Will you run for the Food Conspiracy Board of Directors?

The co-op board consists of nine positions, of which seven will be up for grabs this spring. Board of directors members are elected to three-year terms.

Will you consider joining the board? The co-op needs a few good men and women to help make decisions about our future. Candidates should possess an eagerness to learn about policy governance and an interest in acquiring training and knowledge. Moreover, to be eligible to serve on the board one needs to have been a co-op member for at least six months.

The board welcomes any questions you might have about becoming a board director. Please feel free to contact board president Rob McLane (rob.mclane@gmail.com) or any member of the board to find out what being a board director is all about.

Completed applications need to be received by December 15, 2011. You can pick up a hard copy at the co-op, or download one here.

The Co-op Presents: “The Greenhorns”

It’s time for the second annual Taste Film, Talk Food, brought to you by the Food Conspiracy Co-op and Slow Food Tucson. The evening kicks off at The Screening Room with the Tucson premier of The Greenhorns, a documentary film that explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs.

Directed by farmer/activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming, The Greenhorns looks at young Americans who are learning to farm at a time when the average age of the American farmer is 57. These greenhorns are working to reverse negative trends in favor of healthy food, local and regional food sheds, and the revitalization of rural economies, one farm at a time.

The Food Conspiracy will also screen a short film about the four young farmers who operate Sleeping Frog Farms in Cascabel, AZ. Adam, Debbie, CJ and Clay will be on hand to introduce the short film and answer questions from the audience.

Following the movies, we’ll make our way to Borderlands Brewing Co., downtown’s newest brewery. There, attendees will be treated to:

  • Conspiracy Beer (brewed by Borderlands and available for purchase exclusively at the Food Conspiracy
  • Conspiracy Coffee (locally roasted by Exo Roasting Co. and also only sold at the co-op)
  • Warm food prepared by Conspiracy Kitchen with ingredients grown by the Sleeping Frog farmers.

In addition to the movies at The Screening Room, your ticket to Taste Film, Talk Food entitles you to a cold beer, a hot cup of coffee, and delicious Conspiracy Kitchen food.

This food and film event is sponsored by Borderlands Brewing Co., Slow Food Tucson, The Screening Room and Food Conspiracy Co-op.

 

Taste Film, Talk Food

When:              3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20
Where:             The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., and Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Ave.
Cost:                $15. Tickets will be sold at the Food Conspiracy Co-op, 412 N. 4th Ave., starting Nov. 1

More online:    www.azmac.org/scroom/index.html

Introducing Conspiracy Coffee!

Something delicious is brewing at the Food Conspiracy. It’s a new coffee, available exclusively at the co-op and roasted two blocks away at Exo Roasting Co. Now that’s local!

We call our new brew Conspiracy Coffee. It’s a medium-roasted blend of three organic beans. We hope to soon add a dark roast blend.

You can find Conspiracy Coffee beans in the co-op’s bulk section. Or grab a hot cup from our coffee bar!

Eventually, we hope to add a second style of Conspiracy Coffee, for those who prefer a darker brew.

Exo Roasting Co. is owned by a couple of local java lovers – Doug Smith and Noel Trapp. They recently talked to the co-op about what makes Conspiracy Coffee special.

How did you get started with coffee?

Noel: I used to be a barista. I’m still ranked in the top 100 baristas in the nation. I also did some consulting. People would hire me to come in and fix their café. They’d say I want to serve awesome shots of espresso. And I’d help them do it.

How about you, Doug? How long have you loved coffee?

Doug: Since I was 13. I certainly was a caffeine addict long before I understood the beauty of coffee and the process. I really learned that in Mexico. I’m an anthropologist. I wrote my PhD on coffee farmers in Mexico during a very difficult time for farmers. Market conditions were really prejudicial. For six years, I watched families get poorer and poorer and migrate to the border. So I learned everything about coffee from the culture of production to how the second most valuable commodity market in the world, behind oil, actually treated farmers. It wasn’t pretty. It made me want to get involved.

What does Conspiracy Coffee taste like?

Noel: The blend is special.  It finishes really nice with this kind of beer bitters attitude. And it keeps the palette clean. It’s not like other coffees where you drink it and as soon as you do your mouth dries out because it’s very astringent.

How organic is Conspiracy Coffee?

Doug: All of the beans that we are using in the Conspiracy Coffee blend are certified organic. Most of the farms Exo buys from are certified organic and the ones that aren’t all grow according to organic standards.

How “fair trade” is Conspiracy Coffee?

Doug: Beginning next year, we’re going to start trading directly with some of the farms we buy from. We will buy lots or portions of lots directly from the farmers, which is a way of cutting out the middle men. That will mean that we can offer the growers a much better price. Some people describe direct trade as fair trade plus. To us that’s the future of coffee. It guarantees the highest level of social justice.

How is Conspiracy Coffee good for the farmers who grow the beans?

We like to order coffees that come from farms that have locally-designed social programs that are concrete. That do things like support women’s organizations or that use research-efficient processing methods. One of the coffees we bought recently helped pay for a school that the farm was building. A lot of social and environmental factors go into our decisions.

Learn more Exo Roasting Co. at exoroastco.com

 

We’ve got new t-shirts!

Our new Food Conspiracy t-shirts are gray with the power veggies on the chest. They come in adult sizes, child sizes, tank tops, and onesies for the littlest ones. They’re made of organic cotton and printed using soy ink. Best of all, they’re only $15. Get yours at the Food Conspiracy Co-op today!

