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 Co-op Community                                        FOOD CO OP

April 2009             NEWS
 Shop             GREEN at the Co-op
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                                                           The Co-op proudly cel-
                                                          ebrates the Grand Opening
                                                          of its new Cordata location
                                                          and Earth Day. Be sure to
                                                          be at the Cordata Co-op
                                                          with family and friends!
315 Westerly Road                                         1:00 pm—
   (at the corner of                                      • Native blessing, store
  Cordata Pkwy and                                          dedication and apprecia-
     Westerly Rd)                                           tion, and musical perfor-
                                                               mance by Bellingham
                                                                Arts Academy for
                                                                 Followed by—
                                                                 • Earth Day Info Fair
                                                          •   Softrock KAFE live
                                                          •   Drawing for a North
                                                              Cascades Institute 3-day
                                                              family getaway for
                                                              2 adults and 2 children
                                                              (an $800 value)
                                                          •   $2 barbeque
                                                          •   Popcorn
                                                          •   Samples from local
                                                          •   Scavenger hunt
  In This Issue:                                          •   Seed planting
 Reducing & Recycling Waste—Page 5
 CSA Farms—Page 9                                         •   Bellingham Circus Guild
                                                          •   Kids can make their own
                                                              juggling balls
  Co-op Community              march 11, 2009
 is published 11 times a       Board of directors meeting summary
       year by the             Jean Rogers, Board Administrator
 Community Food Co-op                                                                                                                        the Co-op Board of directors
    1220 N Forest St.             The Board approved a resolution autho-         GM evaluation. The goal is to make sure
 Bellingham WA 98225           rizing Board Vice-Chair Jo Ann McNerth-           that the Board has an effective GM evalu-                         Meetings are on the
      360-734-8158             ney and General Manager Jeff Voltz to have        ation process that is completed in a timely,               second Wednesday of every month.
                               the joint authority to sign final loan docu-      consistent manner each year, preceding the                           next meeting:
 Co-op Community News          ments for the Cordata Equipment Loan, not         renewal of the GM contract.                                    Wednesday, April 8, at 7 pm
 is published as a service     to exceed $1,250,000, and Building Loan,             The Board also discussed the agenda for                     Co-op Connection Building
for members. Letters from      not to exceed $4,650,000, with Whatcom            the Annual Meeting, adding some addi-                              1200 N. Forest St.
  members are welcome          Educational Credit Union.                         tional time for question and answer periods
  (see guidelines below).         The Board then reviewed the process for        after the Candidates’ Forum and the State of                  Members are welcome to attend.
 The deadline for submis-      determining whether monitoring reports are        the Co-op. There will also be time directly              If there is something you want to discuss
sions of letters is 8 pm on    in compliance, and fine-tuned their system        after the meeting for member-owners to talk                   at the meeting, contact Jeff Voltz,
    the 5th of the month       for approving the reports. The group also         with the candidates, Co-op managers, and                   General Manager (360-734-8158) or
  preceding publication.       reviewed the current consensus process in         Annual Meeting speaker.                                 JoAnn McNerthney, Vice Chair (360-441-
                               preparation for new Board members com-               Complete minutes for this, and all Board           2728) by the first Monday of the month so your
          editor:                                                                                                                            item can be included on the agenda.
      Diana Campbell           ing on next month. The process is gener-          meetings, and a complete copy of the gov-
                               ally working well. Board Facilitator Holly        erning policies are available at the service                         general manager:
   design/production:          O’Neil asked the group to fill out an evalua-     desk. You can also find complete minutes              Jeff Voltz                    360-734-8158
      Joanne Plucy             tion of her facilitation, in case there are any   of the Board meetings posted on the Co-op
                                                                                                                                                    Board of directors:
                               areas for improvement.                            website at
     Opinions expressed in                                                                                                             Philip Buri, Chair            360-752-1500
                                  Next the Board continued a discussion             The first 10 minutes of every Board meet-
   the Co-op Community                                                                                                                 Jo Ann McNerthney, Vice-Chair 360-441-2728
                               about the process for evaluating the Co-op’s      ing are reserved for member input. Our next
 News are those of the au-                                                                                                             Karen Thomas                  360-650-1397
                               General Manager. The group agreed to add          meeting will be held on April 8 at 7 pm in
thors and do not necessar-                                                                                                             Jayme Rios                    360-393-5121
                               a policy stating that the Executive Commit-       the Co-op Connections Building. Hope to
 ily represent those of the                                                                                                            David Given-Seymour           360-527-0598
                               tee shall establish the Board calendar for the    see you there.
  Co-op Board, manage-                                                                                                                 Brent Harrison                360-398-7509
                               year, including a process and timeline for
  ment, staff or members.                                                                                                              Chuck Robinson                360-734-7567
  Nutrition and health in-                                                                                                             Brooks Dimmick                360-758-7610
 formation is provided for
  informational purposes       Dear Co-op Community News,                                 Letters                                      Steven Harper
                                                                                                                                                         store hours:

only and is not meant as a                                                                                                                            open 7 days a week
 substitute for a consulta-       I dislike high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) also [see article on pg                                                     7 am to 9 pm
tion with a licensed health    3, March 2009 Co-op Community News], but in the interest of see-
                                                                                                                                                    swan Café & deli hours
   or dietary practitioner.    ing the opposing viewpoint, see this article on HFCS Mercury Study                                                       7 am to 8 pm
Acceptance of advertising      Seriously Flawed and Outdated at
does not indicate endorse-     and-press/press-releases/hfcs-mercury-study-fails-standards. It is un-                                             Visit us on the Web at
 ment by the Co-op of the      derstandable how their “facts” would support their industry. I just wish that they would not           
product or service offered.    put it [HFCS] in so many products.
                                                                                                                                                         our Vision
                               Jim Lyons
                                                                                                                                        A just and livable world with cooperatively
                               Co-op member                                                                                               owned enterprise as a cornerstone of a
                                 [Editorial note: The website is run by the Corn Refiners Association, a national trade as-                        sustainable economy.
                               sociation for the U.S. corn refining industry.]                                                                          our mission
                                                                                                                                          A consumer-owned grocery store serving
                                                                                                                                         our community with quality products and
                                                                                                                                                  honest information.
                               Co-op Illumination                                                                                                       our Values
  Letters to the editor
       guidelines                                                                                                                          We are committed to maintaining the
                                 So many aspects of our new Cordata              about $1,000, and Paul                                 economic viability of the Co-op in order to:
 Letters must include your     store reflect beauty along with a local           Enfield, project manager                                   Promote cooperative ownership by
   name, address, and a        connection. If you haven’t noticed the            for the Cordata Store                                      fostering member involvement and
  daytime phone number.
                               beautiful glass lights installed as part of       project, purchased and                                        responding to member needs.
Please respect a maximum
   of 150 words. Due to        the décor, take a look next time you’re           provided the hardware                                   Build community by respecting diversity
 space considerations, we      near the checkstands. These lights were           valued at $500.                                          and cultivating connections within the
regret that we may not be      created by, whose local              Thanks to both of them for their cre-                     Co-op and Whatcom County.
able to publish all letters.   shop is on the Guide Meridian in Laurel,          ativity and generosity in adding a warm
                               just 5 miles north of the store. Owner                                                                    Encourage informed choices by educating
                                                                                 glow to our beautiful new store.                       ourselves and our community around issues
Please send your letters to:   Brian Maher donated the glass valued at
                                                                                                                                        of food, healthy lifestyles, the environment,
    Newsletter Editor                                                                                                                                and human rights.
 Co-op Community News
    1220 N Forest St.                                                                                                                     Model ethical business and employment
  Bellingham WA 98225                                                                                                                    practices by acting with honesty, integrity,        third thursday Local music series                                                                              and respect in the workplace

                                 Cabin Fever nW—Organic, soul-filled, feminine folk                                                                   and marketplace.
                                                                                                                                             Promote a sustainable economy by
       new                       Thursday, April 16, 6–8 pm                                                                               supporting organic and sustainable food
                                                                                                                                         production and other environmentally and

      member                     swan Café, downtown Co-op                                                                                 socially responsible businesses locally,
                                                                                                                                                  regionally, and nationally.

       tour                        Recent winners of the People’s Choice
                                award at the 2008 Winter Folk Festival
      new to the                in Florence, Oregon, performances by
                                                                                                                                              think spring
                                Cabin Fever NW, the duo of Dianne
                                Bochsler and Tara Wolfe, have met exu-
                                berant audiences across the northwest.                                                                         gardening
      We offer new              Their music is welcoming and acces-
                                sible, with exquisite harmonies and ar-                                                                        Look for organic
      member tours
                                                                                                                                                vegetable and
                                rangements. Cabin Fever’s songs cover
     tailored to your           the range of human emotion, and their
  individual needs and          lyrics are infused with nostalgia and feel-                         Photo courtesy of Cabin Fever NW

   interests. to set up         ing. Reviewer Gary Allen, editor of Nash-        obviously been listening to a lot of fine                           herb starts at
    your tour, contact          ville’s The Music City Beat says, “Excel-        bluegrass, old-time, and folk musicians,”
   Laura steiger—call           lent! I went around humming ‘Give Me
                                That Kiss’ for days. Your songs are great
                                                                                 says producer Ginny Snowe.
                                                                                    Cabin Fever NW delivers an unex-                                  both Co-op
                                and the singing is Simon & Garfunkle             pected and delicious vocal blend, like hot
    or email lauras@
                                tight. You have a very natural and pleasing      sauce and ice cream, served with a side                                locations.
                                sound and I wouldn’t change a thing.”            of rhythm guitar and claw-hammer banjo
           coop.                   “These women aren’t trying to write           in the comfort of the Downtown Co-op’s
                                songs like someone else, though they have        Swan Café. Hope to see you there.

