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                                                                 OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PARK SLOPE FOOD COOP


                               Volume EE, Number 21                                                                                                                                                                       October 21, 2010

                                                       GENERAL MEETING REPORT                                                                      The Park Slope Food
                               GM Baffled by Rules Riddle                                                                                          Coop: Emerging
                               By Ed Levy
                                                                                                                                                   Business Model?
                                                                                                                                                   By Alison Rose Levy
                                                                                                                                                      o and behold, coops are now big busi-
                                                                                                                                                   L  ness—and the leader is none other than

                                                                                                                                                   the Park Slope Food Coop.
                                                                                                                                                      It all began thirty-seven                          industries have foundered in
                                                                                                                                                   years ago with one neighbor-                          this troubled economy. “Natur-
                                                                                                                                                   hood’s preference for healthi-                        al and organic food sales have
                                                                                                                                                   er food and committed                                 weathered the global recession
                                                                                                                                                   members willing to pitch in                           relatively well across the globe
                                                                                                                                                   to meet that need for them-                           —with all NBJ-tracked regions
                                                                                                                                                   selves and their community.                           reporting positive expansion in
                                    he General Meeting struggled to untangle itself from a tricky parliamen-
                               T    tary issue for most of the evening on September 28. Perhaps it was the
                               tornado warning that afternoon that stirred up the usual order and whirled
                                                                                                                                                   And with recent articles and
                                                                                                                                                   blog posts covering the Park
                                                                                                                                                   Slope Food Coop in Fortune
                                                                                                                                                                                                         2008,” reports a November
                                                                                                                                                                                                         2009 NBJ article, called ‘From
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Europe to the Middle East,
                                                                                                                                                   and New York magazine, our                            Organic Is Growing.’ “[The
                               it into a baffling zen puzzle, a koan, from which the meeting emerged at the                                        community-centered venture                            organic food markets] have
                               last moment. The koan? How do you undo something that never happened.                                               is being put forth as a new                           stood the test through the past
                                                                                                                                                   business model in the boom-                           year by showing their resilience
                                   It began with agenda item       mittee and members of the                cussion item, but not to the           ing $228-billion global nutri-                        to even financial crises and
                               #2 of the previous month            Board all acknowledged that              decision taken by the meeting.         tion industry. “With sales                            proving that people buy on
                               (August), when General Coor-        the vote was taken in error and             And this resulted in the            increasing 12% year over                              value,” said Andrew Monk,
                               dinator Joe Holtz and member        had to be undone.                        conundrum that the Board of            year,” according to Nutrition                         director of the Biological Farm-
                               and attorney Mike Salgo pre-           In brief, there were several          Directors was unable to undo           Business Journal estimates,                           ers of Australia (BFA).
                               sented an item for discussion       compounded slip-ups: the first           the action of the GM—to say            “the largest market for natur-
                               about what action the Coop          was to vote to suspend the               nothing of its own action              al and organic foods is the                           The PSFC Is a Cost
                               should take against Barneys         rules. Although certain rules            approving the GM’s deci-               United States, which owns                             Effective Business
                               Co-op—a clothing store sched-       can be suspended, others,                sion—because officially in             42% of the global market.                                The New York magazine in a
                               uled to open in Brooklyn—for        which uphold members’ rights,            the minutes, at least, it did          Western Europe is in second                           September 17, 2010 blog post
                               its use of the word “coop.” The     as this one did, cannot. The             not occur.                             place, making up 37% of the                           noted that “the Park Slope
                               high-end store is not a coop,       second error was to allow the               While in practice, the Coop         global total.”                                        Food Coop pulled in a whop-
                               and meets none of the strict        question to be called for a vote.        is run on democratic princi-              The natural food sector has                        ping $39.4 million in its last
                               requirements of New York               A third error occurred when           ples similar to those of a town        held its own even as other                                       CONTINUED ON PAGE                  3

                               State to be licensed as one.        Elizabeth Tobier, the Board              meeting, the Board of Direc-
                                   At the August meeting, fol-     Secretary, who had tried                 tors is recognized by the state        Next General Meeting on October 26
                               lowing a suggestion from            unsuccessfully to warn the               of New York as the legal entity        The General Meeting of the Park Slope Food Coop is held on the
                               Chair Committee member              meeting that its action was not          with policy-making power for           last Tuesday of each month.* The next General Meeting will be
                               Dave Golland, it suspended          permitted, dealt with the                the Coop. While it is the legal        on Tuesday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Congregation Beth
                               the rule forbidding the GM          impropriety by omitting men-             body, the Board has rarely             Elohim Temple House (Garfield Temple), 274 Garfield Place.
                               from voting on an item on the       tion of it from the August               gone against a GM vote, and in         The agenda is in this Gazette and is available as a flyer in the
                               agenda that was a discussion-       meeting minutes, which she               fact, the Board never actually         entryway of the Coop. For more information about the GM and
                               only item.                          routinely compiles. The min-             meets on its own. Its members          about Coop governance, please see the center of this issue.
                                   At the September meeting,       utes of the August meeting did           simply attend GMs and vote             * Exceptions for November and December will be posted.
                               the Chair, the Agenda Com-          refer to the Barneys Co-op dis-                   CONTINUED ON PAGE         2

                                                                                                                                                                           IN THIS ISSUE
                                                            Fri-Sat, Oct 22-23 •Blood Drive 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.                                   A Farm Grows in Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
                                    Coop                    Sat-Sun, Oct 23-24 •Food Drive 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
                                                            Thu, Oct 28 •Diversity Awareness Initiative Series 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                   The Coop Welcomes Four New Staff Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                                                                                                                   October Introduces the Non-GMO Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                                                                                                   Puzzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                    Event                   Fri, Oct 29 •Film: The World According to Monsanto 7:00 p.m.                           Coop Hours, Coffeehouse, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
                                                            Thu, Nov 4 •Food Class: The Flavors of Mexico 7:30 p.m.                                Coop Calendar, Workslot Needs
                                    Highlights              Fri, Nov 5 •Film: A Ring of Their Own 7:30 p.m.                                           Governance Information, Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                                                                                                                   Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
                                                                 Look for additional information about these and other events in this issue.       Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
                                                                                                                                                   Community Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
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                                 2        October 21, 2010                                        Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

                                 GM Baffled                          The Agenda Committee indi-          month and members typical-           ing September 12, 2010, the       Membership
                                 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
                                                                     cated that they would be sub-       ly attend about half the Gen-        Coop’s gross margin was              Sales per week are up 6.5
                                                                     mitting an agenda item to           eral Meetings held each year.        almost 17 percent. Unlike         percent, a much smaller
                                 publicly, with a show of hands,     reverse the August vote.            Susan described the workslot         other stores, Mike explained,     increase than last year, attrib-
                                 at the end of meetings to           Meanwhile, the General Coor-        as “low exertion.” Those             which have a variable markup,     utable to efforts by the Coop
                                 approve or disapprove the           dinators will investigate on        interested should call the           the Coop has a single markup      to control membership. Mem-
                                 actions taken.                      their own what remedies they        Membership Office and                of 21 percent. After various      bership was just 1.25 percent
                                    Nor could the September          feel are appropriate to take        speak to Ann Herpel.                 forms of shrinkage, the 21 per-   larger this year.
                                 GM simply vote on the issue         against Barneys.                                                         cent translates into to the          The current membership is
                                 because once again the ques-                                            Second Agenda Item                   Coop’s keeping 17 cents of        about 15,400. General Coor-
                                 tion had not been introduced        Open Forum                             Jesse Oldham and Patrick          every dollar spent at the store   dinator Joe Holtz said that
                                 to the meeting as a proposal,          During the open forum,           Kwan proposed that the Coop          to cover its expenses which       the policy of requiring people
                                 only as a discussion item.          Jayson Berkshire brought to         establish an Animal Welfare          include salaries, operating       to sign up in advance for an
                                    Joe remarked that, whatever      the attention of the meeting        Committee, which could pro-          expenses, and equipment. The      orientation has helped to
                                 the parliamentary wrangle, he       that people are sitting and         vide more education to mem-          typical coop keeps roughly 38     stem growth. Three months
                                 did not believe he needed to        leaning on the memorial to          bers about animal welfare            cents per dollar, more than       of cancelled orientations last
                                 wait for GM approval to inves-      the fallen 9/11 firemen outside     issues, such as testing on and       twice as much.                    spring also helped to keep
                                 tigate what action the Coop         the front door, and proposed        cruel treatment of animals.             Cash assets are down by        growth down.
                                 should take against Barneys,        that squad leaders be empow-        The committee, which would           about $170,000, to approxi-          Currently, prospective
                                 that it was an appropriate part     ered to instruct walkers to         model itself on the Environ-         mately $1,317,000 due to the      members must go to the Coop
                                 of his normal role to come up       remind people, out of respect,      mental Committee, could              purchase of new equipment,        website Tuesday or Thursday
                                 with a legal and public rela-       not to sit, lean, or put objects    alert the Coop to products it        including refrigeration, and      afternoons between three and
                                 tions approach to the issue.        on the memorial.                    may wish to drop and could           to alterations to the base-       four p.m. and sign up for an
                                 And he felt, thus adding a truly                                        also help clarify ambiguity          ment coolers and especially       orientation there. The demand
                                 Zen-like wrinkle to the situa-      Committee Reports                   over the meaning of standards        due to the complete repay-        for these slots is such that it
                                 tion, the fact that he had             Susan Sternberg of the           such as “sustainable,” “free         ment of the Coop’s mortgage       takes only a few minutes for all
                                 received improper permission        Agenda Committee said that          range,” “grass fed,” “green,”        last December.                    35 slots to fill. One member
                                 from the GM did not mean he         the seven-member commit-            and “organic” as they apply to          Mike reported that the         asked if the online signup had
                                 shouldn’t do it.                    tee was down two members            meat and other animal-based          store’s inventory currently       an unintended class effect,
                                    In the end, the matter was       and was eagerly soliciting          products.                            turns over 65 times per year,     that is, if they discriminated
                                 settled when the Board              people to fill those slots. The                                          more than once per week. This     against people who don’t have
                                 refused by a unanimous vote         Agenda Committee works as           Financial Report                     means very fresh food for         computers or access to them.
                                 of the five members present to      pipeline for topics members            General Coordinator Mike          members. A typical large coop        Joe said that the people who
                                 reject the bowdlerized min-         want to bring to the GM. The        Eakin presented the financial        turns its inventory over every    do not have computers could
                                 utes of the August meeting.         committee meets once per            report. For the 32 weeks end-        three or four weeks.              call the office for assistance. ■

