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The monthly newsletter of the Moscow Food Co-op ● May 2010
Tuesday Growers’ Market Sprouts in May
By Lovina Roselle, Co-op Newsletter Volunteer
Moscow Food Co-op
121 East Fifth Street
Moscow, ID 83843
I f you’re anything like me, your
weekends are consumed by
hikes with the dogs, getting out
in the works to make room for
new vendors and walk-ons.
When asked why the Co-op is
Growers’ Market” and subscribe
to find out what’s new, learn
more about vendors, check out
Opinions expressed in the newslet-
ter are the writers’ own, and do
not necessarily reflect Co-op policy
of town for some time on the willing to give up limited park- pictures, and find recipes com- or good consumer practice. The
river or in the mountains, or get- ing spaces, Britt replies with a prised of ingredients found at Co-op does not endorse the service
ting caught up in the social life smile, “Our goal is to grow local the Tuesday market. or products of any paid advertiser
within this issue. All contents
of the glorious long days that growers.” The Tuesday market Are you a local farmer looking copyright by the Moscow Food
come with spring and summer has demonstrated that it has for a “grower focused” market Co-op. Contact the editor to secure
on the Palouse. That’s just why the stability to help make local to help you grow your business? reprint rights.
the Tuesday Growers’ Market is growers successful. One example Have an abundance of crops This entire newsletter is posted
ideal to feed the “locavore” in all of this is Kelly Kingsland and coming from your hobby gar- on the Co-op website in PDF for-
of us! Offering yet another way Russell Poe of Affinity Farms, den? Then load up the pick-up mat. Writer's guidelines, as well
as selected current and archived
to shop for locally produced food who helped create the Tuesday and head down to the Co-op on newsletter articles, are also avail-
and goods, the Tuesday Growers’ market. By using the small pub- Tuesdays. Walk-on space is avail- able on the Co-op web site: www.
Market not only helps support lic venue of the Co-op Growers’ able for the nominal price of $3 moscowfood.coop.
local farmers, but provides a Market, they were able to culti- for a half-space or $5 for a full- For advertising rates and
mid-week venue to our commu- vate a local clientele, distribute space. information:
nity members who may not be their CSA shares, and grow their The Tuesday Growers’ Market contact Jyotsna “Jo” Sreenivasan
able to make it to the Saturday business to its present estab- is held in conjunction with the
Farmers’ Market. lished level. Co-op’s Tuesday Outdoor Music Printed on Recycled Paper
So what kinds of things will This is Britt’s first year as Series, where live performances Deadline for Articles, Ads, and
you be able to take home in the coordinator, and she has some energize downtown from June Photos: 20th of each month
middle of the week? Not only great new ideas and energy through October. Local food
will there be a variety of organic to bring to the market, start- vendors will also be on hand to Bill London
produce, herbs, eggs, flowers ing with the creation of a enhance your shopping experi-
and meat to choose from, this fabulous new Facebook page ence! For more information, con- Issue Editors
year, the market is expanding to (http://www.facebook.com/ tact Britt Heisel at growersmar- Judy Sobeloff
allow vendors to sell a number pages/Moscow-ID/Moscow- email@example.com.
of value-added products that are Food-Coop-Tuesday-Growers- Media Relations
derived from locally produced Market/107124975993233) to Lovina Roselle will be profiling a
ingredients. Some of the new keep us informed of the weekly grower each month and telling Graphic Design
their story to the newsletter read- Megan Prusynski
items include homemade ice happenings. Search Facebook for
cream and huckleberry muffins. “Moscow Food Co-op Tuesday ers. Advertising Manager
Tuesday Growers’ Market starts Jyotsna “Jo” Sreenivasan
May 4 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and Illustrations
runs through October. Booths Lucas Rate
are set up in the Co-op parking
lot and provide easy pedestrian David Hall
access from 5th Street or the
west side of Washington Street.
Britt Heisel, Tuesday Growers’ Kurt Queller—Pullman
Market Coordinator, says we Mary Zuber—Lewiston-Clarkson
will see some new growers this Back Page Bulletin Board Editor
year in addition to the returning Richard Elgar
favorites. The local farm lineup
this spring includes Amanda Lida Saskova
Hixson and Keith House – Sticky
Fingers Farm, Tourmaline Farms/ General Manager
Kenna Eaton (208) 882-8537
Avon Eggs, Backyard Harvest, (208) 882-8082 fax
Elk Meadow Farm and Nursery,
Garfield Growers, Buffalo Girls Board of Directors
Bill Beck - President
Farm & Spring Valley Gardens, Andrika Kuhle - Vice President/
Palouse Prairie Farms, and Treasurer
Ravencroft Farm. More space is Kimberly Vincent - Secretary
Illustration by Lucas Rate Dena Neese
The Moscow Food Co-op Board of
Directors meets the 2nd Tuesday of
every month at 6 pm, in the Fiske Room
of the 1912 Center. The public is wel-
come to attend. The agenda for each
meeting is posted about one week in
advance in the store, and official meet-
ing minutes are placed in the store by
the Board bulletin board.
Moscow Food Co-op Business Partners
W elcome to the new Moscow Food Co-op business partner listings. We’ve divided them into a directory to make it easy to find what you’re looking for. Let us know
if a business you like might make a good partner – we’ll send them an application! Applications for the business partner program are available on our website,
www.moscowfood.coop, or in the front of the store near the suggestion boxes. New business partners are welcome to join at any time; listings in the newsletter and on
the website will be updated once a month.
Food and Beverage 221 E. 3rd, Moscow; 208-882-9499 NaturalHealthTechniques.com; www.NaturalHealthTechniques.com
One World Café www.safaripearl.com, firstname.lastname@example.org $10 off initial telephone consult with mention of the Co-op Business Partner
533 S. Main, Moscow; www.owc-moscow.com; 883-3537 10% off any board game or noncollectible card game Program
50% off One World Café 100% cotton totebags Sid’s Professional Pharmacy Meggan Baumgartner, LAC, Lauri McKean, LAC, LAC - Healing Point
Camas Prairie Winery 825 SE Bishop Blvd #301, Pullman, WA 99163; 509-332-4608; sidsprofes- LLC Chinese Medicine Clinic
110 S. Main Street, Moscow ; 208-882-0214 sionalpharmacy.com PO Box 9381, Moscow; 208-669-2287; email@example.com; www.healingpt.
http://www.camasprairiewinery.com/ 10% off all Medela breast pump and supplies purchases com
Upon presentation of Moscow Food Co-op Membership Card, customer will Tye Dye Everything $10 off initial and 2nd treatments
receive an extra 5% discount. Must show card at purchase, not after. 527 S. Main St., Moscow; 208-883-4779 Jeri L. Hudak - Moscow Yoga Center
Childcare and Family Services www.tyedye-everything.com; firstname.lastname@example.org 525 S. Main St.; email@example.com;
10% discount on your purchase www.moscowyogacenter.com
Moscow Parent Toddler Cooperative 10% discount for new students
PO Box 9937, Moscow, firstname.lastname@example.org; http://community.palouse.net/ Dance and Theatre
mptc/index.html; 208-310-9344 Shelly Werner - Spectrum II Art and Dance Studio Dr. Linda Kingsbury
35% off one semester’s tuition 525 S. Main Street, Moscow, ID 83843; 208-882-1445; www.spectrum2stu- 627 N. Hayes, Moscow; 208-596-4353; email@example.com; www.
Professional Services $10 off first session: holistic healing for body-mind-spirit; herbal medicine;
10% discount to new students
Allegra Print and Imagine chakra balancing; sound healing; classes.
507 S. Main; 208-882-5449; firstname.lastname@example.org House and Garden Services
Elisabeth Berlinger/Tom Bode - Moscow Felkendrais
10% to Co-op members Adam and Toni Salerno-Strang - CLEAN GREEN Organic 112 W. 4th St., Moscow; www.moveimprove.net; email@example.com;
Copy Court Cleaning Services 208-883-4395; 208-892-3400
428 W. 3rd St., Moscow PO Box 568, Troy, ID 83871; www.CleanGreenOCS.com; 208-835-3535 $10 off first individual lesson for new clients
10% off to Co-op members $15 off any service
Krysta Ficca Photography Dr. Arbor Tree Care LLC
773 Brent Dr., Moscow; 208-883-3559 RavenCroft Farm
10% off all photo shoots 10% discount on tree work (not yardwork); trees, shrubs, and fruit tree prun- 4689 Hwy 95 N, Moscow; 208-882-3616; ravencroftfarm.com, debismith@
ing for health and beauty of trees moscow.com
Nancy Draznin, CPM - Motherwise Midwifery 10% on mini CSA for Summer 2010, 10% off any craft item (jewelry, bags,
508 W. Chestnut, Genesee, ID 83832; 208-310-3252; motherwisemidwifery. Becky Chastain - Green Side Up quilts, sachets, etc.)
com; firstname.lastname@example.org 208-883-3485
10% off design services for Moscow Food Co-op members Melissa Lines - SkyLines Farm Sheep & Wool
Free pregnancy tea for Co-op members under our care 4551 Hwy 6, Harvard, ID, 83834; 208-875-8747; www.skylinesfarm.com;
Erik Torok - LET’s Coach Erik K Tamez-Hrabovsky - Mindgardens, Eco-Friendly 10% off organically-raised lamb, fleeces, & roving.
2310 Weymouth St., Moscow; 208-301-8047; email@example.com; www. Residential Building Solutions
letscoach.net 1230 NW Clifford St, Pullman, WA 99163; 509-595-4444; erik@buildmind- Recreation and Lodging
20% off the first month of individual coaching gardens.com Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center
10% off hourly service rate and free estimates for Moscow Food Co-op mem- 2720 W. Pullman Rd, Moscow; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.appaloosamu-
Mike Brown - LDP Academy LLC bers; www.buildmindgardens.com seum.org; 208-882-5578
PO Box 721, Troy, ID 83871; www.lpdacademy.com; email@example.com; The museum offers a 10% discount on the purchase of our gift shop mer-
208-835-3737 Walter Spurling - Spurling House & Garden
512 N. Lincoln, Moscow; 208-669-0764 chandise. We operate a “no-admission cost” museum but do suggest a dona-
$10 off any firearm safety or basic firearm training class tion amount.
10% off a compost bin or custom chicken coop
Retail Sharon Dunn - Little Guesthouse on Adams
Rebekka Boysen-Taylor - Bebe Bella 1020 S. Adams St., Moscow; www.thelittleguesthouse.com; sdunn@thelittleg-
www.bebebella.etsy.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 208-882-1353 Drs. Bailey and Kevin Smith, D.C. - Moscow Health and Wellness uesthouse.com; 208-669-1654
10% off any baby sling Center 15% off a week stay, valid for Co-op members and their relatives. Not valid
317 W. 6th St. Ste 206, University Pointe Bldg., Moscow; 208-596-2063 on special event nights
Inland Cellular Free initial consultation and exam to include thermographic imaging and a
672 W. Pullman Rd, Moscow; 208-882-4994; email@example.com; functional neurological evaluation Krista Kramer - Peterson Barn Guesthouse
inlandcellular.com 841/847 Travois Way, Moscow; firstname.lastname@example.org; 208-882-4620;
10% off monthly calling plans Integrative Mindworks with April Rubino 10% off first time stay
3400 Robinson Park Rd, Moscow; 208-882-8159; april@integrativemind-
Joanne Westberg Milot - Marketime Drug Inc. works.com; www.integrativemindworks.com Donal Wilkinson, executive director - Adventure Learning Camps
209 E Third St, Moscow; 208-882-7541; email@example.com Complementary 30 minute consultation for new private clients who are Co-op PO Box 8245, Moscow; 208-310-3010; AdventureLearningCamps@yahoo.
10% off all gift items members com; www.adventurelearningcamps.org
Lilliput Maternity and Children’s Boutique 10% off on trips
Andrea Masom, Licensed Clinical Counselor
312 S. Main, Moscow; 208-882-6262 106 E. Third St, 2B, Moscow; 208-882-1289 Ashley Fiedler - Shady Grove Farm
10% off purchase of $50 or more Free wellness evaluation 208-596-1031; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Natural Abode $10 off initial English riding lesson or training session
Dayna K. Willbanks, OTR/L, Elements of Wellness
517 S. Main St., Moscow; 208-883-1040; Info@TheNaturalAbode.com; www. Aquatic & Manual Therapy Inc. Carol Spurling - Sixth Street Retreat
thenaturalabode.com 827 Troy Highway Suite 170, Moscow; 208-892-8888; elementsofwellness@ 208-669-0763; www.SixthStreetRetreat.com
10% off natural fertilizers mac.com; http://web.mac.com/ellementsofwellness $20 off advertised rate for one week’s stay
Hodgins Drug & Hobby 10 % off the first session which includes a new patient evaluation and initial Bill London - Willows House: fully-furnished three-bedroom home;
307 S. Main St, Moscow; 208-882-5536; email@example.com treatment 1246 Highland Drive, Moscow;
10% off all purchases, excluding prescriptions Dr. Denice Moffat, MS, DVM, ND - Natural Health Techniques firstname.lastname@example.org; 882-0127;
Safari Pearl 1069 Elk Meadow Ln, Deary, ID, 83823; 208-877-1222; drmoffat@ 10% off daily and weekly rentals
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Art at the Co-op
By Annie Hubble, Art at the Co-op Coordinator
May Co-op Kids!
By Rebekka Boysen-Taylor, Co-op Kids! Coordinator
F rom Friday May 7 through
Wednesday June 16, you
can see a display of entries in
use of pesticides, and the use
of composting. The selection
of plants suitable to our local
I n April, the
City of Moscow's Wisescape climate and soil are also looked wax sculp-
Award Program. This annual at. tures. For
program originated in 2008. These photographs of entries those of you
Residents can nominate them- and the accompanying written who haven't
selves or their neighbors. descriptions are very interesting worked with
Entries of landscapes — in and of great help when con- beeswax, it is
separate classes of homeown- sidering improving one’s own a great model-
ers, local business or apart- landscaping technique. There ing medium
ment complexes — are judged will be no official opening, for kids of all
for aesthetics and resource but do come and look at these ages. It smells Wet on Wet Watercolor
conservation. Some of the entries. You will probably know sweet, lasts forever and can Meet us in the Co-op Cafe
things that the judges look for many of the people involved be reused. It does take a little from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday,
in overall design are aesthetic and have seen their yards as time to warm in the hands, May 11, to watercolor paint; if
appearance, limit of traditional you walk around town. but patience is a helpful thing weather allows, we will sit out-
turf, plant zoning and efficient for all of us to practice! I buy side on the patio.
irrigation. They also look for my modeling wax and natural Friendship Square
evidence of a reduction of art supplies from the gals at Meet us outside at Friendship
resource use, such as water A Child's Dream Come True Square in downtown Moscow
savings, less mowing, dimin- in Sandpoint, you can order to play from 9-10 a.m. on
ished use of fertilizer, reduced online with delivery in a day or Tuesday, May 25. I will serve
so at www.achildsdream.com. healthy kids snacks and we can
Tuesday Music at the
Co-op Kids is a twice-monthly all enjoy the fresh air.
activity for young children and
their families. We meet in the Rebekka Boysen-Taylor is a
By Natalie Rose, Co-op Newsletter Volunteer
Co-op Cafe and at Friendship
Square downtown this month
and all activities are free.
teacher, writer, and mama in here
S pring has sprung and down-
town Moscow is the perfect
place to enjoy this gorgeous
was the lead singer for Stretch
Wabash, The Seidel Brothers
and The Big Newtons, among
Co-op Music in May
May 4: Daniel Mark Faller, Country/Americana
season! Starting in May, our others. May 11: Mark Holt, Western/Bluegrass
Tuesday Night Music Series will May 11 - Mark Holt, Western/ May 18: Paul Smith, African-American Banjo
be held outside from 5-7 p.m., Bluegrass May 25: Emily Poor, Folk/Traditional
during the Growers’ Market. Mark Holt is a truly seasoned
Stop inside at the Deli for a musician. He has been a fea- tic African-American banjo plays her ukulele and sings
delicious, organic meal and tured showcase artist for the music on a fretless gourd songs that your grandmother
head outside for local music International Bluegrass Music banjo, tracing the instrument's *and* grandson are sure to
and sunshine. See you there! Association and the Academy West African roots into early enjoy. She sings folk, traditional
May 4 - Daniel Mark Faller, of Western Artists. This is sure American music. and popular songs, with a few
Country/Americana to be a bluegrass pickin' treat! May 25 - Emily Poor, Folk/ of her own to boot.
Daniel has been a profession- May 18 - Paul Smith, African- Traditional
al musician based out of North American Banjo Emily Poor's lovely, songbird
Central Idaho since 1975. He Paul will play authen- voice will delight you as she
The Moscow Food Co-op regular
Board of Directors meeting will
be held at 6 p.m. in the Fiske
Room at the 1912 Center on
Tuesday, May 11. The agenda
for the meeting will be posted
in the store a week prior to the
meeting. Public comment period
is at 7 p.m. The public is wel-
come to attend.
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Board of Directors Report
By Kimberly Vincent, Co-op Board of Directors Secretary
C hange is in the wind. Thank
you to our record number of
voters who participated in the
you to Jessica for her hard
work, her insight and her abil-
ity to keep us moving forward.
ideas of how we could improve
our Board culture. All four of
us came away from the train-
left, click on Board of Directors
and search for Candidacy
Packet). The requested informa-
Board election. I want to thank Jessica shared something called ing with many ideas of ways to tion must be submitted electroni-
you for re-electing Andrika, “the ladder of inference.” We all improve the process of commu- cally to bodfeedback@moscow-
Donal and myself. I also want have our own beliefs and experi- nication: process of dealing with food.coop no later than 11:59
to welcome Jamie to our Board. ences that shape how we view complaints, process for commu- p.m. on May 27, 2010. The Board
Thank you to Gary for volun- the world and make decisions. nicating with members, process will then carefully consider all
teering three years to the Board. She began with this visual aid to for improving our Board culture, candidates and choose two new
Gary always brought ideas that remind us that we need to make etc. Thus, during our spring Board members to serve until
created interesting debate — decisions based on observable retreat, we will work on Board the completion of the election
some we incorporated into our data and not make inferences culture as well as continue our in March 2011. So, if you would
policies and others we did not. about what others meant or their work to revise our ends policies. like to volunteer to serve on the
But we appreciate the perspec- intentions. It seems we have We are sorry to accept the res- Board for slightly less than a
tive he brought. After four years some work to do in this area. ignations of Chris Norden and year, please supply all requested
as President, I decided it was Jessica also noted that mem- Dena Neese. Thank you both for information. If you would like
time to step down. I wanted my bers of the Board fiercely and your dedication and hard work to be considered, I do hope you
third term on the Board to be passionately argue even when over the past year. Your input will introduce yourself to any
more of a creative role rather we agreed. The culture of our will be missed. According to our Board members in the Co-op and
than in leadership. At our April Board was one of debate rather By-laws, the Board of Directors please try to come to our May
meeting, the Board elected our than dialog. This was very may appoint replacements. We Board meeting in the Fiske Room
new executive committee: Bill timely, because in April, Bill would like to invite members of the 1912 building on Tuesday
Beck is President, Andrika Kuhle Beck, Andrika Kuhle, Kenna to fill out a candidacy packet May 11, 2010, at 6 p.m. Meeting
is Vice President/Treasurer and I Eaton and I attended a board if they would like to be con- potential candidates helps us to
am the new Secretary. leadership training in Portland. sidered for a one-year appoint- make wise choices. We look for-
During our winter retreat, our The theme for the training this ment. Candidacy packets can ward to meeting a strong pool of
facilitator, Jessica Bearman, did year was “Board Culture.” Bill be obtained in the Co-op at the potential candidates for the new
a wonderful job of helping us and I both found the discussion board by the entrance or on the Board positions.
focus on building consensus as about debate versus dialogue website at www.moscowfood.
we updated our by-laws. Thank very timely and gave us many coop on the main menu (to the
The Front End Seed Swap!