  2     Co-op Community News, April 2009
spanish ag entrepreneur Workshops
   The WSU Northwest Research               farm business. The course encourages
and Extension Center at Mount Ver-
non is recruiting
                                            diversified organic production and di-
                                                           rect sales through farm-                                                       Volunteer Thanks
participants for a                                         ers markets and CSAs.
new educational                                            The series is appropriate                                                     We want to express gratitude to
series, Agricultural                                       for small farm owners                                                        our regular volunteers who help
Entrepreneurship                                           who seek to increase                                                         ensure that store operations and
and Business Plan-
ning in Spanish,
                                                           their earnings as well as
                                                           people without business
                                                                                            Co-op tree                                  Co-op programs are the best they
                                                                                                                                                     can be.
beginning the first                                        experience who dream             giveaway
week of April. The                                         of starting their own
program is a series                                        farms. Entrepreneurial           Saturday, April 4                                       Kate Birr
of 12 participatory                                        women, young farmers,            10 am until they’re gone                           nathan Chapman
workshops designed                                         and students are wel-                                                               rosalinda guillen
to ignite the entre-                                       come and encouraged to           at both our downtown
preneurial spirit of                                       attend. The 12 weekly            and Cordata stores                                     erika Jett
the Northwest’s La-                                        workshops will take                                                                   ellen murphy
tino farmers.                                              place in Mount Vernon,
   Participants will learn—through          from 6–9 pm. The exact dates, loca-                This year the Co-op is again                       Zoë plakias
practical activities, dialogue, and         tion, and cost will be announced soon.          giving away bare-root trees that
                                                                                            restore our ecosystems, have                        sharon souders
real examples—how to envision,                 For more information, contact Sarita
plan, finance, launch, manage, and          Role Schaffer at or           conservation applications, and                       analeise Volpe
sustain the growth of a profitable          206-914-7948.                                   help reduce the impact of carbon
                                                                                            emissions. Stop by early to get                       Jean Waight
                                                                                            yours—one per family. See our                        Carol Waugh
 sharing Community meals in                                                                 April sales flyer for details on the
                                                                                            trees available.                                      ZinaIzabelle
 Whatcom County
    Community Meal programs are a powerful way for us to join together and
 celebrate the basic foundation of a healthy community. Businesses, churches,
 service organizations, and individuals all contribute to making these community         garden in smaller Footprints:
 meals an ongoing success, and you are                                                   10 tips for a Low-Carbon garden
 welcome to join in the fun! No one needs
 to be hungry in Whatcom County.                                                         Eileen Stark, Natural Home Magazine

 Bellingham Community meals                                                              1. Cut the gas.
 Last Sunday of every month,                                                                Leaf blowers, lawn
 1:30–4:30 pm                                                                               mowers and weed-
 Assumption Church School Gym                                                               whackers use inef-
 2116 Cornwall Ave.                                                                         ficient, two-stroke
                                                                                            engines, which
    On the last Sunday of every month,                                                      exhaust as much as
 the Bellingham Community Meal                                                              30 percent of their
 Program serves a five-course, hot                                                          fuel mixture un-
 dinner to anyone who comes through                                                         burned. Instead, use
 the door. Since the program began in                                                       people-powered de-
 1983, it has been entirely run by vol-                                                     vices such as rakes,
 unteers and continues to grow. In Jan-                                                     brooms, push mow-
 uary, volunteers cooked and dished         Ferndale Community meals                        ers, hand clippers, and saws, and
 out an amazing 681 delicious roast         Selected Saturday mornings,                     skip the gym on lawn-care day.
 beef dinners. Everyone is invited to       10 am–12 pm                                                                                  house in summer, shelter wildlife,
 come and enjoy a meal, or volunteer        United Church of Ferndale                    2. pass on the grass.                           control erosion, and absorb tons of
 to have some fun serving great food        2034 Washington St., Ferndale                   Grass is a heavy consumer of la-             overly abundant carbon dioxide.
 to great people. Put the dates for these                                                   bor, money, and chemicals. Start             Choose deciduous trees for your
 dinners on your calendar: April 26,          There is also a community meal                trimming down grassy spaces by               home’s south side, so the winter
 May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30,       program in Ferndale. The dates for              growing native plants, evergreens,           sun can warm your home.
 September 27 and October 25.               those meals are: April 25, May 30,              or shrubs and adding rock features
    To volunteer, contact Kasey Potzler     June 27, July 18, August 22, Septem-            or other water-free landscaping.         7. Compost.
 at 360-647-5114 or 2kayaks@gmail.          ber 26, October 24, November 21,                                                            Using compost made from leaves,
 com. For more information about the        and December 19.                             3. go native.                                  yard clippings, and kitchen scraps
 program, contact Tutu Iverson at 360-        For more information or to volun-             Invasive species are taking hold            means you can buy less com-
 676-9399 or            teer, call 360-384-1422.                        of fragile natives in damaged               mercial fertilizer, eliminating the
                                                                                            ecosystems, affecting biodiversity          unnecessary cost as well as the
                                                                                            on a grand scale. You can help by           energy expended in its production,
                                                                                            planting low-maintenance natives,           packaging, and delivery.
 re sources for sustainable Communities                                                     which support local ecosystems
                                                                                            and require little water and zero        8. Buy secondhand garden tools.
 2009 Local environmental Heroes                                                            chemicals.                                  They work just as well and cost
                                                                                                                                        less. If you must buy new, look for
 Saturday, April 25, 7 pm, Leopold Crystal Ballroom                                      4. Cultivate edibles.                          products made with recycled ma-
 tickets $25                                                                                Almost every yard has space for a           terials, choose durable warrantied
                                                                                            small vegetable garden or mini-             options, and avoid plastic.
   For the seventh year, local envi-        Wenger, and David MacLeod. The                  orchard. Food gardens reduce
 ronmental education and advocacy           2009 Heroes will be honored at the              grassy areas, and eating home-           9. Buy garden supplies in Bulk.
 organization, RE Sources for Sustain-      seventh annual Environmental Heroes             grown provides fresher food and             Many garden stores sell bulk cover
 able Communities, celebrates local         Award Celebration, a fundraiser for             eliminates the fuel required to de-         crop seeds and other soil amend-
 people working for the environment         RE Sources’ environmental education             liver produce to your grocery store.        ments. Bring them home in all
 by naming their 2009 Environmental         programs. Sponsors for the 2009 En-                                                         those bags you’ve been meaning to
 Heroes. These heroes are members of        vironmental Heroes event are Kulshan         5. Lighten Up.                                 reuse.
 the community who have dedicated           Cycles, The Markets LLC, Rice Insur-            Solar outdoor light fixtures are
 their careers and often their lives to     ance, LLC, and Village Books. The               now widely available. For existing       10. recycle old Lawn and garden
 protecting the environment. Heroes         event will feature live music, appetiz-         fixtures, use efficient bulbs. Install       tools.
 are nominated through an open com-         ers, and a cash bar. Tickets are available      adjustable motion sensors on porch           Give them away to a local charity
 munity nomination process, and then        at Kulshan Cycles, The RE Store, Vil-           lights so they pop on only when              or on craigslist.
 selected by a group that includes          lage Books, or by calling RE Sources at         needed.
 prior heroes along with members of         360-733-8307.                                                                              Reprinted from Natural Home maga-
 RE Sources’ board and staff.                  For more information, contact Me-         6. think and plant Big.                     zine, published by Ogden Publications.
   RE Sources’ 2009 Environmental           gan Artz at RE Sources at 360-733-              Plant as many large trees as your        For more information, see www.natur-
 Heroes are Mike and Elaine McRory,         8307,, or                 site will allow. They’ll cool your
 Gordon Scott, Kyle Morris, Barry           visit

                                                                                                                           Co-op Community News, April 2009             3
                         Community shopping day organization