                                 A Farm Grows in Brooklyn                                                                   layers of food compost, horse manure
                                                                                                                            from local stables, newspaper, brown
                                                                                                                            compost (leaves), and sifted dirt.
                                 By Monique Peterson                                                                           Meanwhile planting plans contin-

                                 When Hunter College urban stud-
                                           Park Slope Coop member             announcing that Tom and his wife
                                                                              Emma would like to invite the commu-
                                                                                                                            ued. As some volunteers worked plots
                                                                                                                            for planting in 2011, others prepared
                                 ies professor Tom Angotti thought            nity to convert their plot of land into a     smaller plots for immediate planting
                                 about how he could make a differ-            community farm. Word reached as far           for summer and fall harvest. Park Slope outreach, plot maintenance, expens-
                                 ence in his community, he decided to         as Manhattan, and a regular crop mob          Coop member Peter Kelman, experi-       es, materials, and seeds. The hope is
                                 start with his overgrown corner plot.        of more than a hundred people showed          enced urban gardener, guided the far-   that by digging into the issues that we
                                 Little did he know he’d be at the            up from neighborhoods near and far.           m’s plot managers in the square foot    care about and getting our hands
                                 helm of a volunteer movement that’s             Concerns about food safety and             gardening method for maximizing pro-    dirty, even if we don’t solve all the
                                 working to make a difference in the          costs are not new, and the farm project       duction in limited urban spaces as well food problems as we see them, at the
                                 way we think about food, community,          has attracted numerous people who             as best practices for plot management   very least we can change what we
                                 and what it takes to democratically          care about addressing these issues,           and planning. Results have been sent    know and how we think about food.
                                 run a major project comprised of             including members of organizations            to a science lab at Brooklyn Col-
                                 individuals holding various opinions         such as the Park Slope Food Coop, Just        lege to teach us more about the
                                 on urban agriculture.                        Food, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and            soil and what is making its way
                                    How can a seed of an idea that a rocky    New York University.                          into what we grow in it.
                                 overgrown junk pile corner patch in             Since the inaugural groundbreaking,           Thus Prospect Farm is work-
                                 Brooklyn transform into a viable Com-        Prospect Farm has rooted into a com-          ing to both remediate the soil
                                 munity Supported Agriculture farm take       munity project, with a mission of pro-        and grow food; because this
                                 root? Perhaps it helps to be an experi-      ducing local food as an alternative to        will take some time it will be
                                 enced community planner like Tom.            industrial food. But even before future       “slow food” in more ways than
                                    It all started in March on the local      crop growers (and eaters) could think         one. The intent is to make
                                 Windsor Terrace/Kensington list-serve,       about what to grow and where and how,         Prospect Farm a living public
                                                                              there was the issue of taking a hard          model and teaching tool; to
                                                                              look at all that land and cleaning up         make public the Soup to Nuts
                                                                              what had long been buried there.              of it all. This includes periodic
                                                                                 The soil was tested and found to           testing of the soil—as well as Tending June plots after completing first
                                                                              have high levels of lead and other            what grows in it—and posting trench composting.
                                                                              heavy metals—typical of most Brook-           results; working with expert
                                                                              lyn soil near streets and highways. So        composters and involving the com-          Participation is open; all are wel-

                                                                              improving the soil began. First, we dug       munity in soil reclamation; reaching    come. Come see what’s shaping up at
                                                                              out concrete rubble, floor tiles, furni-      out to master gardeners and local sci-  the farm, located at 1194 Prospect
                                                                              ture frames, and 1970s-era cans with          entists; connecting with local resi-    Avenue, between Seeley and Vander-
                                                                              peel-off pull tabs. Then we started to        dents, businesses, schools, and         bilt Streets. You can find out more
                                                                              make new soil. From there, the commu-         organizations and other food sustain-   about the farm and how to get
                                                                              nity composting project got underway,         ability and food justice initiatives.   involved at
                                                                              collecting neighbors’ food scraps to             Ultimately, as much as Prospect      And save the date: October 30 begin-
                                                                              create enough compost to turn over            Farm can and does grow in Brooklyn,     ning at 11 a.m. the farm is kicking off
                                                                              into the soil, plot by plot. Volunteers       a farm needs hands—and regular          its first annual Harvest Fest and Soup
                                 First planting using square foot             carved out huge holes in the land, sift-      care. As it grows, the farm faces the   Cook-Off, with games, music, and
                                 gardening method.                            ed the soil, and filled the cavities with     reality of labor needs, organization,   food-a-plenty. ■
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                                                                          Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                October 21, 2010             3

      Business Model                        expenses for a grocer are labor     delivered, for a gross margin of
                                            and the cost of goods. But          17%, the Coop “operates at a
                                            PSFC’s members provide about        lower margin than any other
      fiscal year,” as reported by a        75% of the store’s work, which      conventional coop, which
      September 2010 article in For-        translates into big savings.”       yields lower prices.” He
      tune magazine.                           Along with 65 full-time          believes that “PSFC has been

                                                                                                                                                                                              ILLUSTRATION BY LYNN BERNSTEIN
         By the measures of both            employees, every month, each        able to maintain its model
      store profitability and income        one of 15,500 members con-          partly because of the density
      per square foot of store              tributes 2.75 hours of labor.       of the local population.”
      space, the Park Slope Food            Receiving produce and gro-             Even though “other coops
      Coop bested Whole Foods,              ceries, packing bulk items,         have abandoned their labor
      the two articles reported.            stocking shelves, checking out      requirement to increase mem-
      With a trim size of 6,000             customers, serving as               bership and up sales numbers,
      square feet, the Coop yields a        cashiers, supervising shifts,       experts say, PSFC is now the
      yearly per-square-foot aver-          stacking boxes, answering           only coop in the country of its
      age of over $6,500.                   phones, working in child-care,      size where all members are
         As for Whole Foods, “extrap-       cleaning, carrying, writing and     required to work and only            food costs, other values pre-        ues lead to economic viability
      olating from their second quar-       designing for the Linewaiters’      members can shop. But that           dominate in both Coop mem-           and even sustainability.
      ter 2010 numbers, the                 Gazette, and website, accompa-      doesn’t mean PSFC is exclu-          bers and employees. Coop                “Food co-ops are well posi-
      notoriously high-margin chain         nying fellow members, and           sive. The only requirements for      employees have a higher              tioned to help build a more
      had a per-store average of just       bringing back shopping carts,       membership are a $100                level of job satisfaction, and       promising economy based on
      $31.2 million—and a per-              and even cutting and wrapping       deposit, a $25 processing fee,       those measures have been             healthy food from healthy
      square-foot sales average just        cheese, which Fortune singles       and attendance at an orienta-        steadily increasing over the         farms,” says Dave Gutknect of
      an eighth of PSFC’s, at $838,”        out as a “real money saver,”        tion session,” Fortune reports.      last decade or more, reports         Cooperative Grocer. In Slow
      the New York based publica-           the active working member-                                               surveys published in Coopera-        Money, a report by Robin Sey-
      tion noted, admitting that, “As       ship cuts costs and gets many       Food Coops’ Fringe                   tive Grocer.                         del of La Montanita Coop,
      responsible amateur finance           Coop jobs done. “While some         Benefits                                 In addition, with its small      “Food coops are going
      writers, we really should note        coops have tiered member-              “Food coops are often a           store footprint of 6,000             beyond procuring and pro-
      that Whole Foods’ 300 stores          ships—i.e., you pay more not        home base for core shoppers,         square feet, the Coop also           moting local foods…[to
      means that an average really is       to work,” the Fortune writer        people who are incubators of         stocks a leaner selection of         investing]…in farmland,
      just an average, but still. We will   points out that the Coop “only      food trends and who have             food items, “9,500, vs. about        forming or collaborating with
      smugly declare this a victory         has one level of membership         developed a holistic under-          50,000 in a typical supermar-        agricultural land trusts, creat-
      for the home team.”                   to keep it egalitarian.”            standing of wellness,” says          ket,” says the Fortune article.      ing farm loan funds, doing
         Another recent Fortune arti-          Obviously, Coop members          Ellen Michel writing in a sum-       Rather than stocking a vast          microcredit loans and grants
      cle on the food chain, Trader         regard bartering labor for          mer 2010 issue of Cooperative        quantity of diverse products         to small food enterprises,
      Joe’s, detailed that the chain        reduced food prices as worth-       Grocer. “Mid-level consumers,        that manufacturers want to           managing farms and support-
      averages $1,750 in sales per          while, especially in economic       while less focused on the            sell, the Coop can concen-           ing community gardens, pro-
      square foot, more than double         times like the present. “The        broad connections between            trate on what its members            viding venues for farmers
      the sales figures of Whole            PSFC estimates that shoppers        food choices and the public          want to buy, producing a high        markets and creating regional
      Foods.                                spend 20% to 40% less on their      good, take smaller steps in the      turnover, which also helps to        distribution networks.”
                                            grocery bills than they would       direction of local, organic, and     assure that food is fresh.              In a Cooperative Grocer inter-
      How Does the Coop Do It?              at a traditional supermarket,”      sustainable products. Periph-            All of these factors and         view in 2006, Tim Wingate,
         How can the Coop out-per-          Fortune reports.                    ery consumers may discover           choices—store size, member           Chief Financial Officer at
      form these giants, yielding              Dave Gutknecht, the editor       the coop when they begin to          work, focused inventory, high        Hunger Mountain Food Co-op
      profit margins it wasn’t even         of Cooperative Grocer, points out   search for fewer “bad” foods,        turnover, profit margins, and        in Vermont asks, “If we don’t
      aiming to reach? According to         that with a mark up of 21%          reacting to an allergy or newly      certain core values make the         believe in building a coopera-
      Fortune, “The two biggest             over the cost of the goods          diagnosed medical condition,”        Coop a model. By emphasiz-           tive economy with our shop-
                                                                                she notes, explaining why            ing shared values—as a start-        ping and savings dollars, who
                                                                                Coops are among those who            ing point, rather than making        will? And if we don’t act on our
                                                                                are successfully weathering the      profits the overarching goal,        beliefs, how can we expect
                                                                                current economic downturn.           the Coop is a living demon-          others to? Invest in coopera-
                                                                                   In addition to reduced            stration that cooperative val-       tion today,” he urges. ■

                                                                                                            What Is That? How Do I Use It?

