Taste Film, Talk Food: A film+food event

Taste Film, Talk Food

When: 2 p.m. Nov. 14

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., and 47 Scott, 47 Scott St.

Tickets: $15. You can buy tickets at the Food Conspiracy Co-op, 412 N. Fourth Ave., and at The Screening Room.

More online: www.azmac.org/scroom/index.html, 47scott.com

Movies, cocktails and more

Prepare for an evening of fine art and good food. The fun kicks off at The Screening Room, with two great documentaries:

  • What’s Organic About Organic? delves into the debates that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market.  As the film moves from farm fields to government meetings to industry trade shows, we see the hidden costs of conventional agriculture.  We also see how our health, the health of our planet, and the agricultural needs of our society are all intimately connected.  The film compels us to look forward, towards a new vision for our culture and encourages us to ask, “How can we eat with an ecological consciousness?” Learn more at whatsorganicmovie.com
  • Food Fight is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century. The movie documents how the California food movement, led by Berkley restaurateur Alice Waters, has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. Learn more at foodfightthedoc.com

Following the screenings, we’ll make our way to downtown’s newest and coolest restaurant, 47 Scott, where we’ll enjoy drinks and appetizers and talk about food and farming. Your ticket entitles you to one glass of beer or wine at the reception.

This food and film event is sponsored by Food Conspiracy Co-op, Slow Food Tucson, the Screening Room and 47 Scott.

Tucson Green Infrastructure Tour with Watershed Management Group

Saturday, October 16

Tucson is emerging as a regional and national leader in the implementation of green infrastructure strategies.  Green infrastructure uses natural processes to provide environmental services.  Many local examples use small basins to capture, clean, and infiltrate stormwater from streets and parking lots, while providing passive irrigation to gardens of native plants.

Join Watershed Management Group’s Green Streets-Green Neighborhoods Program Manager James MacAdam on a tour of some of Tucson’s finest applications of green infrastructure, including business parking lots that demonstrate Tucson’s new Commercial Water Harvesting Ordinance; residential neighborhoods that have been extensively retrofitted with street-side rain gardens; University sites that capture and utilize rainfall from rooftops and parking lots as well as waste water from AC units and water fountains; and green infrastructure in Tucson’s downtown redevelopment projects.

The cost of the tour is $20 per person, and includes van transportation as well as light breakfast and snack foods.  The tour is limited to 14 participants, and registration is required.  To register, contact James MacAdam at 520-396-3266, james@watershedmg.org.  For more information, visit watershedmg.org.

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.

Street Feast!

Community Food Bank’s Youth Farm Project:
Takin’ Food and Art to the Streets!

July 15th from 7-9pm, on 7th st. between 4th ave. and 5th ave.

A Community Celebration With:
~A unique and delectable Local Foods Dinner, supplied by local growers, and prepared by Café 54.
~Art Performances, Displays, and Presentations on Food Systems and Food Justice by the Youth Farm Project’s Street Team members.

The Youth Farm Project’s summer Street Team is a three week intensive program for youth ages 15-20. It is an in depth investigation into sustainable agriculture, food systems, and food justice. Street team members will be visiting many sites throughout Tucson and southern Arizona and using what they learn to create art that will entertain, enthrall, and educate our community. A delectable local foods dinner will be served in a community-style atmosphere in beautiful downtown Tucson. Dinner will be prepared by community chefs, using local ingredients which support and benefit our Arizona farmers. The art performances and exhibitions are free and open to anyone interested in celebrating youth empowerment and food in our community.

This celebration of food and art is brought to you by the Youth Farm project, a program of the Community Food Resource Center, a department of the Community Food Bank. Food Conspiracy Co-op is proud to be a partner in this event.

Dinner = $25
Art = Free!

Tickets Available At:

Antigone Books.
411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705


Call the Youth Farm Project

Street Feast Flyer

4th Avenue Merchants’ Sale

July 31st
Street-wide savings along 4th Avenue. At Food Conspiracy Co-op, buy one Avenue Deli item and get the second half off*
(*second item of equal or lesser value)

First Friday Sale

Join us for First Fridays this summer!
Members save 10% on all purchases. New members sign up and receive a $10 gift card. Plus, from 6 to 8 p.m. enjoy live music and free food from The Avenue Deli.

Featured artists
August 6: Salvador Duran
September 3: Balkan Spirit

2010 Election Results Announced

Long time members are probably used to an election cycle that begins with voting in January and ends with an election results announcement in the March newsletter. This year, we did things a bit differently in an effort to adhere more closely to the election schedule that our bylaws spell out.  For the 2010 election, balloting took place from February 1st through the Annual Meeting on March 6th. Election results were announced at the Annual Meeting and then published in the April newsletter.

This new schedule worked well for several reasons, the most important of which is that it increased voter turnout with 11 additional ballots cast at the Annual Meeting of owners. This year 70 ballots were cast making this the highest voter turnout election since our 2006 election when owners were asked to approve a switch to a patronage rebate system and increase the total equity investment for memberships.

And so, without further ado, we are very please to announce that this year, 67 owners voted to approve our new bylaws. This 96% approval rating means that the co-op is now officially operating under the updated version of our bylaws. These new bylaws can be viewed at the Co-op on the bulletin board next to the ramp that leads into the grocery and bulk areas of the store.

We are also very please to announce that Megan Hartman, Linda Laev, and Cody Witham have been elected to serve on the Co-op’s Board. All three of these individuals have shown great dedication to our Co-op and I know they will continue to provide leadership to our organization in the future.

At the Annual Meeting we also announced the results of the Co-op Community Fund grant elections. This year, we are proud to be able to support the following organizations with a CCF Grant: BICAS, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Village Farm and Watershed Management Group. Each of these deserving organizations received a check for $352. To learn more about any of them, please check out the February 2010 issue of Community News in our newsletter archive online at www.foodconspiracy.org/events/newsletters/.

Donating to the Cooperative Community Fund is a great way to stretch your dollars and make a long term difference. At the Annual Meeting, the Co-op’s General Manager Ben announced the George Milan Round Up, a new program that will allow shoppers to round up their purchases at the register and donate the change from each purchase to the Co-op Community Fund. During the month of April the Co-op will be matching any rounded up donations that come in so come on in and tell your cashier you’d like to “round up.”

Thanks so much to all the members who participated in this election process and to the volunteers who helped to count ballots. Co-ops thrive on community participation.