                         Food to Bank on
                         Robin Elwood, CCN Staff

   What if there was an organization            sale rates to grow
formed to support people who were               food for the Bell-
starting local farms? What if someone           ingham Food Bank.
paid farmers wholesale price to grow            More recently, the
organic food for the local food banks           bounty has spread
and shelters? What if a group of expe-          to several smaller
rienced farmers got together to teach           social services. Cur-
new farmers about the business?                 rent beneficiaries
   Turns out, a single organization’s           include Womencare
project already does all these things!          Shelter, the YWCA,
As their mission statement describes            Lydia Place, Sean
it, “Food To Bank On connects begin-            Humphery House, the
ning sustainable farms with training,           Lighthouse Mission,
mentors, and market support while               Maple Alley Inn,
providing fresh high-quality food to            and food banks in
Whatcom’s hungry.” Nearly two dozen             Ferndale, the Deming
farms have graduated from the pro-              foothills, and Skagit
gram, and Whatcom food banks have               County.
received $50,000 in fresh produce                  Mike Cohen, direc-
from these farmers since the programs’          tor of the Bellingham                                     The Elsworth family gathers at their Highwater Farm.
inception.                                      Food Bank, reflected
   Food To Bank On (FTBO) was                   on FTBO’s move
                                                to other donation sites when I spoke         they’ve also developed contacts and              mentors have the chance to offer ad-
founded in 2003 by the Community
                                                with him last fall. “It works better that    niche markets that enable their busi-            vice and assistance.
Food Co-op’s Farm Fund in coopera-
                                                way.” He said. “Due to the volume of         ness to succeed.”                                   One of the best things for the men-
tion with the local nonprofit Sustain-
                                                food we receive and distribute each             Food To Bank On’s roster for 2009             toring farmers is the workshop series.
able Connections. As the program has
                                                week, sometimes the Food To Bank             includes 11 farmers: the largest class           Originally, much of the mentoring was
developed, Sustainable Connections
                                                On produce was absorbed almost with-         ever. Amber Dawn was particularly                focused on one-on-one hands-on farm-
has become its permanent home.
                                                out a trace in our warehouse. But, a         pleased about the growing variety                ing techniques such as building better
Sustainable Connections works with
                                                donation to a program like Sean Hum-         of agricultural producers. As in past            soil. In the past two years, however,
almost 700 local businesses, helping
                                                phrey house and sites like that is more      years, a traditional assortment of               the specific needs of participants have
to foster their successful contribu-
                                                comparable in scale, so it’s a better fit.   mixed vegetables is represented. How-            diverged, reflecting the wider variety
tion to Whatcom County’s economy.
                                                It makes a bigger difference.”               ever, new participants this year also            of crops. Amber Dawn explains, “As
Their vision calls for an economy built
                                                   Amber Dawn Hallet, program direc-         offer some expanded types of agricul-            the program has diversified, we’ve
on sustainable practices that lead to
                                                tor of FTBO, agreed. “Each farmer            ture.                                            developed group sessions focused on
“Strong Community, Healthy Environ-
                                                can establish a wonderful connection            Backwoods Farm raises chickens to             what all participants have in com-
ment, Meaningful Employment, and
                                                with a good organization that provides       harvest organic eggs. Wild Root Bo-              mon—the need for good business
Buying Local First.” In addition to
                                                food to people in need, and can see          tanicals craft herbal teas. La Paz Farm          planning.”
FTBO, Sustainable Connection’s Food
                                                how their food makes a difference.           grows flowers. Cascadia Mushrooms                   “Every other week through the
& Farming Program coordinates pub-
                                                Meanwhile, the program has grown in          cultivates gourmet, medicinal, and               winter months, we meet at a different
lic Eat Local events, publishes Food
                                                scale every year. We’re still deliver-       exotic mushrooms. Current farms also             mentor’s home and focus on aspects of
and Farm Finder, and helps local farms
                                                ing to food banks, but every year we         showcase many innovative growing                 a 2-to-5 year business plan. Each men-
connect with restaurants and retailers
                                                find more outlets and markets for local      techniques and business arrangements:            tor leads a session, based on their in-
through trade meetings and chef farm
                                                agriculture. The beauty of it is that as     permaculture-grown flowers, farm-                terests and strengths. During the most
                                                these farmers graduate many continue         worker-owned cooperative produce,                recent winter, workshops included fi-
   During its initial years, Food to
                                                to bring food to the food banks, but         biodynamic veggies, and organic poul-            nancial planning, effective marketing,
Bank On paid program farmers whole-
                                                                                             try and eggs.                                    farm and crop planning, and develop-
                                                                                                Food To Bank On provides all these            ing clear visions of the future.”
                                                                                             start-up farms with a guaranteed mar-               These aspects of local agriculture
                                                                                             ket for the season, as well as a variety         represent the type of strategic thinking
                                                                                             of trainings and resources. By paying            that is hard to accomplish in the midst
                                                                                             them to grow food for these local shel-          of the growing season, and Amber
                                                                                             ters and food banks, FTBO reduces                Dawn was enthusiastic about the com-
                                                                                             the uncertainty of sales and gives the           munal nature of the meetings.
                                                                                             farmers a hands-on chance to improve                “What a great way for the mentor
                                                                                             their skills. Meanwhile, peers and               and beginning farmers to develop ties
                                                                                                                                              and share information. It’s amazing
                                                                                                                                              how the mentoring farmers commit to
                                                                                                                                              training their own competition. They
                                                                                                                                              want local production to improve and
                                                                                                                                              to expand, so that the agricultural heri-
                                                                                                                                              tage of Whatcom County lives on.”
                                                                                                                                                           Photos courtesy of Sustainable Connections

                                                                                                                           satUrday, april 18
                                                                                                             support Whatcom Food to Bank on on saturday,
                                                                                                          april 18, when this organization will receive two percent of
         The Hilton family of Backwoods Farm with a few of their egg-laying hens.                                        the day’s sales at the Co-op.

                                                                                              2009 Community Shopping Day Schedule
                  Community Shopping Days                                                     January 17          GRADS Teen Parent Program
                                                                                              February 21         Community to Community Development (C2C)
                                                                                              March 21            LAW Advocates
 What is a Csd?                                                                               April 18            Food to Bank On, Sustainable Connections
 Each year the Co-op invites organizations to apply for a Community Shopping                  May 16              Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY)
 Day (CSD). This year organizations were selected for their service to our com-               June 20             United for National Health Care (UNHC)
 munity in the following areas: Community Health and Social Justice, Ecological               July 18             Children’s Cooperative Preschool (CCP)
 Issues, Education, Food & Sustainable Agriculture, Health and Well-Being, and                August 15           Womencare Shelter
 Peace and Human Rights. The Co-op’s Member Affairs Committee (MAC) re-                       September 19        Chuckanut Conservancy
 views and recommends 12 organizations, and the Board of Directors gives                      October 17          Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
 final approval. For more information, contact Laura Steiger at 360-734-8158,                 November 21         Leadership Whatcom, Whatcom Coalition for Healthy                                                                                          Communities
                                                                                              December 19         Home Port Learning Center
 4     Co-op Community News, April 2009
reducing and recycling Waste at the Co-op
Erica Dudrow, CCN Staff
   Just yesterday, I overheard a custom-
er say that she was “sick of the waste”
                                              don’t degrade at the same rate as other
                                              compostables. Even though curbside
                                                                                            responsibly dispose of things such as
                                                                                            batteries, light bulbs, computers, etc.,
and that she wanted to stop purchas-          options don’t really exist for recycling      with articles in our monthly newsletter
ing things that were just going to the        plastic bags, a drop off bin like the one     and information posted in both stores.
landfill. I took the opportunity to tell      we have at our downtown store means           Sustainable Connections also posts               Members who volunteer for
her that we are working hard at the Co-       that our business can pay a minimal fee       up-to-date information on their website       Co-op activities or events re-
op to address waste and look at ways          and have those bags recycled with our         ( about recycling and safe       ceive one $5 coupon each time
that staff as well as shoppers can make       other plastic bags.                           disposal, as well as how to start reduc-      they volunteer for ½ hour or
more informed choices.                           Recycling gives things a second,           ing waste in your business.
   The Co-op’s Staff Council put mov-         sometimes much longer and useful                 Currently the Co-op offers organic
                                                                                                                                          more. Stop by the service desk
ing toward zero waste at the top of           life, whereas once they are composted,        cotton bags for use in our produce and        to fill out a volunteer applica-
their agenda this year. Over                                they may have been used         bulk Departments. We are conscious of         tion and look for volunteer
the years, we have made                                     just once. Many recycled        buying local and organic to reduce our        sign-up sheets for upcoming
many needed improve-                  Recycling             plastic bags end up being       carbon footprint and our new Cordata          special events.
ments on how we deal with                                   reused as pier blocks or in     store is designed to be more energy and
                                    gives things
waste, from plastic recy-                                   public parks as walkways        water efficient. Many of our employees
cling to using Sanitary Ser-          a second,             or kids’ climbing equip-        use alternative means of transporta-                 mailing parties
vice Corporation’s (SSC)                                    ment. The sticking point        tion to get to and from work and we              Due to the success of the Co-
Food Plus bins in our cafes          sometimes              with bags is that they must     are involved in WTA Smart Trips. We           op’s new member campaign, we
and throughout the store.           much longer             be clean to be efficiently      recycle any and every thing that can be       have some large new member
Recently the council was                                    recycled.                       recycled, compress waste in our gar-
fortunate to have Rodd                and useful              In fact, as with all re-      bage and Food Plus dumpsters, clean           mailings to prepare. Please let
Pemble of SSC come talk                                     cycling, clean sorting is       and sort waste, and reuse paper when-         us know if you want to be added
about the basics of recy-                                   of utmost importance.           ever we can. At Co-op events such as          to the on-call list to participate
cling, compost, reusable                                    Large amounts of bacterial      our annual meeting and party, our sum-        in upcoming envelope stuffing
alternatives, and how to                                    growth can contaminate an       mer party, and our upcoming Cordata
                                                                                                                                          gatherings at the Cordata store.
efficiently manage garbage. We talked         entire batch of recycling. This is even       Grand Opening celebration we strive to
about an interesting aspect of waste—         more true for cardboard and paper bags        achieve zero-waste. We offer an Eco-
how we can reduce the amount of air in        because of their organic nature. Nearly       Saver card that rewards shoppers for                   april event
our garbage cans, dumpsters, and other        all plastics are recyclable now, even         re-using their own bags (cloth, paper,          Want to help out with our
waste bins by simply compressing the          plastic lids and plastic bottle tops, so      or other) and containers, and a 10-cent       April 26 Cordata Grand Opening
waste. It’s important to understand that      they no longer need to go into the trash      discount is available for bringing in
we pay by volume, but if we compress                                                                                                      and Earth Week Celebration? It
                                              while the bottle itself gets recycled.        your own coffee or tea cup.
our waste, we might be able to use a          One thing to remember is that we must            We are growing more conscious              promises to be a fun afternoon!
smaller container and reduce our costs.       always weigh the amount of energy             every day of the myriad ways—from             See event info on the newsletter
We also learned how landfills function        used to bring a product to market ver-        shutting off our computers and lights         cover.
versus recycling centers versus big           sus the material it’s made of. For in-        at the end of the day to dreaming of
compost centers like the one that Food        stance, the less impact a product has in      putting a living roof on the Cordata
Plus goes to.                                 its origin and the amount of energy it        store—that we can make a difference,
                                                                                                                                             ongoing store needs
   At the Co-op, we use plastic bags,         took to get it to us the better, even if it   raise the standard, and be an example            Our Co-op runs well due to
such as the ones that we offer in the         is recyclable but not compostable.            and a good steward for our community.         the diligence of a great group
produce and bulk departments. While              There is also the issue of safe dispos-    We urge you to get involved, share            of volunteers. Check in for op-
we considered switching to com-               al of many other toxic household items.       your suggestions on how your Co-op            portunities to help out at either
postable or biodegradable bags, the is-       The Co-op provides free information           can do even more, and then go out and
sue with compostable bags is that they        to the public about where to safely and       be an example for others.                     store with bulletin boards, bulk
                                                                                                                                          food areas, maintaining reusable
                                                                                                                                          containers, and more.