                                                                                                        Food Tours in the Coop
                                                                                     What you are                                         Be alert
                                                                                     is a spike of energy driven into the earth             to goodness
                                                                                     Everything you think, say and do sparks              It is there for you
                                                                                     energy                                                 waiting, hand out-stretched
                                                                                     affecting all that lives around you                  Reach out
                                                                                                                                            Take it
                                                                                     With right thinking, right saying
                                                                                     and right doing                                      The Park Slope Food Coop
                                                                                     you facilitate the same in others                     Lending a Hand
                                                                                     This goodness collects and never
                                                                                     dissipates                                                              by Myra Klockenbrink
                                                                                       It is available to anyone at any time

                                                                                     Wrong thinking, saying and doing
                                                                                     works similarly
                                                                                     but I say: Focus on the Good                          Mondays       November 1 and
                                                                                     In every situation the good is present                              November 15
                                                                                       waiting for you to acknowledge it                                 noon to 1:00 p.m.
                                                                                         so it can come to you                                  and      1:30 t0 2:30 p.m.

                                                                                     Once goodness is activated                           You can join in any time during a tour.
                                                                                     evil is rendered powerless

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      4        October 21, 2010                                           Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

      The Coop Welcomes
      Four New Staff Members
      By Frank Haberle

                                                                                                                                                                                         PHOTOS BY ROD MORRISON
          his Fall, especially during the late evening and weekend shifts, Coop
      T   members may notice four new Receiving Coordinators working hard
      to bring the best, freshest and healthiest produce and products available
      onto shelves. The Coop community welcomes the following four new
      staff to the Coop: Britt Henriksson, Tiffany Jackson, Matthew Marvel and
      Joseph Szladek.                                                                                                Joseph Szladek finds               Matthew Marvel sorts
                                                                                                                     juggling opportunities             through the latest crop of
      So, What Exactly Does a                                                   a whole, they offered an             everywhere.                        pumpkins.
      Receiving Coordinator                                                     assortment of tactfully
      Do?                                                                       worded observations and in           in Brooklyn 19 years.” Tiffany     what is your favorite Park
         While all share the same                                               some cases, carefully crafted        refers to her background as        Slope Food Coop product?
      title, their positions take on                                            answers. As Joseph says,             “Louisiana, originally; Vir-       As Matthew sees it, “my
      widely differing roles and                                                “You mean my bosses? Um,             ginia mostly. I have been in       favorite product at the Coop
      responsibilities, as well as dif-                                         they’re great!”                      Brooklyn for two years.”           is Edensoy Carob Soymilk
      ferent shifts, for the Coop.                                                 Matthew adds, “For the            Matthew is “originally from        because nobody else likes it.”
      Explaining her new position,                                              most part the members are            Minneapolis, Minnesota, in         “Virgil’s Cream Soda” is
      Britt states, “as a Receiving                                             very willing to do whatever is       the Midwest Coop Belt. I have      Tiffany’s answer. “Snacki-
      Coordinator, we help shop-                                                required of them.”                   lived in Brooklyn for four         mals,” Joseph offers, then
      pers get the items they want                                                 “It is impossible to make a       years.” “I was born in Point       specifies: “Chocolate Chip.”
      that might not be stocked on                                              generalization about the             Pleasant, New Jersey,” Joseph         “Mitica Tortas de Aceite
      shelf yet or which they cannot                                            members,” Britt says. “We are        offers, “which explains my         Artesana con Almendra Mar-
      locate. Receiving Coordina-                                               all different; individuals.”         demeanor. I’ve been in Brook-      cona,” Britt divulges, “which
      tors help manage the receiv-          Tiffany Jackson’s big smile.        Tiffany offers yet another per-      lyn for 6 years, fortunately not   translates to Sweet Marcona
      ing workers. We make sure                                                 spective, stating her first          long enough to have any            Almond Flatbread. They are
      that the items for the shelves                                            impressions of the member-           Brooklyn ‘cred.’”                  sweet and savory.”
      get up from the basement to                                               ship: “They’re very fertile!”                                              As the Coop continues to
      be stocked, whether they are                                                                                   What Do Receiving                  grow, these four new staff
      frozen pizza snacks, salmon                                               An Array of                          Coordinators….Eat?                 members will surely bring
      trim or vita coco. I am also                                              Backgrounds and Skills                  Perhaps the most reveal-        their enthusiasm and skills to
      there to help food processing.                                               When asked what they              ing and compelling question        build our community and
      I work nights and weekends.”                                              were doing prior to working          we can ask our new receiving       keep our shelves brimming
         As Matthew describes it, “I                                            at the Coop, the new Receiv-         coordinators as we get to          with great food.
      make sure that the store is                                               ing Coordinators cite an             know them, is the following:          Welcome! ■
      stocked       and     running                                             interesting array of experi-
      smoothly. I work mainly                                                   ences. Matthew says that,

      afternoons, evenings and                                                  “Most of my work history has
      weekends.”                                                                been in either collectively or
         Tiffany’s take on the posi-                                            cooperatively run business-
      tion is very similar: as a                                                es. However, before being
      receiving coordinator, she                                                hired by the Coop, I made a
      says her job entails “keep-           Britt Henriksson contem-            brief foray into the strange

                                                                                                                          Park Slope Food Coop
      ing the store stocked. I close        plating all the good Coop           world of art-handling and
      the Coop on evenings and              products.                           was eliminated when the
      weekends.”                                                                recession arrived. Luckily,
         Also a moonlighter, Joseph         the majority of the work done       the government was willing
      elaborates, “You’ll find me
      coordinating during evenings
                                            by members. Not bad….
                                            Plus, even though it’s close to
                                                                                to support me until the
                                                                                Coop could make an offer.”                  You won’t believe what this
      and weekends. I also moon-
      light as a buyer, ordering the
                                            home, my work never comes
                                            home with me.”
                                                                                Britt reflects that, prior to
                                                                                the Coop, she was a “stay at                 credit union has to offer!
      fancy chocolate (Mast Broth-             Explaining their first           home mom who has not
      ers, Tumbador, raw choco-             impressions, Britt and              been employed since my                              Representatives from
      lates), some fancy candles,           Matthew refer to prior experi-      daughter was born six years
      and some not-so-fancy honey.”         ence in management, the             ago.” Tiffany was a freelance              People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union
                                            food industry and Coopera-          photographer. While hold-
      First Impressions                     tives. Britt states that “I like    ing out for a position at the              will be at the Park Slope Food Coop to
         When asked about their             that every day is different         Coop, Joseph held several               present information and to sign up members
      first impressions of working          even if it is the same. It seems    positions. “Besides applying
      at the Coop, and what made            to be a really good fit for me, I   and re-applying for this job,”               in the second-floor meeting room.
      them want to work here, the           have done tons of managing          he says, “I worked at Whole
      new Coordinators offered a            and also went to cooking            Foods, the New York Open
      range of observations. “I love        school for culinary arts.”          Center, and a short stint at a                                Tuesday,
      my co-workers,” Tiffany                  “I like the pleasant working     strange banquet hall in                                      October 26
      states. “Hands down, they’re          conditions and that the Coop        Long Island.”                                              6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      the best. And the idea behind         is socially responsible,”              As for where they are from
      the Coop is so unique—I               Matthew says. “I wanted to          and how long they’ve lived in
      think that’s why we all work          work here because it is the         Brooklyn, the four reflect a                                  Saturday,
      here.” Joseph adds, “It’s an          only job I am qualified for.”       range of geographical back-                                  October 30
      incredibly functional place. I           When all four were asked         grounds. Britt says that “I am
                                                                                                                                           2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      like that. Forty million in           about their first impressions       originally from the suburbs of
      sales with a tiny footprint and       of the Coop membership as           Detroit, Michigan. I have been
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                                                                                         Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                                         October 21, 2010                   5

                                         SHELF                       LABELING                                COMMITTEE                                  REPORT

      October Introduces the Non-GMO Project                                                                                                                                     able knowing they are buying
                                                                                                                                                                                 a healthful product, and also
                                                                                                                                                                                 supporting the continuing
      By Julia Herd                               This is a powerful exposé of                GMOs have greater nutritional         final product (5,6).                         availability of non-GMO

