local produce and locally produced grocery items are 10% off. Gather your friends and family for a barbecue, try brewing your own pale ale, make a batch of pickles–declare independence this 4th of July!

Food Conspiracy invites you revel in local during the Eat Local Challenge July 1-14.  Real tasting tomatoes, Conspiracy Grown basil, Forever Yong Farm Korean melon, Exo’s chiltipin chile spiked cold brew, Curly Wolf kombucha in your mixed drinks, San Xavier traditional teparies (pronounced tep-A-Ree), Conspiracy Kitchen made salads and sandwiches. If it’s grown, brewed, fermented, baked or produced within 200 miles of downtown Tucson—it’s local and we’re celebrating it and it’s all 10% off during the Challenge.

Instagram Takeover Guest Line Up

Next, Food Conspiracy is handing over our Instagram account during the Challenge to showcase the people and places behind the food and to give followers a behind-the-scenes look at local farm field and wild desert harvest to neighborhood cold brewed coffee.

Alexandra @alexandraskyee July 2 -4th

Alexandra is interning on local ReZoNation Farm and Bean Tree Farm.

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IMG_4588@LocalFirstAZ July 5-7th

Local First Arizona empowers individuals to build the life they want in their local community. Together we can create a stronger economy, a more vibrant community, and better job opportunities for Arizonans. They will be wrapping up Independence Week with us by telling the stories behind the food at Food Conspiracy.  IMG_4592

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Calling All Creatives!

Calling all creatives to contribute to Conspiracy News, the bimonthly Newsletter of Food Conspiracy Co-op.  We are seeking photos, recipes, original art, personal essays, reporting and more.

Conspiracy News

July/August Issue theme is Monsoon.  Deadline is June 1.

September/October Issue theme is Cooperation.  Deadline is August 1.

Download and Share Call for Creatives

P.S. Aside from the pride and joy of sharing yourself with readers, we offer selected contributors a $20 gift card and free co-op reusable shopping bag.  If you are a Food Conspiracy owner, you get a reusable shopping bag and a 5% shopping discount at the Co-op during the first month of publication.  (i.e. July/August 2016 issue you would get a discount for the month of July 2016).   Interested? Contact us at newsletter@foodconspiracy.coop for media formats and deadline specifics.

Call for Creatives 2016

Sewn Together

SEWN TOGETHER, from the May + June Issue of Conspiracy News

by Ray Younghans, the Gloo Factory

The Women’s Sewing Cooperative of DouglaPrieta Works (DPW) is the longest running and closest fair trade sewing project in our region. The women of DPW make quality hand-sewn products and support a community center that teaches self-sufficiency and promotes food security in the community of Agua Prieta, Sonora. The women are agents for change in this post-colonized town, and the project demonstrates how our consumer choices can make radical differences in peoples’ lives, while countering the global capitalist paradigm that takes the means of production away from individuals—for everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eatdougla4

The name DouglaPrieta describes the mission of the group to dissolve the border between Agua Prieta, México, and contiguous Douglas, Arizona, where an artificial wall creates real divides between those who have material prosperity and those who don’t. Thus, DouglaPrieta Works is a resistance group that fills in the barren holes left in communities by worker exploitation. In previous decades, many people from Agua Prieta were employed by NAFTA factories, where they made products (including sewn goods) for export. Since 2000, over two-thirds of the factories have moved to lower-wage zones in Asia. This has left more and more people un- or underemployed. Since 1990, the population of Agua Prieta has risen from 37,000 to 200,000, and dozens of migrants are deported daily from the United States into Agua Prieta.

DouglaPrieta Works embraces a system where people can apply their skills to receive fair wages to support their families, and can pass their skills on to others, thus securing a livelihood for future generations. DPW has been collectively raising capital for infrastructure, equipment, and training to expand their program. Members make decisions together with the progress of all in mind. The women’s sewing group is a function of the whole cooperative, which also trains members in growing healthy food, building trades, and computer skills. Through perseverance, they have developed a community center with productive gardens and hand-made adobe structures. All members work in the garden, which contains food crops, fruit trees, herbs, and medicinal plants. Chickens are raised for eggs and rabbits for meat. The gardening supports improved nutrition and growth in self-esteem. The gardening program teaches water-harvesting, desert irrigation, erosion control, and use of beneficial bugs for control of other pests. The resources generated from sewing and food production benefit the members and also go back to support the center for all. Committed to a self-sufficiency that lives through future generations, DPW also teaches classes. Co-op member Trini Anguamea says “We’ve had about 26 children come for sewing classes. They also come see the vegetables we grow. I know they’re going to learn something good.”dougla2

