The Food Conspiracy Co-op will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.
Find the most recent copy of Food Conspiracy Co-op Community News in our newsletter archive. Or pick up a paper copy at the C0-op.
Saturday, Nov. 6.
Visit the store between 4-6 p.m. and sample a variety of yummy crackers and cheese!
Saturday, Dec. 4. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Curious about what it would be like to raise chickens in the city? Food Conspiracy is hosting a self-guided tour of backyard chicken coops around Tucson. See a wide variety of creative coop styles and sizes, talk to backyard chicken keepers, learn about raising chicks, and also see other backyard sustainability practices like cisterns, desert gardens, rainwater harvesting basins, solar ovens and more. All money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Watershed Management Group’s Co-op to offer subsidies for installing backyard chicken coops. Tickets are $5 and are available at Food Conspiracy. Contact Coley Ward for more information at: (520) 624-4821 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, email@example.com. For more information, visit watershedmg.org.
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 (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.
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.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED.
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.
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.