      G    enetically       modified
           salmon??!! For all of you
      alarmed by the recent
                                                  the ways this American multi-
                                                  national corporation is sneak-
                                                  ing GMOs into our food and
                                                                                              value, or stay fresh longer, or
                                                                                              taste better, or provide any
                                                                                              other consumer benefit (3, 5).
                                                                                                                                       While the seal doesn’t
                                                                                                                                    guarantee a product is 100%
                                                                                                                                    GMO free, it guarantees that
                                                                                                                                                                                 choices in North America.
                                                                                                                                                                                    So when shopping, start
                                                                                                                                                                                 looking for shelf tags near
      announcement that the U.S.                  attempting to monopolize                    The primary beneficiaries are         the product is certified to                  products that are verified by
      Food and Drug Administra-                   nature.                                     the companies that develop,           have less than 0.9% GMO                      the Non-GMO Project.
      tion is seriously considering                  What is Non-GMO Month?                   patent, and market GMO                content, which is the legal                  Visit the Non-GMO Project
      adding genetically engi-                    It’s dedicated to begin the                 seeds (3,5). Moreover, there is       standard used by the Euro-                   website at www.nongmopro-
      neered salmon to the grow-                  education of consumers                      a growing number of studies           pean Union (6). It also guar-       To learn what to look
      ing list of genetically                     about food safety and food                  showing a correlation between         antees that any product                      for when buying animal
      modified organisms (GMOs)                   labels. It’s to provide more                consumption of GMOs and an            bearing the seal has under-                  and dairy products, visit
      approved for sale to con-                   knowledge so that we can                    array of health risks (5). As a       gone independent testing of                  www.gmodanger.wordpress.c
      sumers in the US (1- see end                make more informed choices                  result, more and more con-            all ingredients for which                    om. For questions, email the
      of article for references by                when seeking to eat healthy                 sumers are seeking non-GMO            there is a GMO version grown                 Coop’s GMO Committee at
      number), there is some excit-               foods. It’s a celebration of the            choices. But here in the U.S.,        in North America (6).              
      ing news. October is the                    work of the Non-GMO Project,                there is no legal requirement            The Non-GMO Project is                       And come learn how Mon-
      launch date of a new way to                 and the introduction of the                 for producers to disclose             the only organization offering               santo wants to control our
      avoid GMOs in food. Intro-                  “Non-GMO Project Verified”                  whether their products con-           independent verification of                  foods, when we show The World
      ducing the Non-GMO Project,                 seal on retail products, giving             tain GMOs (3,5). Compare this         testing and GMO controls for                 According to Monsanto on Friday,
      a non-profit group of U.S.                  consumers more power to                     with most other developed             products in the U.S. and                     October 29, at 7:30 p.m. on the
      manufacturers, retailers,                   make informed decisions.                    nations, where there are              Canada (5). When consumers                   Coop’s 2nd floor. The movie is
      processors, distributors,                      Today, it is estimated that              restrictions or even bans on          buy a product bearing the                    free, and there will be non-
      farmers, seed companies,                    nearly 80% of conventional                  GMOs because they have not            Non-GMO Project Verified                     GMO baked goodies provided!
      and consumers whose goal is                 processed foods in the Unit-                been proved safe (3,5). What          label, they can feel comfort-                See you then! ■
      to provide consumers with                   ed States contain GMOs (2, 3,               this means is that U.S. con-
      new tools by which to eat                   4, 5). Genetic modification is              sumers are denied the right to        References by Notation Number:
      healthily, and to promote                   a laboratory process where                  choose the quality and nature         1. Andrew Pollack, “Genetically Altered Salmon Get Closer to the Table,” N.Y. Times
      non-GMO food.                               DNA from different species is               of the foods they want to eat.        25 June 2010 (
         It’s Non-GMO Month! This                 merged, creating mutant                        The Non-GMO Project has            2. USDA Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S. (2009)
      October, across the country,                combinations of plant, ani-                 adopted a standard method of          (
      nearly 600 retailers, including             mal, bacteria and viral genes               testing to determine whether          3. Non GMO Project ( - “Consumers” – “About GMOs”)
      the Park Slope Food Coop                    that would never occur in                   foods are GMO-free (5). It pro-       4. Martin Teitel and Kimberly Wilson, Genetically Engineered Food Changing the Face of
      (and also Whole Foods Mar-                  nature or in traditional cross-             vides a uniform, independent          Nature, Park Street Press, Vermont 2001
      ket) join in the effort                     breeding (3,4,5). GMOs are                  standard of product verifica-         5. Institute for Responsible Technology (
       to give consumers more infor-              bred into plants—soy, corn,                 tion (5). It is this nation’s first   AboutGMFoods/FAQS/Index.cfm)
      mation and tools to help them               sugar beets, canola in partic-              third-party non-GMO verifica-         6. Non GMO Project (“Consumers”-“Understanding Our Seal”)
      make healthy food-buying                    ular—for non-consumer ben-                  tion program (5). The idea is
      choices. Members of the                     efits (5). The plants are                   to help consumers regain con-
      Coop’s Non-GMO Shelf Label-                 designed to withstand direct                trol of what they eat by provid-
      ing Committee are handing
      out information to shoppers
                                                  application of herbicides or
                                                  to self-produce an insecticide
                                                                                              ing information that allows
                                                                                              them to choose whether to eat
                                                                                                                                             VALET BIKE PARKING
      and passersby about Non-
      GMO Month and how to avoid
                                                  to repel certain insects
                                                  (3,4,5). The proposed engi-
                                                                                              or avoid genetically modified
                                                                                                                                             IS HERE ON SUNDAYS!
      GMOs. In addition, on Friday,               neering of salmon is                           The Project’s standard
      October 29, 2010, the Coop                  designed to make the fish                   assures that a particular                    Every Sunday through November 21, from
      will host a special free screen-            mature more quickly (1).                    product is neither genetically                             3:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Coop
      ing of the film The World Accord-              There is no evidence to                  modified nor contains geneti-                            members can leave their bikes
      ing to Monsanto , at 7:30 p.m.              show that foods containing                  cally modified organisms (5).                            with our valet parking service,
                                                                                              Foods that meet the Project’s
                                                                                                                                                        which is like a coat check for
                      Puzzle Corner                                                           standards are allowed to
                                                                                              show the Non-GMO Project
                                                                                              Verified label on their prod-
                                                                                                                                                             bikes. Working members
                                                                                                                                                               will check in and watch
                                Plus-Ones                                                     ucts’ packaging (5,6). This is
                                                                                              the symbol that consumers
                                                                                                                                                                   your bike for you.
          Below is a list of 25 common words. Each word can be expanded by
          inserting a single additional letter somewhere within the word (not at the
                                                                                              should be on the lookout for,
          beginning or end), to form a new word. The original letters should not be           beginning this October. Near-                                         Just drop off your
          rearranged in any way.                                                              ly 900 products have been                                            bike, do your shop-
                                                                                              verified to date, with thou-              ping or your shift, and hop back on. No locks,
          Each of the letters A through Z, excluding Q, is used exactly once to expand        sands more in the pipeline
          these words. Some words can be expanded in multiple ways, but only one
                                                                                              (5). New products join the                no worries, no theft. Service operates rain or
          combination of expansions will use up all the letters.
                                                                                              program every day.                         shine. Look for us in front of the yellow wall.
          As an example, the first word in the list, “prelude,” can be expanded by               Manufacturers earn the                    (Note: no bike check-in after 7:30 p.m.)
          inserting a “C” to make the new word “preclude.” Having used the “C” for            seal through compliance with
          this word, it will not be used for any further expansions.                          rigorous GMO avoidance
         prelude                    sentient                   car
                                                                                              standards established by the
         grate                      imperil                    breath                         Non-GMO Project (5, 6).                     Valet bicycle parking at the Coop is brought
         garage                     eternal                    peasant                        Ingredients are each tested                to you by the PSFC Shop & Cycle Committee.
         deer                       reside                     piggish                        (5,6). There is close monitor-
         through                    simulate                   wrath                          ing of all steps in the produc-
         widow                      deletion                   thirty
         deprecate                  imperious                  septic
                                                                                              tion process, including
         ford                       compete                                                   tracing the tested ingredients
         continent                  sallow                                                    to make sure they remain
                                                                                              segregated so that there is no
         Puzzle author: Stuart Marquis. For answers, see page 10.
         Puzzle author: Stuart Marquis. For answers, see page xx.                             possibility of GMO ingredi-
                                                                                              ents getting mixed into the
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      6           Oct 21, 2010                                                              Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

                     COOP HOURS                                                                                                                                                         A monthly musical
                                                                                     Friday                                                                                      fundraising partnership of
           Office Hours:                                                                                                                                                                     the Park Slope
             Monday through Thursday                                                 Nov. 19                                                                                                Food Coop and
               8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.                                                8:00 p.m.                                                                                        the Brooklyn Society
             Friday & Saturday                                                                                                                                                           for Ethical Culture
               8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
           Shopping Hours:
               8:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
               6:00 a.m. to 10:00* p.m.
             Sunday                                                                      Barry Bryson
               6:00 a.m. to 7:30* p.m.                                                                                                                                               A Great
           *Shoppers must be on a checkout line
            15 minutes after closing time.                                                                                                                                    Big Band Sound from
           Childcare Hours:                                                                                                                                                    a Great Small Band
             Monday through Sunday
               8:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          Come join Barry Bryson, bandleader and trumpeter
           Web address:                                                                                                                   of the Swing Street Orchestra, and fabulous Coop jazz
                                                                                                                musicians for a night of big-band swing-dance music.

                                                                                         Marje Wagner                     Barry Bryson—Trumpet/Leader Cynthia Hilts—Piano
                                                                                                                          Lee Hudson—Bass                  Rob Garcia—Drums
                                                                                                                          David Phelps—Guitar              Stephan Bauer—Vibraphone
                                                                                                                          Lisa Parrott—Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
      The Linewaiters’ Gazette is published biweekly by the Park Slope
      Food Coop, Inc., 782 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215.                                                        Jenny Hill—Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet
      Opinions expressed here may be solely the views of the writer. The
                                                                                                                          Marje Wagner—Vocals              Surprise Guest—Trombone
      Gazette will not knowingly publish articles that are racist, sexist, or oth-
      erwise discriminatory.
      The Gazette welcomes Coop-related articles, and letters from members.                                               Liz Peterson will be there to give a brief swing lesson in the
                                                                                                                          beginning and continue coaching people throughout
      All submissions must include author’s name and phone number and
      conform to the following guidelines. Editors will reject letters and
      articles that are illegible or too long. Submission deadlines appear
                                                                                              53 Prospect Park West [at 2nd Street] • $10 • 8:00 p.m. [doors open at 7:45]
      in the Coop Calendar opposite.                                                                       Performers are Park Slope Food Coop members and receive Coop workslot credit.
                                                                                                                                    Booking: Bev Grant, 718-788-3741
      Letters: Maximum 500 words. All letters will be printed if they
      conform to the guidelines above. The Anonymity and Fairness
      policies appear on the letters page in most issues.
                                                                                                                                                                     This Issue Prepared By:

      Voluntary Articles: Maximum 750 words. Editors will reject articles
      that are essentially just advertisements for member businesses and                         Monthly on the...
      services.                                                                                       Last Sunday                                             Coordinating Editors:      Stephanie Golden
                                                                                                       October 31                                                                        Erik Lewis

      Committee Reports: Maximum 1,000 words.                                                    10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
      Editor-Writer Guidelines: Except for letters to the editor, which                             Second Saturday                                          Editors (development):      Erik Lewis
      are published without editing but are subject to the Gazette let-                               November 13                                                                        Joan Minieri

      ters policy regarding length, anonymity, respect, and fairness,                            10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
      all submissions to the Linewaiters' Gazette will be reviewed and                                                                                                    Reporters:     Frank Haberle
                                                                                                     Third Thursday
      if necessary edited by the editor. In their review, editors are guid-                           November 18                                                                        Alison Rose Levy
      ed by the Gazette's Fairness and Anonymity policies as well as                              7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.                                                                    Ed Levy

      standard editorial practices of grammatical review, separation of
                                                                                           On the sidewalk in front of the receiving
      fact from opinion, attribution of factual statements, and rudi-                                                                                     Art Director (development):    Eva Schicker
                                                                                                      area at the Coop.
      mentary fact checking. Writers are responsible for the factual
      content of their stories. Editors must make a reasonable effort to                                                                                                 Illustrators:   Lynn Bernstein
      contact and communicate with writers regarding any proposed
      editorial changes. Writers must make a reasonable effort to
      respond to and be available to editors to confer about their arti-
      cles. If there is no response after a reasonable effort to contact
                                                                                           What plastics do we accept?
                                                                                                                                                                                         Ethan Pettit
                                                                                                                                                                                         Deborah Tint

