OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP
Volume BB, Number 7 March 29, 2007
Freeze Puts on the Heat
By Barbara Ensor
he good news for members of the Park Slope Food Coop is that we are
T well poised to supply oranges or celery or whatever the next scarcity
caused by extreme weather conditions will be. That is according
to Allen Zimmerman who is in charge of buying produce for the Coop.
A Greener Future?
By D. S. Aronson
f you turn and walk from the Park Slope Food
The bad news is that we
almost certainly will be
scrambling for something.
If it isn’t a tornado in Ari-
zona it will be a monsoon
It took just two weeks
this year for the first big,
wacky weather event to hit.
It is “colder in the southern
desert growing regions of
I Coop west past Sixth Avenue, you’ll feel the
ground dip and then flatten. In a few blocks,
you’ve traveled from Brownstone Brooklyn to
in the Midwest or some California than it has been Gowanus, a neighborhood running roughly
other unthinkable weather in twenty years,” wrote north from Hamilton Parkway to Butler Street
aberration. Extreme weath- Joan Harris from Albert’s
er conditions of all sorts Organics in an e-mail and west from Third Avenue to Smith Street.
appear to be becoming the dated January 15. Surreal
norm, according to Zim- images began to flood As the Gowanus border Green Gowanus
merman. “It used to be, we Zimmerman’s e-mail communities of Red Hook, on April 10
could count on the week of inbox; fields of lettuce Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, As the capping event to a
Thanksgiving as the begin- under ice, delicate icicles Cobble Hill, and Park Slope several-part summit spon-
ning of the Sunkist navel hanging from oranges. Like west of Fifth Avenue became sored by the Gowanus
orange season. And there everyone else responsible hot properties in the Canal Conservancy,
were other dates you could for keeping their supermar- recent, citywide real a Green Go-wanus
rely on,” says Zimmerman. ket produce aisles stocked, estate boom, it
But that was then. Zimmerman nervously got seemed only a matter
in touch with his Florida of time before inter-
Wild Weather suppliers. est moved to the area
More than $2 billion worth of citrus
Coping with the weather “I was so glad we have edging the Gowanus
crops have frozen in California alone
wild card was always an really nice relationships Canal. That time is
from mid-January’s winter storms.
integral part of the work with companies who now. Currently, some
Above, a flyer from Coop distributor
ILLUSTRATIONS BY DIANE MILLER
that Zimmerman took on, have access to Florida streets bordering the
first as the Coop’s backup organic produce,” says canal are zoned for
buyer in 1988, and since 1994 in his current Zimmerman. Asked why suppliers would be industrial use and
capacity. The challenges make the job interest- willing, even eager, to do business with a small other parts are zoned
ing, he says. “I wouldn’t have this if I were sell- player like the Food Coop at a time like that, for mixed use (light
ing sneakers. There was usually something Zimmerman offers several reasons. “We are an industrial and residen-
every year,” he says. That seems to have tial). According to
changed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gowanus Canal Conser-
vancy (GCC) trustee Andrew
Simmons, there is “a lot of
pressure on the city to rezone Charette is scheduled for April
it for much higher density 10, 2007. Members of the
housing.” Simmons detailed Gowanus community and all
the conservancy’s mission as others who are interested are
one to keep “the local fabric invited to attend this brain-
and culture, and the historic storming session about how
and future uses of the canal” a to make a green future happen
part of Gowanus rezoning dis-
cussions. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
The Coop really needs workers Monday through Friday Next General Meeting on April 24
for shifts that begin at 1:00 and 3:30 pm. The General Meeting of the Park Slope Food Coop is held on the
last Tuesday of each month.* The next General Meeting will be
If you are available for a regular or FTOP workslot at these times
Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Elohim
please contact the Membership Office at
Temple House (Garfield Temple), 274 Garfield Pl.
718-622-0560 The agenda will be available as a flyer in the entryway of the
Coop on Wednesday, April 4. For more information about the
GM and about Coop governance, please see the center of this
Thurs, Apr 5 •Food Class: 7:30 p.m. Vegan/Vegetarian Meals
* Exceptions for November and December will be posted.
in 30 Minutes
Fri, Apr 6 •Film Night: 7:00 p.m. The Chances of the
Coop World Changing IN THIS ISSUE
Fri, Apr 20 •Wordsprouts: 7:30 p.m. Narrative Non-Fiction Marty Stiglich – Coop Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Event Workshop with Tom Zoellner Green Electricity Choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Fri, Apr 20 •The Good Coffeehouse: 8:00 p.m., Cloonshee Has Sold the Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Highlights The Cooperating Cooperators and Jezra Kaye Coop Calendar, Workslot Needs
Governance Information, Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Sat, Apr 21 • Earth Day World Beat Fiesta: 7:30 pm@
Old First Church–7th Ave. & Carroll St. Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Look for additional information about these and other events in this issue. Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
2 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
Freeze Puts on the Heat
Board of Directors CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Election excellent single-store cus-
tomer. We pay on time, and
hard to feel sorry for us when
“For every piece of lettuce we
But don’t count on finding
any of those delicious, easy-
we treat our suppliers with a don’t have there is somebody to-peel California navel
The General Meeting & ularly. They receive Coop great deal of respect.” on the other end who is break- oranges in the foreseeable
the Board of Directors work credit for their atten- Another part of the equa- ing his back and losing his future—not for any price.
Form our inception in 1973 dance. tion: (Are you listening, job,” Zimmerman points out. “They picked all the fruit
to the present, the monthly Mom?) We eat our vegeta- Most estimates put the lost when it got so cold instead of
General Meeting has been The Board of Directors con- bles! Yes, Coop members revenue from freezing Califor- leaving them on the trees in
the decision-making body ducts a vote at the end of chomp an impressive volume nia temperatures at around a freezing conditions, ” says
of the Coop. Since the Coop every GM whether to of produce, measured billion dollars. Tens of thou- Zimmerman. “So, for a matter
incorporated in 1977, we accept the advice of the against square footage of an sands of people lost their jobs, of weeks there was almost a
have been legally required members that night. Mem- average supermarket accord- many of those people with lit- surplus. That supply has pret-
to have a Board of Direc- bers of the Board are ing to Zimmerman. We sell “a tle in the way of savings or ty much dried up now.”
tors. required to act legally and crate of produce every 80 sec- benefits to fall back on. The
responsibly. onds” he says. That translates human cost for growers in Cal- The human cost
The Bylaws of the Park to economic clout and in ifornia makes some of this dis- for growers in California
Slope Food Coop state: Openings mid-January, that mattered. cussion of hard-to-find food
“The portion of the Board We have two full three-year “It makes a difference to a items seem trivial.
terms and one one-year supplier whether they have Seeing me wince at the of this discussion
of Directors meeting that is
devoted to receiving the term open this year. our business or not, ” says news that the season for juicy of hard-to-find
advice of the members Zimmerman. But clearly the Meyer lemons is about to end food items
shall be known as the Gen- Candidate Deadline Coop does not buy on any- prematurely, the ever-adapt- seem trivial.
eral Meeting… The mem- thing approaching the scale able Zimmerman suggests I
If you wish to place your
bers who gather to give of a supermarket chain. We could squeeze juice from the
name into nomination,
advice to the directors may also don’t drive the kind of lemons and freeze it. I sup- Zimmerman does not
please declare your candi-
choose to vote in order to hard bargains that profit- pose I could, but I don’t think appear to be contemplating a
dacy by Sunday, May 6. You
express their support or hungry stores do, according I will. As a self-described switch to shoe sales. And
will be asked to submit a
opposition for any of the to Zimmerman. pomelo “fanatic,” Zimmer- although his sanity is clearly
statement of up to 750
issues that have come man admits he was a little intact, as well as his sense of
words and a small photo
before the meeting.” It took just two weeks peeved at the shortened sea- humor, he says he worries
for publication in
this year for the first son for that fruit following about where all this may be
Duties of the Directors the January freeze. “I got over leading. “I think we are only
ers’ Gazette big, wacky weather
The Board of Directors it,” he shrugs. seeing the beginning of glob-
and the event to hit. It is
is comprised of five Avocados will be harder to al climatic chaos,” he says.
member proxy ‘colder in the southern
elected Coop find once the season for buy- We had set up this interview
members and desert growing ing them from Mexico is over, to discuss the impact of the
the senior Gener- regions of California according to Zimmerman. California freeze on produce
al Coordinator than it has There is also possible short- buying. But already there is a
Every member will term damage to the trees new crisis on the horizon.
present. Members receive a proxy been in 20 years.’
serve three-year themselves. Artichokes are “Burning Love” is the big
package in the mail also likely to be in short sup- tune out here now, one e-mail
terms. Members of in late May. Mem-
the Board are The impact of the changing ply. Farming has long been a from the West Coast
bes may also vote weather picture is different for risky business. The lime crop announces cheerfully. Every
expected to at the Annual Meet-
attend GMs reg- everyone, depending on what in Florida has never fully body is packing fruit to the
ing, June 26. they like to eat and how much recovered from hurricane sound of it. A massive heat
money they have to spend. To Andrew in the mid-80s, which wave is encouraging the
Zimmerman’s surprise, the damaged thousands of trees. aphid population, and a lot
California freeze only drove of leaves are going to starting
prices up by about 15%. A Serious Issue to wilt if it continues. Zim-
Adult Lemons, with their thinner
skins, were even more affected
Even romaine lettuce, that
“fundamental, take-for grant-
merman predicts a likely
shortfall in the supply of cau-
Clothing than oranges by the cold snap,
but the non-organic ones were
ed product,” as Zimmerman
describes it, has occasionally
liflower and broccoli as a
result. Again, he’s got a few
readily replaced with lemons been unavailable on Coop strategies in mind to keep the
Exchange from Spain. Organic produce
has been harder to come by,
shelves in the last few weeks.