  Call for Change at Usda                                                                                                                         Join the maC
                                                                                                            Secretary of Agriculture         The Member Affairs Commit-
    In late February, Food Democracy          farms which can ulti-                                        Tom Vilsack (left). Deputy
                                                                                                                                          tee (MAC) meets every month,
 Now!, a grassroots farm group fo-            mately increase the num-                                      Secretary of Agriculture
 cused on a healthy food system, met          ber of midsized farms,”
                                                                                                          Kathleen Merrigan (below).      usually on the last Wednesday
 with Secretary of Agriculture Tom            said co-founder Paul Wil-                                                                   from 5:15–7:15 pm, to consider
 Vilsack in his office at the U.S. De-        lis, an Iowa hog farmer                                                                     questions raised by our mem-
 partment of Agriculture to present a         and founder and manager                                                                     bers and to work on board and
 petition signed by more than 87,000          of Niman Ranch Pork Company.
                                                                                                                                          community-based activities. If
 Americans calling for sustainable               Members of the group were encour-
 change at the USDA.                          aged with the recent news that Presi-                                                       you are interested in joining the
    The petition was originally cre-          dent Obama had selected sustainable                                                         MAC, please call Jean Rogers at
 ated to ask then President-elect             food policy expert Kathleen Merrigan                                                        360-734-8158.
 Obama to consider candidates for the         as the next Deputy Secretary of Agri-
 secretary position with a grassroots         culture.
 background in promoting sustainable             Merrigan was a candidate on Food
                                                                                                                                                 Volunteer in the
 agriculture. Since former Iowa gov-          Democracy Now!’s Sustainable Dozen                                                                  Community
 ernor Tom Vilsack’s nomination, the          list and instrumental in the creation of                                                       Co-op members who volun-
 petition has grown to include a list of      the national organic standards. Cur-          will be important in implementing             teer with the Bellingham Food
 twelve candidates, known as the Sus-         rently the director of the Agriculture,       future change to return the USDA to           Bank, Small Potatoes Gleaning
 tainable Dozen, to fill the important        Food, and Environment MS and PhD              the People’s Department as originally
 undersecretary positions.                    Program at the Friedman School of             intended when created by President            Project, Whatcom Land Trust,
    “We’re confident that Secretary           Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts         Lincoln in 1862.                              Nooksack Salmon Enhancement
 Vilsack understands the major issues         University, Merrigan has previous                For more information, see www.             Association, or The Food Bank
 concerning agriculture in the 21st           USDA experience, serving as an ad-   Food De-                Farm are eligible for a $5 Co-op
 century. He recognizes the health,           ministrator of the Agricultural Market-       mocracy Now! is a grassroots move-            coupon. These organizations de-
 environmental, and energy problems           ing Service of the USDA during the            ment initiated by farmers, writers,
 that modern ag policy has helped cre-        Clinton administration.                       chefs, eaters, and policy advocates           termine how to distribute the set
 ate and is ready to find innovative so-         “Merrigan’s selection as deputy            who recognize the profound sense              amount of coupons they receive
 lutions to address these issues,” said       secretary is a bold choice and signals        of urgency in creating a new food             each month. Check with the or-
 Food Democracy Now! founder and              a significant shift in the conversation       system that is capable of meeting the         ganization you’re interested in
 director David Murphy.                       regarding agriculture. We believe that        changing needs of American society
                                                                                                                                          before volunteering.
    During the meeting, members of            she and Secretary Vilsack have the            as it relates to food, health, animal
 the group discussed important topics         capabilities to create a system that re-      welfare and the environment.
 including a nutritious, local school         flects the challenges of this century,”                                                          Contact Laura Steiger at
 lunch program and creating incen-            said Murphy.                                    For more on Kathleen Merrigan’s                360-734-8158 ext. 129 or
 tives for new and beginning farmers.            Food Democracy Now! plans to               appointment, see Organic Consumers   
    “Building a healthy, sustainable          continue to advocate around issues            Association at www.organicconsum-
 food system can provide opportu-             relating to sustainable agriculture and
 nities for new and existing family           believes the power of the grassroots

                                                                                                                               Co-op Community News, April 2009                5
  Backyard Beekeeping
   Bruce Vilders, WSU-Certified Beekeeper
   When you start backyard beekeep-         agree on is what exactly is causing
ing it’s amazing the transformation         honeybees from returning to their
that takes place. I used to be fairly       hives and thus killing off entire
oblivious to my natural surroundings        colonies.
(my wife will attest to this), especially      Colony Collapse should not be
when it came to gardens and anything        confused with the multitude of bee
that blooms. After I picked up beekeep-     diseases such as American Foul-
ing, I found I couldn’t keep my eyes        brood, dysentery, chalkbrood, or
off of flowers, plants, and all things      any of the other killers (like parasit-
green. Case in point was spring last        ic mites) that bees have to contend
year. Both of my daughters live in          with. CCD is something new and              They don’t come back to
Seattle and we often meet at Green          much more deadly on a greater scale.        their hive to die…they just
Lake to walk, roller-blade, and people-     The statistics show that more than one-     don’t come back, period.
watch. We met up on one of those            third of honeybees in the U.S. have         Sounds suspiciously like
warm spring days in which everything        died due to CCD within the past few         a loss of memory, as bees
was in blossom. Ev-                                               years. There are

                                                                                                                                                                                Photo courtesy of Bruce Vilders
                                                                                        have a natural ability to
ery plant and tree was                                            a lot of potential    fly up to five miles and
in its fullest glory. It                                          culprits and the      still be able to make an
was a spectacular day                                             world’s scientists    unerring beeline for home.
to watch people, but                                              and bee experts       Chemical interference in
I found myself going                                              are just now start-   that ability is a death knell
from blossom to blos-                                             ing to zero in on     for the bees. One recent
som in search of the                                              them. Deemed          scientific research report
honeybee. Surely on a                                             probable causes       said, “When combined,
warm spring day like                                              are the usual sus-    fungicides with neonicotinoids have a          Another way we try to offset these
this, the bees would be                                           pects—pesticides,     synergistic effect that is hundreds of      chemical bee killers is to plant a bee-
in full force (bees fly                                           fungicides, and       times more toxic than any of the pes-       friendly garden that allows for bees to
only when the tempera-                                            insecticides that     ticides individually” [J. Frazier: 236th    safely gather pollen and nectar. Spring
ture is over 55 degrees). But no, there     contain neonicotinoids.                     National Ameri-                                               is a good time to plant
wasn’t one honeybee to be found in the         When chemicals used in commercial        can Chemical                                                  huckleberries, flower-
three-mile circumference of that lake.      farming and household garden/lawn           Society].                                                     ing currants, lingon-
I was shocked! Not one honeybee was         sprays find their way into the hive by         Personally I                                               berries, and blueber-
working those flowers.                      way of the collecting worker bee, they      cannot affect                                                 ries. Crocuses, like
   There are fewer and fewer hon-           create a toxic mass that will eventu-       or control the                                                the early-blooming
eybees in this country and we are in        ally kill brood as well as mature bees.     commercial us-                                                golden bunch (Cro-
trouble. With honeybees pollinating         New research is showing that their wax      age of all those                                              cus ancyrensis), are
more than 90 commercial crops, not to       (comb) holds chemicals and eventually       chemicals on our                                              also attractive to the
mention our gardens, the loss of bil-       will build into a lethal mix. Neonicoti-    farmlands and                                                 honeybee. Creating a
lions of bees is no small thing. What is    noids, now banned in many European          within the food                                               chemically free safe
causing this loss? That is being studied    countries, are coming under closer          chain. But on a                                               garden or yard is a
and debated all over the world and, at      scrutiny in our country as they have        smaller scale, my                                             great way to be a part
the very least, scientists and beekeep-     proven to be harmful as well as causing     wife and I weed our lawn and garden         of the solution to saving our bees.
ers have agreed on a term for this new      memory loss in laboratory rats. One         by hand and, like most of those reading
problem—Colony Collapse Disorder            of the main symptoms of CCD is that         the Co-op newsletter, look for natural        Bruce Vilders is a vocational teacher
(CCD). What the scientists cannot           bees leave the hive and don’t return.       ways to raise our flowers and produce.      who lives in Mount Vernon, WA.

Five Ways to Help our disappearing Bees
Chris Baskind,
                                                                                            “If the bee disappeared from the surface of the
                                                                                         globe then man would only have four years of life
       Colony Collapse disorder is claiming many of north america and                    left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more
     europe’s bees. But there are simple things we can all do to assist                  plants, no more animals, no more man.”
     honeybee and natural bee populations close to home. Here are five                               —Albert Einstein
     specific areas to consider.                                                                     (1879-1955) Theoretical Physicist