By Mary Ellen Brewick
By Annie Hubble, Front End Manager W hat should you do with
those extra broccoli/kale/
C If you have seeds or starts
and want to plant them yourself,
carrot/spinach seeds that you but just aren’t sure what to do
A s some of our student work-
ers head out for the sum-
mer, I would like to thank all the
insurance for those who work
over 30 hours a week; and con-
stant recognition of their work,
bought but won’t fit in your
garden? What if you want to try
a few seeds of that vegetable
next, come and plant them with
us! You can bring your own pots
or use a donated pot. Planting
front-end team for their excellent be it through the Co-op bucks you’ve been daydreaming about bonus — the Co-op will provide
work. I will always remember reward system or simple verbal to see if they’ll work in your the potting soil!
the cashier meeting just a few acknowledgement), and their plot? Well, the Moscow Food Happy Gardening!
months ago, when, unprompted, feeling good in general about Co-op is here to help! We are
the cashiers, one after another, working in an alternative where organizing a Seed Swap to be
kept saying how this job was the employees know they are held at the Tuesday Growers’
the best they had ever had. They important in the big picture. I Market.
cited the great customer body, know I love working here, and During the months of May
who spread the smiles; their fel- 2011 will mark my 20th anni- and June, you can stop by the
low workers, who made coming versary as an employee of the Growers’ Market (in the Co-op
to work such a joy; the co-op Co-op. parking lot) any Tuesday night
itself, in its great treatment of Thank you, everyone — fellow from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and par-
workers — (high on the list workers, members (now 6,000 in ticipate in a couple of different
was the free staff lunch; health number!), and all who shop here ways. Everyone is welcome!
— for making this such a great C Swap seeds you don’t need
workplace. Enjoy your summer. for seeds you’d like to plant!
Enjoy your adventures. And C If you have extra seeds or
come into the Co-op for that pots to donate, we’ll gladly
cup of coffee; for a taste of good accept them. Please label the
local music on Tuesday nights; seeds (or make sure you can
for the monthly art shows on identify them and we can label
the Deli walls; and, of course, them).
for the delightful choice of gro- C Pots can be donated at the
cery items. We have all together Moscow Food Co-op, just look
made the Co-op the great place for the bins.
it is, and we should be proud in C Buy seedlings from our
the achievement. growers and pot them before
leaving the Growers’ Market!
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By Carol Spurling, Outreach and Ownership Coordinator (and Elections Committee); Dena Neese, outgoing Board Member (and Elections
Committee Chair); Sequoia Ladd, Participating Member Coordinator (and Elections Committee); and Julia Piaskowski, Elections Committee
T he Elections Committee would
like to announce the official
results of the 2010 Board of Directors
lots were accepted for the month of
March 2010 at a lock box in the front
of the Co-op and at a post office box
conducted in a fair and anonymous
An unprecedented, rigorous pro-
during the ballot counting process,
and we all believe the process, while
long and tedious, was impartial and
election, held from March 25 – April managed by Kay Keskinen, an elec- cess was put in place before voting anonymous. Ballots and ballot enve-
4. tions volunteer. In-store voting was commenced, in consultation with lopes are currently in the safe keeping
Approximately 650 members voted available for 10 days. local parliamentarian and member of Kay Keskinen and will be destroyed
in the election. The results were as The Elections Committee spent of the League of Women Voters, Kay after an appropriate amount of time,
follows: hours handling the following ques- Keskinen, to ensure a fair and open determined by the Board.
1. Andrika Kuhle – 448 votes tions raised by some members, Board process of voting and ballot count- 4. Whether campaigning/election-
2. Donal Wilkinson – 384 votes members and candidates during the ing. Voters were required to identify eering should be allowed.
3. Kimberly Vincent – 377 votes campaign: themselves before voting and to sign The official electioneering policy
4. Jamie Bentley – 358 votes 1. Whether the Elections Committee their ballot envelopes in the pres- established by the Board in January
5. Mark Mumford – 296 votes should have tried to stop the publica- ence of the election volunteer. Ballots 2010 stated: “The Elections Committee
6. Gary Macfarlane – 196 votes tion of a news article in Community were numbered and initialed by elec- has informed all candidates that we
7. Cass Davis – 98 votes News by the editor (a member and tion volunteers, to insure that only encourage them to engage in an open,
We congratulate the winners. The volunteer) about candidate Cass official ballots could be used to vote, vibrant discourse during the election
top three vote-getters were incum- Davis’ legal action against the Co-op. and to insure that an individual vote season. We discourage candidates
bents, and the newly elected mem- On a Friday afternoon, the Elections could be traced back to the voter in from aggressive electioneering at the
ber, Jamie Bentley, was welcomed to Committee received an e-mail from the event that a member would want Co-op, as well as from distributing
the Board at the April meeting. We a Board member, informing the confirmation that his/her vote was leaflets and handouts during the vot-
express our gratitude to all of the can- Committee that in the next few days, counted. At no time were any ballots ing period. Interfering with the voting
didates for their willingness to serve the editor of the Community News handled by less than two people, one process is prohibited.”
their Co-op. was planning to publish an article of whom was always Kay Keskinen. One candidate distributed cam-
The elections committee would like about candidate Cass Davis and his Ballots were collected daily and stored paign flyers directed at employees in
to thank the dozens of volunteers who legal action against the Co-op. The by Kay Keskinen, and when they were the back of the store. One candidate
assisted during the election by staff- Board member essentially set forth not in the presence of the election posted flyers inside the store, which
ing the voting table at the store during that while the newsletter editor said volunteer or front-end staff, they were were removed because only Co-op-
most store operating hours for 10 days this was an interview with the candi- in a store safe. There were a small generated materials are allowed on
straight, and the volunteers and staff date, the candidate said there was no number of absentee ballots that were in-store bulletin boards. Another can-
who stayed up until midnight on April interview, and that the article would counted. The margins of victory were didate and sitting Board member sent
4 verifying and counting 650 ballots. create bias against him. The Board much larger than the total number of an e-mail that, among other things,
Their volunteerism is inspiring! member urged the elections commit- absentee ballots. recommended that members not vote
We also thank the Co-op mem- tee to take action to stop publication Votes were counted in the Fiske for certain candidates. The e-mail
bership, who turned out in record of the article. Given time constraints, Room at the 1912 Center on Sunday, was sent to many people, including
numbers, for exercising their rights the Elections Committee did its best April 4, immediately following a all Co-op employees on the employee
and demonstrating how strongly they to gather information, and ultimately membership meeting in the Great e-mail list. One candidate, to our
support the second Co-operative prin- determined that there is no existing Room of the 1912 Center. Prior to knowledge, posted comments about
ciple, democratic member control. Co-op policy that gives the commit- the counting of ballots, all candi- the election on Facebook.
The elections committee, normally tee authority to stop publication of dates were informed that either they Staff was informed by Co-op man-
concerned largely with the logistics of articles in the Community News. themselves, or one designee chosen agement that they should not let
conducting an election, was admitted- Moreover, the Board itself decided not by them, could observe the counting election issues interfere with store
ly taken by surprise with controversy to create any policy at that time to try of the votes. The eligibility of each operations, and candidates were not
and voter turnout never before seen at to stop the Community News from voter was verified by a team of two allowed in the back of the store for
the Moscow Food Co-op. publishing the article. people against current membership campaign purposes. One department
The elections committee is charged A majority of the Elections lists before votes were counted, by manager posted the e-mail from the
with assembling a pool of strong Committee determined that the elec- looking up the member name/number candidate referred to above in that
candidates for the Board of directors; tioneering/campaigning policy state- listed on the envelope and checking it department log book. When another
facilitating discussion about the can- ment the Board unanimously voted against a member list. Verification and candidate contacted the Election
didates’ reasons and qualifications for in January 2010, that the election counting took place on opposite sides Committee to inform them of this, the
for running; and conducting a fair committee provided to all candidates, of the Fiske Room. Verified ballots Election Committee chair contacted
election that maximizes member par- did not set guidelines for this particu- were placed faced down on a table the Store Manager, who immediately
ticipation. lar situation: by one person and opened and sepa- took action.
To these ends, two orientations “We encourage [candidates] to rated from the envelopes, still face The Elections Committee faced
were held for potential candidates engage in an open, vibrant discourse down, by another person. The ballots several unprecedented issues and
where lengthy information packets during the election season. We dis- were then collected for counting by a questions during this year’s elec-
were provided about the roles and courage candidates from aggressive different person who never saw the tion season, and we are proud that
responsibilities of Board members. electioneering at the Co-op, as well front of the envelope. Ballot numbers the election process was democratic
When the pool of candidates was as from distributing leaflets and were checked against numbers on the and fair for both the voters and the
finalized, each candidate was required handouts during the voting period. envelopes, without votes OR the name candidates. We are a group of unpaid
to provide a statement about their Interfering with the voting process is of the voter visible at the same time. Co-op volunteers and part-time staff,
skills and qualifications for the Board prohibited.” No one who saw the names on the willing to serve our Co-op by oversee-
and why they were running. A candi- 2. Whether a Candidate who has envelopes was involved with counting ing the election and voting processes.
date forum was also held at the Co-op taken legal action against the Co-op ballots. No one who saw the names We humbly remind those who have
during the dinner rush to allow a in the past, or is talking openly about on the envelopes saw the actual bal- complained about some of our deci-
large number of people to listen and taking legal action in the future, may lots. No one who saw the names on sions that we volunteered and worked
participate. The forum included ques- run for a seat on the Co-op’s Board of the envelopes had any managerial numerous hours in an attempt to
tions written by the election commit- Directors. role at the Co-op. The absentee bal- make the best decisions possible,
tee to allow candidates to address sev- The Elections Committee deter- lots were similarly verified, and kept given time constraints and our limited
eral topics relevant to the Co-op, as mined that although Board members, anonymous. authority overseeing an unprecedent-
well as questions from the audience. according to their code of conduct, Votes were counted by two people, ed election.
Approximately 75 people attended might not be able to bring legal action one reading off the votes and one We appreciate everyone’s participa-
the forum and more listened when it against the Co-op while they serve on observing. Votes were tallied by two tion in this year’s election and will
was rebroadcast on KRFP Radio Free the Board, candidates have not yet people on opposite sides of the two keep you informed throughout the
Moscow. agreed to this code of conduct and people counting, and the tally was year about any new guidelines or poli-
All members whose membership the possibility existed that the candi- checked after every 50 ballots. If there cies suggested for 2011.
was paid and up to date by February date would, if elected, drop the legal was any discrepancy, those 50 ballots Please send any comments or feed-
28, 2010, were eligible to vote (one actions. were counted again. The members of back to email@example.com.
vote per membership). Absentee bal- 3. Whether the voting process was the Election Committee were present Thank you!
www.moscowfood.coop ● 5
Open Letter to Moscow Food Co-op Board and Membership
By Chris Norden
I am resigning from the Moscow
Food Co-op board of directors
because we have collectively
to factionalize and destroy the
Co-op. In fact, we’ve been advo-
cating for nothing more radical
defense of the cooperative prin-
ciples which should define us.
I offer thanks to those board
ers so ill-informed and gullible
as to accept the preposterous
smears directed toward outgoing
failed to defend the second coop- or threatening than living wages, members who’ve tolerated and board member Gary Macfarlane,
erative principle of democratic a modest degree of job security even valued our dissenting a highly principled, diligent, and
member control by allowing our for non-managerial employ- opinions and perspectives, and committed board member whose
electoral process to be corrupted. ees, and ultimately a fairer and wish you well in future efforts, record of service was dishonored
Likewise, we have allowed the stronger cooperative by virtue especially in advocating for a and distorted beyond recogni-
fifth cooperative principle of of enhanced workplace democ- functional, fully inclusive co-op tion by another “successful”
education, training, and infor- racy, greater economic fairness, community. Please remain mind- candidate in a mass emailing, a
mation to be grossly abused by and improved retention of rank ful that a cooperative is every- copy of which was placed in the
tolerating, abetting or directly and file staff. I know these poli- one, not just one or a few indi- employee day log by one manag-
engaging in the deliberate dis- cies enjoy considerable support viduals at the top. The current er prior to the election, and not
information of our membership among our membership, which policy governance model favored removed by upper management
in order to advantage particular is presumably why it is seen as by the National Cooperative when made aware of its place-
candidates. These are failures necessary to marginalized and Grocers Association exaggerates ment.
for which I share responsibility, even demonized those advocat- the importance of the General Writing about Homer’s Iliad,
my consistent objections to these ing such reforms. Manager position. In fact, it is Simone Weil observes that power
actions notwithstanding. Actions Current managerial and board rank and file workers, as much crushes those who lack it, and
have consequences. Some of you culture has come to thrive on or moreso than top manage- intoxicates those who possess it.
will think this is a victory, and a scapegoats. Constructive criti- ment, who determine the health, I appreciate having been given
cause for celebration. It is not. cism is labeled as complaint, functionality, and future success the opportunity to serve our
During the year-plus I’ve complainers are marginalized of any cooperative. Those work- co-op community as a board
served on this board, I’ve been and told they’re wrong or misin- ers should be respected, valued, member. As a dear friend said
shocked, disheartened, and formed, and are shunted off as compensated, and retained when quizzed by a sitting board
ashamed by the hostile and at Co-op haters or malcontents. No; accordingly. member about whom she would
times viciously uncollegial treat- we are committed members and The membership of this coop- be voting for, “We’re voting for
ment of pro-labor progressive owners who believe our co-op erative needs to increase its the crazy ones.”
board members and board can- has fallen short in its claim to awareness and willingness to And yes, I still love the
didates. We’ve been the subject be “ethical and sustainable.” participate in the governance of Moscow Food Co-op. The Seven
of lies, character assassination, With this resignation, there are the institution it in fact owns. Cooperative Principles, our mis-
distortions of our records of ser- no more obvious scapegoats on Thomas Jefferson said people sion statement, and current
vice both to the Co-op and the the board. The remaining board tend to get the government they strategic plan are all available at:
community generally, and have members will need to be directly deserve, and that democracy www.moscowfood.coop.
been accused variously by man- accountable to a membership only works with an educated,
agers, fellow board members, many of whom, myself included, aware, and vigilant citizenry.
and newsletter staff of wanting feel we have been derelict in our Particularly regrettable are vot-
Building Cooperation: A Response to Chris
By Bill Beck, President, Board of Directors
T he Moscow Food Co-op
Board of Directors accepted
the resignation of Chris Norden
serve his term, but accept that
he has chosen to resign. Our
Board of Directors is committed
We have just completed the most
engaged election in our Co-op's
history. The election was openly
at our April meeting. The Board to working together with respect. conducted in the newsletter and
respects Chris’ decision to We work together based on the at our forums. The ballots were
express his point of view about assumption that everyone wants counted, and in a fair and open
the recent election. to make the Co-op better, every- election, our owner-members
This election was unusually one wants the Co-op to succeed chose the directors to govern our
contentious and emotions ran as a business while recogniz- Co-op this year.
high among many Co-op owner- ing that our Co-op must adhere This Board's commitment to
members. Diverse opinions were to principles that value people, work together to represent our
expressed and vigorous cam- healthy food and community diverse owner-members has
paigning took place. This gener- building. All of our Directors are never wavered. Owner-member
ated a high level of interest and pro labor. We all support mak- participation in our Co-op has
some controversy. The result was ing our Co-op the best workplace never been stronger. We are
that an unprecedented number possible. We have appreciated working together to sustain our
of votes were cast — almost Chris’s hard work in support of Co-op’s mission. We look for-
three times as many as in pre- these shared values. ward to everyone’s continued
vious elections. There are hurt Second, the Board remains and growing participation and
feelings and some lingering con- committed to our mission state- support of our Co-op.
troversy as a result of this elec- ment and strategic plan. We
tion. Where do we go from here? are proud of our Co-op and the
First, we want to thank Chris. great progress we have made
We would have preferred that he together over the last 37 years.
6 ● www.moscowfood.coop
Responding to Chris Norden: How Is It to Work
at the Co-op?
By Kenna S. Eaton, Co-op General Manager
C hris Norden’s resignation let-
ter certainly sparked a lot of
conversation around the Co-op.
we are smarter and more effec-
tive than alone (just look at last
year’s financial success). Every
make it better. In fact, who bet-
ter to improve this workplace
than the staff themselves? Last
someone speaks for them and
One staff person’s response to
Staff and volunteers certainly day, I receive compliments from year, we formed the BEST work- Norden’s letter said that, “If we
were angry at the allegations our member/owners. Just yester- place committee — comprised of act like there are two sides, then
and misrepresentation of their day, a longtime member shared staff only with our HR manager people will feel like they have
workplace, their efforts and their how much she enjoys shopping as lead — with the express goal to choose a side. Personally, I
opinions. It’s hard not be defen- at the Co-op because of the staff. of making the Co-op the best want what is going to continue
sive when one feels attacked, When she added that this is her place to work (and volunteer) to make the Co-op the thriving,
and the writer attacked many of “happy place,” it sure made me in Moscow. Together, they are vibrant community that is so
us, not just myself. Speaking for smile. And I’m quick to respond defining what that means and much more than just a grocery
my staff is a challenging under- that it takes an entire community defining the steps to get there. store to so many.” And another
taking not to be taken lightly. to make a Co-op successful — Yes, it may mean better wages, said “[Let’s] get on with doing
That’s why usually I don’t, both the broader community and but it also means improved what we all want to do — work-
but this month, I felt moved to the staff community. communication between depart- ing towards a successful, just
defend them as well as their Many of our staff community ments, improved training pro- and ever-better Co-op — [let’s]
opinions. felt threatened by the decision of grams and more opportunities to take this opportunity to firmly
Pro-labor? Nobody is more Cass Davis to run for the Board interact outside the Co-op — at define in our own voice who we
pro-labor than I or the rest of on the one hand and threaten to their suggestion, we’re paying are and what we want for the
the management team. I know sue the Co-op on the other. They our staff to help clean Paradise business and workplace we all
that each of us here works hard couldn’t understand how some- Creek in April. Our staff likes love.”
to support our co-workers so one could act that way. Many working here. Yes, it’s a job to
they can do their jobs better. We felt this was a move designed some, but to others, it’s a way of
know that by working together, to destroy their workplace, not life, and they don’t like it when
Responding to Chris Norden
By Bill London, Co-op Newsletter Editor
Who are the bad guys that temic change” that would dump e-mailed and attended Board accordingly. No matter how
Chris Norden is so mad at? General Manager Kenna Eaton meetings and meetings of the many big words Norden uses to
In his resignation letter, it is and dismantle the existing Co-op Board Elections Committee, cover the truth and to display
obvious who he believes are the management. demanding that my article be his indignation, the reality is that
good guys. Norden says the good Without reading an article on killed, and for the first time ever, the recent Co-op election was a
guys are the “progressive Board that topic, how would the Co-op that the Co-op newsletter should triumph of member democracy.
members and Board candi- membership know about this be censored. The Board did not
dates” in the last Co-op election. relevant and significant informa- bend, thankfully, and the truth
Specifically, that's Cass Davis, tion? Was it really in the Co-op's was printed.
Gary Macfarlane, and Chris best interest to allow a candidate For me, the irony was pro-
Norden. Davis and Macfarlane to decide what to reveal and found. These “progressive Board
got the lowest number of votes, what to hide from the voters, members and Board candidates,”
and now Norden has resigned. especially in this extraordinary who have publicly supported
Since Norden's good guys situation? local independent media and free
resoundingly lost the election, I expected the article to be speech for years, were trying to
the bad guys must be the hun- controversial, so I followed the censor independent media and
dreds of Co-op members who rules I learned in my 30 years as trying to curtail free speech.
did not vote for them. a professional journalist. When I For Co-op member-voters, the
Not so, says Norden. The called Davis, I identified myself election showed that they under-
really bad guys are the “manag- and explained I was writing for stood that our Co-op is a real
ers, fellow Board members, and the newsletter. He willingly and success — providing a commu-
newsletter staff” who corrupted candidly spoke with me for 45 nity hub, anchoring Moscow's
the election process with lies. minutes. downtown, compensating its
He must be including me with After that interview, Davis employees well, and fostering
those really bad guys. I did write had two choices. He could have real progressive change — that
an article about Cass Davis and shown the courage of his convic- they wanted to support. Seeing
his three-part legal attack on tions and stood behind the truth the truth, they voted in unprec-
the Co-op in the March issue. I about his legal challenges and edented numbers, nearly three
wrote that article because Davis plans to remake the Co-op. Or he times as many voters as in previ-
was running a stealth campaign. could try to kill the messenger ous elections.