                                                                                                                                                                     Photographers:      Rod Morrison
      the writer, an editor, at her or his discretion, may make editorial                    Until further notice:
      changes to a submission without conferring with the writer.                                                                                                   Traffic Manager:     Barbara Knight
                                                                                      • #1 and #6 type non-bottle shaped contain-
      Submissions on Paper: Typed or very legibly handwritten and                                                                                                       Thumbnails:      Kristin Lilley

                                                                                        ers, transparent only, labels ok
      placed in the wallpocket labeled "Editor" on the second floor at the                                                                                           Preproduction:      Helena Boskovic
      base of the ramp.                                                               • Plastic film and bubble wrap, transparent
                                                                                        only, no colored or opaque, no labels                                            Photoshop:      Terrance Carney
      Digital Submissions: We welcome digital submissions. Drop

                                                                                      • #5 plastic cups, tubs, and specifically                           Art Director (production):     Dilhan Kushan
      disks in the wallpocket described above. The email address for
                                                                                        marked caps and lids, very clean and dry                               Desktop Publishing:       Gabrielle Napolitano
      submissions is Receipt of your
      submissions will be acknowledged on the deadline day.                             (discard any with paper labels, or cut off)
                                                                                                                                                                                         Lee Schere

      Classified & Display Ads: Ads may only be placed by and on behalf                  •NOTE: We are no longer accepting
                                                                                              #2 or #4 type plastics.                                                                    Oliver Yourke
      of Coop members. Classified ads are prepaid at $15 per insertion,
      business card ads at $30. (Ads in the “Merchandise–Non-commercial”               PLASTIC MUST BE COMPLETELY CLEAN & DRY                                   Editor (production):     Tioma Allison
      category are free.) All ads must be written on a submission form                                                                                               Puzzle Master:      Stuart Marquis
                                                                                                     We close up promptly.
      (available in a wallpocket on the first floor near the elevator). Classi-               Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the
      fied ads may be up to 315 characters and spaces. Display ads must                                                                                           Final Proofreader:     Nancy Rosenberg
                                                                                        collection end time to allow for inspection and
      be camera-ready and business card size (2"x3.5").                                             sorting of your plastic.                                                  Index:     Len Neufeld
      Printed by: New Media Printing, Bethpage, NY.

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                                                                                      Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY                                               Oct 21, 2010           7

                           Office Set Up                                               it around the Coop. While the laundry is wash-

                           Mondays or Tuesdays, 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.                 ing/drying, you will clean toys in the childcare
                                                                                       room. You will be working with a partner on
                           The Membership Office needs an early riser
                                                                                       these tasks. Please contact the Membership
                           with lots of energy to do a variety of physical
                                                                                       Office if you’re interested.
                           tasks, including setting up tables and chairs;
                           buying food and supplies; labeling and putting
                           away food and supplies; recycling; washing
                           dishes; and making coffee. Sound like your                  Store Equipment Cleaning
                           dream come true? Please speak to Adriana in                 Mondays, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
                           the Membership Office for more information.                 The Coop is looking for members to clean the
                                                                                       checkout area of the store. It entails cleaning
                                                                                       the scales at each checkout and vacuuming
                           Laundry and Toy Cleaning                                    around the base of the checkout station as well
                           Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.                 as sweeping and occasionally mopping. You
                           to 10:30 p.m.                                               will work under the supervision of a staff per-
                           This workslot has two responsibilities: You will            son. Contact the Membership Office for more
                           load laundry into dryer, fold it and redistribute           information.

                                                                                                                                       A l l A b o u t t h e
                 C O O P CA L E N D A R                                                                                              G e n e r a l M e e t i n g

         New Member Orientations                                        General Meeting Info                                      Our Governing Structure
         Attending an Orientation is the first step toward              TUE, OCT 26                                               From our inception in 1973 to the present, the open
         Coop membership. Pre-registration is required for              GENERAL MEETING: 7:00 p.m.                                monthly General Meetings have been at the center of the
         all of the four weekly New Member Orientations.                                                                          Coop’s decision-making process. Since the Coop incor-
         To pre-register, visit or contact             TUE, NOV 2                                                porated in 1977, we have been legally required to have a
         the Membership Office. Visit in person or call 718-            AGENDA SUBMISSIONS: 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                  Board of Directors. The Coop continued the tradition of
         622-0560 during office hours.                                  Submissions will be considered for the Nov 16
                                                                        General Meeting.                                          General Meetings by requiring the Board to have open
         Have questions about Orientation? Please visit                                                                           meetings and to receive the advice of the members at and look at the “Join the Coop”               Gazette Deadlines                                         General Meetings. The Board of Directors, which is
         page for answers to frequently asked questions.                                                                          required to act legally and responsibly, has approved
                                                                        LETTERS & VOLUNTARY ARTICLES:                             almost every General Meeting decision at the end of
         The Coop on the Internet                                           Nov 4 issue:     7:00 p.m., Mon, Oct 25               every General Meeting. Board members are elected at
                                                                            Nov 18 issue:    7:00 p.m., Mon, Nov 8                the Annual Meeting in June. Copies of the Coop’s bylaws
                                                                        CLASSIFIED ADS DEADLINE:                                  are available at the Coop Community Corner and at
         The Coop on Cable TV                                               Nov 4 issue:     7:00 p.m., Wed, Oct 27               every General Meeting.
                                                                            Nov 18 issue:    7:00 p.m., Wed, Nov 10
         Inside the Park Slope Food Coop
         FRIDAYS 2:30 p.m. with a replay at 10:30 p.m.                                                                            Next Meeting: Tuesday,
         Channels: 56 (TimeWarner), 69 (CableVision).
                                                                                                                                  October 26, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                  The General Meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each
                         Attend a GM                                              Park Slope Food Coop
                                                                                   Mission Statement                              Location
                    and Receive Work Credit                                                                                       The Temple House of Congregation Beth Elohim
            Since the Coop’s inception in 1973, the General                     The Park Slope Food Coop is a mem-
                                                                                                                                  (Garfield Temple), 274 Garfield Place.
        Meeting has been our decision-making body. At the                       ber-owned and operated food store—an
        General Meeting (GM) members gather to make                             alternative to commercial profit-oriented
        decisions and set Coop policy. The General-Meeting-for-                 business. As members, we contribute our           How to Place an Item
        workslot-credit program was created to increase
        participation in the Coop’s decision-making process.
                                                                                labor: working together builds trust
                                                                                through cooperation and teamwork and
                                                                                                                                  on the Agenda
            Following is an outline of the program. For full details, see
        the instruction sheets by the sign-up board.                            enables us to keep prices as low as possi-        If you have something you’d like discussed at a General
                                                                                ble within the context of our values and          Meeting, please complete a submission form for the
        • Advance Sign-up required:                                                                                               Agenda Committee. Forms are available in the rack near
           To be eligible for workslot credit, you must add your                principles. Only members may shop, and
        name to the sign-up sheet in the elevator lobby. The sign-              we share responsibilities and benefits            the Coop Community Corner bulletin board and at
        ups sheet is available all month long, except for the day of            equally. We strive to be a responsible and        General Meetings. Instructions and helpful information
        the meeting when you have until 5 p.m. to sign up. On the               ethical employer and neighbor. We are a           on how to submit an item appear on the submission
        day of the meeting, the sign-up sheet is kept in the                    buying agent for our members and not a            form. The Agenda Committee meets on the first Tuesday
        Membership Office.                                                      selling agent for any industry. We are a part     of each month to plan the agenda for the GM held on the
           Some restrictions to this program do apply. Please see                                                                 last Tuesday of the month. If you have a question, please
                                                                                of and support the cooperative movement.
        below for details.                                                                                                        call Ann Herpel at the coop.
                                                                                We offer a diversity of products with an
        • Two GM attendance credits per year:
                                                                                emphasis on organic, minimally pro-
          Each member may take advantage of the GM-for-
        workslot-credit program two times per calendar year.                    cessed and healthful foods. We seek to            Meeting Format
        • Certain Squads not eligible:                                          avoid products that depend on the                 Warm Up (7:00 p.m.) • Meet the Coordinators
           Eligible: Shopping, Receiving/ Stocking, Food                        exploitation of others. We support non-           • Enjoy some Coop snacks • Submit Open Forum items
        Processing, Office, Maintenance, Inventory, Construction,               toxic, sustainable agriculture. We respect        • Explore meeting literature
        and FTOP committees. (Some Committees are omitted                       the environment. We strive to reduce the          Open Forum (7:15 p.m.) Open Forum is a time for
        because covering absent members is too difficult.)                      impact of our lifestyles on the world we          members to bring brief items to the General Meeting. If
        • Attend the entire GM:                                                 share with other species and future genera-       an item is more than brief, it can be submitted to the
            In order to earn workslot credit you must be present                tions. We prefer to buy from local, earth-        Agenda Committee as an item for a future GM.
        for the entire meeting.                                                 friendly producers. We recycle. We try to         Reports (7:30 p.m.) • Financial Report • Coordinators’
        • Signing in at the Meeting:                                            lead by example, educating ourselves and          Report • Committee Reports
           1. After the meeting the Chair will provide the                      others about health and nutrition, coopera-
        Workslot Credit Attendance Sheet.                                                                                         Agenda (8:00 p.m.)
           2.Please also sign in the attendance book that is                    tion and the environment. We are com-             The agenda is posted at the Coop Community Corner
        passed around during the meeting.                                       mitted to diversity and equality. We              and may also appear elsewhere in this issue.
        • Being Absent from the GM:                                             oppose discrimination in any form. We             Wrap Up (9:30-9:45) (unless there is a vote to extend
           It is possible to cancel without penalty. We do ask that             strive to make the Coop welcoming and             the meeting) • Meeting evaluation • Board of Directors
        you remove your name if you know cannot attend. Please                  accessible to all and to respect the opin-        vote • Announcements, etc.
        do not call the Membership Office with GM cancellations.                ions, needs and concerns of every member.