1. plant things that bees like.             2. provide bee habitat.
   Bees are all about pollen. If you           A secure place to live is crucial to
   want to support the many differ-            solitary and colony bees. Unlike
   ent varieties of bees which range           honeybees, which live in the waxy
   through your yard, plant some               hives with which we’re all famil-
   things which will feed them. Bee-           iar, natural bees make use of many
   friendly plants are easy to grow—           kinds of shelter: abandoned animal
   scatter a variety through your yard,        burrows, dead trees and branches,
   ensuring a good supply of pollen            and in underground nest tunnels.            before the colder months. Un-                 likely to find them selling honey at
   through the warm months. Bees               Hosting a few bee shelters will             like their wasp and yellowjacket              local farmers markets and week-
   prefer flowers that are blue, purple,       give you the opportunity to watch           cousins, which die out each winter,           end flea markets. Treat yourself to
   or yellow. Clover is a great choice         your visitors thrive.                       real bees slow down and wait for              some filtered or comb honey and
   and it makes an attractive and           3. eliminate garden pesticides.                spring. Making sure their larder is           enjoy one of nature’s treasures.
   robust ground cover. Other bee-             Pesticides are bad for humans.              stocked will help them snap back           Do you have kids? One of the best
   yummy plants: sage, salvia, oreg-           They’re worse for bees. Investigate         once the weather warms.                  things you can do is tour a local bee-
   ano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow,            organic and natural means of pest        5. support your local beekeepers.           keeper’s hives. Teaching children the
   yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort,          control. Moving in the direction of         Beekeeping as a hobby has de-            interdependence of living creatures is
   dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm,            organic gardening and natural lawn          clined in recent years. Commercial       something which will stay with them
   buttercup, goldenrod, and English           care is a healthy choice, in any            pressures and unstable bee popula-       forever. You’ll probably put a smile on
   thyme.                                      case. Vibrant, chemical-free plants         tions has made raising bees less         some beekeeper’s face, too.
      Unless you have particular bee           and gardens are a friendly invita-          attractive, but we still rely heav-        The full article was originally posted
   allergies, don’t be afraid of attract-      tion to wild bees.                          ily on domesticated honeybees to         May 3, 2007 at
   ing pollinators to your property.        4. Let your veggies bolt.                      pollinate our crops and gardens.
                                                                                                                                        For more information about bee-
   The bees that give most people              If at all possible, allow a few leafy       Seek out your local beekeepers and
                                                                                                                                      keeping, see the Washington State Bee-
   trouble — yellowjackets, wasps,             vegetables in your home garden              buy their honey. There are health
                                                                                                                                      keepers Association at www.wasba.
   and hornets — aren’t really bees at         to “bolt,” or go to seed, after har-        benefits to eating local honey, and
                                                                                                                                      org and the Mount Baker Beekeepers
   all, and won’t be attracted by bee-         vest. Seeding plants are a bee’s            keeping small beekeepers in busi-
                                                                                                                                      Association at www.mtbakerbeekeep-
   friendly plants.                            best chance to stock up on food             ness is good for everyone. You’re
 6      Co-op Community News, April 2009
Wine Notes
California—Wine Cellar for the U.S.
                      Vic Hubbard, Co-op Wine Buyer

                                            many Americans into the
                                            wine drinking world. Up to
                                            that point, many people as-
                                            sociated wine with sweet
                                            and insipid wine imitations
                                            with names like Annie Green
                                            Springs and Spañada.
                                               Founded in 1970, Rodney
                                            Strong vineyards and winery
   California                                 has been making wine in
is the nation’s                               the best parts of Sonoma
wine breadbasket,                             County since
producing 90 per-                              the beginning
cent of all wine made                          of California’s
in the U.S. With every-                         wine boom,
thing from white zinfandel                      and true to
to some of the most sought after cab-       form, they still                                               Tamás Estates, located    Italy’s most popular grape. Aromas
ernets and chardonnays in the world,        make this char-                                             in Livermore Valley east     of brambly cherry, black raspberry,
California wines are synonymous with        donnay that is an                                           of San Francisco bay,        minerally iron components, and slight
American wines in the international         excellent exam-                                             specializes in California    creosote resonate in this full, smooth
marketplace. The Mediterranean cli-         ple of signature                                            versions of Italian wines.   and concentrated red. This delicious
mates of the Napa and Sonoma valleys        California char-                                            This is not a big jammy-     and unique wine is a value for the ad-
have a long history of wine production      donnay, and an especially good value.       style zin, but a well-balanced, medium-      venturous wine seeker. To quote Ran-
going back to the first European im-           While chardonnay on its own can be       bodied wine reminiscent of the wines         dall, “This wine is brilliant with bisteca
migrants. Today vineyards are spread        somewhat nondescript, chardonnay has        made by those early Italian immigrants       fiorentina (steak cooked on a charcoal
from Mendocino in the north to Santa        a special affinity for oak, and with the    in California. It shows bright berry and     grill), wild boar, or as an antidote to
Barbara in the south, and huge swaths       right barrel aging becomes a whole dif-     brambly elements that make it an un-         wild bores.”
of vineyards cover miles in the San         ferent wine, adding dimensions such as      mistakable zinfandel. Aging in neutral
Joaquin Valley of Central California.       brown spice, apple, pear, and pineapple     (used) oak barrels gives the wine con-           murphy-goode Wild Card,
   Living in the northwest we have the      components. This is a dense, fat, and       centration without adding oak flavors.           alexander Valley Claret
advantage of being close enough to          rich-style wine made for sipping. It has    Try this pleasing and affordable Cali-           2003, $10.95
take advantage of the plethora of wines     a lingering and mouth-coating finish.       fornia red with meats and stews, it’s                  Located in northeastern So-
available to us from California, and        Try it with chicken, roasted yellow fin     also good with Mexican foods such as                 noma County, Alexander Val-
perhaps even to be able to visit Cali-      potatoes, rich creamy sauces like hol-      enchiladas, beans, and rice.                         ley is home to more than 40
       fornia wine country first-hand       landaise, or ripe fruits and cheese.                                                             wineries and is considered one
         on occasion. This month we                                                          Ca del solo sangiovese                          of California’s top wine-grow-
          selected California wines that        tamás estates Zinfandel                      2006, san Benito County,                        ing areas. This Bordeaux-style
         give bang for the buck and are         2005, Livermore Valley,                      $9.95                                           blend (claret) of cabernet sau-
         uniquely Californian in style.         $8.99                                            Vintner Randall Graham                      vignon, merlot, cabernet franc,
                                                    Nothing says California like               sold off his big-production                   and petit verdot is an example
          rodney strong sonoma                     zinfandel. The origins of this              popular Bonny Doon labels                    of a wine that brings massive
          County Chardonnay                        uniquely California grape are               including “Big House Red,” to                concentration and black fruit
           2007, $10.95                            unclear, but it is thought to be            concentrate on biodynamically              elements combined with dusty
              California practically               related to the primitivo grape of           produced wines that express a         mineral qualities and integrated oak to
            built its reputation on char-          southern Italy, probably brought            sense of place or terroir such        make it a textbook Sonoma wine. With
            donnay. Beginning in the               to California by early Italian im-          as this sangiovese from the           the added benefit of optimum aging,
            1970s, California wine-                migrants. It has since morphed              hills southwest of Santa Cruz.        rough edges and tannins are softened.
            makers developed a rich,               into its own varietal and seems                This is a wine that brings         This voluptuous red is California sun-
            lush, oak-driven style of              especially well suited to Cali-             out the rustic and earthy com-        shine in a bottle. Try it with roasted
            chardonnay that brought                fornia.                                  ponents that make sangiovese             meats, lamb kebobs, or duck.

  Convenient Budget-busting meal Ideas
   With so many pressures on the fam-                                                   oregano. Another new item coming just
ily budget now, we’re working to find                                                   in time for spring holidays is a lamb
new ways to help Co-op shoppers with                                                    sausage with mint. These new products
meal ideas that are nutritious and cost-                                                will make a low-cost tasty addition to
effective.                                                                              your holiday weekend breakfast or in
                                                                                        your favorite spaghetti sauce.
 Panang Tofu                                                                               Cordata Cheese Department Man-
    Curry                                                                               ager Donna Nygren has added some
                                                                                        great new cheeses that are easy on the
                                                                                                                budget, including
                                                                                                                rBST-free Wash-                              Photo by Joanne Plucy
                                            Grab ‘n Go case, or get it sliced                                   ington-made
   For instance, our Cordata store café     to order from our deli counter.                                     Darigold mild          Co-op Wine Tasting
has recently instituted daily hot spe-      These meats contain no nitrates,                                    cheddar. Donna
cials for breakfast, lunch, and even        preservatives, or other additives.                                  reports, “We’ve        Friday, April 10, 6–7 pm
dinner. These consistently low-priced          In the meat department you’ll                                    also located
specials include egg scramble, French       find a new item—sausage made                                        new sources for        Cordata Co-op
toast, or biscuits and gravy for break-     in our own kitchen at the Cordata                                   all-natural (no        Local Roots room
fast; BBQ chicken, Pan-                                     store. Jason Bru-                                   fillers, stabiliz-
ang Tofu Curry, or pita                                     baker, Co-op meat                                   ers, or rBST)          $10 includes light appetizers
sandwiches for lunch; and                                   cutter and part-                                    cream cheese and
Pasta Putanesca, Co-op                                      time cook at the                                    ricotta that we          Join local wine educator Laurent
favorite Chicken Adobo,                                     Willows Inn on Lummi        package in-store for great cost savings.
or convenient whole                                         Island, has become our      Another low-price cheese is our versa-         Martel (left) and Cordata store Wine
roasted chickens for din-                                   “sausage guy.” Recipes      tile and flavorful Australian cheddar.         Buyer Tim Johnson (right) for a
ner.                                                        he’s using include a        This imported medium cheddar is great
   In addition to those                                     breakfast sausage with      on burritos, chili, or soup.                   tasting of the wines featured above
delicious chickens, you’ll                                  sage, red pepper, and          We’re pleased to offer some great           along with several other California
also find in-house roasted                                  garlic and a mild Italian   products that make nutritious whole-
natural beef and turkey                                     sausage with fresh pars-    some food easy on your budget.                 wines.
available sliced in our                                     ley, garlic, fennel, and
                                                                                                                          Co-op Community News, April 2009                     7
                                                                                                                           Whatcom Community College
                                                                                                                             partners with the Co-op

                                                                                                                 The Co-op is happy to announce           Building at the corner of Chestnut
                                                                                                              that starting in April Whatcom Com-         and Forest streets adjacent to the

Local organic Food &                                                                                          munity College (WCC) food and wine
                                                                                                              classes will be offered in partnership
                                                                                                                                                          Downtown Co-op’s main parking
                                                                                                                                                          lot, and the Local Roots Room, up-