Davis was not publicly dis- instead of addressing to the mes- The Co-op's election was not,
cussing, with the membership sage. as Norden claims, “corrupted”
at large, his plans to sue the Sadly, Davis chose the second by lies. Instead, the membership
Co-op and his plans for “sys- option. He and Chris Norden responded to the facts and voted
www.moscowfood.coop ● 7
Our Plastic Footprint
By Kenna S. Eaton, Co-op General Manager
S unday, April 11, I was lucky
enough to be invited to
dinner to meet, amongst oth-
food in a creative setting that
was a little bit “community the-
ers; Captain Charles Moore of We sat down to eat in the deli
the Algalita Marine Research — the tables pushed together
Foundation (plastic pollution) to create a more intimate setting
and Brad Rodgers, Manager of — as the staff served a feast of
Sustainability and Advanced risotto stuffed mushrooms, local
Packaging for Frito-Lay/PepsiCo. green salad and homemade (by
Brad was the corporate lead for us!) ravioli and grilled asparagus
the new 100% compostable Sun — yum — and when finally, we
Chips bag just introduced for were simply too full, tiramisu for
Earth Month. The other hon- dessert. Conversation sparkled
ored guest was our very own over the excellent food as we
Dr. Patricia Hunt from WSU, talked about sustainability and
one of the first research scien- our environment — relevant
tists to discover the effects of topics, considering the theme of
all that plastic we’re ingesting the dinner. Eventually, Nancy
on a daily basis through water Chaney unveiled her “Our Plastic
bottles and the like, AND a Footprint Day” proclamation,
Co-op member. Even better that asking citizens to (amongst
the dinner was held here at the other things) “... consider reus-
Co-op and that our staff got a ing receptacles for shopping, to
chance to showcase their talents think twice about the packaging
in a wonderful meal focusing on of goods purchased, and … to
seasonal and organically grown be generally aware of the pos-
foods. Greg Moller, Professor sible risks to our health and the
of Environmental Science and environment from our increasing
Toxicology at the UI, had invited plastic footprint.” Wow. That’s
these three; me; Nancy Chaney, pretty cool. If you’d like to read
Mayor of Moscow; Duane Nellis, the proclamation in its entirety,
UI President; and about 15 other see the sidebar. If you want to
people to eat dinner together reduce your plastic usage, con- ping. For every bag you re-use, organization through our “A
at the Co-op, saying that he sider bringing your own tote we’ll give you a dime that you Dime in Time” program.
thought it was important to eat bags to the Co-op when shop- can either take or donate to local
A Dime in Time: Solving Problems
By Ryan Goodson, Future Problem Solving Program representative
designed to “develop the ability nation, etc. Students who par- Attending this international gath-
of young people to think glob- ticipate in CmPS use the same ering with other students who
ally and to design and promote problem-solving model, but go value creativity and problem
positive futures using critical, one step further and implement solving validates the work that
creative thinking.” their action plan. these students do throughout the
Students who participate in The culmination of the year, inspiring them to continue
the program work in one of FPSP year is the International learning and honing their prob-
three components: Global Issues Conference. Attendance at this lem solving skills, skills that help
Problem Solving, Community conference is by invitation only. fulfill the mission of MJHS, that
Problem Solving and Scenario Two MJHS students were invited these students might “be posi-
Writing. Through research and to attend this spring. Donations tive contributors in a constantly
creative problem solving, teams from the Dime in Time pro- changing world.”
and individuals in GIPS address gram will be used to help pay
hypothetical future scenarios expenses of students attending
based on real contemporary the International Conference.
issues. (This year’s topics are
Sensory Overload, Invasive
T he Moscow Junior High
School (MJHS) Future
Problem Solving Program would
Species, Orphaned Children,
Food Distribution and Green
Living.) Using these same top-
like to thank the Moscow Food ics, writing skills and futuristic
Co-op for their support through thinking, scenario writers pro-
the A Dime in Time program duce short creative works that Animal Care Center P.A.
during the month of May. For reflect their research and forward 328 N. Main, Moscow, Idaho 83843
over 25 years, MJHS has par- thinking. Community Problem 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.
(Tues. & urs. until 7 p.m.)
ticipated in the Future Problem Solving (CmPS) provides an out- (208) 883-4349
Solving Program International. let for those students who want
Certi ed Acupuncturist
Conceived of and started by to address an area of concern Nancy Maxeiner, D.V.M .
Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSPI is they identify in their city, state,
8 ● www.moscowfood.coop
May Outreach Update
By Carol Spurling, Outreach and Ownership Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
W hew. Where I grew up,
spring was the beginning
of tornado season. Here, we just
Society $33, Backyard Harvest
$958, and Palouse Prairie School
$406.64. Thanks to everyone
the soups and loved the bread.
Thanks for all your help and
support and many kudos to the
sage could not have reached so
many people. Thank you again,
and we look forward to working
schedule so many things that life who contributed generously in soup and bread makers. with you in the future to pro-
FEELS like a tornado. But that’s March! Sincerely, mote “green” programs in our
all part of the fun of living in a ******* Carolyn Guy, Palouse Studio communities.
town like Moscow! Dear Moscow Food Co-op: Potters Guild Sincerely,
The cashiers have been doing I just wanted to let you know ******* Judy Dunn-Gray, Whitman
a wonderful job explaining the how much I appreciate the local Dear Moscow Food Co-op: County Recycling & Waste
benefits of membership and food sources you provide and Thanks to the Moscow Food Recycling
signing up new members this the low prices on them as well. Co-op and its members for sup- Andy Boyd, Moscow Recycling
spring. Here are the numbers: Tonight I went to one of the porting the Global Architecture *******
the Co-op now has 5,910 current chain stores here in town since Brigade at the University of Dear Moscow Food Co-op:
memberships. Since the begin- it was the end of the month and Idaho! On behalf of all the patients in
ning of January, we have 723 our allotted grocery money for Sincerely, our region, thank you for host-
brand new members, and while the month was running low. Tyler Macy ing a blood drive with the Inland
640 memberships expired, we I suffered some major sticker ******* Northwest Blood Center. On
got 1,760 renewed memberships shock and realized that this store Dear Moscow Food Co-op: April 7, 31 faithful donors from
in this same time period! Wow! was charging way more money Thank you for helping to your organization gave the “gift
Welcome to all the new mem- for way less quality than the make the Latah County Youth of life” to patients…On behalf of
bers; thanks for joining us and Co-op. Their regular prices were Advocacy Council 2010 Gala the many lives – past, present,
helping us be ever better than more than the Co-op’s organic Event a success! Just like the and future – thank you for your
before! ones! I happily came and spent boy in the Starfish Story, togeth- commitment to INBC. Together
Lately, the Co-op has been at my money at the Co-op, con- er we raised more than $10,000 we are working to save lives.
the Green Fair and UI’s Earth fident that I’m spending my to support youth substance Jeff Bryant, President and CEO
Day BBQ. We welcomed local money well every time I buy abuse prevention programs in Inland Northwest Blood Center
vendors at Taste of Palouse, produce, dairy or bulk products. Latah County while making a *******
launched our new Mamas and Thank you for enabling wise difference one at a time. Dear Moscow Food Co-op:
Papas group, and have been choices in our community. Not Sincerely, Thank you for your recent
donating lots of food and gift many others (at least where LCYAC donation on behalf of the
cards to local non-profits and groceries are concerned) do the ******* Moscow Food Co-op to the
other organizations in need. same. Dear Moscow Food Co-op: Museum of Art’s Buy-A-Busload-
We gave a field trip to home- Sincerely, Thank you for donating to our of-Kids program. Your gift of
school students, offered several Elise, Moscow 30-year celebration! $100 will buy a bus to the muse-
Essential Living and two series ******* Sincerely, um and a memorable experience
of Essential Wellness classes, Dear Moscow Food Co-op: Brooke, Moscow Day School for the children who visit. Last
gave interviews to several stu- We just wanted to thank ******* year alone, over 3,000 public
dents doing homework projects you so much for the Co-op’s Dear Moscow Food Co-op: school students were able to visit
related to sustainable, organic donation of $474 to match the A special thank you goes the museum because of the gen-
and local foods — and oh, we donations made to the Impulse out to everyone who helped erosity of people such as you.
also helped put on the Food on Giving program for the month of make Moscow Recycling’s and This year, the students have
the Table conference! (See relat- March. Your generosity definitely Whitman County Recycling’s had the opportunity to experi-
ed story.) inspired other communities to Home and Garden Show and ence the historic photographs of
Watch for a new set of Good give both small and big dona- Palouse Green Fair booths such Chavez Ravine taken by Seattle
Food Films coming this month tions to Backyard Harvest. a successful endeavor. It is the photographer Don Normark, and
and through the summer, and for Now it is our turn to give hope of Whitman County and contemporary work exploring the
a new set of Good Food books back. We will use a portion of Moscow Recycling to bring synergy of Art + Architecture…
for the book club. the donations we received from greater awareness not only to We are pleased that you have
Another exciting outreach the Impulse Giving program to recycling, but to buying products chosen the Museum of Art for
activity in March was the open- fund two produce shares for made from recycled materials. your support. During these eco-
ing session of the Co-op’s new needy families through our new An extra thank you to our spon- nomic times, your generosity is
customer service training classes partnership with Soggy Bottom sors, who provided the products especially noted and appreciated.
for all employees. We’re all feel- Farm. Then later this summer, and supplies to make this event Sincerely,
ing pretty fortunate to work with we will use the remainder to possible. Chris Bruce, Director
so many great people, and hope- provide $5 tokens for families Many event goers remarked Jill Aesoph, Director of
fully that shows in the service who come and use their federal on noticing your store’s com- Development
we give you. food assistance benefits to pur- mitment to providing custom- WSU Museum of Art
The Dime in Time program chase fresh fruits and veggies at ers with so
earned $541.50 for the Palouse the Tuesday Growers’ Market. many choices
HIV Consortium in March. The Thanks again for helping us on purchasing
April Dime in Time recipient get healthy, fresh, local foods to environmen-
was Orphan Acres, and the May our neighbors in need! tally friendly
recipient is the Moscow Jr. High Amy Grey products. In all,
School Future Problem Solvers. Director, Backyard Harvest total attendance
In March, we decided to match ******* at our booths
customer contributions made to Dear Moscow Food Co-op: was over 3,000.
Impulse Giving organizations. Thanks to everyone involved Without your
Sojourners Alliance received a with Empty Bowls! We earned support, our
total of $116.80, the Humane $1,842.50. Everyone raved over booth and mes-
www.moscowfood.coop ● 9
The hardest participating member
(volunteer) position at the Co-op
By K. Sequoia Ladd, Participating Member Coordinator, email@example.com
T his is an open statement to
the Board and membership
Now more than ever, we need
a Board of rare individuals to
Now more than ever, we need a
that I was originally going to
address to the Board of Directors
dialogue instead of debate for
the sake of debating. To be will-
Board of rare individuals to dia-
as an owner/member at the May
meeting. However, due to recent
ing to put forth ideas and cre-
ative solutions instead of staying
logue instead of debate for the
events, including an unprecedent-
ed election and the recent res-
entrenched in the safety of ide-
als; to represent all of the diverse
sake of debating. To be willing to
ignation of two Board members
for very different reasons, I feel
views and needs of our commu-
nity, and work toward common
put forth ideas and creative solu-
that it should be addressed to the
entire Co-op community.
goals. I write this understanding
that I am asking a lot of our
tions instead of staying entrenched
When times are the most
challenging, dialogue tends to
volunteer Board of Directors,
because they already give so
in the safety of ideals; to repre-
diminish and is replaced by fear-
based rhetoric, by rumor and
Our Moscow Food Co-op Board
sent all of the diverse views and
conjecture, by emotional reason-
ing and narrowed perspective.
of Directors has the incredibly
difficult task of balancing the
needs of our community, and work
It has been argued that it is in
our nature to do so when we
social principles of coopera-
tion, with the capital needs of
toward common goals.
feel threatened, or hurt, angry or a business. They must under- advance our strategic plan in issue of The Community News).
sad. It is the rare individual that stand and facilitate a melding cooperation with Co-op staff, Thank you, Dena, for serving
can dialogue despite these emo- of socialist values and capitalist and chair committees, among our membership so well.
tional responses, who is willing practices; keeping two conflict- other activities. Their time com- We are now in need of two
to step back and see the bigger ing paradigms in balance is no mitments and workload often go Co-op members to step forward
picture despite the perceived pre- mean feat. They write policy for above and beyond the 12 hours and serve the Co-op community
carious footing that may cause. our Co-op, approve our budget, needed for an 18% discount. for a one-year appointment.
They are a voice for our mem- They may be member nomi-
bership, tireless advocates for nated or self-nominated, and will
our Co-op, and defenders of our become a Board member after a
mission. majority vote by the current sit-
I would like to thank Chris ting Board of Directors (for more
Norden and Dena Neese for information, please read the
serving on our Board. Chris has article submitted by the Board in
been a thoughtful advocate for this issue of Community News).
environmental sustainability and I will not sugar-coat this posi-
social justice while serving on tion; it takes a willingness to
the Board, and has resigned from dialogue, to see a larger picture,
the Board because he feels the to propose solutions and to have
election process compromised thick skin when community
two of the cooperative principles members criticize your decisions
(please read Chris’s resigna- or actions. It is the hardest par-
tion statement in this issue of ticipating member position at the
The Community News). Chris’s Co-op. However, it is also argu-
perspectives and views added ably the most important.
diversity to our Board. Thank If you know a rare individual
you, Chris, for serving our mem- that has these leadership quali-
bership. Dena has been a Board ties, please nominate him or
member who asked very specific her for the Moscow Food Co-op
questions, wanting to know the Board of Directors. If you happen
whole story before making a to see one of our current Board
decision. She spent an extraor- members, thank them for their
dinary amount of time thought- generous service to our Co-op
fully responding to and resolv- and community. It is time for us
ing many unprecedented issues to come together, dialogue with
that came up while chairing the each other, and move forward
Election Committee. Her fairness toward common goals that bene-
and impartial logic, willingness fit the Co-op and the community.
to hear and evaluate all sides, In challenging times this is one
and tireless work ethic were of our strengths and it is time we
imperative to a democratic elec- use it to full advantage. After all,
tion process. Dena has resigned we are a cooperative.
from the Board to spend more
time with her beautiful baby boy
and husband (please read Dena’s
resignation statement in this
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Co-op Shoppers Speak Out:
Asked by Ashley Fiedler on April 15, 2010
Q What are you looking forward to at this year's Renaissance Fair?
"This will be my first time going.
"The food. I'm there for the food. I'd like to see the crafts, music and
There should be a beer and wine gar- food."
—Jana Curry, Pullman, WSU Grad
—Summer Baugh, Deary, Doula Student
"I love it when people get in the spirit
and wear costumes. I'd like to see
more of it." "The what? Is there a beer garden?"
—Davina Pastrama, Moscow, Holistic —Kyle Meredith, Lewiston, Tree
"I really love the music. I like hearing "The candy and parade."
—Thomas Bowen, Moscow, Preschooler
—Nancy Draznin, Genesse, Midwife
Annual Membership Meeting Held April 4
By Carol Spurling, Outreach and Ownership Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org; Photos by David Hall, Newsletter
O n the tenth day of our elec- the Board’s role in gov- Left: Member/
tion this past March and erning the Co-op, fol- owners attending
the annual meet-
April, we wrapped up the elec- lowed by presentations
ing at the 1912
tion process with a member by each of the Board Center
meeting, held the afternoon committees and the
of April 4 at the 1912 Center. Board/Staff joint com- Below: Chris
Member meetings always involve mittees on their accom- Norden presents a
great food, and this time was no plishments in the past committee report,
with Andrika Kuhle
exception: the Co-op deli pre- year, and their plans for
standing by, at the
pared delicious vegan chocolate the future. annual meeting.
fudge cake, and platters of fresh After the presenta-
fruits, veggies, breads, dips and tions, Co-op General
spreads, and last, but not least, Manager Kenna Eaton
cookies. talked about the Co-op’s
Members were given one last financial performance in 2009,
opportunity to meet the Board our best year ever. The meeting
candidates and ask them ques- ended with drawings for door
tions, and to vote. Candidates prizes from our mercantile sec-
Gary Macfarlane, Jamie Bentley, tion.
Mark Mumford, Kimberly Many thanks to the Board
Vincent, Andrika Kuhle, and for hosting the meeting, to the
Donal Wilkinson were present; kitchen for making the wonder-
candidate Cass Davis was not ful food, to the volunteers who
present. helped set up tables and do
Board president Kim Vincent other tasks, and to the members
gave a short presentation about who attended!
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Food on the Table Conference a Success!
By Carol Spurling, Outreach and Membership Coordinator, email@example.com
O n Friday evening and
Saturday, March 26 and
27, over 110 people from the
went a long ways towards our
Conference attendees chose
region gathered for the Food one “track” on which to focus,
on the Table conference, spon- out of the four tracks available:
sored in part and organized by Food Processing on the Palouse,
UI Extension, UI Sustainability Farming as a Lifestyle and
Center, Rural Roots, Backyard Business, Farm to Institution,
Harvest, WSU Organic Farm, and and Backyard Bounty. Each
the Moscow Food Co-op. Over 12 track had a facilitator to lead
organizations were involved – a the group through the process of
great example of community col- establishing priorities and identi-
laboration. fying challenges and opportuni-
The conference’s goal was to ties; and each group benefited
establish some concrete plans for from resource people to offer
increasing local food resources their insight and experience in
on the Palouse. solving similar problems.
“Rather than the traditional Everyone came to the confer-
conference format, we used ence with his or her own vision
an action-oriented, facilitated for the future, and left with a
approach in an attempt to move sense of how they can act to
closer to a viable, regional make that vision come true. I,
food system. Fifteen individu- for instance, had a vision of Top: Diane Green from Sandpoint facilitates a small group discussion at
als were part of the confer- more people being able to eat Food on the Table conference on Saturday, March 27.
ence as resource people. These locally throughout the winter by Bottom: Sequoia Ladd from the Moscow Food Co-op talks with a small
folks discussed lessons learned, learning how to preserve food group interested in homesteading and self-sufficiency.
things they did in their commu- during the growing season. I left
nity and helpful hints to assist with concrete plans to take the online. We are also considering ference and the ideas for moving
the group move forward. The Extension course on canning and if it is possible to ease the way forward will continue.
resource folks came from all over preserving that is offered online for ongoing discussions and col- Metaphorically speaking, the
Idaho, as far as east as Moiese, in June in order to round out my laboration through some kind of seeds for improving our local
Montana, and as far west as knowledge, and then teach can- online forum. I’ll report on these foodshed were planted last fall
Seattle,” noted Kristen Koenig, ning and preserving workshops developments as they occur. at the Palouse Food Forum, and
one of the organizers. through the Co-op’s Essential Although it appears that we all at this Food on the Table confer-
Although we are still waiting Living series later this summer. could have used another day to ence, the seeds sprouted. Now it
for the results of the participant Conference organizers are con- firm up our track’s action plans is up to all of the attendees and
surveys, the organizers received sidering the best way to share – I couldn’t believe how fast our community to nurture those
so many positive comments that all the information and resources the day went by, and how tired sprouts, and harden them off
we feel confident that the confer- from the conference with par- I was after a day of intense dis- so they can survive outside the
ence was useful and inspiring ticipants and others, by posting cussion - we expect that the rela- greenhouse.
for most of the participants, and notes, resources, contacts, etc. tionships forged during the con-
Recycling at Home … Piece of Cake
By Miriam Kent, Pre-cycling Czaress
U sed to recycle more?
Throwing those yogurt con-
tainers in the trash? Really want
Ideas for containers: 5-gallon
buckets (square buckets take up
less room and are often free at
Hope this is helpful … and
to set up a workable system? the recycling center), small trash to wash
Here are some simple ideas to cans (the students throw out out that
help you do just that. Phase 1 is many of these at the end of the yogurt
inside, where it’s easy; I’ll cover semester), or paper sacks (hint: container.
that here. Phase 2 is outside fold down the short end of your
and will be covered in the June bag 1” to help it stay open).
newsletter. Ideas for categories: mixed
So, here goes: Decide where paper, glass, plastics, newspa-
you’ll set up your system, what per and mixed recycling to sort
kind of containers you’ll use, the later on. I find sorting in Phase
number of categories you have, 2 more user-friendly (read the
and how you’ll label, then make article next month for more par-
a plan for moving it all out and ticulars on sorting, especially for
to the recycling center. curbside recycling).