Churches, service clubs, and border aid groups order bags, aprons, hot pads, and bandanas to sell at fundraisers. DPW also partners with humanitarian group No More Deaths to provide “dignity bags”—bags which are given to migrant deportees who have had all of their possessions taken in the deportation process. Local Tucson businesses and organizations such as Tap & Bottle and Make Way For Books order custom-printed tote bags from the DPW Co-op. Food Conspiracy Coop has printed on tote bags and other items from DouglaPrieta Works, consistent with its mission to source locally and ethically, as well as to cooperate among other sister co-ops.

The DPW sewing Co-op is currently comprised of about seven women. As sewing orders increase, the Co-op trains new women. “Each member also becomes an active gardener and participates in the group’s governance” said Rosalinda Chavez. The collective meets with buyers to negotiate a wage that is fair and agreeable to the cooperative. This process elevates the concept of “Fair Trade” to an even higher standard as it gives more power to the workers themselves. DPW exports their products with the help of U.S. volunteers who courier them over the border, where they find their way to Tucson and elsewhere. Since the current export and import system is not designed for production of this human scale, the volunteers based in Douglas, Arizona are critical in helping the cooperative provide logistics, such as materials transfer, delivery and ordering.dougla3

Not only is the purchase of fair trade DPW sewn products a major benefit to the women who make them, but it supports a true local alternative to a global problem. In Tucson the products are available through the Gloo Factory, a union print shop and DPW’s main customer, where they may be embellished with custom designs. DPW products are well made and produced in a manner increas-ingly hard to find in an industry that has raced to the bottom to get the cheapest source of labor. This same industry maximizes profits from American consumers, who are often thoughtless about the source and subsequent impacts of the products they buy. Through 13 years of sewing, growing, and building economic selfreliance, DouglaPrieta Works has taught and inspired many. Despite the challenge of living in a town with a rapidly increasing population of deportees, unemployment, and health problems, the women of DouglaPrieta Works demonstrate how to rebuild solid community and self-sufficiency in a climate of challenge. Through the struggle, Trini says “One of things we have learned is we don’t give up easy.”

DPW is seeking to expand their network of customers, as well as donations of fabric, machines, and sewing supplies. To donate these materials, purchase DPW fair trade products or order them with custom sewing or printing contact the Gloo Factory at: www. thegloofactory.com.

Big News for GMO Labeling Efforts!

Headlines related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food consistently have been in the news the past several weeks. Recently, the Senate narrowly defeated legislation that would have preempted state GMO labeling laws, including Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law that is set to take effect on July 1st of this year.   On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Senate voted to reject the Denying Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act, demonstrating that they are hearing the voices of the majority of Americans who want GMO foods to be labeled. Following this news ConAgra, Mars, and Kellogg’s joined Campbell’s and General Mills as major food companies that have announced they will label products containing GMOs nationwide to comply with Vermont’s upcoming law.

These headlines are welcome news for the nine out of ten Americans who consistently say they want GMOs labeled. But many citizens don’t yet fully understand the serious health, environmental, and farmers’ rights issues surrounding GMOs and how to avoid the laboratory-created substances in the food they purchase right now. You may find yourself struggling to identify GMO ingredients while food shopping and restaurants that consciously choose to label or avoid GMOs. These issues will be the focus of a Non-GMO Information & Food Fair at 6 p.m. and a screening of the GMO-related dramatic thriller Consumed at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12th at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

The food and film community event is co-presented by Food Conspiracy Co-op, Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith, High Energy Agriculture, and The Loft Cinema. Regular admission prices are for the film and the food fair is free.  A panel discussion with local experts will immediately follow the film.

Panelists include Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith, small farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture, and Renee Kreager, owner of Renee’s Organic Oven.  A statement from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) also will be read.