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             oct 22-23 Blood Drive                                                                         oct 28              Diversity Awareness Initiative Series:
          fri-sat 11 am–6 pm                                                                                thu 7 pm
                                                                                                                               ‘Who Are Those Subtitles For?’
          Fact: Less than 3% of the population donates blood, and 90% will use blood some
                                                                                                     “We all speak Bengali, so who are those subtitles for?” A Dhaka audience member’s irate
          time in their life. Presented in cooperation with New York Methodist Hospital. For fur-
                                                                                                     question at a screening of the film Muslims or Heretics provides the context for thinking
          ther information about blood donation, call 718-780-3644.
                                                                                                     through the problems of projects with conflicting audiences. Coop member Naeem
                                                                                                     Mohaiemen will show excerpts from his film and talk about context. Mohaiemen’s projects
                                                                                                     will show next at Frieze Art Fair 2010 and Sharjah Biennial 2011. The Diversity and
                                                                                                     Equality Committee (DEC) is moderating this event series to promote diversity awareness
            oct 23-24 Food Drive to Benefit                                                          and education at the Coop. The series will include film screenings, moderated discussions,
          sat-sun 9 am–7 pm                                                                          presentations and workshops. Events will address issues related to race, gender, sexual ori-
                            CHIPS Soup Kitchen                                                       entation, disability, age, culture, ethnicity and socio-economics.
          CHIPS Soup Kitchen, located at 4th Avenue and Sackett Street, is the recipient of          Send event proposals to: PSFC members who present as part
          much of our edible but unsaleable perishable food. They also need donations of             of the event series are eligible to receive work credit.
          nonperishable foods. This food will go to CHIPS to help them feed people in the
          neighborhood who are in need of a nutritious meal. Consider contributing nonperish-
          able foods and commercially packaged foods; canned fish; canned fruits and veg-
                                                                                                           oct 29              The World According
                                                                                                             fri 7 pm
          etables; pasta sauce; pasta; pre-packaged rice; pre-packaged beans; canned beans;
          canned soups; Parmalat milk; dry milk; peanut butter; cooking oil; or boxed raisins.
                                                                                                                               To Monsanto
          Give donations to the collection table outside the Coop.                                                               As part of Non-GMO Month, the GMO Shelf Labeling Committee
                                                                                                                                 is screening The World According to Monsanto. This film is an
                                                                                                                                 in-depth documentary that looks at the domination of the agri-
                                                                                                                                 cultural industry by one of the world’s most insidious and power-
                                                                                                                                 ful companies. The Non-GMO Project is a creation of the health
                oct 24            Dream Workshop
                                                                                                                                 food industry and funded by a consortium of producers, retailers
                                                                                                     and distributors. For the first time ever, this independent group is actually testing foods to
                sun 12 pm
                                                                                                     determine if GMOs are present. Foods that pass the test are permitted to place the Non-
          Would you like to have more tools to think about your dreams? This workshop will pro-      GMO Project logo on their label.
          vide you with ideas to understand dreams and their guiding intention in a deeper way.
          Drawing from the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung, we will look at dreams both cho-
          sen by the presenter as well as dreams of participants, if wished. Coop member Frauke
          Glaubitz, MD, ADTR, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Manhattan and
                                                                                                           oct 30              Eldercare from A to Z
          Brooklyn. She also works with dreams in “Authentic Movement” using nonverbal, cre-
                                                                                                           sat 11 am
          ative ways to connect to the unconscious partner within.                                   Each panel member of this discussion is professionally committed to making life easier
                                                                                                     for New York City seniors and their families and caregivers. Panel member Kathleen
                                                                                                     Higgins Esq., partner, The Law Office of Weiserbs & Higgins, LLP, is an eldercare attor-
                                                                                                     ney who plans for present and future needs for seniors, wills, trusts, supplemental needs
                oct 26            PSFC OCT General Meeting
                                                                                                     trusts, health care proxies, living wills and powers of attorney. Katie Hustead, principal,
                                                                                                     Paper Moon Moves LLC, will address advance planning for a possible move into senior
                 tue 7 pm                                                                            housing, assisted living or a relative’s home; the downsizing and organizing challenges
                                  Items will be taken up in the order given. Times in parentheses    seniors face; and how to prepare for a senior move. Skip Dailey is a licensed funeral
                                  are suggestions. More information on each item may be avail-       director and advance-planning coordinator for Dignity Memorial funeral providers. He
                                  able on the entrance table at the meeting. We ask members to       assists with final expenses associated with trusts, estate and Medicaid planning.
                                  please read the materials available between 7 and 7:15 p.m.
          Meeting location: Congregation Beth Elohim Social Hall (Garfield Temple),
          274 Garfield Place at Eighth Avenue.                                                             oct 31              Candida Albicans Again?
          Item #1: Agenda Committee Election (20 minutes)                                                  sun 12 pm
          Election: “Four two-year terms are open on the committee. Two current Agenda               Yeast is a complex condition that needs to be attacked from different angles. It is the
          Committee members whose terms have expired are seeking re-election. The committee          cause of many ailments. Find out how you can combat it once and for all. Why does it
          will present additional candidates to fill openings on the committee.”                     come back? What is the hidden cause that was never imagined before? Do only a few
                                                            —submitted by the Agenda Committee       people know about the cause? Stop this beast that takes years away from your life.
          Item #2: Amend Coop Retirement Policy (35 minutes)                                         Instead, live a happy, joyful life in vibrant health. Presented by Coop member Marija
          Proposal: “To change the Coop retirement policy to Park Slope Food Coop members in         Santo, CNHP and Geotran Practitioner.
          good standing with 30 years of service and who are at least 60 years old may retire
          from the workslot requirement. The current requirement for retirement is 20 years of
          service and at least 65 years old.”                          —submitted by Tracy Fitz             nov 2              Agenda Committee Meeting
          Item #3: FTOP members and make-up shift slots (35 minutes)                                        tue 8 pm
          Proposal: “Permitting FTOP workers to be able to do make-up shifts when space per-                                  The Committee reviews pending agenda items and creates the
          mits.”                                        —submitted by Jeanne Solomon                                          agenda for this month’s General Meeting. Drop by and talk with
          Explanation: “In light of FTOP shifts being booked weeks in advance on an average day                               committee members face-to-face between 8 and 8:15 p.m.
          prohibiting easy scheduling of FTOP shifts, FTOP workers should be able to do make-up                               Before submitting an item, read “How to Develop an Agenda
          shifts so they don’t get hopelessly behind.”                                               Item for the General Meeting” and fill out the General Meeting Agenda Item Submission
          For information on how to place an item on the Agenda, please see the center pages of      Form, both available from the Membership Office. The next General Meeting will be
          the Linewaiters’ Gazette. The Agenda Committee minutes and the status of pending           held on Tuesday, November 30, 7 p.m., at Congregation Beth Elohim Social Hall (Garfield
          agenda items are available in the Coop office.                                             Temple), 274 Garfield Place at Eighth Avenue.

                           For more information on these and other events, visit the Coop’s website:
                                All events take place at the Park Slope Food Coop unless otherwise noted. Nonmembers are welcome to attend workshops.
                                                 Views expressed by the presenter do not necessarily represent the Park Slope Food Coop.

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                 nov 4              Food Class:                                                                     nov 9            Safe Food Committee Film Night:
              thu 7:30 pm           The Flavors of Mexico                                                           tue 7 pm
                                                                                                                                      Native Harvest
                                           Tricia Brown is a chef, culinary instructor and a food and wine                            A celebration of indigenous food, farming and culture. Film
                                           blogger. She teaches Mexican and New Mexican cuisine at                                    and host to be announced. Please see the bulletin board
                                           numerous schools. She also leads culinary tours to Santa Fe                                next to the elevator for updates.
             Susan Baldassano, Coordinator New Mexico. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet

         Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and the International Wine Institute’s Advanced
         program. She documents her adventures in eating and drinking on her blog, Menu includes spice-marinated vegetarian mushroom tacos; quick
         and delicious black beans; and herb-infused quinoa. Materials fee: $4.
                                                                                                                   nov 12            Defending and Enhancing
                                                                                                                   fri 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                                     Social Security
                 nov 5              Film Night:          A Ring of Their Own                                 One of the nation’s best anti-poverty programs is under attack by those who would
               fri 7:30 pm                                                                                   make us work ’til we drop. We need to understand the fallacies in the opponents’ argu-
                                     A Ring of Their Own captures the drama of Ann-Marie Saccurato           ments and work to build a movement to make Americans’ retirements truly secure.
                                     and Angel Bovee, female competitors in one of the most aggres-          Brent Kramer has been a Coop member for more than 30 years. He teaches Economics
                                     sive and male-identified sports on the planet — boxing. Two             at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
                                     remarkable women push themselves to their absolute physical
                                     limits, then make a radically different choice than many profes-
                                     sional gay athletes by living out and proud, becoming true pio-
         neers in the ring. Director Michael Penland has produced documentaries independently, for                 nov 13            Autumn Recipe
                                                                                                                  sat 1–3 pm
         public television and for network news divisions and cable outlets.
         To book a Film Night, contact Faye Lederman,
                                                                                                                                     Swap & Brunch
                                                                                                             What sort of foods do you enjoy eating when Summer bows out and the brisk Fall
                                                                                                             weather returns? Do roasted squash and hearty soups replace your Summer diet of sal-
                 nov 6              The Day Before the                                                       ads and BBQ? Swappers are invited to prepare a favorite Autumn dish and share it,
                                                                                                             with the recipe, with fellow cooks and eaters. Please prepare enough food to serve 10-
               sat 1–4 pm
                                    NYC Marathon                                                             12. Swappers are invited to prepare a favorite dish using Autumnal ingredients and
                                                                                                             bring the dish with the recipe to share with others. The event’s presenter will photocopy
         Bring your own carbs and share with other runners, while enjoying highlights from vari-             all the recipes for everyone to take.
         ous running events, such as the recent Berlin Marathon, and other marathons and run-
         ning events.This is open to ALL(whether you are running a marathon or not).Runners
         and nonrunners (or as we say: “soon to be runners”) are welcome. (Food Coop rules do
         not permit alcohol.)
                                                                                                                   nov 13            Nutrition Response Testing
                                                                                                                    sat 4 pm

                 nov 6              Forgiveness
                                                                                                             Stop guessing which supplements are best. Stop prescribing for yourself based on the
                                                                                                             latest magazine article or news report. Know exactly which whole foods are best for your
                sat 5 pm                                                                                     body. Nutrition response testing can identify the underlying reason your body is creating
                                                                                                             symptoms. Then we can create a designed, clinical nutrition program just for you! Coop
         Learn to forgive yourself and others, focus and use the power of unconditional love,
                                                                                                             member Diane Paxton, MS, LAc, is the owner and principal of Inner Fire Integrative
         align your head and your heart, use the power and energy of love to relieve stress, and
                                                                                                             Health Services, with offices in Manhattan and Park Slope.
         participate in a group unconditional love meditation. Coop member Moraima Suarez
         has studied and practiced the healing arts for more than 20 years.