Ideas for where: under the Ideas for labeling: fat indelible
kitchen sink, in the broom markers to write on the con-
closet, in the laundry room, in a tainer or bag, duct tape and a
foyer, on the back or front porch, marker, or have your kids draw
or in paper sacks lined up any- and write down the words and
where that’s convenient. then tape them to the container.
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Produce Ponderings, Spring 2010, Lo-
cal Forecast: Awesomeness
By Scott Metzger, Produce Department Manager
P roduce Department sales
have been up every month
in 2010, and we couldn’t have
ers growing the same crops,
2.) Inconsistent price structure
established on the Palouse
6.) Establishing systems and
standards for the Co-op that
be, far and away, our best local
season ever, and I invite every-
one to shop the Co-op all sum-
done it without our stellar staff between Produce and Deli, and will outlast staff and that make mer when you’re in town, and
and you, our valued customers. wholesale vs. retail pricing and ordering and delivering easier. help us turn the negative sum-
We finished January up $4,000 between individual farmers. By making local purchases as mer trend around.
from 2009, February was up over 3.) Inconsistent ordering and a consumer, you are essentially I appreciate everyone’s help,
$9,000 from 2009 and March delivery scheduling and heavy voting with your money. It is an ideas and input in formulating
finished up $14,000 over 2009 volume of calls. easy way to contribute to mak- this new strategy for the Co-op
sales, even with a slow Spring 4.) Competition with Farmers’ ing a big difference in a world Produce Department. The Green
Break. If history is any guide, Market and Growers’ Market. in which we often feel marginal- Commerce Committee has been
sales for April and May will con- 5.) Weak achieved margins on ized. very helpful in bridging the gap
tinue to be strong as the semes- local produce due to high whole- It is my pleasure to announce in understanding between the
ter comes to a close and stu- sale costs. that as of this printing we have needs of the local small farmer
dents and their families gather This year will be our best 13 purchasing agreements signed community and the needs of the
for graduation festivities. Thank ever. After gathering input from and are working with a total Co-op buyers. Thanks also to
you, everyone, for continuing to the local farmers at our annual of 34 farmers this year, includ- all of the amazing local farmers,
shop with us and choosing to “local growers meeting,” we are ing six new to the Co-op farmer as well as Jessica Wiley, Annie
buy your organic and local pro- looking at the following changes folks — Anne Bose, Denise Pollard, and Hunt Paddison. Your
duce at the Co-op. We appreciate to our local purchasing systems Moffett and Michael Robinson, input has been valuable in work-
your patronage. for the produce department. Jim Maxwell, Kahne Blyth, Kevin ing to achieve the goal of having
The need to eat wholesome 1) Entering into local purchas- Paulus and Loni Suomi — and the best local produce season
and healthy organic fruits and ing agreements with the farmers more in the works. There are ever and making the local farm-
vegetables transcends race, to set prices and quantities for plans for 132 different variet- ing community the strongest it
gender, religion and politics. each farmer’s produce for the ies of produce to be grown has been, while working with
Everyone needs to eat and every- year. locally, and literally thousands the Co-op in the most efficient
one deserves to eat healthy food, 2) Eliminating or reducing of pounds of produce grown for manner.
and that is why everyone in this overlap of crops between farm- us in 2010. If all goes well, it will
community is welcome to shop ers.
the Co-op and enjoy the bounty 3) Coordinating wholesale pric-
of our produce department. ing between the different Co-op
At the Co-op, we view our departments
local farmers as the first link 4) More clearly defining whole-
towards growing a stronger econ- sale prices vs. retail or market
omy here in Moscow. Every dol- pricing for the farmers
lar spent on locally grown foods, 5) Increasing the total vol-
whether at the Co-op or the mar- ume purchased of each crop
ket, stays within our community. from each farmer, thereby mak-
By growing a stronger farmer ing this the best local produce
community, we grow a stronger season on record.
Co-op, and vice versa 6) Standardizing delivery
Historically, the Produce days and times and enforcing
Department has the slowest sales labeling requirements.
of the year during the summer 7) More clearly labeling
months of June through August. local produce in the store with
There are a number of reasons improved signage.
for this sales decline: commu- Our goals for revamping the
nity members leaving for the local purchasing system in 2010
summer, students leaving town, are as follows:
harvest from home gardens and 1.) Greatly increase the volume
the Farmers’ Market competition. of local produce available at the
All of these things coincide in Co-op during the summer and
the summer, which traditionally fall months.
leads to a summer sales slump, 2.) Reduce the price to the
this despite the fact that this is consumer for local produce.
the time of year when we carry 3.) Greatly increase local pro-
the largest variety and highest duce sales at the Co-op.
quantity of locally grown fruits 4.) Strengthen the local farm-
and vegetables. These factors, ing community buy purchasing
combined with a kind of “Hodge more produce from each farmer
Podge” local purchasing system, and entering into purchasing
led us to evaluate our problems agreements with each farmer,
and develop some solutions. thereby ensuring income predict-
The problems we encountered ability for farmers.
were as follows: 5.) Encourage new farmers and
1.) Too many local small farm- larger vegetable farms to become
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Welcome to the Co-op’s BikeFest!
By the 2nd/3rd grade class at Palouse Prairie School
W elcome to BikeFest, which
is May 8, and National
Bike Month, which is all of
arranged the different jobs for
BikeFest, like blocking off the
alley and moving tables.
May! Last year was the very Carol said that here in Moscow
first BikeFest at the Co-op. we love riding bikes and love
Carol Spurling, Membership our trails. This is the second
Coordinator at the Co-op, said year we are having National Bike
there were a lot of new bike Month in Moscow, but in other
racks just put in that morning. parts of America, people have
“I was going to wrap them with been celebrating National Bike
a big ribbon for a ribbon-cutting Month since 1956! That was a
ceremony.” There were already while ago.
bikes parked there, so she had to Each event of National Bike
wrap the ribbon around all the Month is in a different place.
bikes! (See box.) On May 14 you can
Carol also had another funny ride to work or school to support
story about a big semi-truck that Bike Month and get free goodies.
was delivering stuff to the Co-op There’s also a Nearly Naked Bike
during BikeFest. Carol said, “The Ride!
truck was so big that everyone We will see you at BikeFest!
had to pick up their tables and Meet us at the Village Bicycle
move while the truck beeped Project table!
and backed up in the alley!” Please note that the Co-op
BikeFest is about celebrating parking lot will still be open for
the health of bikes. It includes cars during BikeFest (not every-
food, bike rides, an Alley Cat one can ride a bike, after all),
Treasure Hunt, a bike swap, and so everyone please be careful
music. You can also receive free coming and
treats. If you bring your bike and going. And May 3, Monday, 7 p.m.
MOSCOW MAYOR NANCY CHANEY’S PROCLAMATION of the City of Moscow’s support of
it needs fixing, a bike mechanic please, wear
National Bicycle Month. City Hall council chambers. Please be prompt!
can fix it. And after the bike your helmet
May 5, 12, 19 and 26, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
swap, the bikes that are left will whenever you TOW YOUR TOTS. Meet at Mt. View Park for a group ride to Patty’s Mexican Kitchen on two-
be given to the Village Bicycle ride! See you at for-one Wednesdays. Free bike tune-ups May 5 at 10 a.m.
Project to be donated to Ghana. BikeFest! May 6, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Come to BikeFest on Saturday, THE TOM AND ALY SHOW. Slide presentation of Tom and Aly Lamar’s bike travels through New
May 8. At 9:30 a.m., the Three The 2nd/3rd Zealand. Join us at Gritman Conference Center, 700 South Main. Refreshments will be served.
Forks Bike Club is having a fund- grade class at FREE!
raiser breakfast of pancakes. The Palouse Prairie May 8, Saturday, 9:30-3 p.m. Live music 11-1:00
music is a bluegrass band called is passionate MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP BIKEFEST. Three Forks Bicycle Club fundraising pancake breakfast,
about the envi- bike swap and sale, free bike tune- ups, Alley Cat Treasure Hunt, midday refreshments. More
Cosby’s Sweater from 11 a.m. - 1
ronment. We are at www.moscowfood.coop
p.m. BikeFest will end at 3:00. excited to see May 13, Thursday, 7-9 p.m.
BikeFest is at the Co-op in the you at BikeFest SPOKE-N WORD bicycle poetry at One World Café. Open mic. Recite poetry, sing, read short
alley to the right of the Co-op. during National stories or about bicycling. The stage is yours.
They got permission from the Bike Month!
May 14, Friday, 7-8:30 a.m.
city to block off the alley for Our names
BIKE TO WORK DAY. Stop by the corner of Sixth and Main for coffee, treats and spoke cards
BikeFest. That way, people can are Cameron, for your bike wheels.
still park in the parking lot and Elizabeth, Emily, May 15, Saturday, 9 a.m.
no one gets run over. Emma, Gabriel, BIKE THE LATAH TRAIL TO TROY. Meet at NRS East parking lot (corner of Blaine St. and Troy
A couple of bikers named Isaac Jeremiah, John, Hwy). Stop for coffee at the Filling Station Cafe in Troy. 24 miles RT, about 3 hours.
and Emmett started BikeFest. Jonna, Karina, May 21, Friday, noon-1:00
Families, friends, Co-op mem- Lee, Lena, Liam, LUNCH & LEARN. Bicycling Fun and Fitness, presented by T Jay Clevenger and Shirley
Owen, Sam, Rencken, Gritman Conference Center, 700 South Main, FREE - Light snacks will be served.
bers, non-members, students
Savanna, Taylor May 22, Saturday, 8 a.m.
and grandparents can come. “We D., and Taylor J. WAFFLE RIDE TO PULLMAN. Meet at Chipman Trail trailhead, corner of Pullman Hwy and
hope a lot of people ride their Perimeter Dr. Ride to the Old European Restaurant for breakfast. Bring your wallet and fellow
bikes,” Carol said. cyclists. 17 miles round trip.
We think that BikeFest is at the May 22, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Co-op because lots of people go LATAH TRAIL FUNDRAISER DINNER, silent and live auctions and entertainment. Contact Nora
to the Co-op, and lots of people Locken at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-874-3860 for more information.
that know about the Co-op ride May 29, Saturday, 8 a.m.
bikes. Some people have a hard JULIAETTA-TO-KENDRICK RIDE & Locust Blossom Festival Parade, which begins at 10:00. We
time riding their bikes, so when need to be in Kendrick at 9:00; meet at the Juliaetta trailhead at 8 a.m.
they go to the Co-op there are TBA, 5:30 p.m.
a lot of people who can help NEARLY NAKED BIKE RIDE. Watch for this on Facebook and B4L Web site on a warm summer
evening; starts at Friendship Square.
them learn. And the bike swap
is a good way for people to get TBA
SPONTANEOUS MASS RIDES around Moscow could happen at any time. Feel free to join in and
a new bike because it only costs bring your bicycle-riding pals.
your old bike that you don’t
Keep up with Bike for Life events at www.bikeforlifemoscow.com and on Facebook
want any more.
Carol and a few other people
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A Frozen Treat For Everyone
By Peg Kingery, Chill and Frozen Buyer
I don’t think I’ve ever met any-
one who doesn’t like ice cream
... but I have met a lot of people
Recently, Turtle Mountain
added a new line of products
made from coconut milk. These
ing and heart-protective proper-
ties. Unlike other fats, MCT’s do
not need to be broken down and
of the flavors are nut-free as
Hemp seeds, from which hemp
who can’t eat ice cream because are dairy-, lactose- , gluten- and can be used immediately by the milk is made, are one of nature’s
of the inability to digest milk lac- cholesterol-free, are sweetened body as energy. They also may most perfect foods. They contain
tose. The good news is that the with agave, contain no soy pro- stimulate metabolism. all 10 essential amino acids, are
Co-op carries a variety of non- tein or trans fats, are certified Rice milk and almond milk rich in omega-3 and omega-
dairy frozen desserts as well as vegan and are made with organ- fans can also cool off when tem- 6 fatty acids and contain high
ice cream. ic ingredients. Another frozen peratures rise with frozen des- amounts of magnesium, iron,
Turtle Mountain has been a dessert made from coconut milk serts from Imagine Foods. Both potassium, phytonutrients and
long-time leader in refrigerated is produced by Luna and Larry’s Rice Dream and Almond Dream vitamin E.
and frozen products made from Coconut Bliss. These are certified contain no refined sweeteners or I doubt few people are as
soy milk. The Co-op carries both organic, 100% vegan, sweetened cholesterol and are lactose-free. happy as I am that there are
their Purely Decadent and their with agave, kosher pareve, and Almond Dream is also gluten- such a variety of non-dairy fro-
So Delicious lines of frozen des- made with certified fair trade free. zen treats. I’ve tasted them all
serts in a wide array of flavors ingredients. Living Harvest hemp milk is and each satisfied my craving
and sizes. All of these are dairy- What’s so special about coco- a hot seller off the grocery aisle for something cold and creamy.
, lactose- and cholesterol-free, nut milk? It’s naturally rich and shelves. If you’re looking for its If you can’t or choose not to
contain no trans fats, are certi- creamy. The fat in coconut milk nutritional benefits AND dessert, indulge in ice cream, I invite you
fied vegan, are made with organ- is high in medium-chain triglyc- try Tempt frozen dessert. Tempt to try these products. They’re
ic ingredients and have less than erides (MCT’s), identical to those is dairy-, soy- and gluten-free, guaranteed to make you happy
half the fat of super premium found in breast milk, giving vegan, kosher pareve and made too!
dairy ice cream. coconut milk similar germ fight- with organic ingredients. Some
Good Food Film Series Sneak Preview
By Aimee Shipman, Co-op Volunteer
T he May screening of the
Co-op's Good Food Film
Series will be held on Thursday,
that arise when a grassroots agri-
cultural movement evolves into
a booming international market.
May 20. All GFFS films are Each of the film’s characters
at 7 p.m. at the Kenworthy is intimately connected to the
Performing Arts Center in down- organic world; they’re farmers,
town Moscow. Tickets are $4 for activists, and scientists. While
Co-op members and $6 for non- many folks can easily endorse
members. “organic,” the characters in the
The May Good Food Film film take the discussion beyond
Series selection features “What’s just shopping for another eco-
Organic about Organic,” a skill- label. As we glimpse into each of
ful exploration of the debates their lives, we see how organic
agriculture has the
potential to solve many
of our environmental
and health problems.
The film will explore
how organic farming
can be used as a soil
and air protection sys-
tem, a healthy solution
to toxic pollution, and
an innovative means to
combat global warm-
ing. As the film moves
from farm fields to gov-
ernment meetings to
industry trade shows,
we see the hidden costs
of conventional agricul-
ture. We also see how forward towards a new vision for
our health, the health our culture and encourages us to
of our planet, and the ask, “How can we eat with an
agricultural needs of ecological consciousness?”
our society are all inti-
mately connected. The
film compels us to look
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Salad Bar Here Price Shopper: Pet Food By Obi Pallen Richard, friend of Joe and Amy, Newsletter Volunteers
This Month M
By Steve Kobs, Store Manager
y feline friend recently
became very ill and lost a
lot of weight. Everyone thought
T he new salad bar is scheduled
to be installed around May
20. The location is in front of the
choices. At the end of the bar,
three self-service soups will be
available. Other hot foods will
it was my fault at first because,
I’ll admit, sometimes I do shove
him out of the way and eat his
pastry case and the cash register. still be available at the current food if I can get away with it.
The preparation work will begin full-service counter. But I’ve always done that and
about a week earlier, taping into A big thank you goes out to he never got skinny before.
plumbing and electricity that all the members who contrib- Let’s just say he’s always been
was put into the floor when we uted their time and money to get “fluffy.” Sometimes at night I
moved into this building. the salad bar at the Co-op. The think I hear him crunching on
Customers will be able to walk funds raised will cover the cost my food too, by the way. But
around the bar and select from of installation. The fixture itself I digress, anyway, after he got
a variety of chilled salad ingre- will be paid for out of our capi- sick, everyone got all worried my side.
dients and prepared salad. There tal budget. about him and started buying Joe and Amy went to Rosauers
will be self-service dressing him all kinds of different and and the Co-op to find yummy
exciting foods to try to get him foods for us, I mean the cats.
to eat again. Which has turned They ended up saving $9.70
out to be a great idea. He is by shopping at the Co-op and
gaining weight and doing much pranced around the kitchen like
Dear Co-op Members, Staff and Management: better. And don’t tell anyone, but rabid fools. That’s not the first
With regret, I have informed the Co-op Board of I may have gained a little weight time that’s happened, strangely
too, though I don’t think you enough.
Directors that I will resign from the Co-op Board on May
can really see it unless I lay on
The sole reason for my resignation is that I wish to ITEM Co-op Rosauers Difference
Lick Your Chops Turkey & Brown Rice Cat Food, 5.5 oz can $1.45 $1.89 -$0.44
spend more time with my 1-year-old son, Jackson. I
Wellness Turkey & Salmon Cat Food, 5.5 oz can $1.54 $1.89 -$0.35
don’t feel able (or perhaps willing) to continue to juggle Natural Life Chicken & Veggie Cat Food, 5.5 oz can $1.15 $1.39 -$0.24
a full-time, demanding job, motherhood and Co-op Natural Life Adult Cat Food, 8 lb bag $15.39 $18.19 -$2.80
$2.35 $2.69 -$0.34
Board responsibilities at this time. I suppose I didn’t Wellness Lamb & Sweet Potato Dog Food, 12.5 oz can
Natural Life Dog Food, 13.2 oz can $1.69 $1.79 -$0.10
realize how difficult this juggling act would be when I Natural Life Senior Dog Food (kibble) 8 lb bag $13.99 $17.29 -$3.30
ran for the Board, before Jackson was born. Natural Life Adult Dog Food, chicken flavor, 8 lb bag $11.49 $13.49 -$2.00
Lick Your Chops Adult Dog Food, 13.2 oz can $2.05 $2.29 -$0.24
Thank you to Co-op members for allowing me to serve Newman's Own Dog Treats, 10 oz $3.90 $3.79 $0.11
you over the past year. It has been a pleasure and honor Totals $55.00 $64.70 -$9.70
working with my fellow Board members, member vol-
unteers, management and staff. Board members spend
enormous amounts of energy and time volunteering to
make the Co-op a better place — I have deep respect
and admiration for all who are willing to take on this
volunteer position for the typical three-year term. I am
sad to leave now, as I feel I just got my “Board feet”
under me. I am excited about many of the current
projects and ideas swirling around and I so want to be
However, when I am able to spend a quiet Sunday after-
noon with Jackson, watching him explore a dandelion for
the first time, I know this was the right decision for me.
The Co-op is truly a special place, consisting of gener-
ous, passionate and engaged people. I am happy to have
had the opportunity to work with such great people!