Non GMO Food Fair & Film at the Loft, Tuesday April, 12th  read more

Additional resources to help you choose what you are eating:

10 Apps to help you Eat GMO Free read more

The DARK Act read more

Going Against GMOs book and Shopping Guide by local author Melissa Diane Smith read more

Living Nono GMO, a Lifestyle Site by NonGMO Project read more

Organic & Non GMO Report, the only magazine that provides information  to respond to the challenges of genetically modified (GM) foods. read more

Organizations working on GMO issues:

Environmental Working Group

Non GMO Project, a non profit organization whose mission is preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices

Organic Consumers, grassroots public interest organization

Just Label It, industry leaders who support mandatory labeling

 

2016 Co-op Election Results

This year’s Annual Meeting featured delicious Korean BBQ catered by Conspiracy Kitchen and music by DJ Butta Fly.  Thank you to Borderlands for hosting the Co-op’s meeting and to all of the local vendors Yellow Brick Coffee, Sky Island Brand/47 Ranch, and ReZoNation Farm for coming to talk with owners.

Sunday, March 6th also voting closed and the 2016 results are in.   This year four people ran for four seats on the Board of Directors and five local non profits were nominated for three Cooperative Community Fund grants.  Here are the winners:

Fiore Iannacone (105 votes); receives a three-year term

Michael DeSantis (98 votes); receives a three-year term

Rob McLane (93 votes); receives a three-year term

Gontran Zepeda (86 votes); receives a one-year term

Meet the Newly Elected  Board Members

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Rob McLane

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Fiore Iannacone

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Gontran Zepeda

 

 

 

 

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Michael DeSantis

Cooperative Community Fund Grant Recipients

Clinica Amistad (69)

Iskashitaa Refugee Harvesting Network (64)

Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (64)

Thank you to all who ran in the Co-op’s elections and to all who took the time to vote!

 

Vote in 2016 Co-op Elections February 1 – March 5th

Food Conspiracy owners can begin voting in 2016 Co-op Elections on Monday, February 1st through March 5th at midnight.  Last chance for voting will be at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 6th at Borderlands.  In addition from voting online, you can vote on the computer provided in the store for voting or with a paper ballot in the store.  What ever is most convenient for you–just vote!

Remember, one vote per household.  You will need your member number in order to vote.  To read about Cooperative Community Fund candidate organizations click here, and Board of Director candidates personal statements and questions click here.

Food Conspiracy Co-op online voting is over. Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting Sunday, March 6th at Borderlands and will be published in the March/April edition of Conspiracy News.

Start the New Year Fresh at the Co-op

The New Year is a chance for a fresh start getting back into balance and taking care yourself after what can be a stressful and overindulging holiday season.  All week long there are opportunities to get back into balance at the co-op.  We’ve also put all probiotics on sale for at least 10% off!

Holistic Happy Hours – Mondays

Starting in January come and hear different topics weekly on Monday afternoons from Tucson’s wellness community of practitioners and educators.  This is a free weekly “Happy Hour” with time for socializing and visiting as well as learning about a specific topic.  Come at 4:00 p.m. to meet like minded people.  All presentations will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 5th – Native Diets and Vibrant Health with Jeanne Bjorn, MS

Monday, January 12th – Sugar-What’s So Bad About It? with Kariman Pierce, NTP

Monday, January 18th – Digestion and Digestive Health with Robin Schuett-Hames, NTP

Monday, January 25th – The Benefits of Womb Massage with Traci Hamilton Faith

Yoga with Neutopia – Tuesdays 

Doctress Neutopia leads weekly yoga session every Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m (with the exception of Tuesday, January 11th).  Participants will engage in Kripalu Yoga, a yoga of compassion.  Experimenting with visualizations for ecological awareness, chakra cleansing techniques (subtle energy centers of the body), come to a place of inner sanctuary during our meditation.

Garden Fresh Fridays will feature Conspiracy Grown greens in the produce department.  Dino kale, green curly kale, curly roja, asian greens (han tsai tai) and red chard.

‘Tis the Season for Turkeys!

Mary’s Turkeys (antibiotic-free) $1.99/lb (frozen)

Mary’s turkeys are raised on healthful grains and allowed to roam in areas four times the size of the average turkey ranch.  Their high protein diets provides the optimum amount of nutrients. (These birds are currently frozen and will be thawed and sold fresh as thanksgiving approaches.) First come-first served.