Farming Can Help revitalize

                                                                                     Photo by Joanne Plucy
                                                                                                              with Community Food Co-op. These            stairs at the Cordata Co-op. Each
                                                                                                              classes will be organized through the       class listing will indicate the class

the economy
                                                                                                              Co-op’s Healthy Connections class           location and where to register. For
                                                                                                              series. The Co-op is responsible for        those classes in which registration is
                                                                                                              class content and hir-                                     through the Co-op, you
 Olga Bonfiglio, Professor at Kalamazoo College                                                               ing instructors, and all                                   can register at either
                                                                                                              of these classes will be      This partnership is a Co-op for classes at
   Community-based agriculture has               Industrial farming practices were                            held at one of the two         golden opportunity          either location. On the
the potential for creating jobs, develop-     developed when world population was                             Co-op locations. These         to blend two strong         night of the class, make
ing small business entrepreneurships,         only 2 billion. While these practices                           classes are included            programs into one          sure you go to the right
and keeping precious dollars in the           increased the carrying capacity of the                          in the spring issue              fabulous cooking          place.
community.                                    earth, they are slowly destroying the                           of Discover, WCC’s                     school.                According to the
   “As manufacturing jobs decrease,           earth’s long-term carrying capacity for                         quarterly catalogue of                                     agreement between
food jobs are increasing,” said Dr.           today’s population, which is 6.7 billion                        continuing education                                       WCC and the Co-op,
Kami Pothukuchi, associate professor          and climbing. Over the past two de-                             classes, which is delivered to more         the partnership is “intended to cre-
of urban planning at Wayne State Uni-         cades as the industrialized food system                         than 90,000 mailboxes in Whatcom            ate and market cooking classes to
versity in Detroit. However, the present      has expanded to the global level, con-                          County.                                     students across the Whatcom county
industrialized food system is made up         cerns over food safety have emerged,                               In practical terms, the biggest          service area.” These classes will fo-
of a handful of mega-corporations that        like the recent tainted food imports                            change for Co-op shoppers and               cus not only on healthy eating, but
control food production, processing,          from China.                                                     Healthy Connections students is             also on organic products, healthy liv-
distribution, and preparation, according         Our food system should be a com-                             registration. To register for a class       ing, and expanding people’s palates.
to Pothukuchi. Change to a commu-             munity-based system that revolves                               co-sponsored by the Co-op and the           Linda Howson, the WCC Continu-
nity-based system is difficult because        around small, polycultural farms who                            College, you will register through the      ing Education Program Coordinator,
these corporations have a lot at stake in     practice sustainable agriculture, pre-                          college by calling 360-383-3200 or          says “This partnership is a golden
keeping the current system.                   serve regional biodiversity, and help                           online at www.whatcomcommuni-               opportunity to blend two strong
   The U.S. industrialized food system        build local economies. This is already                 Staff at the Co-op service        programs into one fabulous cooking
was designed in the 1950s to increase         being done in many ways.                                        desks can facilitate the process, but       school. Now that the Co-op and the
production in order to provide the na-           First, local food networks like com-                         it’s easiest if you go directly to the      college are next-door neighbors, it is
tion with cheap and plentiful food that       munity gardens, food co-ops, Com-                               college. This partnership with WCC          the perfect time to join forces. The
was easily accessible. As a result, the       munity-Supported Agriculture (CSA),                             does not include all Healthy Connec-        Co-op’s new facility has a beautiful,
U. S. became a top food producer in the       farmers’ markets, and seed savers                               tions classes—for those classes, you        dedicated teaching kitchen which our
world. The U.S. Department of Agricul-        groups keep money in the community.                             will register directly with the Co-op       college does not have. We at WCC
ture Census (USDA) reported that farms           Second, as more people prefer or-                            as usual.                                   are thrilled about this partnership and
increased in size averaging 155 acres in      ganic food products, organic farming                               Of course, the other new develop-        look forward to working together to
1935, a peak year when the country had        represents a profitable alternative for                         ment is that there are now two main         provide delicious offerings for our
6.8 million farms, compared to 2002           local economic growth and sustainable                           locations for classes—the Connection        entire community.”
when farms averaged 441 acres and             agriculture since organic farmers tend
numbered 2.1 million farms.                   to sell to local markets (within 150
   It is important to remember that the       miles). More acreage is being dedi-
industrialized food system was devel-
oped at a time when most American
                                              cated to organic farming. From 1997
                                              to 2005, the number of U.S. certified
                                                                                                              WsU master Food preservers
businesses were creating systems for          organic acres grew by 63 percent. The
mass production and economies of              USDA reports that there were more
scale. Because volume is critical to the      than 3,000 organic-certified facilities                            Whatcom County provides a wealth
profitability of this system, farming         nationwide in 2004, with 41 percent of                          of locally grown produce for its lucky
methods developed to support a large-         those located on the Pacific Coast and                          residents during the growing season.
scale, energy-intensive monoculture           almost 800 in California alone.                                 Accessing good local foods during the
that uses huge amounts of water and              Local organic food is admittedly                             winter months does become a little
chemicals for herbicides, insecticides,       more expensive than food from large                             more challenging. The WSU Whatcom
and fertilizers. Tons of animal waste         industrialized farms; however, organic                          County Master Food Preserver program
products also accumulate and pollute          advocates claim that prices in the in-                          can teach you how to expand your se-        book and will benefit our community
land, water and air because factory           dustrialized food system are cheap                              lection of fruits, vegetables, seafood,     and our environment.
farming methods keep animals indoors          because their true cost omits govern-                           and meat throughout the year. Volunteer        A volunteer training program will
and free of disease instead of allowing       mental price supports, direct payments                          educators who have attended the Master      begin in early April at a cost of $50.
them to graze in pastures.                    or tax breaks, and road infrastructure.                         Food Preserver training program do          The program is being offered online
   Actually, the cost of the indus-              Third, colleges and universities                             outreach and teach workshops through-       for six weeks with five or six hands-on
trialized food system outweighs its           across the country are looking for ways                         out the county on canning, freezing,        Saturday workshops. To be certified as
benefits. For example, most food in           to support sustainable agriculture. One                         pickling and drying foods safely.           a Master Food Preserver, volunteers
the industrialized system ends up in          way they are doing it is by supplying                              Volunteer Master Food Preservers         are asked to give back 20 hours teach-
supermarkets after traveling an aver-         their cafeterias with food grown by                             are interested in preserving a variety      ing and doing outreach in the com-
age 1,300 miles to get there. Fruits and      local farmers. These institutions teach                         of foods. There are many of ways that       munity during the first two years. Food
vegetables may spend seven to 14 days         students how to grow backyard and                               you and your family can enjoy home          preservation workshops are offered to
in transit. So freshness and taste are        community gardens as well as food-re-                           preserved foods, such as frozen soups       the community at no cost. Donations
sacrificed for the products’ ability to       lated careers like urban farming.                               during the winter made from last fall’s     are accepted. The 2009 workshops
travel. Transporting products has been           Fourth, regions are rebuilding their                         garden leftovers. Food preservation         will begin in June and run through
possible through cheap fuel. However,         local economies through agriculture by                          workshops include jams and jellies,         September. Workshops are held in a
when oil reached over $100 a barrel last      forming partnerships among business-                            drying fruits and vegetables, pickling,     variety of locations including the Com-
spring, the expense incurred over such        people, economic developers, schools,                           canning salsa, pressure canning, and        munity Food Co-op.
long distances proved problematic. For        grocers, restaurateurs and food retail-                         freezing guidelines. Whether you get lo-       If you know of a group who would
example, world food prices averaged an        ers. As these partnerships work to bring                        cal foods from your own backyard, your      like to schedule a workshop or if you
increase of 43 percent over the past year,    more food-related jobs to the area, they                        neighbor, your local farmer, or your        would like to take the volunteer train-
which inadvertently created a global          not only support local farmers but they                         favorite grocery store, preserving some     ing course, contact Susy Hymas at
food crisis that is causing political and     also protect precious income-produc-                            of the harvest will help out your pocket-   360-676-6736 or
economical instability and social unrest      ing farmlands from being overtaken by
in both poor and developed nations. Un-       urban sprawl.
seasonable droughts in grain-producing           Fifth, state programs can provide yet                          The full article was originally           of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How
nations also affect high food prices just     another opportunity for local economic                         posted on www.commondreams.                  One Town Responded to the War in
as do falling stockpiles, the increased use   development.                                                   org/view/2009/02/06-1 and on www.            Iraq. She has written for several na-
of biofuels in developed countries, and          All these efforts for change, how-                            tional magazines on the subjects of
increasing demands for meat products in       ever, have barely dented the deeply-                           ticle_16777.cfm. Olga Bonfiglio is a         social justice and religion. For more
Asia’s middle class, according the BBC        entrenched industrialized food sys-                            professor at Kalamazoo College in            information, see www.olgabonfiglio.
(May 2008).                                   tem.                                                           Kalamazoo, Michigan, and author              com.

  8     Co-op Community News, April 2009
     Whatcom County Csa Farms
    The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, with roots in Eu-
  rope, came to life in the U.S. in 1985 and since then has grown to more than 2,000
  farms—with at least a dozen or more in Whatcom County. Local farmer Gretchen
  Woody of Holistic Homestead says, “CSA is an old-time tradition. It provides con-
  sumers the opportunity to directly support a farmer early in the season, which helps
  the farmer plan for the growing season. In that way, a shareholder shares the gains
  and potential losses of crop production.” Purchasing a CSA share is a way to sup-
  port local farms, local workers, and our local economy.