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I am extremely disappointed
by looking carefully at its con- his fresh fish out at the intersec- It was difficult for me to get a
in the role Bill London has tents. In it, I could not find any tion of the Troy and Lewiston green cart out this morning. The
played in the current BOD elec- inflammatory language, editorial highways. Since fresh fish was grey carts were packed against
tion. The Co-op needs to either judgment, or any factual errors. not available anywhere else on the others. Can the front of
claim him as an employee and Cass was given the opportunity the Palouse, everyone had to the store be a little more user-
reign him in, or fire him. The to respond in the same newslet- drive out to him on Fridays to friendly? —Nicole
harassment of voters by phone, ter to the article, or to contrib- buy their fish. It was like a party It was tight in there. We have
and “interviewing” under false ute his own article, which he out there on that windblown, experimented with different
pretenses is underhanded, declined. Cass was also asked dusty, alternately freezing and arrangements. When you were
and undermining of the Co-op several times to point out factual darn hot corner. Thus was start- here, one side was too short and
“democracy.” —Kelly errors in the article, which he has ed the tradition of “Fish Fridays,” we did not catch it. You’re right,
Hi Kelly, thanks for writ- never done. Candidates for elec- When the Fish Man lost his right impossible to deal with it with
ing. You can read more about tion may wish to control what to be on that corner (something kids and everything else in hand.
the election elsewhere in this relevant information is published about re-construction of the high- I think the current arrangement
newsletter, but as the Outreach about them, but censoring the way), we eagerly invited him is better. If you think something
Coordinator, I supervise Bill media has never been considered to come to the Co-op’s parking would work better, please men-
London, Volunteer Newsletter democratic. lot and continue his tradition. tion it to a cashier. —Steve Kobs,
Editor, so I want to respond to Feelings ran high during this None of us wanted to lose that Store Manager
your concerns. election, it’s true, but I really opportunity to select the fresh-
What I hear you saying is that believe that democracy at the est fish in town, to talk to the We were wondering what hap-
Bill London should be penalized Co-op is alive and well, and that owner, to ask questions, to get pened to the child-sized shop-
for two things: calling members the newsletter has always and the perfect recipe for tonight’s ping carts? My daughter was
on the phone, and for publishing will continue to play an impor- dinner and to gain insight about disappointed when there were
an article about a candidate with tant role in helping its members the fishing industry. And though not any on our last visit. —Kate
information that you feel was be informed and engaged. I’m the faces may have changed over I feel bad about that. There are
obtained under false pretenses. happy to speak with you more the years, the tradition has not. a lot of children who really look
The issue of phone calls is about this, if you’d like; please As the business has grown, Dale forward to using the carts. One
strictly about a member/owner give me a call 208-669-0763 or and Victoria Young, the owners, of the problems that we have
expressing his opinion to other send an e-mail to outreach@ have added employees, thereby had is that some customers are
member/owners. That’s what moscowfood.coop. —Carol enhancing the employment being struck by carts operated by
elections are all about, aren’t opportunities for quite a lot of children. Even the most diligent
they? The fish folk are back in the people. We appreciate the quality parent cannot observe and antici-
I appreciate that whether Bill parking lot on Fridays. They of the product, the humor and pate where their child might take
London officially interviewed are not local producers. Why do quotes Dale and his employees the cart. What we noticed is that
Cass Davis with Cass’ full under- they get this special treatment? share with us, and the festive tra- the number of collisions is much
standing or whether he only Do they rent the three parking dition of having the “Fish Folks” higher on Saturdays – our busi-
talked informally with Cass on spaces from the Co-op? Why do in our parking lot every Friday. est days. Our solution to this was
the phone but off the record, is a they get to park their truck in Personally, I’d hate to lose all to pull the small carts from the
question in your mind that will the Co-op parking lot all day?” that bonhomie all for a few park- floor on Saturdays. Not perfect,
forever remain a matter of “he —a concerned member ing spots for cars — wouldn’t but the reported mishaps have
said” and “he said.” Dear member- Excellent ques- you? dropped.
As a journalist myself, I formed tions! Thanks for asking. Many —Kenna S. Eaton, General —Steve
my opinion about whether or not years ago, the Fish Folks were Manager
the article should be published just the “Fish Man” and he sold
Festival Dance Studio 110
(UI PE Building)
$2 non-refundable deposit
due by June 15th
To Register: call
883-3267 or e-mail
Spots are limited, so call
Our most popular workshop! Students will learn choreography, musical
theater, and general stage craft from Katie Saunders, Festival Dance fac-
ulty. Students will make their own “Prairie” costumes for the ﬁnal show
at the Moscow Farmer’s Market July 10 at 9:00 am.
Participants should bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothing. Black leo-
tard and tights required for ﬁnal performance. Preferred pre-requisite: read or be
familiar with Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls-Wilder
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Volunteer Profile: Beata Vixie
By Todd J. Broadman, Newsletter Volunteer
hile talking with Science in folks to gather. Department. “I am interested
Beata, what became Food Science. “So when in new technology for the food
clear to me is that the When I asked we moved to industry as well as traditional
Co-op serves many purposes, about her path Moscow,” she ways of growing food. I am also
one of which is to bring folks from Chicago continued, “it learning yoga and meditation.”
together from across the globe. to Pullman, was easy to In her Food Science program,
This was also Beata’s perspec- she went back get involved Beata is learning about food
tive. “The Co-op in Portland, five years to with the chemistry and microbiology.
Oregon, kind of reminded me of her time in Co-op.” Beata “Food science is fun stuff and
shops from my country, smaller, New Mexico. volunteers as the folks in the department are
simple, bulk food, had to bring “We lived in a committee really great.”
your bag, local produce.” The small town of member for I soon understood that Beata’s
“country” Beata refers to is about 20,000 the A Dime in true home is nature. “I love the
Poland, her home. people and Time program; outdoors; my favorite thing is
Beata arrived in Chicago there was no the program to hike and spend time in the
in her late teens to visit her Co-op. So I donates woods.” And she spoke with
Grandmother and stayed. “My joined with
Beata volunteers as monies from equal ease about her passions,
plans [to stay] were changed a few others committee member for the return which include “healing, the fam-
when the Polish borders closed and decided the A Dime in Time of reusable ily dog – Obi, and connections
due to Martial Law.” I vaguely to start one. bags (a dime with people.”
recalled the time period — Lech We learned program; the program per bag) to a When asked what was most
Walesa and the Solidarity trade- so much, and donates monies from worthy non- needed right now for our planet,
union movement. “At the time, the more I got profit each she didn’t hesitate. “We need
many people were happy for involved, the the return of reusable month. respect, knowledge and under-
me,” Beata said, then lowered more I was bags to a worthy non- She smiles. standing towards nature and
her head, “but I was not happy. motivated and “Our son is other humans.”
I love my country and wanted to convinced that
profit each month. now 14 and
be there.” a Co-op would loves Middle Todd, wife Corinna, and son Micah
Building upon her undergradu- strengthen the community.” School.” Life-long learning enjoy it here: the gently rolling
ate degree in Biology, Beata is That project instilled in Beata remains a strong value. Beata’s hills and the local community's cre-
currently enrolled in a combined the need for a healthy alterna- husband teaches and does ativity. Todd is currently writing a
WSU-UI program – Master’s of tive and a place for like-minded research in WSU’s Mathematics novel.
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Staff Profile: Rose Keller
By Amy Newsome, Newsletter Volunteer
spotted Rose Keller in the When Rose was attending U
health and beauty aid depart- of I, she always liked shopping
ment quietly stocking shelves at the Co-op and thought she’d
with a kindly and approachable like to work there one day. So
air. Rose’s youth belies incredible when she saw an opening for a
life experience. Wellness Assistant, she thought
Rose was born in Orofino to it would be a perfect fit. She had
two scientist parents. Her family experience working at a natural
moved to Burns, Oregon, when food store in Portland, Oregon.
she was 4 and her brother was She also has a couple ailments
2. Her dad works for the Natural that have led her to be knowl-
Resources Conservation Service edgeable about many supple-
and her mom works for the ments. Rose was diagnosed with
Bureau of Land Management. Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age
Her parents instilled the love of 13. She was also diagnosed
of international travel in Rose by with Celiac Disease while in
taking family trips, primarily to Finland. She was able to experi-
South America. When Rose was ence Finland’s healthcare system
15, she traveled to Kenya with firsthand.
her paleontologist grandmother. “Their socialized healthcare
“That was the first trip that I was wonderful. You don’t have
felt old enough to really absorb people putting off going to the
everything. I found the culture doctor because of the cost.”
and the people amazing and Rose, along with her research An avid swimmer since age 6,
developed a love of languages.” she swims four days a week. She
After graduating high school team, presented their findings also teaches swimming at WSU.
in Burns, Rose began studying “Swimming really helps with
Microbiology at the University to the European Commission the arthritis,” she shared.
of Idaho, but soon switched to After my interview, I was left
International Studies. in Brussels. They appealed for in awe of this incredibly resilient
“I think it was my trip to and fascinating young woman.
Kenya that led me away from more support for the women’s I look forward to hearing about
natural science and toward social Rose’s future endeavors.
science.” organizations that are working
Rose earned a Bachelor’s Amy Newsome had a particularly
degree in International Studies to fight human trafficking. difficult time getting this article
down to the 700 word limit. Thanks
with minors in Economics and
Russian. She spent one year is arranged for them, but once their degrees there, they’d take (and no thanks) Rose!
studying at the University of they cross a border their docu- it. Rose would eventually like
Eastern Finland. Her under- ments are destroyed and they are to work in the EU Ministry, in a
graduate thesis focused on the stuck.” development arm with Russia.
informal economy of the Russian After her research was com- Joe would like to become a
and Finnish Karelia region. Her plete; Rose, along with her Sociology professor.
professors encouraged Rose to research team, presented
come back after she graduated to their findings to the European
serve as a research fellow at the Commission in Brussels. They
Karelian Institute. appealed for more support for
She did return, study there the women’s organizations that
for over two years and earn her are working to fight human traf-
Magister degree, a European ficking.
degree somewhere between a In addition to her rich educa-
Masters and a PhD. She split tional life, Rose has also man-
her time between Russia and aged to maintain a meaning-
Finland. Her research looked ful partnership. Rose met her
at how women’s organizations boyfriend, Joe King, two weeks
from both sides of the border before they graduated from U of
work together in spite of their I. Joe moved to Germany to be a
ideological differences. There translator for Porsche when Rose
isn’t agreement on many issues, moved to Finland. They were
but they are united in the fight still able to see each other, with
against human trafficking, pri- just a two-hour flight between
marily of young women for pros- them. Joe is currently in a PhD
titution. That is the issue Rose program at WSU in Sociology,
focused on during her time in where Rose is also volunteer-
the region. Rose explains, ing as a research assistant. Rose
“Girls from central Asia would like to finish her PhD in
and Russia are promised an Geography. They’re both anxious
opportunity to work or study to get back to Europe, so if an
abroad. Their travel paperwork opportunity came up to finish
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Local Producer: Genesee Valley Daoist Hermitage
By Johna Boulafentis, Newsletter Volunteer
pring has definitely remarkable, considering
arrived on the that 12 years ago, Da-Jin’s
Palouse. I embrace mother, while visiting
the eclectic weather; days from China, thrashed 300
mixed with rain show- pounds of yellow soybeans
ers, sun and hail. I had by hand. One small con-
the pleasure of enjoying tainer from that harvest
a spring afternoon with remains, and more soy-
Charlotte Sun and Master beans may be planted this
Sun Da-Jin, who farm and summer; a good time to
operate the Genesee Valley start planning a trip for
Daoist Hermitage. Over Da-Jin’s mom.
the last seven years, the Charlotte shared her
hermitage has provided the gratitude in many avenues
Co-op with products that of her and Da-Jin’s life.
can be found throughout She loves the Palouse for
the store: an assortment its richness in natural
of organic vegetables and resources, diverse peoples
herbs including Chinese and ideas. She is abundant-
varieties in Produce and ly grateful that the lessees
Deli, and organic goji ber- with adjoining land to the
ries and seed packets in hermitage are respectful
In 1993, Da-Jin and
I had the pleasure of enjoying a spring of the hermitage’s organic
practices and agree not to
Charlotte came to the
Palouse via San Francisco
afternoon with Charlotte Sun and spray. She also values the
relationships she’s formed
via China. They selected a
home and land in Genesee to
Master Sun Da-Jin, who farm and with Co-op staff and appre-
ciates their flexibility in
house the non-profit Daoist
Hermitage. Since then they
operate the Genesee Valley Daoist working with local growers.
She looks forward to carting
have transformed the proper-
ty by planting vegetable gar-
Hermitage. fresh vegetables through the
front door of the Co-op and
dens and trees and making evolve with it.” She enjoys feel- Da-Jin is a master teacher and hearing customers cheer. She
additions to the home. Charlotte ing how “fine and soft” the soil manager of the gardens and said, “We are honored to grow
said, “The nice thing about has become after years of adding Charlotte is director of the her- food for the community. It is
farming is that you really get to compost. mitage. Da-Jin’s experience in special to us.”
farming began decades ago dur- If you are interested in explor-
ing the Cultural Revolution in ing or are in need of some point-
China, when was sent from the ers on cooking with Chinese veg-
city to the country to farm. The etables or want to learn about
International Nurses Association Daoism, stop by the hermitage’s
brought Charlotte to China, booth at the Farmers’ Market or
where she and Da-Jin met in the give them a call. Charlotte said
1970s. Charlotte began her train- they invite people to come eat,
ing as a Daoist while they lived walk the gardens or even stay for
in a rural community where a retreat.
every family grew their own Before I forget to mention, the
food. They then moved to San main reason I love spring weath-
Francisco in the late ’80s to con- er is that, to me, it’s a sign that
tinue their practice of Daoism in fresh, local produce is growing
the U.S. They even had a garden and one step closer to my plate.
in their yard, to the chagrin of Now that calls for some cheer-
many of their neighbors. ing!
Today, although not in China,
their practice of Daoism and While touring the hermitage, Johna
lifestyle are similar. Each day soaked in all the colors, smells and
they follow a schedule mixed sounds. Toads and garlic made her
with private and group practice, day.
garden work, housekeeping, rest
and meals. Their first priority
is to grow food to maintain the
hermitage and then for the Co-op
and also the Farmer’s Market.
Currently 56 varieties of veg-
etables and herbs grow in their
gardens. They only own two
machines, a small Chinese trac-
tor and a rototiller. Everything
else is done by hand. This is
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Alternative Transportation: Kelly O'Neill
By John Dunn, Co-op newsletter volunteer
elly O'Neill is driven by a prised to not see anything really
passionate sense of com- happening in Moscow around
munity that focuses on National Bike Month. As it fit
wellness and a healthy lifestyle. nicely with her role in commu-
As Community Relations Director nity relations, she thought there
for Gritman Medical Center, might be other folks in town that
Kelly is responsible for market- wanted to help promote biking.
ing, media and events. A natural She connected with a couple
extension, Kelly plays a vital role of other bikers, Karin Clifford
in organizing Moscow's bicycling and Nancy Nelson, put out an
activities this month. email, scheduled a meeting,
Kelly grew up on a farm in the and a bunch of people showed
Bellingham area of Washington. up. They were on their way.
Her curious nature led her to Kelly loves the great energy that
explore the area around home comes from planning organized
via her primary modes of trans- rides and other fun events that
portation—hiking and biking. encourage people to participate
Her first ride was a big, blue in healthy activities good for the
single-speed Schwinn that she body, the mind, and the envi-
rode all over. In her words, "it ronment. She states that being
was my freedom. I think I recon- involved with biking and related
nect with that early feeling even Kelly O'Neill (right) with Family at Another Community community activities is a great
now." Although she enjoyed bik- Event, the Portland Century Ride match for her both personally
ing with family and friends, her and professionally.
first love of transport was and Kelly states that she loves bik- Be sure to take advantage of
remains to this day, skating. She this great series of events that
thinks that her love for skating ing for practical and magical rea- are part of National Bicycle
must somehow be cosmically Month, including the Co-op
related to the fact that her par- sons—it is a great mode of trans- BikeFest. Also, check out the fol-
ents met for the first time at a lowing websites for more infor-
skating rink. portation for getting around and is mation:
Kelly started getting more seri- http://www.bikeleague.org/
ous about biking when she lived perfect in Moscow where anything programs/bikemonth/
in Seattle. She was a commuter http://www.bikemoscow.org/
who had a 14 mile round trip you need is within biking distance. announcements.asp
to work. Kelly states that bik-
ing was cheaper than driving being impressed with all of the utes. In her words, "The magical John Dunn is back to his work life
and parking, and was almost as bicycles in front of One World part of biking is I always feel but is already working on plans for
quick as the bus. Her employer Cafe and on the bike paths like a kid on my bike. There's his next bike trip.
participated in a city-sponsored between Moscow & Pullman and something about getting around
alternative transportation incen- Moscow & Troy. on my bicycle that just makes
tive plan. This enabled her to Kelly states that she loves bik- me feel youthful. That's a great
get free cycling gear. She stresses ing for practical and magical feeling!"
how using quality, well designed reasons—it is a great mode of Coming
gear can make a huge difference transportation for getting around from Seattle
in being comfortable in chal- and is perfect in Moscow where where there
lenging weather. The Palouse anything you need is within bik- was a really
elements of rain, wind, and even ing distance. It is also a great strong bike
the snow can cease to be a prob- way to get exercise and to stay culture and
lem when one is prepared. fit. She purposely will bike up always a ton
Along with her partner, Kelly the hills here because it is more of organized
moved to Moscow two years of a workout. It takes her only bike events
ago. Their first impression of our 7 minutes to bike to work (it's going on,
town was that it is a great bike all downhill) and she cycles the Kelly was
community. Kelly remembers uphill route to home in 10 min- kind of sur-
525 S. Main. 208.883.8315
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March 22 - May 14
Offering Beginning, Level 1 , Level 2,
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Allergy and Gluten Free: Be Aware at Garage Sales
By Terri Schmidt, Newsletter Volunteer; Illustration also by Terri
G arage sales can be such fun;
they are like treasure hunts
where you never know what
those or those of us with
gluten intolerance and
celiac disease. We can be
treasure will show up. But peo- deficient in iron when the
ple with gluten intolerance need small intestines do not
to avoid certain kitchen items absorb enough nutrients.
when taking in the sales. It may be worth investing
It is possible for small gluten in a new cast-iron pan.
particles to be embedded in Just keep it away from
items with porous surfaces such other family members
as wooden spoons, rolling pins who may still be eating
and cutting boards. Teflon pans gluten products.
can harbor glutens. Previously Used hard surfaced
owned toasters will have par- cookware, such as those
ticles of gluten in them. Pans made with stainless steel
with seams should be avoided, or glass, should be okay
as gluten products can hide in as long as they don't have
the seams. Sifters are almost any crevices or scratches.
always used with wheat flour Be sure to wash these
and should not be purchased items thoroughly before
Cast iron is also porous and Among the items you and find one when you are out popping up in your garden and
used pans may harbor glutens. can pick up at garage sales and about. If you don't discover on the Co-op's shelves from
I have heard you can cook cast are gluten-free and allergy-free one at a garage sale, check the our local organic farms. There
iron pans at high temperatures cookbooks. There are many of library. Latah County Library has is nothing like a fresh tomato
and burn off the gluten. Cooking these cookbooks on the mar- several to choose from, includ- straight from the garden. But
in cast iron can be a benefit to ket now, and you may luck out ing: Incredible Edible Gluten-Free in the meantime, you can use
Food For Kids: 150 Family Tested canned tomatoes and enjoy the
Tomato Basil Soup Recipes by Sheri L. Sanderson bright flavor of this homemade
Lisa Lundy, Super Allergy Girl Cookbook and Gluten-Free Kitchen: Over Tomato Basil Soup recipe. Lisa
www.thesuperallergycookbook.com/recipes.html 135 Delicious Recipes for People Lundy says you can skip the
C 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce with Gluten Intolerance or Wheat puree step if you like chunky
C 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes Allergy by Roben Ryberg. A good bits of tomato in your soup.
C 2 cups Dari-FreeTM or other non-dairy milk substitute cookbook for those with multiple For an added punch to your
C 1 large onion, finely diced allergies is Allergen-Free Baker's soup, top it off with the crunch
C 2 cloves garlic, minced Handbook: How to Bake Without of lightly spiced croutons. These
C 2 1⁄2 teaspoons dried basil
Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, croutons have added basil to
C 1 Tablespoon acceptable oil
Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and Sesame compliment the soup.
Sauté chopped onion in oil over medium to medium high heat until by Cybele Pascal. Happy hunting!
soft and cooked through. Add dried basil and minced garlic and stir After garage-sale treasure hunt-
constantly for 1 to 2 minutes over medium low heat. Add remaining
ing, it's nice to come home to Terri thoroughly enjoys the merry
ingredients and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
a tasty lunch. In a couple of month of May and all those flowers
Purée soup in a blender and return to the saucepan.
months, fresh tomatoes will be from April showers.
Restaurant Style Croutons
Lisa Lundy, Super Allergy Girl Cookbook
Preheat oven to 425°F
C 4 cups bread cubes
C 1⁄2 teaspoon sweet basil
C 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
C 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
C 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
C To taste: black pepper (go easy on this)
C 1⁄4 teaspoon paprika
C 1 Tablespoon acceptable oil
You can use any bread for this. If you use dried or stale bread,
you will need to alter the baking time, as this recipe is for freshly
made bread or rolls cut into cubes. Place bread cubes in a 9” x 13”
baking pan and sprinkle dry spices over the bread cubes. Drizzle 1
Tablespoon oil over bread cubes and bake at 425°F for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir. Return to oven and bake until com-
pletely toasted—about 20 minutes for fresh bread cubes.