Getting lettuce should not be
Coop well stocked. “But,“
Zimmerman observes, “I think
and in some cases was no a problem from here on in, some of these challenges are
Have you noticed that Coop members
are great dressers? longer available at all. But it is though, says Zimmerman. getting a little out of hand.” ■
The season is changing, and this is your
opportunity to trade gently used and
beautiful clothes that you no longer wear.
A clothing exchange is a community
event that is ecologically responsible
and fun. Why support the consumer
market and buy, when you can wear
clothes that have already been well loved.
Bring items that you think others might enjoy–and a snack
Saturday, April 14
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
in the meeting room
To bring Clothes…
• Do not leave clothing in the Coop before the hours of the
• Bring up to 15 items only.
• Bring gently used, clean clothing that you are proud to be
able to exchange with it's new owner.
(Unchosen clothing will be donated to a local shelter.)
Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY March 29, 2007 3
A COOP INTERVIEW
Marty Stiglich Remembers 27 Years at the PSFC
By Katie Benner
hether fighting for New York City on the hourly then in the second half I 13,000 people. We doubled in ing. We’re not growing any-
aisle space, wait- coordinator’s pay. But her job worked my wife’s shift, too, so size in the last four years. So more like we did after we
ing in line or read- was transferred to Chicago, I was there a lot. when you bring in more peo- moved to the bigger space. I
ing about our store’s ills so the thing that made it pos- In 1990 I started working as ple like that, you get more think the Coop should take
within the pages of the New sible for me to work at the a paid employee. There were diversity of behavior. There over the St. Francis play-
York Times, it’s easy to forget Coop then made it impossi- about 800 members and the are more people who are real- ground next door. We can
that the Park Slope Food ble for me to work there. Coop was only open after 5 ly into the Coop and more build them a rooftop play-
Coop wasn’t always a behe- p.m. The staff was whining people who will try to steal ground. Barring that, who
moth—that in 1973 it was a “I’d never had a new job in that it was too much work to from it and everything in knows how it will expand.
handful of people who want- my life that was so completely get the store open at 5 p.m. It between. And that’s just the But there’s one thing that’s
ed better quality produce and was a crisis. At the time, I was way it is. certain. There’s never going
effortless and comfortable.”
didn’t want to pay too much available to come in and work to be another place like the
money; and that this is, at part-time to get the store “There are three million Coop anywhere. It grew so
heart, what it is today. Thank- My wife has all the perks open. Without an audition, people in Brooklyn, but only organically into what it is
fully, Marty Stiglich has that you and I resent. [laughs] without even an interview, I now, from just 10 families in
13,000 that have the moxie
always been around to put The company is giving us became the first hourly Park Slope. No one will be
the Coop back into perspec- money to move and will pay employee in receiving at the to work three hours a month.” able to come up with a plan
tive, no matter how crowded the broker’s fee when we sell Coop who worked there on a for a store that looks like it.
the store or how angst-ridden our place, and they’re paying regular basis. The rest of the It has also always been a To begin something like it as
its members. all our moving expenses. paid staff was salaried, and guiding principle of the Coop a big operation would be
“There are people who love They wouldn’t even let us that was Joe Holtz, Mike that when it got crowded almost impossible. I’ll never
it and people who hate it, and pack our own boxes because Eakin, Allen Zimmerman, enough it would stop grow- find anything like it again. ■
you’ll always hear people they said then it would be Linda Wheeler, Janet Schu-
bitching and moaning about impossible to insure our stuff macher and Angie Engongoro,
something, so why not the if anything broke. That’s cor- and Ellen Weinstat [was the
Coop,” says Stiglich. “There porate America! I feel guilty first hourly office employee].
are 3 million people in Brook- now and then because my Now there are about 50 hourly
lyn, but only 13,000 that have
the moxie to work 3 hours a
wife is working hard and I’m
not. But in the times when
It was a strange new job.
WHAT IS THAT?
month. Everybody else is too
lazy, too busy, or can’t deal
I’m not depressed or guilty,
which is most of the time, I
I’d never had a new job in my
life that was so completely
HOW DO I USE IT?
with the rules. It’s a tiny do the laundry, I joined the effortless and comfortable. I
minority who are interested
in the store. Hell, the vast
majority isn’t even interested
gym, I’m out exploring neigh-
borhoods; there are some
really good ones here.
walked in and knew every-
body. I didn’t need to be
trained. I didn’t have anxiety
Food Tours in
in the food we sell. You have
to anticipate that it’s not for
everyone, and that’s fine.”
Chicago is a great city and
has great food…the restau-
rant scene here is almost
about how I’d relate to my
coworkers. It was the most
completely seamless transi-
Stiglich was a straight- more vibrant than in New tion I could imagine, and I’m
talking fixture at the Coop—a York City. But you know, I not going to find that again. I Light abounds
member since 1980 and the worked at the Coop from 1990
store’s first regularly sched- to now, and assumed I was and invites lightness of being
uled, paid, hourly receiving going to retire there. random acts of music
employee in 1990—who PSFC: How have you seen sprout on the street
endeared himself to all, even things evolve since 1980?
in his saltiest moments. Marty: When I started, it children defy admonitions
“At some point in one’s was only aisles 2 and 3. Joe and leap
membership in the Coop, we Holtz would be down in the into the air
hope that you make the tran- basement sorting rotten let-
people bask in clusters
PHOTO BY DEBBIE PARKER
sition from thinking of it as tuce. We had a ratty wooden
just a store to something that floor that was uneven and chatting aimlessly
you belong to, something splintered and chipped and and the birds back it all up
that you care about. It is my with only 800 people it was a
opinion that Marty inspired much smaller operation. right on tune
this feeling, provided this People whine and moan
personal connection, more that things are inconvenient It's coming, It's here
than any other individual in now, but there was a time
the Coop’s history.” says can’t buy a 13-cent packet of when you had to convert all It's happening
Allen Zimmerman, general chicken broth powder any- your measurements. We had spring
coordinator and produce where. And I’ll never find that a scale that would give you and suddenly soup seems stale
buyer for the PSFC. “Some- ever again. the weight in ounces, but the
times Marty did drive me PSFC: What do you miss adding machine would con- to eat is not so pressing
crazy, but mostly I was just the most about the Coop? Is vert the weight to a decimal consomme is more like it
crazy about him.” there anything like it in of pounds. It was very discon- vegetables steamed bright
Sadly, Stiglich has traded Chicago? certing to see the checkout
Brooklyn for Chicago in what Marty: Well, I miss being worker making these conver- or not at all
is certainly a loss for the store famous. At the Coop, every- sions while having a beer.
that he loved and that loved one knew me. Within two PSFC: Excuse me? Come peel off the layers
him back. In a conversation blocks of the building I knew Marty: Oh yeah, there are
with the Linewaiters’ Gazette, he half the people on the street. a couple more rules now. It and see what's inside
discusses life with the PSFC, PSFC: It was like your ver- took a few years to ban drink- at the Park Slope Food Coop
what happens when your wife sion of Cheers, but without the ing on the job. But you know, conversations about fresh food
works for corporate America, bar. it was probably good. If you
and what makes the Coop Marty: Yeah, that’s about were a checkout worker, you’d where, when and how
special (and maddening). right. have all these people bitch-
PSFC: Why the move to PSFC: When did you join? ing about all the mistakes
Chicago? Marty: The people at the you were making because
Marty: My wife and her job yoga center I taught at for 13 you’d been drinking. Mondays, April 16 (C Week) and
made it possible for me to years were members. In 1980, There’s also less sense of April 30 (A Week
work at the Coop because she there was a waiting list to get community than there used
is a vice-president at CIT (a in if you were a nine-to-fiver to be, although the place is
Noon to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Fortune 500 financial firm), who could only do a work cheap enough and unique
so it didn’t matter that work- shift in the evening. My enough that people will still Or you can join in any time during a tour.
