2015: A Year to Remember

Can it really be that time of year again? 2015 was full of so many things for which to be grateful. Here’s a list of some of the highlights.

We celebrated the 10-thousandth person to become a Co-op owner! Co-op ownership is a way to help create a more humane and democratic way to do business locally. A robust cooperative economy is one way to take a stand against corporate misbehavior.

2015 continued the collaboration between Outreach and the Wellness department. Working with Wellness staff, MegaFoodTM and local practitioner Donnie Yance, we were able to offer deep dives into the subject of immunity and the role of the nervous system in stress reduction and cancer prevention.

We offered two sessions of the Awakening the Dreamer symposium from Pachamama in order to create a new frame of what is possible on planet Earth. We also offered the Northwest Earth Institute’s Discussion Course called Hungry for change: Food, Ethics & Sustainability. Unlike the one day symposiums, discussion course participants met over a two month period, studying and reporting out on weekly reading assignments focused on issues around food choices and personal ethics.

Your Co-op played a strong role in supporting the 2015 passage of the measure that made Jackson County the only Oregon county to enact a ban on growing GMO crops, and also supported the statewide measure to label GMO foods in Oregon that sadly failed. Both brought closer attention to ingredients in the Co-op’s prepared foods, resulting in an overhaul of recipes and sourcing practices.

Since GMOs are not allowed in Certified Organic foods, we launched an initiative to re-educate our staff and shoppers about the advantages of eating an Organic diet that supports a wide range of environmental and social values, as well as being GMO free.

On the sustainability front, we offered you the choice of opting out of paper receipts. Many have taken advantage of this, preferring to have receipts emailed, reducing our use of paper significantly.

To top it off, AFC, in collaboration with Southern Oregon University, brought the distinguished author and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva to Ashland for an amazing day with students and a sold out evening lecture. That, for many, was one of the most significant events of the year.

Thank you everyone for your support of Ashland Food Co-op and all of our endeavors beyond selling quality food. Have the happiest of holidays and stay tuned for all the exciting things we’ve planned for 2016.

More Co-op News

2018 Board Election Results

The AFC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board Election. There were three excellent candidates running for two Board positions. In total, 905 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve three-year terms on the Ashland Food Co-op Board of Directors.

Thank you for voting!

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Beat the Heat

When the heat of summer takes over, it can be hard on our bodies and moods. Don’t let the scorching temps get you down, cool off with one of these refreshing Staff recommendations.
 

Report from the Board of Directors: Strategic Plan Update

By Jeff Golden, External Relations Committee Chair

Ashland Food Co-op is striding into the future with careful intention. We’re especially focused on the three top priorities of our strategic planning process, a collaboration of our board and management team. A quick update:

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By Annie Hoy, Retiring Marketing Manager

Since I was born and raised in far West Texas, I cannot help but use some imagery from what is so familiar to me.

Staff Picks: Summer Hikes and Trail Snacks

Our staff loves to head outside and enjoy the gorgeous Oregon outdoors. Here's a few of their favorite trails and the Co-op snacks they like to take with them.

 

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Be a Zero Waste Hero in Four Easy Steps

By Stephanie Koerella, Education Coordinator

Reducing our waste has continued to be of greater concern for Rogue Valley residents, especially since January, when options for recycling became even more limited. While the Ashland Food Co-op is ramping up our efforts to reduce waste as a business, there is a lot that our community can do at home to help the cause.

Staff Picks: Earth Friendly Products

In celebration of Sustainability Month in April, we asked our Sustainability Committee to share their favorite eco-friendly product.

2018 Kids Summer Camps

We’ve teamed up with Rogue Valley Farm to School to offer three different camps this summer. Each week campers will dive into food production, preparation and exploration, with a mix of farm and kitchen experiences that delight the senses and inspire the soul. Join Rogue Valley Farm to School staff as they cultivate the ability to grow and cook delicious, healthy, seasonal meals. Monday - Wednesday at the Co-op Community Classroom, Thursday & Friday at the Farm at SOU.
 

Update on our Strategic Initiatives

By Ed Claassen, Board President

Your Board and Management Team invested a significant amount of time in 2014 developing a set of strategic initiatives that we believe are vital in shaping the future of our business and furthering our mission. We formed a Strategic Planning Steering Committee consisting of 3 Board members and 3 Management Team members to guide the implementation of these initiatives.

2018 Electronic Coupon Schedule

To further our sustainability efforts and to serve you better, we began offering Electronic Owner Coupons in January 2017 at the register.

No more forgetting to bring your owner coupons. No more waiting for your newsletter to arrive. Cashiers simply ask if you want to use your owner coupons when you check out.

As we enter our second year of Electronic Coupons we wanted to share a couple of friendly reminders and the 2018 month by month schedule.

Please note:

Co+op Basics: High Integrity, Low Price

Looking to stretch your grocery budget? So are we! We've lowered the price on over three hundred items to create a set of high integrity staples for every shopper. Welcome to Co+op Basics.

Co+op Basics includes over 300 pantry and household staples. From beef to milk to cereal, we’ve lowered the margin and price on all those items to make organic, healthy food accessible to every shopper.

Proposals Sought for the 2018 Community Grants

The funding cycle for the 2018 Co-op Community Grants for nonprofit organizations is now open.

Every spring, for more than 20 years, we’ve been donating to area nonprofits through our Community Grant program. We are committed to creating healthy, sustainable communities and this program helps us fulfill that commitment by supporting the amazing work of local nonprofits. The Community Grant program is also the highlight of Cooperative Principle 7, Concern for Community, and is something we take to heart.