If you are watching your weight, you can omit the oil. If your
spices do not adhere to the bread without oil, you can lightly spray
the bread cubes with a spritz of water, which will help the spices
adhere to the bread cubes. This may lengthen the baking time just
a bit. If you have a love of other spices, you can use whatever you
like. This is a general crouton recipe that we love.
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Veganesque: Yard Sale-A-Mundo
By Caitlin Cole, Newsletter Volunteer
C 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
C 2 Tablespoons Spectrum(vegan margarine)
C 2 Tablespoons fruit spread (jam)
C 1 cup instant oatmeal
C 1/2 cup raisins or dried fruit of choice
C 1/2 cup applesauce
C 1/2 cup unsalted nuts
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8” x 8” pan. Melt peanut but-
ter and Spectrum in a saucepan over low heat. Add jam, oatmeal
and raisins. Mixture will appear dry. Remove from heat and add
enough applesauce to make the mixture moist. Press nuts on top.
Bake for 10 minutes or until they look set. Cool and enjoy!
C 1 teaspoon salt
It's yard sale season!
C 1 teaspoon white pepper
O ne time I met a most unusu-
al vegan. The unusual thing
about her was her reason for
knew our “adorable” son would
be playing with it. (Those were
her words, although he is ador-
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
being vegan. Of course, there are able!) Another time we got an C 1 teaspoon cayenne halves
many reasons to become vegan: original game of “Sorry” from C 4 cups pecan halves
concern for animals, concern for the 1970s. We play it almost C 1/4 cup melted Spectrum(vegan margarine)
one’s health, and the desire to daily in at our house, it is a cen- Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix salt, pepper and spices in a bowl. Put in
promote sustainability seem to tral part of our play together. I pecans and toss. Drizzle melted Spectrum over the pecans and bake
be the main ones. She said she am so happy that I did not have for about 10 minutes.
did not care about animal suf- to go out and buy a new game!
congratulations and thanks to the
fering or the environment. This It seems to me that there is
newly appointed Moscow Food
gal became vegan because heart already enough stuff in the world Co-op Board Members!
disease ran in her family and for everybody, we just need to
she wanted to reduce her risk of circulate it better.
stroke and heart attack. She told I am getting excited thinking
me this while she was smoking a about all of the cool used stuff
cigarette; it was all I could do to that will be appearing in yards
stop from saying, “Ah, great, but around my neighborhood this
what about the cancer sticks?” spring and summer! I have some
This was a great lesson for me tips I would like to share. I like
to remember not to judge and to plan my yard sale day. First, I
stereotype. check the paper and map out the
Although not all vegans are yard sales I want to hit. Since
alike, sustainability seems to be my children are not babies any-
a core value among almost all of more, they seem to need much
the vegans I have talked to. One less gear, so I don’t plan to buy
main tenet of creating a more a lot, just the coolest stuff. A
sustainable lifestyle is to reduce small yard sale is just as good as
consumption. Consider this: the a big one. Have you ever seen
United States makes up 5% of children doing their own yard
the world’s population, yet con- sale? I always stop and buy a
sumes 30% of the world’s natu- little something because I want
ral resource and produces 30% to support their entrepreneurial
of the world’s waste! (See www. spirit! Shopping at yard sales is
thestoryofstuff.com for more the ultimate in the buying local
gloomy statistics.) experience! I am usually on foot,
What is the good news? It is so it is important to have bever-
yard sale season! Besides being ages with me to stay hydrated.
an excellent way to reduce con- I eat a big breakfast and bring
sumption, yard sales are a blast. snacks. If you don’t have time
When we first moved to Moscow for breakfast, that is okay! Our
5 1/2 years ago, going to yard Co-op opens at 7:30 a.m., so
sales helped us to meet people. you can fuel up before you hit
The very first yard sale we went the first yard sales, which usu-
to had an excellent selection ally start at 8 a.m. Below are a
of vintage toys and books. We couple of our favorite take-along
bought a Fisher Price aqua col- foods. Enjoy and hope you find
ored A-frame house with all the what you need!
furniture and people circa 1968
for $1.50. The seller seemed so Caitlin Cole wishes to offer her
happy to sell it to us because she
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Omnivoria: Coming Clean
By Jamaica Ritcher, Newsletter Volunteer
T hirty years ago, Donald
er of the U.S. Food and Drug
study by the Union of Concerned
Scientists (cited in the New York
Times piece) stated that 70% of
Denmark, where in the 1990s,
the use of antibiotics on
healthy livestock was banned.
of the Co-op’s beef — pledges
not to use hormones or antibiot-
ics. Their cattle spend most of
Administration, proposed stop- agricultural antibiotic use is for Subsequent studies found that their lives ranging on grasses
ping the use of certain antibiot- healthy animals. animals were smaller, but the and hay (instead of on conven-
ics for the purpose of growing In addition to being informa- numbers of resistant bacteria tional feedlots, where cows can
bigger livestock. Though antibi- tive, Kennedy also seemed to strains were also reduced — a get up to 80% of their diet from
otics aren’t the same as growth lament that the controversy result whose benefit was consid- hard-to-digest grain).
hormones or super vitamins, has continued despite three ered to far outweigh the draw- But what, I wondered, if one of
they were preventing diseases decades of direct observation backs of smaller yield of cattle. their cows gets sick? According
associated with crowded quar- and research. Or maybe that was Unlike Denmark’s ban, H.R. to information on Country
ters or inappropriate diet, and just me. 1549 is relatively gradual, Natural’s website, if a cow has
they made it possible to raise As Kennedy pointed out, phasing-out the agricultural to be administered antibiotics, it
more animals on less land. At while we argue about the cost use of seven classes of antibiot- is “identified and sold on the tra-
the time, agribusiness persuaded of a national health care system ics important to human health ditional market.”
Congress not to approve the reform, antibiotic resistance — penicillin and streptogramin While the issue of agricultural
regulation. costs our current system up to among them — unless animals antibiotic use is a disturbing one,
This month, Dr. Kennedy is $26 billion a year. are sick or unless the phar- it is reassuring to know that we
still working for the same cause: A 2003 report by the National maceutical companies prove can choose certain foods know
keeping unnecessary antibiotics Academy of Sciences said that a the medication’s use is safe to what we’re getting (or as in this
out of food. In an April 17 opin- change in human antibiotic use human health. case, not getting), and this is a
ion piece in the New York Times, alone could not fix the problem Like history repeating itself, hopeful start.
“Cows on Drugs,” Dr. Kennedy of disease resistance. Instead, the the American Meat Institute For more information, see
wrote in support of phasing out report concluded that it’s imper- (AMI) has publicly voiced oppo- Donald Kennedy’s New York
the agricultural use of antibiotics ative that we decrease inappro- sition to H.R. 1549. In an open Times piece at http://www.
in healthy animals — especially priate antibiotic use in animals letter, they wrote, “One of our nytimes.com/2010/04/18/
use of antibiotics linked to dis- and agriculture. central goals is to contribute to opinion/18kennedy.html and
ease resistance in humans. In 2001, a Congressional task public health by providing safe the Preservation for Antibiotics
Increasingly, I see the phrase force found that if the current and healthful meat products. We for Medical Treatment Act
“grown without hormones or trends continued, treatments need healthy animals and the (H.R. 1549) at http://www.
antibiotics” all over the place. for common human infections tools to keep animals healthy, govtrack.us/congress/billtext/
But I hadn’t realized how long would be increasingly limited, to meet that goal.” What this xpa?bill=h111-1549. Information
the problem had been around. more expensive, or, even worse, claim seems to overlook is that about Country Natural Beef can
What Dr. Kennedy is sup- completely nonexistent. That it’s animals that are placed in be found at http://www.oregon-
porting is the Preservation for same task force also found that unhealthy confined spaces that countrybeef.com
Antibiotics for Medical Treatment any overuse or misuse of antibi- most often require these “tools”
Act (H.R. 1549). H.R. 1549 otics “whether in human medi- at all. Jamaica lives in Moscow with her
would require that antibiotic cine or in agriculture,” contrib- Luckily, not all ranchers and husband and two kids. In addition
use be limited to animals that utes to disease resistance. meat producers feel this way. For to thinking and writing about food,
are actually sick (as opposed Of course, it doesn’t have to be example, Country Natural Beef she's working on a creative writing
those expected to get sick as a this way. — the cooperative of family- of other sorts at UI.
result of living conditions). A Kennedy writes about owned ranches supplying much
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(July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
8 - 10 pm
Admission free for Co-op members,
employees, and volunteers!
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Into the Cupboard: Long Ago and Farro-way
By Ivy Dickinson & Ken Clark, Newsletter Volunteers
O kay, bad pun, but a glorious
grain nonetheless. Farro,
or Emmer Wheat, has been a
part of human history since our and al dente
ancestors in the Fertile Crescent bite in your
began to tire of their hunting soups and sal-
and gathering ways, and instead ads.
opted to settle down and begin My first
cultivating edible plants. Barley recipe is a
and farro were the dominant simple farro
crops of the ancient Near East, salad that
and farro that was found at an has distinctly
ancient village site in Israel had Mediterranean
a radiocarbon dating of 17,000 flavors. It
B.C. It was one of the most is light and
ubiquitous human foods on the colorful and
planet for thousands of years. highlights
After Julius Cesar’s invasion of the taste and
Egypt in 30 B.C., farro found a texture that
home in Italy, the only country is distinctive
today where it is cultivated on a to the farro
large scale. The nutritious grain grain. It is a Farro Frittata, hot from the stove.
became a staple at every level simple salad
of Roman society, sustaining the to build on
share your funky grain stories and
Roman Legions and the Roman and make your own and it will recipes, or if you have any ques-
paupers alike. Important as it introduce you to a new grain tions e-mail email@example.com
was, however, it was pushed and its possibilities in a very
aside in recent decades because casual way.
it is difficult to work and tends My second recipe is a little
to produce low yields, so was bolder and kind of “weird.” I
replaced in modern times by was in the mood for a frittata
higher-yield, easily harvested and thought I would try incor- C 1 cup dry farro
C 4 ounces crumbled feta
wheat varieties. porating farro to add some sub-
C 1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
Luckily for us, farro is enjoy- stance and texture to the frittata.
C 1/2 cucumber, quartered and sliced
ing resurgence of late and can Great invention. I will definitely C 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
be found on menus and in co- be making this in other varia- C 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
ops across the country. So try tions with all of the new and C juice of 1 lemon
this ancient grain and feel con- exciting spring vegetables that C 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
nected to Egyptian Pharaohs, are starting to pop out of the s C alt and pepper to taste
lonely goatherds on the grassy ground. Boil the farro in salted water until tender. While it is cooking, pre-
hills above Rome, enterprising pare all of the other ingredients and combine in a serving bowl. Add
Phoenician sailors scenting the Ivy and Ken are off experimenting the faro, chill and serve. This salad is also great with other ingredi-
wind for signs of land … or just with new and unknown grains. To ents such as artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes added.
C 2 Tablespoons butter
C 2 scallions, chopped
C 1 clove garlic, minced
C 1/4 cup chopped parsley
C 1 slice ham, diced
C 1/2 cup pine nuts
C 1/2 cup cooked farro (prepared the same way as in the Farro
C 8 large eggs
C 1/2 cup diced Havarti cheese
C 1/2 teaspoon salt
C 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
C 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
C 2 Tablespoons Panko crumbs
Preheat broiler. Melt butter in cast iron 10-inch-diameter skillet
over medium heat. Add pine nuts and farro and sauté 2 minutes.
Add scallions and ham, sprinkle lightly with salt, and sauté about
2 minutes more. Whisk eggs, havarti cheese, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon
salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in medium bowl. Add egg mixture
to skillet; fold gently to combine. Cook until almost set. Sprinkle
Panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese over. Broil until frittata is
puffed and cheese begins to turn golden, about 3 minutes. Cut into
wedges and serve.
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Rolling Back the Clock: One Family’s Story
About Going Back In Time
By Colette DePhelps, Good Food Book Club Volunteer Coordinator
H ave you ever wondered
what it would be like to
drop everything — quit your job,
Ward and his fam-
ily pull the plug
divest yourself of modern conve- on the electricity
niences, unplug from everything
electronic, including e-mail and
and begin again,
phone — and start over, in a in the year 1900.
new place, and a new century?
Logan Ward and his family
did just that. Ward’s colorful, is filled with both
humorous and poignant memoir,
See You in a Hundred Years: One
elation and fear …
Family’s Search for a Simpler what has he done?
Life…Four Seasons of Living
in the Year 1900 is the Co-op’s shake your head, laugh, look at
Good Food Book Club pick for life in a new way, and likely be
May. Discussion of the book inspired to dream about, if not
will take place Monday, May engage in, a little (or big) adven-
24, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the back ture of your own.
room at Sisters’ Brew Coffee On May 10, you can also join
House on Main St. in Moscow. us for a second discussion of
Following the crash of his Catherine Friend’s hysterical
computer, Ward, a writer for book Hit by a Farm. A review
National Geographic Adventure of this book can be found in the
living in the heart of Brooklyn, March 2010 issue of Community
wonders about the “long-term News on the Co-op website.
side-effects of Modern Life” See You in a Hundred Years,
and whether we humans can Hit by a Farm and other Good
really adapt to the technological Food Book Club titles are avail-
advances, crowded cities, harried able through your local library
pace of daily life, and “the dis- and at BookPeople of Moscow,
appearance of the human hand where Book Club members
from the things we buy and the receive a 20% discount.
food we eat.” He begins dream- So mark you calendars and
ing of escape. Then, he has an join us at Sisters’ Brew on the
idea … travel back in time as a corner of 3rd and Main in the
way of starting over. Nervously, heart of downtown Moscow
he proposes the idea to his wife, for two great book discussions:
a social justice advocate, who Monday evening, May 10, from
smiles. Four months later, they 7-8:30 p.m. for a second dis-
are heading south with their cussion of Hit by a Farm, and
2-year old toddler looking for the Monday evening, May 24, from
ideal place to begin peeling away 7-8:30 p.m. for a discussion of
the layers of modernity and re- See You in a Hundred Years.
installing the simplicity of 1900. Also, check out the Spring/
After six months of frenzied Summer book club calendar
preparation including de-mod- for other Monday evening club
ernizing an old farm house, buy- meetings. If you have other
ing a horse and buggy, replacing titles you would like to see the
the electric well pump with a Good Food Book Club read or
hand-operated one, prepping the you would like to receive e-mail
garden, getting milk goats and reminders about book club meet-
installing a wood cooking stove ings, e-mail Colette at book-
(the contradiction of engaging in firstname.lastname@example.org.
180 days of fast-paced, stressful
preparation to live a simpler life At the time of writing this article,
was not lost to them), Ward and Colette is itching to get outside
his family pull the plug on the and into her garden, where the
electricity and begin again, in flowers are blooming, the weeds
the year 1900. Immediately, he is are growing and the birds are sing-
filled with both elation and fear
… what has he done? Ward is
no longer a “tourist” who writes
about other people’s adventures,
he has become the adventurer.
Reading this book you will
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Presenting Essential Menus!
By Carol Spurling, Outreach and Membership Coordinator, and Linda Canary, Essential Menus volunteer
E ating really well on a lim-
ited budget is possible, if
you plan ahead and have a little
cious as well as budget-con-
Here are six days of meals for
for Tuesday and Wednesday's
lettuce, salsa, and roll 'em up
x Tuna noodle casserole (new,
time to cook at home. To help, two people that costs $50! x Grilled cheese sandwiches improved)
the Co-op will now be providing A shopping list and recipes x Tomato soup x Green Salad
Essential Menus, a week's worth follow these menus. —Linda x Coleslaw Thursday:
of recipes and shopping lists to Canary Save some cheese for the bur- x Spinach salad w/sliced
feed two people for under $50. Sunday: ritos and enchiladas, and tomato hardboiled eggs
Menus will often be seasonal, x Baked chicken soup to make into sauce for x Cheese Enchiladas
taking advantage of what's x Barbeque beans (soak beans Thursday's enchiladas. (Don't Friday:
abundant and inexpensive. They at least 8 hours beforehand) forget to soak the pinto beans for x Broccoli stuffed baked pota-
will often be simple, so they x Green salad tomorrow's burritos.) toes
don't require specialized equip- Save some chicken if you Tuesday: x Carrot/orange salad
ment. want to include it in Thursday's x Bean Burritos: warmed torti- (Saturday: Leftovers!)
We hope you find them deli- enchiladas. Leave some lettuce llas with mashed beans, cheese,
C 1 1/2 cups minced onion Veggies
C 2 cloves crushed garlic 2 russet potatoes
C 1 Tablespoon butter 1 green or red pepper
C 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 bunch celery
C 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 head cabbage (they will cut it for you in produce)
C 1 large can crushed tomatoes 1/2 pound broccoli
C 1 large can diced tomatoes 1 orange
C 2 cups stock or water 3 carrots
C 1 teaspoon mayonnaise 2 yellow onions
1 red onion, if available
Saute onions and garlic with salt in combined butter and oil in a
large saucepan. Cook 5 min. then add tomatoes and pepper. Cover
1 bunch scallions
and simmer 45 minutes on low heat. Five minutes before serving,
1 head garlic
whisk in mayonnaise. Serve topped with chopped scallions. (Save
1 large head lettuce, leaf or romaine
back half of this soup to make into sauce for the enchiladas.)
1 large bunch spinach
Barbeque Beans 1 large can crushed tomatoes
C 1 cup dry navy beans, soaked at least 8 hrs. 1 large can diced tomatoes
C 2 garlic cloves 1 can diced chilies (hot or mild)
C 1/4 cup chopped onion salsa, if desired for burritos
C 1/8 cup mustard Meat, fish, eggs, and beans
C 1/8 cup molasses (or maple syrup) 1 can tuna
C 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar 1 2-pound chicken
C hot pepper sauce to taste 1 cup dry bulk navy beans
C salt and pepper to taste 1 cup dry pinto beans
C barbeque sauce (see recipe below) amall amount of bulk molasses
Drain soaked beans and combine with garlic and onions in a soup 2 eggs
pot. Cover with water by at least an inch and bring to a rapid boil. Other
Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 1 and a half hrs. Start 1 pound cheddar cheese
making the barbeque sauce. When the beans are ready, drain them 1/2 loaf of Daily Wheat
and stir in the bbq sauce, mustard, molasses, and vinegar. Add hot 1 package tortillas
pepper sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the beans to a bak- 1/4 pound bulk fancy ribbon pasta
ing dish and bake uncovered at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring
We hope you already have in your cupboards and fridge:
once or twice during baking.
cayenne or hot pepper flakes
hot pepper sauce
Barbeque Sauce cumin
C 1/4 cup chopped onions basil
C 1 garlic clove oregano
C 1/8 cup soy sauce thyme
C 1/8 cup cider vinegar cinnamon
C 1/8 cup ketchup salt
C 1/4 cup orange juice (save the rest for Friday's carrot/orange pepper
salad) cider vinegar
C 1 Tablespoon mustard olive oil
C 1 Tablespoon molasses soy sauce
C 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme ketchup
C 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper mustard
butter or margarine
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and vegetable broth (dried or bulk)
puree until smooth. Simmer in a saucepan, uncovered, for 10 to 15 flour
minutes, stirring often. (The stirring part is messy as the sauce is cornstarch
bubbling — so wear an apron.) mayonnaise, nayonnaise, or vegannaise
your favorite salad dressing
Continued on next page... milk (cow, soy, rice, or hemp)
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Essential Menus (continued)
By Carol Spurling, Outreach and Membership Coordinator, and Linda Canary, Essential Menus volunteer
Cole Slaw New and Improved Tuna Noodle Casserole
C 1 cup finely shredded cabbage C 1/8 cup butter
C 1/4 cup finely chopped red or green pepper C 1 leek thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only)
C 1/4 cup finely chopped celery C salt
C 1/8 cup chopped red onions if available, otherwise use some scal- C 1/8 cup flour
lions C 1 cup milk
Combine the above ingredients in a bowl. Stir in enough mayonnaise C 1 teaspoon lemon juice
to make the consistency as you want it. Chill for at least 15 minutes C noodles
before serving. C 1/4 cup coarsely grated cheese (have a little extra money? buy a
C 1 can tuna (if you want to spend a little more, buy albacore)
Vinagrette Butter glass baking dish. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium
C 1/4 cup olive oil heat. Add leeks to pan and sprinkle lightly with salt. Cover the
C 1/8 cup cider vinegar (or balsamic or wine vinegar if you have it saucepan and cook until leeks are tender but not brown, stirring
on hand) often, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Season to taste with
C 1 clove pressed garlic salt and pepper. Remove sauce from heat.