ing at the Coop wasn’t a great schedule was open, so we got go there. When I first started
paying job. Frankly, you’re in. For the first half of the 80s, working I knew everyone, and
not going to get ahead in we both worked a shift, and by the time I left there were
4 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
Gowanus: A Greener Future? Gowanus water quality is very name of a Native American Canal Flushing Tunnel in
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
much the product of the Lenape chief whose Canarsee 1999, after decades of dor-
neighborhoods around it, tribe was based in the area. mancy and neglect, to bring
whether it involves sewage, Muir began by asking sum- water in from New York Har-
for Gowanus. The April 10 ses- remediation of the Gowanus storm runoff, dumping or lit- mit participants to imagine bor has helped improve the
sion will start at 6:30 p.m., and Canal, housing, economic ter. With an understanding of the area as it looked before canal’s water quality. Crack-
will be held at Polytechnic development, and commer- canal conditions “as they real- colonists arrived. He downs on illegal dumping
University; Dibner Library, cial revitalization.” ly are,” Ingui hopes that dis- described Gowanus at this and voluntary community
Room LC 400; 333 Jay Street in Michael Ingui, board cussions about the time as “a broad and vast cleanups of garbage and lit-
Brooklyn. member of the GCC, sees the neighborhood’s future can be wetland: a shallow basin sur- ter can cut down on toxic
The Gowanus Canal Con- conservancy as an important informed and productive. rounded by low hills and items going into the canal.
servancy (GCC) was formed asset of the recently complet- Sewer plants with a more
in the fall of 2006 to “start ed Gowanus Canal Compre- robust processing capacity
getting the public and the hensive Community Plan; the can help the environment all
community that surrounds drafting of which, according around by doing a better job
the canal to really start think- to Ingui, included substantial of purifying combined
ing of the canal as a public Gowanus community sewage overflow (CSO).
open space that we should all involvement and was partial- When there is heavy precipi-
have access to,” according to ly funded by the U.S. Depart- tation in the city, the under-
Andrew Simmons. ment of Housing and Urban ground sewer pipes that carry
Simmons observed that Development. Through the municipal sewage treatment
the conservancy sees the conservancy, Ingui hopes plant waste and storm water
PSFC as a like-minded orga- that knowledge about the in underground sewer pipes
nization. People who are neighborhood and its future “overtop”—there is simply
interested in cooperative will be boosted, and that not enough capacity to han-
organizations would be con- public conversations about it dle that much liquid volume.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY DIANE MILLER
cerned about their local envi- will be more informed, with According to Reed Super, a
ronment as well, and would the net result of a community senior clinical staff attorney
be enthusiastic about volun- able to work effectively with and lecturer in law at Colum-
teering for letter-writing cam- the city as any future rezon- bia Law School’s Environ-
paigns or for Gowanus Canal ing to residential use begins mental Law Clinic, who also
cleanup days. to impact on the Gowanus spoke at the GCC Water Qual-
neighborhood. ity Summit, these sewer pipes
Many Voices, One Goal in Brooklyn “overflow quite
Simmons stressed that the Gowanus Now … frequently into the Gowanus
GCC strives to be an umbrella Gowanus Then … But the Gowanus wasn’t open on one side to a shal- Canal.” Super observed that
organization to gather all the Gowanus Future always a troubled waterway. low arm of the sea.” Muir told as little as a tenth of an inch
disparate groups working to While many different voic- John Muir, a GCC board mem- his audience about a site cov- of rain creates CSO, and CSO
improve the canal, including: es call for different futures for ber, founder of the Brooklyn ered with green and yellow is a significant obstacle to
the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe the Gowanus neighborhood, Center for the Urban Environ- marsh grasses, and asked his improvement of water quality
Club; the Fifth Avenue Com- a common theme has been ment, and longtime Gowanus listeners again to imagine, in the Gowanus. An improve-
mittee; Community Board 6; cleaning up the canal. The resident, sketched a vibrant this time: “those small chan- ment to sewage processing
the Park Slope Food Coop; recent Gowanus Canal Con- history of the area during his nels winding and coiling could help make a big differ-
and the Gowanus Canal servancy summit meeting presentation at the February together, carrying water first ence in managing CSO and,
Community Development focusing on water quality 21 summit session, a narra- in one direction and then the as a result, the Gowanus’s
Corporation, which is the explored this topic. tive that revealed Gowanus other, meeting in a twisting water quality.
mother organization for the Water quality has been an was subject to human impact main channel. Imagine clear
Gowanus Canal Conservancy. issue for decades in the once since Native Americans water that tastes of salt in The vista of a
The development corpora- heavily industrial Gowanus fished at the site, long before some places and not in oth- meandering creek
tion’s mission, as posted on area. As Ingui sketched it dur- European colonists arrived. ers—water that has wound
winding through marsh
the corporation’s Web site, ing his opening remarks at the Indeed, “Gowanus” is an Eng- down from forested hills
includes “the environmental February 21 summit meeting, lish interpretation of the above and is mixed with the gave way to a
water driven in from the sea straightened and
by the tides. Always imagine bulkheaded
that water.” navigation canal.
He detailed the damming
of the marshes to create
millponds in earlier times In a recent New York Times
and then the area’s 20th- op-ed article, Alex Matthies-
century development into sen, Andy Willner, and Terry
“building lots and factories. Backer, founders of the Water-
The vista of a meandering keeper Alliance, pose the
creek winding through marsh challenge of New York City
gave way to a straightened reconfiguring the current
and bulkheaded navigation municipal sewer system so
canal.” that, according to the article,
This development came at the system could “capture
a price. “The clear flow of much of the city’s rainfall
water that had drained the before it enters the sewer sys-
broad basin of water became tem and divert it to other
part of a sewer system uses. This captured water
choked with human waste could be directed toward
and the odd industrial dis- planted medians and side-
charge.” All of which, accord- walk parks, street trees, per-
ing to Muir’s summation, meable pavement, city parks,
would effect the water’s rain barrels and green roofs,
“salinity or sweetness; the as well as into storage tanks
health of the flora and fauna for commercial and residen-
that live in it; changes in tial use.” The net effect would
flows and tides; changes of be less water to overwhelm
the presence of oxygen and the sewer system and more
algae; changes in drainage water to make New York City a
and the silt it carries.” While greener place to live.
it isn’t realistic to expect that While wide-scale improve-
twenty-first-century Gowanus ment of the canal’s water qual-
can be restored to the quality ity and the environment of the
of earlier eons, steps have area around it will certainly
been taken and can be taken require city- or state-support-
to improve the water quality, ed steps, those steps and their
which in turn can signal envi- direction deserve community
ronmental improvements in input, and the Gowanus Canal
the whole picture. Conservancy’s April 10 session
Reactivating the Gowanus will invite just that. ■
Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY Mrach 29, 2007 5
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE REPORT
Green Electricity Choices hydropower, and costs an additional
1¢ per kilowatt-hour (kwh). The Wind
Power is 100% wind, and costs an
By Eileen Kapp, for the Environmental Committee additional 2.5¢ per kwh. For a cus-
tomer using 350 kwh (about $90) of
ast year, acting on a proposal rights, a sunny exposure, and a large
electricity per month, the additional
brought by the Environmental initial investment are required. For charge would be $3.50 per month for
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oxide from entering the atmosphere. (Energy Service Company). Since term, fixed-rate deals available.
Although Community Energy does deregulation, your electric service is ECONnergy offers a 100% wind-
not offer the same option to residen- now made up of two parts: delivery power option called Keep It Green.
tial customers, there are other green and supply. Con Ed still delivers the They list historical prices online. Be
choices. energy from the supplier to your sure to find out whether you meet
“Green” electricity here means the home, but you can choose another their minimum electric usage require-
energy source is renewable and not supplier, and you can use environ- ments. tract unless it clearly specifies a fixed
IDT Energy does not provide green rate. For variable rates, the provider
Energy sources option details on their web site. should be able to tell you what the
Here are some tips if you’re consid- market supply rate was for the latest
Less Harmful to the More Harmful to the
ering switching your electric supplier: billing cycle, which you can compare
1) According to the Public Service to the market supply rate on your last
Renewable Solar Nuclear Commission, there is no need to give bill; if your bills go up more than you
Wind Large hydro (dams) your Con Edison account number to were expecting, you can switch sup-
Small hydro (river flow) any ESCO representative for a price pliers as long as you’re not locked
Geothermal quote. They may ask for it in order to into a contract.