F.a. Farm                                           20-week share $500
Walter Haugen and toni Lyons                        discount for early payment—
5890 Barr Road, Ferndale WA 98248                   call for details
                                                                                         Wakerobin Farm                                 18-20 weeks June—october
   F.A. Farm is a small five-acre farm using sustainable practices and specializing      Brigget LeClair, farm mistress                 or depending on the growing
in fruit and vegetable production. Our motto is “Food with Full Attention—Fresh          2660 Thornton Road, Ferndale WA 98248          season, late may—september
Absolutely!—Flexible Always.” We offer CSA shares and custom-harvesting to               360-815-1190                                   or october
order. In addition to selling produce, we teach those involved with our farm sus-                        Csa shares $400 full share per
tainable farming practices using small-scale technology. Our desire is to utilize the                                                   season
calorie-efficient human brain and hand, rather than conventional petrol-intensive          WakeRobin Farm is located outside of         Farm eggs $5/dozen
practices, and we are experimenting with low-impact efficiencies, such as sheet          Ferndale due west. This farm has been          Icelandic Lamb, call for details
mulching and hay bale culture. Vacations are not a problem with our CSA pro-             doing CSAs for several years and has pro-
gram—we just extend your season. You may also prepay for vegetables with our             duced amazingly beautiful CSA baskets.
Farm Bucks program and receive a 10 percent bonus. We welcome visitors seven             Vegetables are extremely varied, including many heirloom and Asian varieties.
days a week during the June-October main season. Call first to make sure Walter is       Produce and fruits include lettuce, greens, kale, chard, peas, beans, corn, potatoes,
available.                                                                               onions, summer/winter squash, tomatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, garlic, flowers,
                                                                                         herbs, carrots, apples, cabbage, cauliflower, and more. Fresh eggs are sold on the
                                                                                         farm and also Icelandic Lamb. Orders for lamb should be made by May as it sells
Holistic Homestead                                  20 weeks June 15–october 26
                                                                                         out quickly.
gretchen Woody                                      Csa Box $400
P.O. Box 125, Everson WA 98247                      Farm account $100–$200                                                               Full memberships $340
360-966-4939                                                                             double rainbow Farms
                                                                                                                                         partial memberships (1 or 2                                                              david peterson
                                                                                                                                         people) $180                                                                360-303-1391
  Holistic Homestead is a certified organic farm serving Whatcom County since
2005. The farmer, Gretchen Woody, believes that “organic farming and gardening             Double Rainbow is offering CSA memberships again this year. Working mem-
restores the health of the soil, and further sustains the health of plants, animals,     berships are available for as low as $90. Delivery is available for small cost. Pick-
and humans.” The Holistic approach to organic agriculture becomes a preventative         up locations are in Ferndale and Bellingham. Please sign up ASAP for appropriate
method for all life. Certified organic by the WSDA, our produce is grown, har-           crop planning.
vested, packed and delivered fresh weekly to a drop site in downtown Bellingham
or available for farm pick-up. We recommend our farm account to families or indi-
viduals who prefer to buy fresh from the farmer’s market. In return for supporting       Bellingham Country gardens                      15 weeks
the farmer in the spring, you receive an additional 10 percent added to your farm        sam grubbs                                      Csa $250
account. Use your farm account at both the Wednesday and saturday markets                2838 Kelly Road, Bellingham WA 98226            U-pick July 1–october 31,
during the peak season onLy from June 1–october 31.                                      360-223-3724,                  Wednesdays and saturdays

rabbit Fields Farm                                 20 weeks early June to mid-             Bellingham Country Gardens is a sustainable no-spray vegetable and strawberry
roslyn mcnicholl                                   october                               farm. Deliveries arranged. More information is available on our website.
P.O. Box 821, Everson WA 98247                     Csa share $400
360-393-8747                                       Bunny Bucks Farm account                         $200+                                 galactic organics
                                                                                         mike Long                                       20 week June—october
                                                                                         256 Hemmi Road, Bellingham WA                   Csa share $400
  Rabbit Fields is a small organic farm situated on the fertile soil of the Nooksack     360-303 6095
River. Driven by young enthusiastic energy and a passion for sustainable living
practices, Rabbit Fields is dedicated to providing fresh, local, organic produce to
Whatcom County while preserving and maintaining its farm land. CSA sharehold-              Farmer Mike Long offers salad greens, strawberries, beans, garlic, radishes,
ers receive an abundant box of seasonal mixed vegetables each week. Monthly              carrots, peas, heirloom tomatoes, blueberries and much more. I use the methods
newsletters brief you on what is happening in the fields and keep you connected          proposed by Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture Lectures to grow nutritious and delicious
with the surrounding farm community. CSA shares are available for pick up at ei-         food from healthy, living soil. Located just five miles north of Bellingham, we are
ther the Wednesday or Saturday Farmers Markets. If a CSA share does not fit your         the closest certified organic CSA to Bellingham. Pick up is at the Saturday Bell-
family, try our farm account program, Bunny Bucks. This prepaid system gives             ingham Farmers Market or at the farm on Fridays. Shares provide a family with all
customers 10 percent more purchasing power, and allows you to choose products            their produce needs. Boxes get pretty hefty midseason, and splitting a share with a
off the market table Wednesday and Saturday from April to December. Visit our            neighbor or roommate is reccomended for couples and light eaters. We also offer
booth at the Farmers Market starting in April.                                           worker shares to those who can volunteer on harvest days for a few hours. Contact
                                                                                         your farmer, Michael Long. Let’s build community with healthy food!

rosa Verde Farm                                    Main Season first week of June—
Wiley and amber o’donnell                          second week of october                Cedarville Farm
6255 Aldrich Road, Ferndale WA 98248               Large share 20 weeks $400             mike and Kimberly Finger                        main season share: Full $360,
360-383-0893                                       medium share 20 weeks $300            3081 Goshen Road, Bellingham WA 98226           Half $175                                                                    360-592-5594,             Fall season share: Full $210,
                                                                                                         Half $100
                                        Rosa Verde Organic Farm is located six                                                           Four-week trial share: $85
                                      miles north of Bellingham in the Laurel area.         Cedarville Farm, now in its 21st season      Farmers market share: $75
                                      This is their seventh season offering premium      of organic farming, is Whatcom County’s         min. investment
                                      quality produce through a CSA program.             oldest and largest CSA, serving more
                                      With our utilization of biodynamic gardening       than 180 families this season. We distribute share boxes at four pick-up sites in
                                      and season extension techniques, we fill our       Bellingham and at our farm stand. This year we are offering full and half shares in
                                      weekly boxes with a bounty of seasonal deli-       both the main and fall harvest season—a total of 30 weeks of locally grown food.
                                      cacies. We deliver to a north and southside        Our shares vary according to the season, with each box comprised of a variety of
                                      location each week, and offer pick-up at the       freshly harvested vegetables, with culinary herbs, eggs, and flowers distributed
                                      farm. Eat well and develop a connection this       occasionally. New in 2009, we are offering a Four-week Trial Share. The Farmers
                                      season. Work-trade opportunities are avail-        Market Share allows shareholders to select the produce they want at the Saturday
                                      able. Fall/winter share sign-ups offered as        Bellingham Farmers Market. Shares can be paid in full or by monthly installments.
                                                                                                                                                       (continued on page 10)
                                    Photos by Joanne Plucy

                                                                                                                          Co-op Community News, April 2009                 9
                                                                                                               appliance art revival
                                                                                                               Saturday, May 2, 5–11 pm
                                                                                                               Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen,
                                                                                                               old town Bellingham
                                                                                                               $5 admission

                                                                                                                                                                    Rod Taylor, designer
                                                                                                                                                                      of the Appliance
                                                                                                                                                                         Depot logo,
                                                                                                                                                                      creates a robot.
                                                                                                  The Appliance Depot’s first annual Ap-
                                                                                               pliance Art Revival will feature local art,
                                                                                               music, food, brew, and games. The event
                                                                                               includes art displayed for sale made by
                                                                                               local artists from salvaged appliance parts
                                                                                               from their shop. The evening starts off with Thor Myhre’s
Whatcom County Csa Farms
                                                                     Photo by Darren Randall
                                                                                               “Junk has Soul” workshop for kids (and everyone else),
(continued from page 9)                                                                        a ReUse shirt creation booth with shirts provided by the
                                                                                               Goodwill, an appliance-themed disc golf tournament and
growing Whatcom Csa                                                                            other games across the street at Maritime Heritage Park.
                                               season runs                                     The evening will continue with music and dance.
Jay dennison                                   June 18—october 29
360-927-4845                                                                                      The goal is to raise awareness not only of the impor-       Dryer top painting by
                                               Full share $450                                 tance but the necessity of reuse in moving towards sustain-
                                                                                                                                                                  Ben Mann.                      Half share $250                                                                      ability in our community, and to bring together the arts and environmental
                                                                                               communities. Appliance Depot additionally aims to make long-term connec-
   Now in our third year, the Growing Whatcom CSA is more than just great food.                tions with artists so that, as a community, we can reuse as much as possible
It’s families getting reconnected with local farms while reducing their impact on              before recycling.
the environment. It’s local farmers growing fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and                 For more information, see Appliance Depot is a job-
herbs for the families in our community. It’s a project that ties local farms together         training, waste-reducing nonprofit organization. They salvage, clean, repair,
as one team to provide consumers with the best that Whatcom County has to offer.               and sell affordable used appliances while providing job training to low-income
The Growing Whatcom CSA is a collaborative effort of several farms throughout                  residents.
                                                                                                                                                           Photos courtesy of Appliance Depot
the county. Each farm adds in its own unique assortment of crops, making Growing
Whatcom a diverse and delicious way to support your local growers. You’re invest-
ing in a share of the harvests from not one, but more than a dozen small farms:
Hopewell Farm, Rabbit Fields, Alm Hill, Nooksack Nine, Broadleaf Farm, Coop-
erativa Jacal, Bellewood Acres, F.A. Farms, K&M Red River Farm, Hauck’s Or-                    Children’s
chards, Double Rainbow, or DEVine Gardens. Customers can count on absolutely
fabulous food.                                                                                 art Walk
                                                                                               Friday, May 1
terra Verde garden                             20 weeks June-october                           6–9 pm
amy and skuter Fontaine                        main season Csa $350                            Various
2820 Eldridge Avenue,                          Farmer market share $50                         downtown Locations
Bellingham WA 98225                            minimum (10 percent is added
360-393-2520                                   to your balance at each pay-                      About 48 downtown businesses will display thousands of pieces of art cre-                       ment and carried forward to                     ated by young artists from elementary schools throughout Whatcom County
                                               the next season if necessary)                   during Allied Arts’ Ninth Annual Children’s Art Walk. The Community Food
   At Terra Verde we believe that pleasures                                                    Co-op is a co-sponsor of the event, which will highlight not only students’
of the table begin in the garden where we                                                      work but also the work of several professional artists who mentor the students
lovingly tend to a wide variety of vegetables, berries, flowers, and herbs. Our farm           through the Allied Arts Education Project. These artists will lead hands-on art
lies on fertile soil in Everson, WA with a long history of organic farming—and we              activities at various venues throughout the evening.
are pursuing our WSDA organic certification. We are committed to the tradition of                For more information or to volunteer, contact Children’s Art Walk Coordina-
small family farms feeding their local communities sustainably grown, seasonal                 tor Lori Polevoi at 360-676-8548 ext. 3 or See details at
produce. Your share is available for pick up at either the Wednesday or Saturday     
Bellingham Farmers Markets. We also offer a Market share so you can shop with
us at our local farmers markets. We look forward to sharing our harvest and love of
food and farming with you and your family.

moondance Farm                                 20 weeks June—october
Billy and nicole tate                          Full season share $400

   Moondance Farm is a sustainable family farm nestled in the foothills of Mount
Baker. The farm’s focus is to grow nutritious organic food in unison with family
and community. Our vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers are grown organically
and offered seasonally, including ethnic specialties and heirloom varieties. Our
CSA program is an important link in our vision of connecting as farmers with our
local community and cultivating relationships between the farm and the table. Our
weekly boxes of organic produce vary with the growing season. Recipes and sto-
ries about our products will accompany each weekly delivery. Shares can be picked
up in Bellingham or at the farm in Acme, and we can make delivery arrangements.
Early in the season, we will speak with each member directly to discuss specialized
needs, preferences, or smaller share sizes. Payment and a limited number of work-
trade options are available.