C fresh-ground black pepper
Meanwhile, cook noodles in a pot of boiling salted water until ten-
C 1/4 teaspoon mustard
der, stirring occasionally. Drain noodles, reserving 1/2 cup liquid.
Beat together the above ingredients. More oil or vinegar may be Transfer noodles to large bowl and pour the leek sauce over noodles.
added for a more bland or tart sauce, according to your preference. Add grated cheese and stir to blend; add reserved liquid by table-
Shake well before dressing the salad. spoons until mixture is moist and creamy. Fold in the tuna. Transfer
to buttered baking dish.
Cheese Enchiladas Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake the casserole, covered with foil for
Take leftover soup from Monday and add oregano and basil, and about 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for 10 more
chilis, then heat. minutes. (If you have some potato chips around, you can crush them
over the top after you've removed the foil, and then let them bake
Add 1/2 cup strong vegetable broth. Dissolve 1 1/2 Tablespoons
for the 10 minutes.)
cornstarch in water, and stir it into the sauce. Let it cook 10 min-
utes slowly. If sauce seems too thick, add water.
Prepare the filling: Have ready 4 -5 ounces grated cheese, 2 chopped Stuffed Broccoli Potato
scallions, and some sliced olives or chicken if you want. Oil lightly C 2 potatoes
an oblong baking dish. Take one of four tortillas, and place it gently C 2 garlic cloves
on the hot tomato sauce. When it starts to get warm, draw it care- C 1/16 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
fully off. On the saucy side of the tortilla, arrange the filling all in C 1 Tablespoon olive oil
a slightly off-center line. Now roll the tortilla tightly around the C minced broccoli
filling and place it in the baking dish. Do this with the other three C 1/2 cup water
tortillas, laying them side by side. When all four are in the dish, pour
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and
the sauce over them. Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated
bake, cut side down on a lightly oiled baking sheet for about 45
minutes, until soft. Remove from oven. Saute the garlic and pepper
Carrot/Orange Salad in oil for 1 minute. Add the broccoli and water, cover, and simmer
C 2 carrots, grated fro about 15 minutes. When the potato halves are cool enough to
C 1 orange (and what's left of the orange that you juiced earlier) handle, scoop out the centers, leaving a small amount of pulp on
C 1 Tablespoon lemon juice the inside. Mash the potato pulp and stir it into the broccoli stuff-
C 1/2 Tablespoon honey ing. Add salt and pepper. Refill the potato skins and bake for 30
C 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon minutes. (sprinkle with leftover cheese if you want)
Place the carrots in a bowl that is large enough to hold the complet-
ed salad. Set aside. Peel the orange and section, removing as much
of the pith as you can. Put the orange slices in with the carrots. Add
the juice from the other orange. Combine the lemon juice, honey,
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Enjoy the Spring Fair at Wanna Wingding?
the Koppel Farm
By Tom Hansen, Wingding Volunteer
By Timothy C. Paulitz, Farm Volunteer E veryone is invited to the
Wingding. Free fun for all.
The Second Annual Intolerista
Please come to the
P lease come to the Spring
Fair and open house for the
Pullman Community Gardens
Spring Fair and
Wingding with Roy Zimmerman
will be presented at the
Kenworthy Performing Arts
at Koppel Farm on Saturday, open house for the Centre in downtown Moscow
May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at 6 p.m.
The Koppel Farm is located
Pullman Community This free event is sponsored by
at the corner of Derby Street Gardens at Koppel the Intoleristas, a local group of
and Professional Mall Blvd in concerned citizens whose goal is
Pullman. Garden plots are avail-
Farm on Saturday, to nurture a sense of community
able for rent for only $20-40/ May 15 in Moscow.
The Wingding is
year, including the use of hand The Wingding is a chance for a chance for pro-
tools and water. This is an Orchestra, the Pullman Fire progressive, lefty and liberal
organic garden on rich, river- Department, Palouse Prairie folks to get together and cel-
gressive, lefty and
bottom soil, adjacent to the Foundation, Community Action ebrate with an evening of funny liberal folks to get
South Fork of the Palouse River. Center of Pullman, Pullman Civic songs about ignorance, war and
10’ x 10’ or 20’ x 20’ plots are Trust, Backyard Harvest, and greed.
together and cel-
available. We will have a plant the WSU Organic Farm/Pullman The star of the show will be ebrate with an eve-
sale at the open house — bed- Farmers’ Market. Vegetables Roy Zimmerman of California
ding and vegetable plants. Get from some of the plots go to the (www.royzimmerman.com). He's
ning of funny songs
advice on gardening from the Community Action Center food been writing satirical songs for 20 about ignorance,
Master Gardeners. Learn how to bank. Find out about how you years and travels around the U.S.
recycle with Whitman County can become involved in com- playing his original music and
war and greed.
Recycling. See our new Picnic munity gardening, even if you building a national reputation.
Shade Structure, designed and do not have your own land. You The Los Angeles Times says, writes the musician profiles in
built WSU Architecture students. can e-mail us at koppelgardens@ "Zimmerman displays a lacerat- the Co-op newsletter.
A number of other community gmail.com or visit our website at ing wit and keen awareness of Samples of Roy's and Jeanne's
groups will be there, includ- http://sites.google.com/site/kop- society's foibles that bring to work may be viewed at: http://
ing the Pullman High School pelfarm mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer." www.MoscowCares.com/
Tom Lehrer himself says, "I Wingding2010
congratulate Roy Zimmerman on The doors open at 5 p.m. on
reintroducing literacy to comedy May 15, and remember, admis-
songs.” sion is FREE.
Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics
move beyond poetry and achieve
Opening for Zimmerman will
be Moscow pianist and song-
writer Jeanne McHale, who also
Moscow Parent-Toddler Community Theatre
Cooperative to hold Annual
Silent Auction May 8
By Roger Wallins, Theatre Volunteer
The Moscow Parent-Toddler Cooperative will be hosting its
Silent Auction on Saturday, May 8, from 5-8 p.m. at the 1912
T he Moscow Community
Theatre announces a free,
fun-filled afternoon at its 2010
vide ideas and suggestions for
As part of the scheduled busi-
Center. Annual Meeting and Ice Cream ness meeting, elections will
Social. Events begin on Saturday, be held for Board positions of
The MPTC has served the Moscow area for over 25 years and
May 8, from 2-4 p.m. in the Arts Vice-President, Treasurer, and
is a family-oriented, nonprofit organization dedicated to the
Workshop of the 1912 Building. Membership Coordinator.
education and development of young children (ages birth-4
In addition to enjoying ice Admission is free. Please see
years of age) and parents of the Palouse.
cream, attendees can see a video www.moscowcommunitytheatre.
We have gathered many generous donations from the com- retrospective of MCT shows, com for further information.
munity, including a $200 gift certificate from Tri-State, trail- and will be able to meet and
a-bike from Paradise Bicycle, a night’s stay at Eaton Ranch, greet MCT actors and techni-
Moscow Fire Department fire truck ride, products from cians. MCT Board members will
Orchard Farms Soaps and Landgrove Coffee, $50 gift card from recap the previous season, and
Crossroads Nursery, $30 gift certificate from The Fish Folks and attendees are invited to partici-
much more! The auction will be catered by Patty's Kitchen. pate in the discussion of future
No-host beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $15 per productions and events. This is
person. Please contact Francie Tyler for tickets (882-7124 or an opportunity for anyone who
firstname.lastname@example.org). is interested to learn more about
MCT, to join MCT, and to pro-
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Pullman Farm Fresh Market
By Justin Hougham, Market Manager
T he Pullman Farm Fresh
Market kicks of its second
year at the Old Post Office in
Department, and offers a great
mid-week opportunity to pick up
or sell fresh and local products.
barley, lentils), Omache Farm
– Jason & Margaret Parsley (veg-
etables & farm produce, fleeces &
Pullman on May 19. The shaded Current vendors include: Seven handspun yarns from sheep).
parking lot at 245 SE Paradise Springs Farm (veggies, seedlings, Live music is on hand most
will again host local bakers, eggs), Sage Baking Company days, and we are currently seek-
growers, and ranchers bringing (bread, pastries), Palouse ing additional acts for the sum-
their products to the Pullman Organics & Natural Beef (organ- mer. If you have an interest in
community. The market has ic vegetables, natural beef), the market, in vending or in
many confirmed vendors from Turnbow Flat Farm (eggs, order performing- please contact us
last year, and some new ones as forms for chicken, beef, pork, at PullmanFarmFreshMarket@
well. turkey), Joseph’s Grainery (soft gmail.com. For information
Producers looking to sell at white wheat, hard red wheat, contact the Chamber at 509-334-
the market can still apply for barley, lentils), Omache Farm 3565 or find us on Facebook.
season-long spaces, or come in (vegetables & farm produce,
at the walk on rate. The market fleeces & handspun yarns from
is supported by the Pullman sheep), Panhandle Artisan Bread
Chamber of Commerce as well Co., (Bread), Bill Myers, (soft
as the Whitman County Health white wheat, hard red wheat,
Moss Maxfield Valentine
By Bill London, Co-op Newsletter Editor
R uby, Sierra and Sterling
Valentine invite the commu-
nity to a gathering in celebration
Ruby, Sierra and Sterling Valentine
invite the community to a gather-
of the life of Moss Valentine, ing in celebration of the life of Moss
to be held at Robinson Park on
Memorial Day, Monday, May 31,
Valentine, to be held at Robinson
at 6 p.m. The gathering will be Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May
in the picnic area at the south-
west side of the park, which is
31, at 6 p.m.
located about six miles east of his Moscow home at 5:30 a.m. Moss was a gifted chiro-
Moscow. on October 22, 2009. practic diagnostician who
For the potluck dinner, please His parents were Marian also had many interests
bring food and beverages to Padlo and John Schaaf. On May beyond his profession.
share, as well as your own plates 1, 1984, Moss married Ruby He was a talented musi-
and table service. Please bring Valentine at Bridalveil Falls in cian, playing both ragtime
musical instruments for a jam as Yosemite National Park. Their piano tunes and a wide
well as stories and memories of son, Sterling Robison Valentine, variety of ukulele songs.
Moss to share. The gathering will was born in 1986, and their He was a piano technician
be held outdoors whatever the daughter, Sierra Rose Valentine, and tuner. Moss was also
weather, so be prepared. was born in 1990. Moss and an excellent writer and
At the gathering, the fam- Ruby were married for 13 years. artist.
ily will host a potlatch to give In 1992, Moss graduated from He loved gathering wild
momentos and small treasures Life West Chiropractic College in mushrooms and was a gourmet News. He was a volunteer
collected by Moss to his friends. San Leandro, California. Moss cook, specializing in mush- announcer for KRFP-FM, where
Moss Valentine was born moved to Moscow that year with room preparation. He edited he shared his encyclopedic
on January 9, 1952, in Santa his family and established a chi- the San Francisco Mycological knowledge of old radio plays and
Monica, California, and died at ropractic practice. Association newsletter, Mycena music.
Latah Trail Funding Fun
By Nora Locken, Trail Foundation Director
T he Latah Trail Foundation
will be hosting a “Trail of
Discovery” fundraising din-
working on new trail acquired
in wild and scenic Bear Creek
Canyon. Proceeds from the event
office will be staffed 2– 6 p.m.
Monday-Friday, so come on by
and pick up your tickets today!
contact Nora Locken at 208-874-
3860 or email@example.com.
Find details on this event and
ner and auction on Saturday, will go towards maintaining the Individual tickets are $40 and other trail happenings at our
May 22, at 6 p.m., at the Best Moscow-Troy trail and opening a full table of 8 is $300 (sorry, website www.latahtrailfounda-
Western University Inn of the first section of new trail con- tickets will not be available at tion.org. Thanks in advance for
Moscow. These evenings have tinuing southeast of Troy in Bear the door). There will be dinner, all of your support!
been a lot of fun in the past Creek Canyon. music, bidding and fun!!
and this year will be no excep- Tickets are on sale at the Latah If you would like more infor- This time of year, Nora can be
tion. We are thrilled that pav- Trail Foundation office (114 mation or would like to donate found turning sweet compost into
ing of the Moscow-Troy trail is E. Third St.) and at Troy City an auction item (art, craftwork, the garden and planting the first
complete and look forward to Hall through May 19. The LTF recreation, vacation, etc.), please vegetables of the season
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Co-op Crossword Puzzle
by Craig Joyner
ACROSS 3. target
1. April's Dime in Time recipient 4. required
9. ______ Nevada Brewing Co. 5. herb for aches and
11. the Deli's is on a chalkboard sprains
12. preposition 6. savage
13. gelatin essential 7. jazz musician Sun
16. San _____ __
18. birdhouses 8. vegan milk
20. Lewis & _____ 10. fish
22. government agency 12. forest
23. extra wide shoes 14. pathogen
24. metric measurement 15. route, abbrevi-
25. government agency ated
27. last month's profiled volunteer, 2nd 17. peach state,
name, 1st is 30 across, 3rd is 29 across abbreviated
28. Simpsons' character ___ 19. Frontera Mango
Nahasapeemapetilon Peach ______
29. see 27 across 21. last month's pro-
30. see 27 across filed employee, last
32. eye doctor's degree name, 1st is 26 down
33. legume 25. sheep call
34. Carolyn, William, or Sara 26. see 21 down
37. annual fest 27. Sanskrit
38. comedian Margaret ___ 29. floss brand
30. Burt's companion
DOWN 31. computer net-
1. last month's profiled producer, _______ work
Are for Everyone 33. reality manipulation, abbreviated
2. after junior high and before college, 35. after junior
abbreviation 36. indifferent interjection
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Co-op Mamas and Papas
By Summer Baugh, Co-op Program Volunteer
T he Co-op Mamas and Papas
group has been meeting
every Wednesday morning at 9
Coming up this month, on May
5 is herbalist Sequoia Ladd, dis-
against vaccination on May 26.
For more specifics and to
be included on the Mamas
a.m. in the Co-op Deli and we cussing herbals to use through and Papas mailing list, please
have been giving birth to some pregnancy and for children. On e-mail babies@moscowfood.
great topic discussions. New and May 12, fitness expert Rachael coop. Better yet, come join us
expecting parents are invited to Clayton (who is also expecting) on Wednesday mornings at 9
participate in this free program. will be coaching us on fitness a.m.! It’s OK if you show up
Stacy Pettitt and I are both birth before, during and after preg- only for the cappuccino made
doulas interested in providing nancy. On May 19 and May 26, with love from the Deli. Guilty!
new or expecting parents with we will discuss child vaccina-
resources, including special guest tions. We'll talk with supporters Summer is a birth doula and moth-
speakers, to give you the best on May 19 and with speakers er of three.
birth and parenting experience
April speakers included Lauri
McKean from Healing Point
Chinese Medicine, who demon-
Co-op Pool Party!
strated on two little volunteers at the Hamilton Aquatic Center in Moscow
who were more than happy to
receive a massage. Local mid-
wife, Nancy Draznin, has given
Every Thursday evening in
us a stack of free consultation July
certificates for moms interested
in home birth. Holistic nutrition- (July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
ist Davina Pastrama schooled us
in the importance of good nutri-
8 - 10 pm
tion in pregnancy and beyond.
And last, but not least, we heard
Admission free for Co-op members,
an elimination communication employees, and volunteers!
talk given by local mom Sherry
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New at the Library
By Chris Sokol
…Heaven must How to Build Animal Housing greatest soccer managers.
by Carol Ekarius. Plans for The End of the Line (U.K.,
be a place where coops, hutches, barns, sheds, 2009) Based on the book by
the library is open pens, next boxes, feeders, stan- Charles Clover, this documentary
chions, and more. charts the catastrophic ecological
twenty-four hours I Am an Emotional Creature impact of overfishing at the local
a day, seven days by Eve Ensler. The creator of The and global levels.
Vagina Monologues returns with The Fantastic Mr. Fox (U.S./
a week. No…eight a call to action for girls to speak U.K., 2009) Roald Dahl’s book
days a week. up and follow their dreams. about a father fox who struggles
The Joy of Rhubarb: the to put his raiding days behind
—Alan Bradley, The Versatile Summer Delight by him comes to life in this ani-
Sweetness at the Theresa Millang. It’s not just for mated film featuring the voices
Bottom of the Pie pies anymore. of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, The September Issue (U.S.,
Julia Child: a Life by Laura and others. 2009) A behind-the-scenes look
FiCTion Shapiro. Enhance what you Know Your Mushrooms at Vogue’s legendary editor-
Bone Fire by Mark Spragg. In learned in the movie Julie & (Canada, 2008) Follow myco- in-chief, Anna Wintour, and
the midst of struggling with his Julia with this concise biography. visionaries Gary Lincoff and how the bible of fashion, the
wife’s addictions and his own Oregon’s Dry Side by Alan D. Larry Evans on a hunt for the “September issue,” is created.
health problems, the octogenar- St. John. Explore the rich and wild mushroom and the deeper The Vanished Empire (Russia,
ian sheriff of a small Wyoming varied landscapes east of the cultural significance of the 2008) In 1970s Moscow (the
town finds himself up against Cascade Crest. mysterious fungi world (this is other one), a love triangle
murder and meth labs. Small Budget Gardener: All NOT a strict guide to identifying involving students at the same
Born Under a Million the Dirt on Saving Money in fungi). This DVD was purchased university blinds them all to the
Shadows by Andrea Busfield. In Your Garden by Maureen Gilmer. in memory of fungi fanatic Moss political changes beginning to
post-Taliban Kabul, young Fawad Economical advice on proper Valentine. happen around them.
and his mother move in with planning, site location, recycling, The Pleasure of Being Robbed
a Western woman while life in and more. (U.S., 2008) Eleonore, living only Chris Sokol loves working eight
Afghanistan continues to be full Stone Primer by Charles for the moment, steals for the days a week-plus as Adult Services
of peril. McRaven. Projects and tech- sake of curiosity and to get to Librarian for the Latah County
Raven Stole the Moon by niques for incorporating stone in know people. Library District. www.latahlibrary.
Garth Stein. Jenna abandons her and around your home. org
comfortable Seattle life to visit Traditional American Farming
the remote Alaskan town where Techniques by Frank D. Gardner.
her young son disappeared two The second edition of this classic
years before—while whispers of guide sports a new introduction
ancient Tlingit legends suggest a by MaryJane Butters.
frightening possibility about his Über Origami by Duy Nguyen.
fate. Imaginative projects spanning
The Russian Dreambook time, space, and legend.
of Color and Flight by Gina
Ochsner. In post-Soviet Russia, CD BookS
Tanya hopes to escape her job in Over 40 & You’re Hired! by
a museum that collects awful art Robin Ryan. Secrets to landing
knockoffs when she hears of a a great job amid hidden but real
mysterious American art-funding age discrimination.
group. Patton, Montgomery, Rommel:
Masters of War by Terry
nonFiCTion Brighton. A top British military
The Art of Happiness in a scholar provides an unprec-
Troubled World by His Holiness edented study of the land war in
the Dalai Lama and Howard C. the North African and European
Cutler. Buddhist tradition influ- theaters.
ences this approach to dealing
with twenty-first-century chal- DVD
lenges. The Beaches of Agnes (France,
Cheesemonger: a Life on the
Wedge by Gordon Edgar. The
2008) A reflection on art, life and
the movies by renowned director Judge Michael J. Gri n
For District Judge
cheese guy at the Rainbow Co-op Agnes Varda.
in San Francisco provides an The Blind Side (U.S., 2009)
entertaining, informative look at
the growing cheese movement,
The nonfiction book by Michael
Lewis inspired this story about May 25th
from animal rights to business a homeless, traumatized boy 28 years of Judicial Experience • Former Deputy
ethics to “taste epiphanies.” whose life turns around when he
Prosecutor • U.S. Army Veteran
Curtains: Adventures of an is taken in by a white family in
Undertaker-in-Training by Tom
Jokinen. An apprentice finds
The Damned United (U.K.,
out what happens in the gap 2009) Based on the true story of
paid for by Michael J. Griﬃn, Sarah Shepherd, Treasurer
between death and burial. Brian Clough, one of England’s
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The Sustainability Review – Water Tanks
By Mike Forbes, Newsletter Volunteer
Q UESTION: “What’s the
best way to store water?”