Non-renewable Natural gas Coal obtain your usage history, which you Another way to grow the benefits of
Oil can tell them yourself if you have green electricity is to buy renewable
harmful (or less harmful) to the envi- mental criteria to make your choice. Renewable energy certificate (REC) vendors
ronment. (See accompanying table of There are nine available ESCO Community Energy New Wind Energy certificates
energy sources.) options in Brooklyn, and according to www.newwindenergy.com
Solar panels are the ideal green www.poweryourway.com, there are NativeEnergy CoolWatts certificates
option for a small residential build- four companies that offer one or more www.nativeenergy.com/coolwatts.html
ing. Solar energy is decentralized, green electricity options to residential Sterling Planet NY Clean Choice certificates
eliminates energy loss in transporting customers (see table). www.sterlingplanet.com/buy_ConEd.php
electricity from distant sources, and is Con Ed Solutions is (no surprise) a
not vulnerable to disruptions in the subsidiary of Con Edison. Until
some old bills handy. Unfortunately, energy certificates (RECs). Each block
Companies offering green electricity options incidents similar to phone “slam- of renewable energy certificates repre-
ming” have been reported, where sents energy from a “good” supplier
ConEdison electric service has been switched added to the electric grid, and an
Solutions 1-888-320-8991 www.ConEdSolutions.com/greenpower without the customer’s explicit per- equal quantity of energy from a “bad”
Accent Energy 1-800-928-7775 www.AccentEnergy.com mission once they have your account supplier not added. The certificate
ECONnergy 1-800-805-8586 www.ECONnergy.com/green number. The ESCO representatives pays for the difference between the
IDT Energy 1-877-887-6866 www.IDTEnergy.com can tell you about their offerings two, and ensures that a utility will buy
even if they don’t have your account from a green rather than a dirty
power grid. Tax incentives and low- recently it was the only green choice number. Once you are ready to source. You pay the utility as always
cost loans are available to offset the in Brooklyn. It has two renewable switch, call back and give the ESCO for your energy usage and decide how
cost of panel purchase and installa- energy products: Green Power and representative your Con Edison many energy blocks to buy.
tion. After the initial investment, the Wind Power. Its Green Power product account number. Say your average electric bill is 200
system runs for free. However, roof is 35% wind power and 65% small 2) Don’t commit to a year-long con- kwh (about $50 per month), and you
sign up for 200 kwh of RECs per
month. Each month, you use your
usual 200 kwh, which comes from Con
Ed’s conventional sources of electric
power, and you pay your usual $50 per
month to Con Ed. Meanwhile, you pay
$5 per month to another company for
65% 200 kwh of RECs. The company you
purchased the certificates from gener-
ates 200 kwh of green electricity and
add it to the grid in their state. The
power grid in that region orders 200
kwh less electricity from conventional
electric generation. The money that
the electric delivery company would
have spent buying your electricity
from dirty suppliers ($50) instead
goes to the green supplier. The green
supplier also gets your $5, so they
receive $55 for providing 200 kwh of
clean electricity to the power grid in
their region, reflecting the higher cost
of generating green electricity. Your
net cost is $55. (See the accompany-
ing table for a list of REC vendors;
for more information, see www.eere.
These choices, combined with
careful use to conserve electricity, will
affect our climate and environment
for generations to come. By demand-
ing green energy, we reduce our
dependence on fossil fuels. Please
consider making the switch today. ■
6 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
Want to Make a Coop Video?
A few talented members are needed for the making of an instructional video for the Food Processing
The project is under way, and now we are especially in need of gaffers, audio recordists, camera peo-
ple, and photographers. However, if you have other movie-making skills we'd like to add you to a list for
This work will be for FTOP credit and will almost certainly not be enough to fulfill the 13 shifts a year—in
other words, you will need to continue to do some “other” work at the Coop while working on the video.
Requirements: include at least six months Coop membership, an excellent attendance record, and self-motivation.
If interested please contact Jessica Robinson with your specific skills at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays 1:00 p.m.
and 3:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. and Coop Plastics Recycling
ALL PLASTIC MUST BE
Open to all childcare
workers with at least one COMPLETELY CLEAN AND DRY
year of Food Coop
childcare experience. This What plastics do we accept?
shift requires you to come
•#1 and #2 non-bottle shaped containers and #1 and #2
into the Coop every week
labeled lids. Mouths of containers must be equal width
and spend some time in
the childcare room to or wider than the body of the container.
ensure that the shift is •All #4 plastic and #4 labeled lids.
•#5 plastic cups and tubs and #5 labeled lids and
Must have a good atten- bottle/jug caps, clear and opaque and with all paper
dance history. labels completely removed.
•Plastic film, such as shopping bags, cry cleaning
If interested, please call
Jessica Greenbaum shrouds, etc. Okay if not labeled.
718.398.4242 •Second Saturday of each month: 12:00 –2:00 p.m.
Lydia •Third Thursday of each month: 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.
•Last Sunday of each month: 10:00–12:00 p.m. Apr. 5
718.965.0534 Where? 7:30 p.m.
On the sidewalk in front of the receiving area at the at the Coop
Park Slope Food Coop.
Peter Solomita is a
Vegan/Vegetarian graduate of the Natural
Meals in just Gourmet Institute for
Health. He has worked as
30 minutes! a chef for Tuller Premium
Foods and as a chef/
Delicious, vegan/vegetarian complete meals
business manager for
in just 30 minutes! Venture Catering. Owner
Explore three different meals full of flavor using of Groovalicious Inc., he
ingredients easy to find at the coop. is a caterer, personal chef
and teaches public classes
at Natural Gourmet,
MENU The Park Slope Food Coop
se Turnips and Carro
h Edamame, Japane and teaches individualized
• Soba Noodles wit
Sauce, with a side of cooking classes. He is also
in a Ginger Shoyu
e Nuts, Roasted owner of Little Buddy
, Green Olives, Pin
• Chickpeas, Seitan Biscuit Company, selling
Zucchini in a
uscous, with Grilled
Tomato Stew and Co premium handcrafted
ing with Optional
Lemon Mint Dress cookies at cafes in
with Black Beans, Po Brooklyn and through
• Sweet Corn Soup
with a Jicama
nal Creme Fraiche, mail order.
Chipotle and Optio
and Citrus Salad MEMBERS &
$4 materials fee
Views expressed by the presenter do not Come early
necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop. to ensure a seat.
Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY Mrach 29, 2007 7
Cloonshee Has Sold the Farm
By Bill Malloy, Receiving Coordinator/ Meat & Poultry Buyer
hich means no garage. Hmmph.What does coladas and freedom from
more Cloonshee this mean for the Coop’s antibiotic injections. Though
Farm chickens. Not yardbird eaters? never officially certified as
for us, and not for any of We’re increasing the num- organic, the Cloonshee birds
those fancy Smith Street/Fifth ber of birds we get every were fed organic grain; Dines’
Avenue restaurants. Marnie Wednesday from Dines chickens are not.
the Chicken Farmer sold all Farms—like Cloonshee Farm, On Friday, March 16, we
20 acres to a couple from a local wonderland of plea- also began carrying the
Manhattan, who are gonna sure for chickens, who range Poulet Rouge Fermier du
keep it as a summer place. happily through the sunny Piedmont, a slow-growing,
Use the barn as a motorcycle fields, enjoying frosty piña heritage breed previously
ILLUSTRATION BY PATRICK MACKLIN
produced only in France.
Coming to us from a number
of small farms in North Car-
Label Rouge Requirements olina, the “Red Farmhouse
Genetics: Only certain routine medications are Chicken” is the first poultry in
genetics are allowed; older, not allowed, antibiotics the U.S. raised to the exacting
slow-grown breeds that and vaccines prescribed by standards of the Label Rouge
tend to be heartier and a veterinarian are allowed system.
more disease resistant when needed for the treat-
than comercial breeds. ment of disease but are The Label Rouge Program
This makes them better given with sufficient with- France’s Label Rouge pro- prove that these products are meat is flavorful and firm, but
suited for outdoor produc- drawal times that there will gram is regarded as produc- “vividly distinguishable” from not tough. In France, these
tion. be no residues in the birds ing the best poultry and meat conventional poultry. birds are labeled and market-
when processed. in the world. Although these The main reason for the ed as “Poulet Fermier” (farm
Houses: Smaller chicken cost more than commercial superior flavor is the use of chicken) and the region from
houses than those used in Slaughter age: Birds are products (which the French slow-growing birds instead which they are grown (Poulet
industrial production are grown much longer than refer to as “industrial” prod- of the fast-growing birds Fermier du Normand is Farm
required, and the number commercial birds, a mini- ucts), Label Rouge chicken used for industrial produc- Chicken from Normandy).
of houses per farms is limit- mum of 81 days (some accounts for 30% of poultry tion. The slow-growing birds The reputation and higher
ed to four. This ensures the farmers go as long as 100 sales in France. are from old rustic genetic culinary quality of French
birds are raised in small or more) rather than 42 The Label Rouge require- stocks and are grown longer Label Rouge poultry makes it
farms where they get more days. ments are much more stringent than industrial birds before popular with both retail cus-
care and attention. than any program in America, they are processed—twelve tomers and fine restaurants
Minimum dressed including “All-Natural,” “Free weeks, as opposed to six. The throughout Europe. ■
Maximum density in weight: All birds must be
houses: There is a maxi- Range,” “Certified Organic,”
at least 2.2 pounds without “Certified Free Farmed” and
mum density requirement
that ensures that these
giblets. “Certified Humanely Raised.” East New York Food Coop
birds are allowed more Sanitation period: There Label Rouge began in the Help a new coop in Brooklyn
room in the houses than is a minimum sanitation sixties as a grassroots move-
ment led by farmers in the FTOP credit available
industrial birds. period of 21 days between
flocks to rid the houses of Landes region in Southwest- In accordance with the sixth Principle of Cooperation, we frequently offer
Access to outside: All any parasites or disease. ern France. After World War II, support and consultation to other coops. For the East New York Food
birds must have access to as poultry farming became Coop, we have also offered help in the form of Park Slope Food Coop
the outdoors from 9 a.m. Transport: To ensure that more industrialized, demand member workslots.
until dusk after 6 weeks of the birds are not dehydrat- grew in France for the taste of
age, and must be outside ed and are handled traditionally raised farm The East New York Food Coop welcomes PSFC members to
for at least 42 days of grow- humanely, they must travel chickens. assist in its first year’s operations.
out. no more than two hours or The Label Rouge program
64 miles to the processing focuses on high quality, with PSFC members may receive FTOP credit in exchange for their help.