                                                                                                                   nov 19            Harmonize Your Body, Mind
                 nov 7              Simple Solutions for                                                            fri 7 pm
               sun 12 pm                                                                                                             And Spirit with Jin Shin Jyutsu
                                    Organizing Your Life                                                                    ®
                                                                                                             Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese practice that balances the body’s energy by
         Learn how to prioritize, develop a task list, clear out clutter, manage time more effi-             simply using hands/fingers to eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve
         ciently and expand your living space. For the past ten years, Coop member Susan                     pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions. In this workshop, you will learn to boost
         Kranberg, a professional organizer and experienced business consultant, has helped                  your immune system, help with fatigue, relieve aching backs, alleviate stomach issues
         homeowners, apartment dwellers and professionals find relief from chronic clutter and               and address attitudes like worry, anxiety, anger, sadness — and more. Coop member
         disorganization. She frequently runs workshops on how to get organized and facilitates              Phil Vergés is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, self-help teacher and licensed
         de-clutter support groups in NYC.                                                                   massage therapist.

                nov 19       The Very Good Coffeehouse Coop Concert Series:                                      dec 2          Food Class
                             Swing Street Orchestra
                                                                                                                 dec 3          Film Night
                nov 28       Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

               nov 30        Diversity Awareness Initiative Series                                               dec 4          Candida Albicans Again?

               nov 30        PSFC NOVEMBER General Meeting                                                       dec 4          Co-Counseling

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        BED & BREAKFAST                       Podiatrist, Hypnotherapist, Shiatsu, or             sified ads are prepaid at $15 per insertion, display ads at $30.
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                                                    OF ROBERT’S AND OTHER                          DAY OF RECKONING
                                                                                                                                               my talk with the technical support
                                                    RULES OF ORDER                                                                             person. It was only the next day I real-
      A STUDY OF COOPERATION                                                                       DEAR COOP,                                  ized, Oooooooooooooh, the Coop. I’m used to
                                                    DEAR COOP MEMBERS:                                It wasn’t as if I was prepared for it.   doing my shift. I miss my squad.
      DEAR MEMBERS,                                    This is a follow-up to my letter print-     For over a year whenever I met                                                Gail Tuch
         The 5th International Principle of         ed in the 9/23/10 Linewaiters’ Gazette.        Michael in the park he talked about
      Cooperation states in part that coop-         That letter explained that because no          his proposal that people who have
      eratives…”inform the general pub-             advance notice was given to the entire         been members of the Coop for more
      lic—particularly young people and             membership that a proposal would be            than 20 years should be able to retire      LINEWAITERS’ GAZETTE
      opinion leaders—about the nature of           taken up and voted on during the               from their work shifts in the same way
      benefits of cooperation.”                     August 2010 General Meeting, the vote          that teachers, cops or firemen retire. I    DEAR EDITOR,
         In keeping with this principle we          that did take place during that meeting        would tell him it was difficult for me         Recently I have downloaded a few
      have for many years now cooperated            was improper and thus void.                    to do my shift when I was teaching          issues of Linewaiters’ Gazette and really
      with both classes of students and                The Coop’s bylaws state in Article VI:      and raising two kids but at this time       enjoyed reading them on my PC. The
      individual students doing research or            “The membership shall be given              in my life I was not looking to be          quality was impressively good. This
      projects. Below is a note from a stu-         notice of each such meeting prior to           relieved of my responsibility. Michael      brought me to the memory of seeing
      dent who will be studying our coop            such meeting. The directors shall              would point out that this would be          large piles of printed Gazette in a few
      and she would appreciate the oppor-           inform those members who shall be              voluntary retirement. I could still do      locations in the Coop and start to
      tunity to interview several long time         present of the nature of the business          my workslot if I chose. I would think       ponder the question: (Even though I
      members. If you can do this please            to come before the directors and               about the sense of satisfaction I felt      don’t know how we decide on how
      contact her at the e-mail and/or mail-        receive the advice of the members on           when my shift was finished. I didn’t        many copies need to be printed and
      ing address she provides below.               such matters.”                                 think I would feel like that if I didn’t    how many of them have been discard-
                                In cooperation,        and;                                        have to work.                               ed), for conservation, should we
                                      Joe Holtz        “Except as otherwise provided, all             I also talked to Jean while we           reduce the quantity of printed copies
                           General Coordinator      parliamentary matters shall be gov-            bagged the fruit and nut mix. We were       and instead add a subscription fea-
                                                    erned by Robert’s Rules of Order.”             informed that the Coop retirement           ture to the E-copy online, which many
                                                       Robert’s Rules of Order states in Sec-      proposal had passed. I told her I           online newsletters are doing?
                                                    tion 39:                                       might already have worked 20 years at                                         Thanks,
                                                       “Motions that conflict with the cor-        the Coop. I joined in 1977 but I                                             Chun Lu
                                                    porate charter, constitution or bylaws         dropped out twice, once because I
                                                    of a society, or with procedural rules         wasn’t buying right. I was buying too       FOOD COOP FOODIE
                                                    prescribed by national, state or local         many vegetables that rotted before I           The foods I consume are organic
                                                    laws, are out of order, and if any             could eat them and another time I left         And locally grown, all Atlantic;
                                                    motion of this kind is adopted, it is          because I was spending too much                They keep me quite sane
                                                    null and void.”                                money on things that I didn’t really           Also nourish the brain
      LOOKING FOR                                      The minutes of the August 2010              need, like five dollar ergonomic               Except when they render me manic.
                                                    General Meeting I prepared reflected           toothbrushes. But the major reason I                                    Leon Freilich
      INTERVIEW PARTNERS                            the fact that what occurred during the         left was because I didn’t want to work.
                                                    meeting was discussion and amount-                Jean said she would continue to
      DEAR PARK SLOPE FOOD                          ed to nothing further. Improper                work her shift even if she was eligible
                                                                                                                                               BUY ISRAELI GOODS AND
      COOP MEMBERS,                                 motions and voting results that are            for Coop retirement. She said she           SEEK AN ISRAELI AND
                                                    null and void are not recorded in the          enjoyed the camaraderie, especially         PALESTINIAN FRIEND
         Any long-time members looking to           General Meeting minutes.                       our shift with our over the top super
      reminisce? I’m a grad student at NYU             For anyone who needs to contact             duper squad leader and co-workers
                                                                                                                                               DEAR LINEWAITERS’
      working on a history of the PSFC’s            me regarding this matter, my email             who knew about the best Brooklyn
      early days, and would love to hear            address is          restaurants beyond Smith Street,            GAZETTE,
      your thoughts about being a member                                             Sincerely,    child care in Hungary, hip replace-            As a response to the Olympia Food
      during the 1970s. Got insights into                                      Elizabeth Tobier    ment surgery, best literary magazines,      Co-op boycott of Israeli goods dis-
      the Coop’s initial goals and shared                           Board member and secretary     best places to visit in China and living    cussed in the August 12, 2010 Linewait-
      visions? Its group dynamics? Its poli-                                                       in Macedonia.                               ers’ by Mary P. Buchwald (who I have
      tics? Its place in the neighbourhood?                                                           I liked the talk on the shifts also.     never met): Our Coop policy should
      How would you describe the way it                                                            Nevertheless, I confirmed on the            be buy Israeli and Palestinian prod-
      has changed over time? What aspects                                                          phone with Ellen that according to          ucts, each member should seek a new
      have you found fulfilling? What                                                              Coop records I had worked over 20           Israeli (Jewish or Arab) friend as well
      aspects frustrating? How and why did          ON BARNEYS COOP                                years. Records noted that I left twice      as a Palestinian friend. Boycotting a
      you come to get involved?                                                                    but I was still eligible to retire. So I    democratic country is a foolish
         Please feel free to get in touch with      DEAR EDITOR,                                   went to the office, showed my driver’s      response equivalent to walking
      me by email:                  The fact that Barneys wants to call         license and was released from the           around with your eyelids shut.
         Or snail mail: Lana Povitz, NYU His-       itself a coop in violation of NY busi-         work obligation.                               I was 11 years a former resident of
      tory Department, 53 Washington Square         ness law is a matter for public officials         But then came the last Thursday in       Israel with several months in the
      South, New York, NY 10012-1098.               to address. Why not write our local            September when was the day my               Palestinian territories. Noting that my
         You’re welcome to write/type out           council or state assembly person(s)            squad met. I was all right until 3:30. I    former wife, mother of my daughter, is
      your recollections or send me whatev-         and get them to do their job?                  walked in the park with my friend. I        an Iranian-born Jew, I urge members
      er fun paraphernalia you might have           Addressing the violation is in the             practiced the piano. I met with some-       to discuss the viewpoints of Israelis
      lying around. If you wanted to chat in        public interest. When the Park Slope           one who showed me a little of the           whose family members were forced
      person, email me. We’ll meet up.              Food Coop’s value chain participants           Alexander technique. Then at 3:30,          out of Morocco, Iran, Egypt, Yemen,
                    Hoping to hear from you soon,   or its business model is threatened,           the starting time of my Food Process-       and Iraq. They comprise nearly half of
                                            Lana    then it is in its private (buying agent)       ing squad I got confused. I couldn’t        Israeli Jews and have a mostly united
         PS: I want this project to be a            interests to dedicate financial (and           make up my mind if I wanted to go to        opinion that must be heard.
      resource for members and people               other) resources and pursue legal              Manhattan or stay in the Slope. Out-                                   Neil Blonstein
      who are curious about food coops              action. The General Coordinators are           side garden work? Inside writing?
      generally. If you have ideas about how        our equivalent of “executive manage-           Shopping? I did eventually get into
      to make this history useful, please           ment” and as such each one has a               the city to do yoga and try to calm
      share. For example, are there aspects         fiduciary duty to act in the Park Slope        down but I was on the phone all night
      of the Coop’s past you’d like to know         Food Coop’s best interests. The mem-           with Apple technical support because
      more about? Is there a particular             bership has indicated its will.                I typed my password incorrectly so
      medium you think would work best                                                Sincerely,   many times I couldn’t get into my
      (article/blog/zine/pamphlet/etc.)?                                        J. A. Tamarkin     account. I went to bed exhausted from
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      12         October 21, 2010                                             Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY

                 A warm welcome to these new Coop members who have joined us in the last two weeks. We’re glad you’ve decided to be a part of our community.
         Kelly Arbor                Joana Costa Knufinke       Ryan Hale                  Frank Lee                  Hannah Morris             Tatyana Rosalie          Benjamin Siracusa
         Itai Asseo                 Alexander Cox              Amanda Harvey-             David Levine               Thomas Mouries            Sharon Rothenberg         Hillman
         Jennifer Asseo             Kevin Custer                 Schwartz                 Weifeng Li                 Tatiana Munoz             Heather Rowley           Dwight Smith
         Frank Augugliuaro          Latoya Daley-Bennett       Steven Hassett             David HanZhang Liang       Phineas Newborn III       Collin Ruffino           Fallyn Smith
         Joseph Baffuto             Alexandra Davidson         Cara Heerdt                Bill Lienhard              Boon Lin Ngeo             Nancy Saldivav           Emily Stallings
         Emily Baierl               Ralph Diamond              Cameron Henley             Jessica Lin                Jeff Oakley               Alana Salguero           Katherine Stitham
         Ryan Beckley               Tristan Duffus             Tyler Henry                Julie Lin                  Samantha Oddi             Sidhartha Sanchez        Eli Szenes-Strauss
         Christian Benes            Melissa Dyne               Michelle Hessey            Elizabeth Lindgren         Fabian Palencia           Georgia Sanford          Carolyn Vadino
         Jackie Bernard             Alison Fichera             Dean Patrick Higgins       Yuval Lion                 Keila Palencia            Anayah Sangodele-        Derek VanScoten
         Gregory Bertleff           Norman Filzman             Nickerson Hill             Eric Lippe                 Janet Pevsher              Ayoka                   Nan Wakefield
         Kristin Bohl               Molly Finnerty             Trevor Hipp                Larisa Litrinova           Amy Phillips              Maurice Sangodeled-      Elisabeth Watson
         Elizabeth Borkin           Rhondell Flanders          David Hoffmann             Linda Louie                Jessica Phillips           Ayoka                   Olivia Weisser
         Jeffrey Borkin             Delphine Foo-Matkin        Sarah Hoida                Betty Luther Hillman       Ezra Pincus-Roth          Rick Schine              Audrey Welsh
         Tamara Buran               Aimee Fournier             Mary Beth Holman           Shumin Ma                  Andrew Pink               Melanie Schneider        Annelise Whitley
         Caitlin Burke              Eglantine Fournier         Robert Honstein            Corey Maass                Gretchen Poole            Michael Schneider        Brandhi Williamson
         Danielle Cacioppo          George Gardner III         Michael Howard             Robin Maltz                Alex Porras               Erich Schoen-Rene        William Wilson
         Jean Campbell              Henry Giardina             Tamar Huberman             Julie Markes               Dimitry Portnov           Chris Schwartz           Andrew Winfrey
         Dustin Carlson             Roger Gibian               Jill Hubley                Francesco Masci            Zoe Randell               Launa Schweizer          Claire Wood
         Lin Chang                  Jill (Jae) Gilbert         Earl Johnson III           Michael Matkin             Elizabeth Raysor          Erika Scott              Natan Yakobian
         Marc Kipyung Choi          Justin Goldman             Sanam Jorjani              Paticia McDonald           Veronica Reboredo         Alexandra Shartle        Shahar Yannay
         Jinju (Jay) Chung          Natalia Gontouar           Gina Josette               Chantel Mead                 Rebon                   Vladislav Shchogolev     Nancy Zan
         Michael Clarfeld           Jose Gonzalez              Balem Kim                  Katherine Metzroth         Patrick Reid              Steven Shin              Blaise Zandoli
         Ilana Cohen                Laura Grey                 Christopher Konecky        Jamie Miles                Caitlin Rideout           Nik-Magnus Shriner       Nicole Zandoli
         Brad Cooke                 Catherine (Katy)           Alana Krivo-Kaufman        Kathryn Mora               Rosaria Romano            Daniel Silber-Baker      Eric Zeiler
         Margaret Cooke               Guimond                  Ada Kupersh                Ricardo Mora               Michael Rosalie           Kristin Sinclair         Wei Zhang

                                                                                       THANK YOU!
                                             Thank you to the following members for referring friends who joined the Coop in the last two weeks.

         Maris Abelson              Natalia Chefer             Kate Gage                  Daniel Levin               Shaheen Nazerali          Julie Raskin             Ashley Swinnerton
         Hagar Aviram               Jaime Coan                 Ilana Garcia-Grossman      Liza Logounova             Judy Nelson               Shelly Reed              Petra Tanos
         Nicole Balazs              Alexis Colantonio          Stacey Georg               Elizabeth London           The New York Times        Rachelle Rochelle        Ken Thomson
         Charlene Bannon            Nathaniel Cunningham       Elizabeth Giddens          Matthew Lore               Edith Newman              James Rusk               Meggan Thompson
         Alejandro Barragan         Jay Dea                    Greg Glassman              Andrea Loukin              Sally Newman              Eduard Schulz            Christy Thornton
         Talia Barrett              Cortney Denison            Grace Glenny               David Mancuso              Alisha Niehaus            Justin Seery             Eric Thornton
         Rebecca Bateman            Heather Dickison           Renee Hall                 Mikhaela Maricich          Jennie Page               Al Siedman               Eric Toole
         David Bianciardi           Germaine Dona              Marcella Harb              Karen Marshall             Kavita Pawria             Renee Skuba              Amaku Ukpong
         Alex Bodel                 Christian Doten            Hannah Hirschland          Anna Miller                Toni Perrone              Ariella Slovin           Jill Ulicney
         Monique Bowen              Tressa Eaton               Jihae Hong                 Amanda Mitchell            Elizabeth Peters          Louise Spain             John Warren
         Johanna Bronk              Daniel Fennessy            Najati Imam                Brett Moen                 Olga Poddubnaya           Melvyn Spain             Keri Weaver
         Beth Donnelly Caban        Wendy Fleischer            Natalie James              Kathleen R. Moore          Elizabeth Pongo           Eleanor Spottswood       Shelly Weiss
         John Caban                 Michael Frumin             Leah Koenig                Lisa Jean Moore            Rachel Porter             Samantha Storey
         Toni Ceaser                Stephen Fulgham            Kyla Krug-Meadows          Kathleen Mosher-Smith      Lynn Rakos                Jesse Sweet

                                                                       COMMUNITY CALENDAR
         Community calendar listings are free. Please submit your event listing in 50 words or less to Submission deadlines are the
         same as for classified ads. Please refer to the Coop Calendar in the center of this issue. An asterisk (*) denotes a Coop member.
                                               welcome. The event will include        Collateral Pain of Military Fami- RSVP: 718-369-0123 or      718-499-2707.
               SAT, OCT 23                     healthy living and eco-friendly        lies.” 1 PM at the Brooklyn Public
        Tony Bird house concert in Brook-      exhibitors, nationally-known and       Library, Kings Highway Branch.
        lyn. 8:00 p.m. Call 917-592-7148       local speakers, non-profits,           2115 Ocean Avenue, downstairs
                                                                                                                                                                      SAT, OCT 30
        for reservations, location, infor-     restaurant booths with delicious       meeting room.
                                                                                                                                  TUE, OCT 26                   Peoples' Voice Cafe: Joel Landy;
        mation. Suggested contribution         veg food, and live music and                                                Join Sonia Pichardo, of GEO Col-     Tom Neilson. 8-10:30 p.m., Com-
        $20.                entertainment.                         Brooklyn Public Library Chamber      lective, and representatives from    munity Church of New York, 40 E.
                                                                                      Players: Free Concert in the         Cooperative Home Care Associ-        35th St. (between Madison &
        Peoples' Voice Cafe: Jack Hardy;       All-star Poetry Reading Against        Dweck Center at the Central          ates, Beyond Care, and Si Se Puede   Park). For info call 212-787-3903
        Emma Graves. 8-10:30 p.m.,             the War: Brooklyn poet laureate        Library at Grand Army Plaza. The     to learn more about how a worker     or Sug-
        Community Church of New York,          Tina Chang*, bestselling author        Apollo Trio with Maria Lambros,      cooperative works and how to start   gested donation: $15 general/$10
        40 E. 35th St. (between Madison        Sapphire*, Vietnam Veteran and         viola; Beethoven: Piano Trio IX,     one. 6:30–9:00 p.m. at the Com-      member/more if you choose, less
        & Park). For info call 212-787-        antiwar activist Dayl Wise & vet-      Dvorak: Dumky Trio, Brahms: C        mons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brook-    if you can't/no one turned away.
        3903 or          eran poet Donald Lev! Proceeds         Minor Piano Quartet. www.            lyn.
        Suggested donation: $15 gener-         benefit Brooklyn for Peace. 7 p.m.
        al/$10 member/more if you              $15 or sliding scale for students,
                                                                                                                                                                      WED, NOV 3
        choose, less if you can't/no one       seniors, unemployed. Park Slope        Brooklyn Acupuncture Project is
                                                                                                                                 WED, OCT 27                    FOLK OPEN SING: Come sing with
        turned away.                           United Methodist Church, 493           proud to announce the Radiant        Brooklyn Free Skill: K-8th Grade     us the first Wednesday of every
                                               8th St. (6th Ave).                     Health NYC Support Network and       Open House. Tours: 5:30-6:30         month. Bring voice, instruments,
        NYC VegFest will celebrate our                                                2010/2011 Lecture Series: "Food      p.m. Q & A with school director      friends. Children welcome.
        2nd year w/an outdoor festival in                                             Choices for Healthy Hormones         and staff: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn      Cohosted by the Folk Society of
        Union Square Park-from 10am to
                                                     SUN, OCT 24                      and Fertility." $20 suggested        about this groundbreaking            NY, the Ethical Culture Society &
        5pm. Admission is FREE! Join us        The Brooklyn Humanist Commu-           donation. Brooklyn Acupuncture       educational option and visit our     the Good Coffeehouse. At the Eth-
        for an exciting day of educational     nity, Inc. presents Vicki              Project 530 3rd ave #4F (between     fabulous new home at 372 Clin-       ical Culture Society, 53 Prospect
        exhibits and events in Union           McFadyen, Chairperson, Military        12th & 13th) in Park Slope. 7 p.m.   ton Avenue, in Clinton Hill. Info:   Park West. 7:30–10:00 p.m. Info:
        Square Park. Pets on leashes are       Families Speak Out Metro: “The         www.brooklynacupuncturepro-;          718-636-6341.

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