Uprising organics Farm                           $20/week (equal to approx
Brian, Crystine, and rowan                       $400/season). suitable for 4-6
2208 Iron St., Bellingham WA 98225               $15/week (equal to about $300/
360-201-0468,           season). suitable for 1-2

   This is the third year of Uprising Organics CSA. We love what we do and we
strongly believe that the best food can and should be accessible to all. We accept
EBT (food stamps) for at least 75 percent of our shares. We look forward to getting
to know each of you and think that you will be as excited to receive your food as
we are to grow and harvest it. Garden seed packet options are available. Delivery
season will begin first or second week of June (weather depending). Shares are
picked up at our home in Bellingham. We have a limited number of shares avail-
able. Please reserve a space by the end of May.

 10      Co-op Community News, April 2009
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             Home Cooked meals by paige
           I will do the shopping and cook in
           your home weekly, bi-weekly, or
           monthly. Over 12 years as a personal
           chef, I specialize in whole foods,
           healing diets, and food allergies. Per-
           fect for new moms, busy folks, and
           those with specific health goals. You
           can enjoy dining at home! Call Paige

              psychic readings and angel
           Messages. After many years of expe-
           rience doing readings, I have found
           that “those” in the higher spiritual
           realsm are generous in sharing infor-
           mation with us if we ask it of them.
           They never interfere with our free
           will, but will assist us in our quest
           for knowledge about self—and the
           universe. The messages are meant to
           awaken, empower, and enlighten the
           querent to the larger picture, which
           makes it much easier to manifest
           goals and dreams. Call Joanne at

                       Life exercise
           Gentle Tai Chi and Japanese stretch-
           es for balance, strength, and im-
           proved quality of life. $10 per class,
           sliding scale available. Bellingham
           Unitarian Fellowship. Monday 6–7
           pm, Friday 1–2 pm. Call Lee for
           more information, 676-8543.

Co-op Community News, April 2009              11
 Farm Fund Selects 2009 Projects
Jean Rogers, Board and Farm Fund Administrator

Jean Rogers, Board and Farm Fund Administrator
   As awareness grows about the im-        grant program and also looking into                 Local Latino Consumer Commu-                                   production, and expands the market for
portance of fresh, healthy food, the       the possibility of creating a revolving          nity supported agriculture (Csa):                                 local produce. The Food Bank Farm
infrastructure for developing our local    loan fund for local farms. The remain-           Community-to-Community Develop-                                   is receiving $1,300 in matching funds
food system also becomes stronger and      ing funds for 2009 are being held in             ment, a local non-profit, is working to                           for farming essentials such as seeds,
more cohesive. Local food and farming      reserve for this project. Meanwhile,             develop a CSA program that focuses on                             plants, water, and other supplies.
efforts are receiving more interest and    we’re excited to present the 2009 grant          the Latino consumer, building access to                              Whatcom Community television
consumer support. Co-op Farm Fund          recipients to our member-owners who              local food, involving kids, and increas-                          and Communications (WCtC): $500
donations also rose last year, allowing    have supported the Farm Fund since               ing support for local farms. A grant of                           will go toward the production of a pilot
us to direct more funding to projects      its inception. Over the course of the            $2,200 from the Farm Fund will be                                 radio show about local agriculture in
supporting local agriculture in 2009.      season we’ll share more highlights               directed to outreach and development                              Whatcom County. As well as talking
   The Farm Fund incubates and spon-       with you as these exciting endeavors             efforts, including a bilingual survey to                          about what’s growing on Whatcom
sors innovative projects that benefit      progress.                                        determine preferred products, pricing                             County farms, the program will address
our local farms, environment, and             affordable access to Land for                 and delivery options, marketing and                               the role our farmland and agriculture
community. This year the Farm Fund         Farming is a new program being de-               educational materials, a workshop, farm                           plays in the growth and future of our
committee received eight excellent         veloped by Kulshan Community Land                tour, and celebration. The project’s goal                         community. WCTC is a local non-prof-
proposals, and after much deliberation     Trust (CLT). New strategies are need-            for its first year is 15 CSA subscriptions.                       it that has served the community for
selected the four projects listed below.   ed to make local farming economi-                   the Food Bank Farm grew more                                   more than 15 years as an advocate of
While making their selection the com-      cally viable, diverse, environmen-               than 15,000 pounds of produce with a                              local community broadcasting through
mittee identified two crucial needs: to    tally sensitive, and able to serve our           market value that exceeded $42,000 in                             television, radio, and community infor-
stimulate the demand for local products    community’s food needs. The Kulshan              its first year. The farm hopes to hit its                         mation technology.
so sustainable farming grows as a vital    CLT plans to use the community land              mark of producing 18,000 pounds of                                   You can donate to the Farm Fund at
part of Whatcom County’s economy,          trust model to help create opportuni-            food in 2009 for local Food Bank cli-                             any Co-op register. Pick up a Farm Fund
and to increase the supply of local        ties for local, sustainable farmers to           ents, while giving volunteers and new                             sticker for your Co-op card and your ca-
food by supporting new and existing        obtain land while addressing rising              farmers an opportunity to hone their                              shier will give you a reminder to round
farms to build their businesses and land   land prices and development pressure.            skills and help fight hunger. The farm                            up. For more information about the
base. To address these two areas the       The Farm Fund is contributing $3,000             also keeps the land, donated by Cas-                              Farm Fund, contact Jean Rogers at 360-
Farm Fund is maintaining its current       to this program.                                 cade Christian Services, in use for food                          734-8158,

  store tours: Learning about the Co-op
  On the heels of opening of
our second store in the Cor-
data neighborhood and a suc-
cessful ongoing new member
drive at both stores, the Co-
op has plenty of new shop-
pers interested in learning
more about us. What makes
the Co-op different? How to
shop the Co-op on a budget?
                                                                                                                                                                In-store Quiz
                                                                                                                                      Photo by Joanne Plucy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Colleen Berg

How to find foods to satisfy
specific dietary require-
ments? And so much more.                                                                                                                                           Here are some sample questions
  In response to these in-                                                                                                                                      from the in-store quiz developed by
quiries, the Co-op is hosting                                                                                                                                   Ellie McDermott for her WWU stu-
store tours for specific or                       Nutrition Educator Susy Hyman leads a tour for women from The Willows.                                        dents to help them learn more about
general interest groups. Recent and                                                                                                                             the Co-op.
upcoming groups visiting both the
Downtown and Cordata stores in-            • A group of seniors from The Wil-                 • Thirty Shuksan Middle School stu-                               1. Where is bread from the Old
clude:                                       lows touring and meeting with a                     dents touring the store and prepar-                               Mill Bread Company baked?
• A group of Japanese exchange               nutritionist to learn more about                    ing healthy foods in our Cordata
  students from Western Washington           how to shop and prepare meals to                    Roots classroom with the guidance                              2. List three organic ingredients
  University exploring the Co-op             meet their specific needs.                          of Youth 4 Real mentors from                                      from a Belly Timber All Natu-
  while brushing up on their Eng-                                                                           Western Washington                                     ral Gourmet Survival Bar.
  lish-language skills with an in-                                                                          University.
  store quiz (see some sample ques-                                                                           We are happy to host                              3. List three spices you can buy in
  tions in the sidebar).                                                                                    your group at either                                   bulk and one reason why buy-
• Lynden Middle School students                                                                             Co-op store. If you’re                                 ing spices in bulk is good for
  touring, tasting, and learning about                                                                      interested in a store tour,                            the environment.
  whole foods (and also learning                                                                            please contact us at least
  about the WTA bus system).                                                                                two weeks in advance                                4. List at least two reasons why
                                                                                                            to discuss your interests                              it is better for the environment
                                                                                                            and how we can tailor                                  to buy fruits and vegetables
                                                                                                            a store tour to meet the                               grown in Washington.
                                                                                      Photo by Colleen Berg needs of your group.
                                                              Western Washington
                                                               exchange students                                                                                5. List three reasons why Twin
                                                                show bounty from              For more information, contact:                                       Brook Creamery uses glass
                                                                  a treasure hunt           Colleen Berg at the Downtown store,                                    bottles for their milk.
                                                              (above). Lynden Mid-, 360-
                                                               dle School students
                                                                learn about grains          734-8158 ext. 273; or Laura Steiger                                   Stop by either Co-op location to
                                                                 from the Co-op’s           at the Cordata store, lauras@com-                                   research your own answers to these
                                                                Community Affairs
                                                                Coordinator Laura
                                                                                  , 360-734-8158 ext.                                  and other questions.
                                                                   Steiger (left).          129
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