Feed: Feed rations must To receive credit, you should be a member for at least one year and
plant. poultry making up most of
consist of at least 75% have an excellent attendance record.
the products. It emphasizes To make work arrangements, please email ellen_weinstat @psfc.coop
cereal and must be non- Processing: Air chilled. attributes such as flavor, culi- or call 718-622-0560.
medicated. Feed cannot
Shelf life: Sold fresh nary qualities, free-range pro-
contain animal products,
within nine days after duction, and food safety. The
growth stimulants, or East New York Food Coop
slaughter. average consumer can note a
other unnatural ingredi- 419 New Lots Avenue
positive difference between
ents. Fishmeal is not per- between New Jersey Avenue and Vermont Street
Adapted from the Joyce Foods Label Rouge poultry and
mitted. accessible by the A, J and 3 trains
Web site. For more information, industrial poultry—in fact,
Medications: Although visit www.joycefoods.com regular taste-testing is a cer- 718-676-2721
tification requirement to
Join the Street Squad
Do you love the Coop? Do you enjoy talking to friends, neighbors and strangers about the joys of Coop membership? The Street Squad may be the work-
slot for you. Work outdoors on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October, and help keep the Coop strong.
The Street Squad serves an important We invite you to join us if you are: New Street Squad members must
public relations role for the Coop. From ◆ a Coop member in good standing for attend a training session.
tables set up outside the store, at local at least six months
street fairs and special events, the Street ◆ friendly and upbeat with enthusiasm
about the Coop If you are interested in joining the
Squad talks to current and prospective Street Squad, please contact :
◆ knowledgeable of Coop procedures
members, hands out literature, answers
◆ willing to work outdoors Robin
questions, gives tours of the Coop, and
◆ reliable, responsible and able to work 718-230-7199
just generally offers people the chance to independently call before 9:00 p.m.
become familiar with our organization.
8 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
COOP HOURS A monthly musical
Friday fundraising partnership of
the Park Slope Food Coop
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 and the Brooklyn Society
for Ethical Culture
Friday & Saturday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
6:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
6:00 a.m. to 7:30* p.m.
*Shoppers must be on a checkout line
15 minutes after closing time.
The Cooperating Cooperators
Monday through Saturday
8:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. The Cooperating Cooperators have over a
Sunday century’s worth of experience cooperating.
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Their ranks span generations and were formal-
ly banded together to cooperate in the fall of
2002 as a way of avoiding having to do coop
shifts. These folks are among you as you shop
Web address: and you might never expect the outstanding
www.foodcoop.com and unusual result of the Cooperating
The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published biweekly by
A perenniel favorite, Jezra Kaye brings her unique blend of vocal sass and sizzle
the Park Slope Food Coop, Inc., 782 Union Street,
Brooklyn, New York 11215. back to the Good Coffeehouse for a magic night of jazz standards, samba and
Opinions expressed here may be solely the views swing. This year, she’s joined by piano powerhouse Roberta Piket, and special
of the writer. The Gazette will not knowingly publish guests. (Roberta’s new CD Love and Beauty is now available at CD Baby and local
articles that are racist, sexist, or otherwise stores.)
The Gazette welcomes Coop-related articles, and
letters from members.
All submissions MUST include author’s name and
phone number and conform to the following
53 Prospect Park West [at 2nd Street] • $10 • 8:00 p.m. [doors open at 7:45]
guidelines. Editors will reject letters and articles Performers are Park Slope Food Coop members and receive Coop workslot credit.
that are illegible or too long. Submission deadlines Booking: Bev Grant, 718-230-4999
appear in the Coop Calendar opposite.
Letters: Maximum 500 words. All letters will be
printed if they conform to the guidelines above.
The Anonymity and Fairness policies appear on
the letters page in most issues.
Puzzle Corner This Issue Prepared By:
Contributions from members are welcome. Coordinating Editors: Stephanie Golden
Voluntary Articles: Maximum 750 words. Please sign your entries. Answer is on page 15. Erik Lewis
Submissions on Paper: Typed or very legibly Cryptogram Topic: Bulk Items in Silos Editors (development): Anne Kostick
handwritten and placed in the wallpocket labeled The code used on the list below is a simple letter Petra Lewis
"Editor" on the second floor at the base of the ramp. substitution. That is, if “G” stands for “M” in one Reporters: Diane Aronson
Submissions on Disk & by Email: We welcome word, it will be the same throughout the list. Katie Benner
digital submissions. Drop disks in the wallpocket Barbara Ensor
described above. The email address for Art Director (development): Patrick Mackin
submissions is GazetteSubmissions@psfc.coop.
E Q W M J Q S K W M J Q S
Receipt of your submissions will be acknowledged Illustrators: Diane Miller
on the deadline day. B W R C W Molly Parker-Myers
Classified & Display Ads: Ads may only be placed Photographers: William Farrington
by and on behalf of Coop members. Classified ads
L X L X D P O Judy Janda
are prepaid at $15 per insertion, business card ads at Traffic Manager: Barbara Knight
$30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial” R P R C N M N L Q
category are free.) All ads must be written on a Classified Ads Prep: Heather Cottrell
submission form (available in a wallpocket on the L X P R L X P R Text Converters: Joanne Guralnick
first floor near the elevator). Classified ads may be Andrew Rathbun
up to 315 characters and spaces. Display ads must W D W R W G N K Q W D R Proofreader: Susan Brodlie
be camera-ready and business card size (2"x3.5").
M W V W J H H X D S R Thumbnails: Mia Tran
Recipes: We welcome original recipes from
members. Recipes must be signed by the creator. Preproduction: Sura Wagman
Subscriptions: The Gazette is available free to
M X W R O Q S H N T Q S Photoshop: Steve Farnsworth
members in the store. Subscriptions are available by Art Director (production): Lauren Dong
mail at $23 per year to cover the cost of postage (at D P O R
Desktop Publishing: Molly Mackaman
First Class rates because our volume is low).
R X P E H N T David Mandl
K J W L B - Q I Q S E Q W R Editor (production): Lynn Goodman
Final Proofreader: Janet Mackin
S R E D C V D W Y R A
Post Production: Jessica Tolliver-Shaw
X N W U V N Q Index: Len Neufeld
Printed by: Prompt Printing Press, Camden, NJ.
Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY January 4, 2007 9
to ensure the proper unpacking and pricing of registration journal pages for a 4-week period and
chicken and meat. Member must be willing to review prior 4-week period of bound voucher jour-
Saturday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm nals for incomplete and missing voucher informa-
or 8:30 to 11:00 pm work with raw poultry and meat —it is wrapped
in plastic so direct contact with meat does not tion. Work slot requires legible handwriting, good
Are you a detail-oriented worker who can work attention to detail, comfort working with comput-
independently and in a busy environment? The occur. Job involves going in and out of out meat
and poultry refrigerator in the basement, weigh- ers, and reliable attendance. A 6-month commit-
Coop’s vitamin buyer needs you to help her ment is required. Contact Rocco Arrigo and/or
check in orders, organize the vitamin supply ing and pricing the product, lifting boxes that
can weigh up to 50 lbs. Andie Taras at email@example.com or 718-
area in the basement and on the shopping floor, 622-0560 if interested. The first scheduled work
label vitamins and supplements, and other shift is Thursday, March 22nd.
related tasks. You will be trained by Edite and Gazette and
will report directly to her. If interested please Bookkeeping Prep
contact the Membership Office. Office Setup
Thursday, A or C weeks, 10:00 am to 12:45 pm Weekday mornings, 6:00 to 8:30 am
This work slot has two distinct responsibilities. Need an early riser with lots of energy to do a
Inventory The first part is to help complete preparatory work variety of physical tasks including: setting up
Monday, 8:00 to 10:45 am for classified submissions to the Linewaiters’
Working with the Coop’s meat and poultry buyer Gazette. Second, the member will set-up voucher CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
A l l A b o u t t h e
C O O P CA L E N D A R G e n e r a l M e e t i n g
Our Governing Structure
From our inception in 1973 to the present, the open
monthly General Meetings have been at the center of the
Coop’s decision-making process. Since the Coop incor-
porated in 1977, we have been legally required to have a
Board of Directors. The Coop continued the tradition of
New Member Orientations General Meeting General Meetings by requiring the Board to have open
meetings and to receive the advice of the members at
Monday & Wednesday evenings: . . 7:30 p.m. TUE, APR 24 General Meetings. The Board of Directors, which is
Wednesday mornings: . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. GENERAL MEETING: 7:00 p.m. required to act legally and responsibly, has approved
Sunday afternoons: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:00 p.m. The agenda appears in this issue and is available almost every General Meeting decision at the end of
as a flyer in the entryway. every General Meeting. Board members are elected at
Be sure to be here promptly—or early—as we
begin on time! The orientation takes about two TUE, MAY 1 the Annual Meeting in June. Copies of the Coop’s bylaws
hours. Please don't bring small children. AGENDA SUBMISSIONS: 8:00 p.m. are available at the Coop Community Corner and at
Submissions will be considered for the Apr 24 every General Meeting.