“What’s the cheapest tank
available?” “What isn’t going
to leach a bunch of nasty stuff
into my drinking water?”
These are all questions I’ve
been asked and thought it might
be time to address them to a
ANSWER: What are you going
to do with this water? Where
is the tank going to live? How
much space do you have?
Let’s take each question one
by one and look at various
approaches through various
questions. I’m not going to talk
about water quality and treat-
ment here, I’ll leave that for
another article. I’ll assume you
want to drink it and if you don’t
it’s all that much easier. Let’s
The location of your tank is Forbes rainwater tanks in their insulated shed.
going to dictate many things.
Many people rely on pumps likewise many below grade tanks Notice that most city water systems have
to move their water around. cannot be used above ground.
Ideally we’d let gravity do this They both can collapse in on
the water tank on stilts or a hill? It’s the
by elevating the tank. Notice themselves. most robust system since pumps never fail
that most city water systems Our tanks are located in an
have the water tank on stilts or old shed with 2 inches of foam
and gravity works when the power is out.
a hill? It’s the most robust sys- insulation in the walls and have Rule of thumb is that for every foot of ele-
tem since pumps never fail and not frozen in 4 years with no
gravity works when the power heat source. The water in the
vation gain you develop ½ psi of pressure.
is out. Rule of thumb is that for tanks does not change tempera-
every foot of elevation gain you ture rapidly for it would take a of the potable water rated tank. in Washington making shipping
develop ½ psi of pressure. Water long cold spell to freeze and on There are many tanks out there less or pickup available and their
pressure in homes is typically 40 the converse the water doesn’t in various classified ads. The big prices can’t be beat.
psi or more but many systems get warm in the summer either. thing to look for is if they have Every installation is unique
run on less. Our drip irrigation Our water temperature fluctuates ever stored anything besides and demands careful thought.
system is 12 psi. If we could get from 36 – 60 degrees. water or food products. Don’t The resource I most highly rec-
our tanks 24 feet higher than Don’t plastic tanks leach use old fuel or chemical tanks, ommend is Water Storage by
the garden, we’d never need a chemicals into the water? They even if they claim to have been Art Ludwig. It is the most com-
pump. There are other factors might. High Density Polyethylene cleaned. Plastic tanks absorb prehensive book on tanks and
to consider here (such as piping (HDPE) plastic (milk jugs) does chemicals and get small scratch- design of systems.
size/type) but the best general not leach into liquids. Many es inside making it hard to clean
location for a tank is as high as other plastics such as pvc properly. Stick to used water Mike likes this water stuff. If you
possible on your land or house. (vinyl), polycarbonates (lexan) storage tanks, old milk trucks, have questions don't hesitate to
Inside/Outside/Below or Above have been shown to leach into or purchase new. Craigslist and e-mail him at biodieselmike@gmail.
ground? If the sun can strike the water especially when heat- www.palouseads.com can be com
a translucent tank then algae ed. I’ve tested our HDPE tanks good sources. If you are purchas-
will grown in the water, even for leachates (300+ chemicals) ing new, look at www.plastic-
in black or green plastic tanks. and have not been able to detect mart.com and www.usplastics.
Concrete and steel will not. I put anything. There is HDPE that is com. They both have facilities
our tanks inside a building with rated for potable water and those
no windows and algae has never that are not. I’d err on the side
grown in them. Algae won’t be
a problem if you only intend to
irrigate with the water. Lakes
have lots of it and people pump
from them all the time.
If you put a tank underground
you’ll solve many freezing
related issues but you’ll have
to dig the hole and buy a tank
designed for burial, adding dol-
lars to the project. You cannot
bury an above ground tank and
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Lightening Up: My Storeroom & the UN Ga-
By Jeanne Leffingwell, Newsletter Volunteer
W hat do my Mormon
friends’ practices of food
storage, my recent 7 1/2 weeks
in Mexico, and artist Chris if the
Jordan all have in common? con-
Well, they have all made me tainer
think differently about the hard- is
est-working room in our home, made
after the kitchen: our storeroom. in one
Let me explain. I spent nearly part
two months in the town of of the
Tomatlán (Jalisco) last winter in world,
an 8’x10’ room in a posada. The after
Our storeroom, winter 2010
room contained a bed, night- its raw
stand, chair and my “closet,” mate-
which was a 3’ section of dowel rials are extracted elsewhere, with continuation and details.
across one corner. I shared a then the “product” is grown in Because I have started on that
sink, shower and toilet down one place, “processed” in yet storeroom. And my goal is to
the hall with others in the another, then shipped again to a never need another garage sale!
guesthouse, and I didn’t have a distribution center? That’s before In the meantime, if you don’t
kitchen. What I ate could be the it’s barged, flown, and/or is driv- know about Chris Jordan’s
subject of another column… But en to your store, so you can get work, please visit www.chris-
after I scrounged a small writing in your car and go buy it, drive jordan.com
desk and unpacked my suitcase back home and store it. The next
and carryon, I was in heaven. day, or perhaps a year later, you Jeanne Leffingwell, a local art-
Because of these circumstanc- drink it (sugar water, anyone?) ist and teacher will be back with
es, and most assuredly because or eat it, which takes all of 5 or more of the Saga of her Stuff and
of the temperature outside, I 10 minutes. Then with luck you how she is getting rid of it.
spent those weeks feeling happy, recycle the container – maybe.
well fed, and productive. I also Or maybe the original idea
had plenty of time to practice behind storing 12-months’ food How much “food” or “drink” should we
Spanish with my neighbors and was simply to assure that folks
to ponder a less-encumbered life. got through a harsh winter with
consume if the container is made in one
When I returned home, it a little extra to share, sustained part of the world, after its raw materials
was the middle of February. by food they or their neighbors
After unpacking and returning grew or raised.
are extracted elsewhere, then the “product”
my suitcase to the storeroom, I Well… Ojala! With backyard is grown in one place, “processed” in yet
stopped to stare at the shelves. and community gardening,
I thought about my Mormon the farmer’s market, Tuesday
another, then shipped again to a distribu-
friends’ practice of always stor- Growers, CSA’s and more loca- tion center?
ing enough food to last a year vore start-ups in our area to
— something that used to seem support each year, it’s time to
wise and practical to me, a goal hoe out the storeroom (food is
worth emulating. But now I only part of it) and create a little
wonder if we aren’t getting some space on those shelves.
of that wrong. And all the recycling? Which
And here’s where artist Chris takes up one helluvah footprint
.Jordan comes in. I had seen his if you’re religious about it like
show, Running the Numbers / I am… Maybe there’s a way to
An American Self-portrait, at bring less of those boxes and
the WSU Art Museum last year, containers and what’s inside of
but had missed his talk. Last them into our home in the first
month, I attended a conference place.
in Spokane where Jordan was a I think rather than preparing
keynote speaker. I went. So let for a major earthquake or upris-
me just say this: I can’t think of ing, or The End of Days, I’d
another living artist whose mes- like a little space on the shelf to
sage is as stunning, powerful, keep seed packets out, now that
compelling or timely. His words, it’s spring, so I’ll remember to
along with the giant photograph- plant them. And I want a few
ic images he creates, evoke our more linear feet dedicated as a
national and global excesses in “launching” area for things we’re
a way that is provocatively per- giving away, systematically and
sonal. steadily, things that are going out
To paraphrase just one issue/ and not coming back.
project/question he raises: How Now I’ve run out of room in
much “food” or “drink” should this column. But I’ll be back
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Green Construction: Self-help Therapy for Homes
By Alan Brown, Co-op Newsletter Volunteer
There are few places where we can make a
G reen construction is the
process of examining every
step of our building or remodel-
green construction. I’ve been a
Builder/Realtor Since 1993, and
have been fascinated with the
larger impact in our hope to heal this bro-
ing process to determine what concepts of Passive Solar and ken world (other than teaching our chil-
impact we have on our environ- sustainability in home design
ment, micro to macro. You’ve since the late 1970s. As a builder
dren, of course) than in our homes. The
heard of the ‘Self Examined in Boulder, Colorado, in the ’90s, energy used to heat and manage houses
Life’? It’s the same with build- I was impressed by the city’s
ing: if we question each aspect cutting-edge “Green Points for
really has no close competitor when it
of our living space, and try to Building” program, and as a comes to causing wars, melting our ice
find the most efficient, least realtor, was able to take ideas
impactful answers to our needs, from hundreds of progressive
caps and extinguishing species. So why not
we and the world will be bet- homes and designs each year. at least examine the possibilities available
ter for it. The questions “How There really wasn’t a name for
can I refine my communication the “green building” movement
to us when upgrading our living spaces?
skills to help those around me?” at the time, so my projects ran
or, “How do I find apples grown the gamut from eclectic conven- our children, of course) than in that we can afford, or might be
close to home instead of New tional homes to completely off our homes. The energy used to able to afford in the future, like
Zealand?” become, “How can I the grid solar. Nowadays, I’m heat and manage houses really better windows or more insula-
improve the shell of this home in combining my skills to offer a has no close competitor when tion in the attic. Or when we put
order to cut down on the waste- holistic approach to Real Estate it comes to causing wars, melt- on a new roof, consider adding a
ful use of resources?” or, “When as a Broker Associate at Re/ ing our ice caps and extinguish- small amount of additional fram-
I remodel my kitchen, what fin- Max Connections Realtors, ing species. So why not at least ing that will offer a structural
ish materials can I choose that and as a “Certified Green examine the possibilities avail- berth for those PV panels when
might have been obtained in a Professional” General Contractor able to us when upgrading our they become more affordable.
way that causes the least damage for Moondance Construction and living spaces? There are many It’s a process of baby steps that,
to the environment?” Eco-Design. things most of us won’t be able if taken by enough people, can
To summarize, green construc- There are few places where we to afford right away, like maybe truly pursue a ‘greener’ future.
tion is self-help therapy for your can make a larger impact in our photovoltaic solar panels, or our Questions or ideas? Contact me
home! hope to heal this somewhat bro- own personal wind turbine, but at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's my experience with ken world (other than teaching we could focus on other things
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What Can I Do With My Organic Waste?
By Andy Boyd, Co-op Newsletter Volunteer
I f you
that time of
we start pok-
ing our heads
out the door
to see if it is
to work on
sunny and 72
day, rainy and
the next! But on those delightful sites. The Transfer Station pays
days, we get out and clean up for a company to chip and haul
Actually, according to the EPA, yard trim-
the yard, cut the grass and trim away this organic material for mings and food residuals constitute 26 per-
the hedges, creating quite a bit hog fuel.
of organic waste. Pullman Disposal Service
cent (65 million tons) of the U.S. munici-
Actually, according to the EPA, (PDS) offers home collection pal solid waste stream. That's a lot of
yard trimmings and food residu- of yard waste in the City of
als constitute 26 percent (65 mil- Pullman that runs from March
waste to send to landfills.
lion tons) of the U.S. municipal through November. The yard
solid waste stream. That's a lot waste collected for this pro- be dropped off free at this facil- roll-off boxes available for resi-
of waste to send to landfills. gram is brought to the Whitman ity include all yard waste with dential drop-off of yard waste.
But there are other options for County Transfer Station. This is a branches not exceeding 4’ in Potlatch offers twice weekly
this detritus besides the landfill. fee based service so please con- length or 6” in diameter. Stumps pick up of yard waste by its city
And by diverting this material tact PDS for more information: and other large diameter materi- employees for residents at their
from the landfill it saves all solid 509-334-1914. als are considered demolition homes. This program accepts the
waste rate payers money. There are several rural towns and are landfilled locally. same materials and has the same
Some individuals choose to in Whitman County that provide Moscow Recycling (208-882- restrictions that apply at the
compost at home as it is not programs designed to handle 0590) has a 24 hour drop-off Latah County Transfer Station.
very difficult. One of the best yard waste. Palouse (509-878- area for yard waste. This service Please remember that none of
reasons to compost at home is to 1811), Malden (509-569-3771), is intended for residential use these programs accept the fol-
reduce food residuals coming out Oakesdale (509-285-4020) and only. This program accepts the lowing materials: dirt, rock, sod,
of the kitchen. This can be done Garfield (509-635-1604) have same materials and has the same plastic bags, boxes, twine, food
with a compost pile or by ver- yard waste drop sites, have restrictions that apply at the contaminated items, pet feces/
micomposting, using worms to it chipped and composted Latah County Transfer Station. manure or kitchen scraps of any
break down your kitchen waste. for use back in the commu- The rural cities of Genesee kind.
Currently, there are no regional nity. Acceptable compost waste (208-285-1621), Kendrick (208-
options for food residual recy- includes leaves, grass, pine 289-5157) and Potlatch (208-875-
cling outside of the home so this needles and other soft vegetation 0708) offer yard waste services.
is the only way to divert these free of debris. Acceptable chipper Genesee and Kendrick offer large
materials from the waste stream. waste includes branches, shrubs
For more information on these and other woody vegetation
types of composting systems, call free of debris up to 14 inches
Moscow Recycling at 208-882- in diameter. This program is for
0590. residents only.
Unfortunately, not everyone Uniontown and Colton (509-
has the room for a compost pile 229-3805) have a composting
and even if you do have the and chipping program for yard
room, you may create more yard waste (no large diameter mate-
waste than your composting sys- rials) for residents of the two
tem can handle. So where can cities. Unfortunately, this pro-
you bring large amounts of yard gram is currently on hold while
waste to be diverted from the Uniontown makes upgrades to
landfill? their sewage waste treatment
Whitman County options: plant. This material has been
The Whitman County Transfer used for erosion control pro-
Station (509-334-2400) accepts grams and given out to residents
yard waste of any size for free when available.
from Whitman County residents, Latah County options:
including stumps and large tree Latah Sanitation, Inc. (LSI)
branches. This program also runs a composting facility at the
accepts clean wood waste from Transfer Station (208-882-5724).
commercial and residential work Acceptable materials that may
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By Ruth Wolz, Wildlife Rescue Volunteer
L ate last summer, I volun-
teered to work with Tim
Cochnaur, wildlife rescue/rehab
brought to wildlife rescue/rehab
facilities are brought by people
with good intentions but not
facilitator. It was the first year enough information. This is what
Tim and his crew were setting you need to know …
up “satellite release stations” Every spring, mule deer and
which are enclosures used for whitetail does give birth to the
introducing hand-raised fawns to fawns. When the fawns' mothers
the wild. go off on their daily excursions
I have a herd of whitetail deer to forage, they convey this mes-
that frequents an area on my sage to their young, “lie down
rural property, northwest of Troy, and wait here. I will return and
where there is an abundance of nurse you”. While these fawns
apples. Tim thought this would rest in a nearly paralytic state,
be a good place to set up a pen. often waiting up to 12 hours
A crew of volunteers constructed for their mothers' return, well-
a 50’ x 50’ wire enclosure adja- meaning people sometimes come
cent to the area the wild herd upon them and believe these
frequents. Two male fawns were babies have been abandoned.
released into the pen. The fawns So they pick up the fawns and
spent nearly two weeks in the drop them off at a wildlife rescue
enclosure. When the fawns did facility. Taking a fawn from the
decide to leave the safety of the wild is the wrong thing to do.
pen, we all hoped that the fawns Any healthy fawn picked up
were accepted by the wild herd by a human that has not wit-
and survive. nessed that fawn's mother fall-
However, the success rate of ing victim to an accident, such
hand-raising fawns is far from as an encounter with a motor
Illustration by Lucas Rate
100%. Those that do survive vehicle, is being ABDUCTED,
and are released to the wild, as NOT SAVED. The good people ment, some of these fawns do their mothers would have afford-
they by law must be, have an who maintain wild animal res- survive and have to eventually ed them had they not been “res-
extremely high mortality rate. cue facilities do all they can to be released to the wild where cued." If you are lucky enough
Often these hand-raised fawns compensate for these abducted they are at a great disadvantage. to see a healthy fawn sleeping in
die because of human ignorance. fawns' loss of their natural moth- Due to lack of the nourishment your garden, your back yard, in
The fawns should never have ers. Through enormous expen- of their mothers' milk, they are the country on your hike, etc.,
been taken from the wild in the ditures of time, perseverance, usually undersized. They also leave that fawn there, with its
first place. About half the fawns money, and emotional invest- lack the protection and education mother.
By Bill London, Co-op Newsletter Volunteer
H ere are the best videos
we've watched lately. What
are your favorites?
suffragettes' plan of state-by-
state laws had stalled, and a
new generation of radicalized
The Family Stone ... This women arrived on the scene and
2005 film is about family and pursued a new national agenda.
Christmas, a mixture that melts, This film is not easy to watch,
molds, and monopolizes the lives as the women are harassed,
of the extended Stone family as imprisoned and brutalized, but
they plan to get together to meet for older teens and adults, it is a
the new fiances and play the old great education in courage and
mind games. The story is not commitment. The film is not
new, but this treatment is done rated, but with no sex or drugs,
well, with sympathetic characters but plenty of brutality, deserves
and strong dialog. Of course, the a PG-13 or R.
siblings mix and match partners Outrage ... This 2009 docu- when his granddaughter, Leyna,
– and live happily ever after. mentary focuses on this bizarre Craig, whose “wide stance” at walked in the door yelling “sur-
Rated PG-13 for no good reason. (yet commonplace) reality: the the Minnesota bathroom got prise!” to begin a two-week visit in
Iron Jawed Angels ... This closeted gay Republican who him busted. There are not easy April by our daughter and family.
2004 drama was aired on HBO, supports a “family values” answers here, but the film is a
and is a realistic portrayal of the agenda denying rights and sup- good place to start. Rated R for a
last years of the struggle to pass port for gay Americans. The few naughty words.
the Constitutional amendment filmmakers try to understand These are all available at
to give voting rights to American why homosexuals would not just Howard Hughes Video in down-
women, beginning in 1912 and deny their sexuality, but actively town Moscow.
ending with the amendment's align against it. To bring it home,
passage in 1920 (that is only 90 the film opens with the sad tale Bill London edits this newsletter
years ago). By 1912, the older of former Idaho Senator Larry and was astounded and thrilled
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The monthly newsletter of the Moscow Food Co-op ● May 2010
The Garage Sale Issue
Growers’ Market Returns
By Kenna S. Eaton, Co-op General Manager
T uesday, May 4, will see the annual return of the
Co-op’s own Growers’ Market. Now in its eighth sea-
son, we are excited to not only bring it back — but to
family local, fresh-from-
the-farmer produce. At
the same table, you can
make it even better! This winter, we seriously considered buy greens, berries and
how best to improve the market to make it more fun and starts. This year, we’ll
more effective for the growers — and we came up with add weekly demos of
lots of changes we think you’ll enjoy. seasonal produce by
The market will move to the other side of the park- our very own F.A.C.T.
ing lot, lining 5th street and making it more visible from (Farmers Advocacy
Washington St. And we have added some half-spots, so Co-op Team), a group
the number of vendors will increase. of participating mem-
Tourmaline Farms/Avon Eggs will take preorders for bers dedicated to shar-
grass fed and finished beef and will sell poultry and eggs; ing great, local, afford-
Britt Heisel, Tuesday Growers'
Ravencroft Herbs will offer herbs, produce and CSA’s; able food. Additionally, Market Coordinator
Elk Meadows will have plant starts, flowers and produce; we’re adding some fun
Garfield Growers will have huckleberry muffins and huck- new features like a weekly drawing for a prize and our
leberry granola bars; Palouse Prairie Farms will sell lamb, very own market tote to take home your goodies in. All
beef, chicken and turkey and will offer a meat CSA; Lida in all, we’re excited, and hope you are too.
will sell produce and eggs; and finally, Sticky Fingers Britt Heisel, the Co-op's Tuesday Growers' Market
Farm (Amanda Hixson House) will have lavender honey Coordinator, put us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.
and strawberry chocolate mint ice cream! And, of course, com/pages/Moscow-ID/Moscow-Food-Coop-Tuesday-
you’ll find various local gardeners who simply have more Growers-Market/107124975993233 ). Britt will be updat-
produce than they know what to do with. ing it throughout the market season with information
Naturally, we’ll bring back the live music and hot food, about our market — special events, grower spotlights,
as well as Backyard Harvest, who is able to switch out pictures, recipes, what the growers are bringing to market
your food stamps for market script so you can feed your and other fun stuff.