The Food Conspiracy presents: “Forks Over Knives”

The Food Conspiracy Co-op is excited to offer a free screening of the important food movie Forks Over Knives on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the University of Arizona’s Gallagher Theater.

Forks Over Knives makes a compelling argument that a diet rich in plant-based proteins will eliminate the threat of heart disease, many cancers, erectile dysfunction, and other ailments. It has been a hit with critics and audiences alike. The Los Angeles Times says it “explains in unflinching detail how we damage ourselves through our eating habits yet insists that it is within our grasp to change course.”

Forks Over Knives made its Tucson debut at The Loft Cinema over the summer. By overwhelming demand its one-week run was extended to three weeks. If you didn’t see it on the big screen over the summer, this is your chance!

The free screening of Forks Over Knives is being offered in conjunction with UA Campus Health as part of a week-long Food Day celebration. Seating is limited to the first 350 people, so plan to arrive a little early. The Gallagher Theater is located in the UA’s Student Union, and the screening starts at 6 p.m.

Food Day is October 24and seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life — parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes — to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

On October 24, there will be a panel discussion at the Gallagher Theater  at 1:15 p.m. to discuss Forks Over Knives and other food questions. Panel members include Food Conspiracy Marketing and Membership Manager Coley Ward and Joe Abraham, Director of the UA Office of Sustainability. The panel discussion is also free.

Forks Over Knives
When:              6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18
Where:             The Gallagher Theater in the UA Student Union
Cost:                Free! Admission is limited to 350 people.
More online:     http://forksoverknives.com/ and http://wellu.arizona.edu

 



October is the best month to become a Food Conspiracy owner!

Now is the best time to join the Food Conspiracy. Become a co-op owner in October and you’ll get a $10 gift card, a stainless steel water bottle, and a membership to Native Seeds/SEARCH.

What are the benefits of co-op ownership? Where do we start? First of all, you’ll save money. Each spring, pending board of directors approval, we’ll refund you some of the money you spent during the year. Ka-ching! You’ll also get to take part in “owner sales” and you’ll save on “Basic Buys” — items that are priced at 10% above wholesale cost and are available only to owners. In October, butternut squash is featured as a Basic Buy, and you know how much you love butternut squash!

But it’s about more than just money (and butternut squash). You’ll get to participate in co-op decision-making by voicing your opinions in board meetings and voting in elections. You’ll be a part of an organization that has nourished the community since 1971; a business that believes that “organic” and “local” are more than buzzwords.

How do you sign up? Becoming an owner is simple and easy. You can become an owner for just $180. Choose to pay $22.50 installments every three months, plus a non-refundable $10 administrative fee. Or pay all at once and we’ll waive the administrative fee. Remember, your equity investment of $180 is fully refundable. If you ever decide you no longer want to be a member, we’ll give it back.

The Food Conspiracy is your co-op. Own it.

Closed on Labor Day

The Food Conspiracy Co-op will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day.

Our deli has a new name

Over the next few months, you’ll notice changes – some big, some small – to the look of the co-op.

We’re introducing a new logo, t-shirts, grocery bags and in-store signage. It’s all part of a rebranding campaign that started over a year ago and is finally ready for primetime.

What is rebranding? For that matter, what is a brand? The long answer: A brand is a mixture of tangible and intangible attributes represented by a range of symbols, including the brand name and logo, as well as the manner in which one speaks and behaves.

Put another way, a brand is the feeling you get when you walk in our front doors.

In the past, our logos and in-store signage have used a variety of colors and fonts. This lack of consistent presentation distracted from our emphasis on healthy food, as locally and sustainably produced as possible.

Strong brands are a result of careful management and consistent execution. A brand summarizes the spirit of the company by conveying its mission, vision, and philosophy. That’s what we’re hoping to achieve with our new campaign.

What will it look like?

In recent years, the co-op’s “power veggies” were used in place of a hyphen in the word “co-op.” Our new logo returns the hyphen to its rightful place and removes the signs from the veggies’ fists – putting the power back in the “power veggies.” In the future, the veggies will be on marketing materials, advertising, and stationary, but they will no longer be featured in the logo.

Our new logo color is green. Specifically, it’s pantone 583. We like to call it “cooperative green.” We’ll continue to use the Neutra font family that debuted on co-op posters and freezer case signs over a year ago.

The biggest change: We’re renaming the co-op’s deli “Conspiracy Kitchen.” And we’ll apply that naming structure to our other signature departments and products. Keep your eye out this fall for Conspiracy Beer (more on that later!).

We’re excited about the new co-op’s new look, and hope you are too! If you have any questions, please email Marketing Manager Coley Ward (marketing@foodconspiracy.org) or call him at 624-4821.

The last First Friday Summer Sale of the year is September 2!

Don’t miss our last First Friday sale of the summer! From 6-8 p.m. we’ll have live music by The Carnivaleros and free food by Conspiracy Kitchen, Julie Bar, Heaven Sent Organic Beef, and Isabella’s Ice Cream.

All day long, co-op owners will get 10% off purchases (excluding gift cards, Basic Buys and special orders). Not an owner? Join the co-op on First Friday and get a $10 gift card!

Friday will also be a great time to pick up that Food Conspiracy t-shirt you’ve had your eye on. Food Conspiracy t-shirts and caps will be 50% off!