Gazette Deadlines General Meeting.
Next Meeting: Tuesday,
LETTERS & VOLUNTARY ARTICLES: The Coop on Cable TV
Apr 26 issue: 7:00 p.m., Mon, Apr 16 Inside the Park Slope Food Coop
April 24, 7:00 p.m.
May 10 issue: 7:00 p.m., Mon, May 1 FRIDAYS 1:00 p.m. with a replay at 9:00 p.m. The General Meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each
Channels: 56 (TimeWarner), 67 (CableVision). month.
CLASSIFIED ADS DEADLINE: If specific programming is available at press
Apr 26 issue: 10:00 p.m., Wed, Apr 18 time, it will appear on the Community Calendar Location
May 10 issue: 10:00 p.m., Wed, May 3 page overleaf.
The temple house of Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield
Temple), 274 Garfield Place.
Attend a GM Park Slope Food Coop How to Place an Item
and Receive Work Credit Mission Statement on the Agenda
Since the Coop’s inception in 1973, the General If you have something you’d like discussed at a General
Meeting has been our decision-making body. At the The Park Slope Food Coop is a mem-
Meeting, please complete a submission form for the
General Meeting (GM) members gather to make ber-owned and operated food store—an
decisions and set Coop policy. The General-Meeting-for-
Agenda Committee. Forms are available in the rack near
alternative to commercial profit-oriented
workslot-credit program was created to increase the Coop Community Corner bulletin board and at
business. As members, we contribute our
participation in the Coop’s decision-making process. General Meetings. Instructions and helpful information
labor: working together builds trust
Following is an outline of the program. For full details, see on how to submit an item appear on the submission
the instruction sheets by the sign-up board. through cooperation and teamwork and
enables us to keep prices as low as possi- form. The Agenda Committee meets on the first Tuesday
• Advance Sign-up Required: of each month to plan the agenda for the GM held on the
To be eligible for workslot credit, you must add your ble within the context of our values and
principles. Only members may shop, and last Tuesday of the month. If you have a question, please
name to the sign-up sheet in the elevator lobby.
Some restrictions to this program do apply. Please see we share responsibilities and benefits call Ellen Weinstat in the office.
below for details. equally. We strive to be a responsible and
• Two GM attendance credits per year: ethical employer and neighbor. We are a Meeting Format
Each member may take advantage of the GM-for- buying agent for our members and not a
workslot-credit program two times per calendaryear. Warm Up (7:00 p.m.)
selling agent for any industry. We are a part
• Certain Squads not eligible: • Meet the Coordinators
of and support the cooperative movement.
Eligible: Shopping, Receiving/ Stocking, Food • Enjoy some Coop snacks
We offer a diversity of products with an
Processing, Office, Maintenance, Inventory, Construction, • Submit Open Forum items
and FTOP committees. (Some Committees are omitted emphasis on organic, minimally pro-
• Explore meeting literature
because covering absent members is too difficult.) cessed and healthful foods. We seek to
• Attend the entire GM: avoid products that depend on the Open Forum (7:15 p.m.)
In order to earn workslot credit you must be present exploitation of others. We support non- Open Forum is a time for members to bring brief items
for the entire meeting. toxic, sustainable agriculture. We respect to the General Meeting. If an item is more than brief, it
• Childcare can be provided at GMs: the environment. We strive to reduce the can be submitted to the Agenda Committee as an item
Please notify an Office Coordinator in the Membership impact of our lifestyles on the world we for a future GM.
Office at least one week prior to the meeting date. share with other species and future genera-
• Signing in at the Meeting: tions. We prefer to buy from local, earth- Reports (7:30 p.m.)
1. After the meeting the Chair will provide the friendly producers. We recycle. We try to • Financial Report
Workslot Credit Attendance Sheet. lead by example, educating ourselves and • Coordinators’ Report
2.Please also sign in the attendance book that is • Committee Reports
passed around during the meeting.
others about health and nutrition, coopera-
tion and the environment. We are com- Agenda (8:00 p.m.)
• Being Absent from the GM:
It is possible to cancel without penalty. We do ask that
mitted to diversity and equality. We • The agenda is posted at the Coop Community Corner
you remove your name if you know cannot attend. Please oppose discrimination in any form. We and may also appear elsewhere in this issue.
do not call the Membership Office with GM cancellations. strive to make the Coop welcoming and
• Is it FTOP or a Make-up? accessible to all and to respect the opin- Wrap Up (9:30-9:45)
It depends on your work status at the time of the ions, needs and concerns of every member. (unless there is a vote to extend the meeting)
meeting. We seek to maximize participation at every • Meeting evaluation
• Consider making a report… level, from policy making to running the • Board of Directors vote
...to your Squad after you attend the meeting. store. We welcome all who respect these • Announcements, etc.
10 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
Community calendar listings are free. Please submit your listings in 50 words or less by mail, the
mailslot in the entry vestibule, or GazetteSubmissions@psfc.coop. Submission deadlines are the
same as for classified ads. Please refer to the Coop Calendar in the center of this issue.
*Denotes a Coop member.
Polytechnic University, Dibner gested donation: $12 general/$9
SAT, MAR 31 Library, Room LC 400, 333 Jay members/more if you choose, less
PEOPLE’S VOICE CAFE: RAY Street. Free. if you can't/no one turned away
KORONA BAND. 8 p.m.-10:30
p.m. at the Workmen’s Circle, 45 SAT, APR 14 SUN, APR 22
East 33rd St. (between Madison &
Park); wheelchair-accessible. For PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE: CAR- TEREZA STANISLAV: VIOLIN.
info call 212-787-3903 or see OLYN HESTER. 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ROBERTO GIORDANO: PIANO.
w w w. p e o p l e s v o i c e c a f e . o r g . at the Workmen's Circle, 45 East Performing works by Kreisler,
Suggested donation: $12 gener- 33rd St. (between Madison & Beethoven, Matheson & Strauss. Friday, April 6 • 7:00 p.m.
al/$9 members/more if you
choose, less if you can’t/no one
Park); Wheelchair-accessible. For
info call 212-787-3903 or see www.
Tickets $15 at the door; advance
tickets $10 by email: wflecknaf@ at the Coop
turned away. peoplesvoicecafe.org. Suggested aol.com or by phone. Students:
donation: $12 general/$9 mem- $5. TDF vouchers accepted.
bers/more if you choose, less if Information: 718-855-3053 or
FRI, APR 6 you can't/no one turned away. www.brooklynfriendsofchamber-
DANCING FOR ANIMALS, a non- music.org.
profit organization, is holding SAT, APR 21
Fridaynight dance parties. Every SAT, APR 28
Friday, enjoy an evening of danc- PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE: ELLEN
ing while helping animal welfare DAVIDSON; ADELE ROLIDER. At PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE: JACK
organizations at the same time! The Workmen's Circle, 45 East LANDRON.8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. t the
Intro dance class 9-9:30 p.m. 33rd St. (between Madison & Workmen's Circle, 45 East 33rd St.
General dancing 9:30 p.m.-12:00 Park); Wheelchair-accessible. For (between Madison & Park);Wheel-
a.m. (music for all partner dances info call 212-787-3903 or see chair-accessible. For info call
played). Dance Times Square, 156
W. 44th St., 3rd Floor. 212-946-
www.peoplesvoicecafe.org. Sug- 212-787-3903 or see www.
peoplesvoicecafe.org. Suggested The
1824 www.dancingforanimals.org. donation: $12 general/$9 mem-
bers/more if you choose, less if
SAT, APR 7 you can't/no one turned away.
of the World
GRAND OPENING: MEMORIES
OUT OF THE BOX! Come learn
SAT, MAY 5 Changıng
techniques to get your photos PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE: DONAL
and memorabilia into your life. LEACE; BELLES. 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Take mini classes in bookmaking at the Workmen's Circle, 45 East
and papermaking arts! Take 5% off 33rd St. (between Madison &
all photo-safe products and ser- Park); Wheelchair-accessible. For
vices purchased both days! Call info call 212-787-3903 or see
718-398-1519. 633 Vanderbilt Ave., www.peoplesvoicecafe.org. Sug- Ten years ago, Richard Ogust, a writer living in New
Prospect Heights Bklyn. gested donation: $12 general/$9
York City, abandoned his life’s work and began to
members/more if you choose, less
if you can't/no one turned away. acquire endangered turtles, driven by the appalling but
TUE, APR 10 little known fact that we are on the brink of losing a
GOWANUS CANAL WATER QUAL- Save these Dates! group of animals that have survived the ecological
ITY SUMMIT: Sponsored by the The Fun'Raising Committee has plenty of events for you instability of the last 200 million years, including the
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
(718-858-0557). Session 4: Green
and your friends, Coop members or not. Display ads for great extinction that eliminated the dinosaurs.