Mary’s Turkeys (organic) $3.49/lb (frozen)

Mary’s Free-Range Organic Turkeys are an additional step up the ladder in humane farming practices; with freedom to move about and a premium diet void of any chemical stimulators. Certified Organic feeds must be Certified by the USDA and everything that goes in them must be certified as well. Mary’s Organic Turkey feed does not contain any of the following:

NO Animal By-Products
•   NO Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
•   NO Antibiotics Ever
•   NO Pesticide Treated Grains
•   NO Grains Grown with Chemical Fertilizers
•   NO Synthetic Amino Acids

See Mary’s website for thawing instructions and more

Local ReZoNation Heritage Turkeys ($8.99/lb) (frozen)

ReZoNation Farm turkeys are hatched and raised in Avra Valley Arizona. They are fed grasses, insects, natural turkey grower feed, and locally grown vegetables and greens.  They will have a higher percentage of dark meat and leaner portions of breast meat.  Sign up for email notification on price and arrival of local heritage birds.  Email outreach@foodconspiracy.coop

Special Order from the Conspiracy Kitchen

Don’t have time to make sides or pie for your Thanksgiving dinner?  Let us help! Conspiracy Kitchen features healthy options, organic,  and local ingredients whenever possible.  Fill out this special order form with the amount of each a la carte side you want, bring it in to the co-op to a cashier or call it in to the kitchen.  Be sure to give us your number. You will be called to confirm your order.  Conspiracy Kitchen Special Order Form

Special Order Thanksgiving Menu

Buy One, Get One FREE this Weekend Only!

Buy One, Get One FREE* this weekend on these and other great deals!

Saturday & Sunday only.  No other discounts apply*

Cathedral Cellars Wine………………..$4.99

Field Day Cereals (select)…………….$2.99

Organic Field Day Peanut Butter….$4.99

Field Day Italian Sparkling Water…$1.39

Field Day Organic Maple Syrup……$4.99

Local Bushido Whole Chickens

 

 

October 11- 17th is National Bulk Week

Celebrate National Bulk Week! Bring in your jars and bags for a bulk sale Friday and Saturday October 16th & 17th.  20% off bulk foods, teas, spices and herbs for everyone.  Enjoy classes and in store demos throughout the week!

–Tuesday October 13th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.- Great Grains presented by UA Garden Kitchen

–Thursday, October 15th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Make Your Own Soft Drinks or Alcoholic Wines and Ciders with Dan Dorsey (Demo) $8.  Click here for information about the class.

–Friday October 16th & Saturday October 17th – 20% off bulk foods, teas, herbs and spices.

–Saturday, October 17th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sprouting: the Art of Gardening in A Jar with Wanda Poindexter (Hands-on) $7.  Click here for more information about the class.

Read about how bulk can turn a culture of waste into a culture of awareness in our Community  Newsletter Sept/Oct edition.

BULK FOOD FACTS

Bulk is Green Council (BIG) is an organization dedicated to helping consumers, food makers and grocers learn about the many environmental and economic benefits of bulk food source: wwwbulkisgreen.org FACT: Organic bulk foods on average cost 89% less than their packaged counterparts. Bulk foods also prevent a significant amount of packaging from entering landfills.  Visit www.facebook.com/lovethebulk for a chance to win a bulk starter kit.

FACT: Bulk goods require less overall transportation to deliver to consumers. Bulk foods do not require the packaging components that must be produced and transported prior to being filled. And the transportation of bulk product to retailers is efficient because it can be packed more densely on a truck.

FACT: The manufacture of paper and cardboard pulls trees from our forests, dumps contaminated water into our streams and uses enormous amounts of energy resulting in grotesque levels of CO2 emissions pumped into our atmosphere.

FACT: Food packaging may limit a consumer’s ability to buy in quantities desired which can result in food surplus and ultimately waste.

FACT: Although most natural food companies sell their food products in recyclable packaging, there are still some food companies that use non-recyclable materials. And some consumers choose not to recycle which creates additional burden in our country’s landfills.

FACT: Packaging often limits a consumer’s ability to actually see the product they are buying.

FACT: With bulk, product density at the store level can be significantly higher. So stores can provide a wider variety of foods in the same space.