Gowanus Charette: How Do We each will appear in the Gazette as each event approaches.
Make It Happen? Speakers from Currently in China, hundreds of thousands of turtles
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Added Saturday, April 21 Earth Day World Beat Fiesta
Value, Big Sue LLC, and Habana are sold in food markets. Species are being taken from
Outpost. 6:30-9:00p.m. at
Saturday, May 19 Game Night
the wild at such an alarming rate that the situation has
escalated into an environmental crisis. With a reasonable
inheritance, Richard was able to build an ark, literally
WORKSLOT NEEDS rescuing hundreds of endangered turtles. Eventually,
Richard was sharing his giant penthouse in lower
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 recycling facility is open. will be asked to take a U- Manhattan with over 1,200 turtles and tortoises. But the
Drivers must have a large boat of food to CHIPS, the weight of Richard’s ark soon began to crush him.
recycling, washing dishes
capacity vehicle (van or soup kitchen on 4th avenue
and making coffee. Sound
truck) for the volume of recy- (it’s downhill all the way!) The Chances of the World Changing is an extraordinary
like your dream come true?
cling collected. You need to The job involves some lift-
This job might be for you. documentary about one man’s unbelievable mission to
be able to lift and work ing and working in the walk-
Please speak to Adrianna save hundreds of turtles and tortoises from extinction—
independently. Reliability a in refrigerator for part of the
in the Membership Office,
must as you are the only shift. You may be asked to an epic story of conservation, perseverance, love, and
Monday through Thursday,
person coming to do this help do produce prepara-
8:00 am to 2:00 pm. hope in the face of a global crisis.
job on your day. If interested tion if you finish the soup
please contact General Co- kitchen tasks early. On-the-
Plastic Recycling ordinator Jessica Robinson workslot training with Eric Daniel Metzgar (director, producer, editor, and
Drivers at firstname.lastname@example.org receiving coordinator Hilton photographer) is an award winning filmmaker, who was
Wednesday, or drop by the Membership Horwitz. Help the cooks at nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for his
time to be arranged. Office to speak to her. the soup kitchen get a head direction of The Chances. Eric also works as a freelance
The Plastics Recycling start in their efforts to feed
cinematographer. He has shot for Edet Belzberg (Oscar-
Squads are looking for dri- Soup Prep the hungry.
nominated director of Children Underground), Dana Adam
vers to transport plastic Friday, 7:00 to 9:45 am Shapiro (Oscar-nominated director of Murderball), and
recycling collected at the Do you have a strong social Steven Cantor (Oscar-nominated director of Blood Ties:
Coop to the recycling plant conscience? Do you hate
in Brooklyn. Drivers needed The Life and Work of Sally Mann).
waste? You can help the
to work Wednesday during Coop rescue slightly dam- Read more at: www.TheChancesOfTheWorldChanging.com
the daytime. The time can aged food and turn it into and www.MerigoldMovingPictures.com
be arranged with Jessica ingredients for nutritious FREE
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needs to be completed
and packing food by catego-
between the hours of 8:00 ry (vegetables, fruit, eggs, welcome
am to 3:00 pm when the milk, etc). You and a partner
Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop
Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY March 29, 2007 11
minutes of getting into the Coop was ten vegetables to compost and because we are so responsible with
more important than a fire truck going babysat my children while I shopped. our recycling, compost, and childcare
CORRECTION on a call. “Oh I will just be a minute ...” But surely! I have had the most diffi- and because we only work in shifts of
and I am sure these are the same peo- cult month of all! Worse than any of less than three hours, it takes about
TO THE EDITOR: ple who would raise hell regarding the the other twelve thousand people! 400 people every day to work at the
The Environmental Committee has response time if it was their emer- Instead of paying the higher prices at Coop. With such an incredible
a correction to the February 15, 2007 gency. I think that stronger measures a regular grocery store, they should amount of work, there’s an incredible
article on solar energy. The article are in order here. If someone prevents invite me to take advantage of their domino effect when shifts are under-
stated that if solar energy were used, the engine from going on a call they time and labor, so much less valuable staffed. I think the reasoning behind
“The Coop would also be contributing should be removed from the Coop. than my own! the makeup policy really holds true:
less toward global warming because A truly embarrassed Coop member, Did you know? scheduled work is twice as valuable as
electricity generated by solar energy Roberta Nelson • You can pick up a list of people unscheduled work.
does not produce carbon dioxide (CO who do a similar shift to yours, on the Thanks for reading. Thanks for want-
2), a greenhouse gas.” Since the Coop same day of the week, with their ing good food at a good price. I write
is currently using 100% wind power as SEED OF A phone numbers, making it really easy here only in my own self-interest: I
an energy choice, there is no carbon to contact a likely substitute. want the Coop to exist, and I want it to
dioxide generated by our energy use. If
NEW IDEA • If you arrange for a substitute in continue to function as a store. It takes
solar panels were installed, they advance and that person doesn’t do work, but I think it’s worth it.
would serve to lessen our use of ener- DEAR EDITOR, your shift, but you hold up your end of Fellow member,
gy from the New York State grid, as we I am a Coop member and an avid the bargain and do their shift, YOU Amber Wiley
would be generating some of our own gardener. My daughter and I garden get credit.
power. Solar panels generate the max- with the children in our neighbor- • If you usually come to your shift
imum electricity precisely when the hood, who have also become avid gar- but have an emergency and can’t POET’S (CATTY)
regional electric grid faces the great- deners. I would like to suggest that make it this one time, almost any
est demand, during sunny summer Coop members be allowed to volun- squad leader will only give you one
afternoons, potentially reducing the teer with our kids’ gardening club, makeup.
chances of future blackouts. But as far “Grow Baby Grow!” as part of their • If you really had a terrible month TO THE EDITOR:
as greenhouse gases, the Coop has work shift. Many of these children and really couldn’t make it to your Leon Freilich is, I’m sure,
already made a commitment to wind come from poor families, and many shift and really couldn’t do a makeup, A very nice man, and not a bore,
power to ensure that we do not con- are new immigrants. Gardening you can ask in the office for a one- Though you’d never know it from
tribute to global warming. Further- brings such joy to them, and it brings month extension on your makeup and reading his poems,
more, the Environmental Committee us more joy to watch them plant their still shop. A painful process that engenders
and Joe Holtz have put together a seeds as they cheer them on to grow. More Members = More Shoppers = long moans.
team to do an energy audit of Coop, I know the Coop helps the soup More Inventory = More Work. Did I There’s a pressing need for what we
making sure we conserve as much as kitchen in Park Slope, but we sure mention that there are 12,000 mem- don’t have yet
possible. could use help teaching kids on our bers? Remember the part in orienta- A poetry editor at the Gazette!
Cynthia Blayer block about tree pits, composting, the tion when they told you that the Len Neufeld
Environmental Committee environment, growing organic food, Coop, on average, sells and restocks
and so many other topics. the entire inventory every eight or
Is this possible? And how do I go nine days? Every single box of cereal ISSUE CRITIQUE
BLOCKING THE about doing this? gets moved from a truck to the base-
Thank you, ment to the shelf through the check- DEAR EDITORZ:
FIREHOUSE Eman Rashid out EVERY WEEK. Some notes from the March 1st
Shopping at the best grocery store issue:
GREETINGS … in New York—with great food at great “Notes to the Plant Doctor: Read-
I have to say that I was ashamed to HOW THINGS WORK prices—is a privilege we create for ing about the Botanical Gardens” by
be a Coop member when I read that ourselves by doing the work our- Wally Konrad; we would appreciate
members of the Coop were blocking TO ALL THE MEMBER- selves. By joining the Coop, you agree any advice about our narrow backyard
the firehouse. The fact that I did not WORKER-SHOPPERS: that you will do some work. The coor- garden.
know this problem exists shows that I I’m a regular old member of the dinators are there to help make sure Specifically, what are the pros and
can have my head in the sand, but Coop. I do my work shift, I shop for that people are scheduled to work cons of removing the gravel and the
after reading about it in the Linewaiters’ groceries. I don’t go to General Meet- when work needs to get done. insulating sheet under it? It is some
Gazette I surfaced. I find it an uncon- ings, don’t take classes, and I rarely Because we move so much inventory
scionable act of self entitlement. That read the Gazette. I picked up the issue for so many member-shoppers, CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
someone would think that their few with the “Green Building Supply
Store” on the front because I’ve been LETTERS POLICY
curious about where these places are
hidden. I was very frustrated to see a We welcome letters from members. Fairness
Member Contribution huge article that seemed to be heavily Submission deadlines appear in the In order to provide fair, comprehen-
against the current two-for-one make- Coop Calendar. All letters will be sive, factual coverage:
up policy. printed if they conform to the pub- 1. The Gazette will not publish
HANKIPUS-PANKIPUS What did I read? lished guidelines. We will not know- hearsay—that is, allegations not
COMPLEX • One-for-one instead of two-for- ingly publish articles which are racist, based on the author's first-hand
New evidence confirms that one: I’m supposed to come to my sexist or otherwise discriminatory observation.
Sigmund Freud had an affair work shift, but if I don’t, well … what- The maximum length for letters is 2. Nor will we publish accusations
with his wife’s younger sister, ever … some other time. 500 words. Letters must include your that are not specific or are not sub-
Minna. —front page article, • It’s really inconvenient to have to name and phone number and be stantiated by factual assertions.
The New York Times come to the Coop and do my work- typed or very legibly handwritten. Edi- 3. Copies of submissions that make
shift: I said I would come, but it’s just tors will reject letters that are illegible substantive accusations against spe-
Though he married Martha, too much trouble. But I would totally or too long. cific individuals will be given to those
come, like, you know, some other You may submit on paper, typed or persons to enable them to write a
Freud’s thoughts were of Minna time. I’m certain that there are plenty very legibly handwritten, or via email response, and both submissions and
And the ardent love life of other people who will come and do to GazetteSubmissions@psfc.coop or response will be published simultane-
my work for me. on disk. ously. This means that the original
That coulda binna. • It’s really inconvenient to do submission may not appear until the
But it’s never too late, makeup shifts: I didn’t come when I Anonymity issue after the one for which it was
said I would. I thought I would just Unattributed letters will not be submitted.
So he took her on tours. come some other time, but geez, I published unless the Gazette knows The above applies to both articles
“I’ll show my unconscious sure am busy! It’s hard to come when I the identity of the writer, and there- and letters. The only exceptions will
have my shift, and it’s hard to come fore must be signed when submitted be articles by Gazette reporters which
If you show me yours,” any time at all. Doing a work shift is (giving phone number). Such letters will be required to include the
Said Sigmund to Minna, really just inconvenient. will be published only where a reason response within the article itself.
• It’s so awful to be suspended and is given to the editor as to why public
Turning inns into palaces not be able to shop just because I identification of the writer would
And proving the value couldn’t come and work! For four impose an unfair burden of embar-
weeks, twelve thousand other people rassment or difficulty. Such letters
Of psychoanalysis. came and emptied trucks and must relate to Coop issues and avoid
By Leon Freilich restocked shelves and made sure any non-constructive, non-coopera-
there were enough box cutters and tive language.
enough apple juice and took the rot-
12 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 more like a club than a real enter- they call themselves Generals! From
prise. How many members are there? our perspective, she was too much of a
kind of black fabric or mesh. The grav- How much do they get paid? How can general, standing at the doors of too about Junior’s Restaurant by Leon
el was installed several years ago and 100% of the fees go to the workers? If many committees. Now the Gazette and Freilich. Paid ad? Any publication
we just realized that the insulation Jill Birnbaum and Ilka Perez aren’t other committees will be more acces- should make clear what is an ad and
under it, not the gravel itself, was paid, how can the enterprise be sus- sible to members. Also revealed, what is some kind of lame spoof.
what prevented anything from grow- tainable? If workers only get one or “Generals” can bank workslots, thir- To Brad, our colleague in the New
ing. We like the natural ground and two jobs a year, what keeps them teen per year, for every year they are York Labor Chorus: You said our letter
what grows in it, except Ailanthus and going to the meetings? Is Ms. Birn- generals. Not only that, but “… I will to the March 1 issue was one of the
brambles and perhaps other unpleas- baum’s salary paid by the Center for also bank a couple of FTOP shifts for few that was coherent. We say that
ant plants. We are not gardeners, but Family Life, her employer? How can a each of my kids & their families so they maybe we are people who can distin-
we like to clean up the twigs and trash serious journalist like Hayley Goren- can be members when they are in guish between form and content,
once or twice a year, sometimes sit berg write a piece that is so uncritical town,” she says. In addition to a life- between personalities and principles.
out there and maybe barbecue. and so lacking in focus and perspec- time pension granted for only ten Sincerely,
Hayley Gorenberg’s “Cleaning tive? years of work, don’t you think this is Albert B. Solomon
Cooperative” describes a group who Ann Pappert on Linda Wheeler (p. gilding the lily? Vote for me for the 718-768-9079, email@example.com
do cleaning collectively. It is great 3) is uncritical, though it reveals inter- Board of Directors again this year if I
they make decisions together and esting biographical details, such as choose to run—maybe this time we’ll Editor’s Note: Linda Wheeler was a general
have a “contract.” But unless some that Ms. Wheeler was a potter. Just have a chance. coordinator at the Coop for 26 years.
questions are answered this looks occurred to us, it is interesting that On Page 5, a box with a poem
You Own It!
T W E LV E T H I NG S M EM BE R S CA N D O TO H E LP T H E I R C O OP
• Help make respect and appreci- • If you see wrong prices, misla- • Help visitors to the Coop feel groceries, and our neighbors.
ation part of the Coop’s beled or misplaced merchan- welcome. Offer to give them a And NEVER block the firehouse.
ambiance. dise, let the Squad Leader or a tour.
• Post or distribute Coop flyers
working member know.
• Offer to help if you see it may be • Offer constructive suggestions. where you live or work. The Coop
needed. • Respect the Coop’s member Drop a note in the Coop mailbox office can supply you with as
labor system. Is every adult in for the Coordinators or a Coop many as you like.
• Pick up trash if you see it in the
your household a member? committee. Drop a note to the
store or in front of the Coop and • Tell a friend about what a great
Shop for your household or produce buyer in the wall pocket
report and/or help clean up Coop we have!
other Coop members only. in the produce area. Write in the
Remember, our costs are low Shopping Committee Feedback Book.
• Help protect the Coop, its because of member labor. Write a letter to the Gazette. The Adapted from Gentle Strength Times, Gentle
property and its people. If you Coop welcomes ideas!
• Be informed. Read the Linewait- Strength Food Coop, Tempe AZ.
notice shoplifting or other
ers’ Gazette. Come to General • Leave the street in front of the
irregularities, please tell the
Meetings and other Coop Coop clear for deliveries,
squad leader or a coordinator.
meetings. members picking up their
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Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY Mrach 29, 2007 13
Friday, March 30 and
Saturday, March 31
The following programs will happen within
four days of publication of this issue. For full
ads, please look at the March 1 or 15 issues
or pick up copies of the flyers in the Coop.
Fri, Mar 30
7:30 Choosing a Sleep Away Camp
for your Child with Carl Makower,
Beth Schneider and Stephanie
Sat, Mar 31
4:00 SOHO (Small Office Home Office):
A Great Place to Live and Work
with Lalita Brockington
12:00 Alexander Technique Workshop
with Sigal Bergman
Photo by Rebecca Grant
WITH MORAIMA SUAREZ
Is there someone you need to forgive?
Holding on to feelings of hurt, guilt, resentment,
blame, anger and the need to punish binds up a lot
of your own energy and keeps you locked in the past,
instead of being fully present.
The Forgiveness Process allows you to release
these negative feelings and completes your own healing.
• Forgive yourself and others
• Focus and use the power of unconditional love
• Align your head and your heart
• Use the power and energy of love to relieve stress
• Participate in a group unconditional love meditation
Moraima Suarez is a Coop member, certified Holoenergetic ® Healing
Practitioner, certified Bowen Therapist, and Reiki practitioner. She has studied
and practiced the healing arts for over 20 years and her healing practice in
the Park Slope vicinity.
FREE Saturday, April 21
Non-members welcome 2–4:00 p.m. at the Coop
Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop
14 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
To Submit Classified or Display Ads:
Ads may be placed on behalf of Coop members only. Classified ads are prepaid at $15 per inser-
tion, business card ads at $30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial” category are free.) All
ads must be written on a submission form. Classified ads may be up to 315 characters and spaces.
Display ads must be camera-ready and business card size (2" x 3.5" horizontal).
Submission forms are available in a wallpocket near the elevator in the entrance lobby.
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A warm welcome to these new Coop members who have joined us in the last two weeks. We’re glad you’ve decided to be a part of our community.
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16 March 29, 2007 Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
Welcome Spring with the Park Slope Food Coop!
Celebrate Spring WITH THE
Park Slope Civic Council
The Old Stone House and Park Slope Parents
Saturday, April 21 Earth Day
A Special FTOP Opportunity for Members
as the Park Slope Food Coop again joins in Partnership with
the Park Slope Civic Council for their Semi-Annual Neighborhood “Sweep”
• To sign up for FTOP work credit, call the Coop during office hours.
• Coop shifts are 10:00 am –12:00 pm, 11:00 am–1:00 pm & 12:00–2:00 pm
• Meet at JJ Byrne Park, Fifth Avenue and Third Street
• Cancelations will NOT be accepted after 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 20
And when the work is done, join the party:
a festival of fun family activities in JJ Byrne Park, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
for arts & crafts, music & singing, seed planting. Laugh, play, be silly.