Staff Picks: Earth Friendly Products

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

Eco-Dent Terradent Replaceable Head Toothbrushes
are my favorite sustainable item. Instead of throwing away the entire toothbrush when the head needs replacement, you keep the handle and replace the bristle heads only. Be easy on your pocket and the earth while keeping those pearly whites sparkling clean! Nick Spaeth, Produce Department

I love MycoShield by Host Defense for boosting my immune system during cold and flu season. Paul Stamets, Host Defense founder, feels that consuming mushrooms and mycelium adds many benefits in the pursuit of good health. MycoShield is Certified Organic and made with US grown (better inspections) mushrooms. In fact, Stamets' work has shown mycelium to be critical in sustaining healthy bee colonies. Adding mushrooms to my diet is probably one of the most important supplements in maintaining my health! Emile Amaroticio, General Manager

I adore everything made by Hummingbird Wholesale because I believe in their incredible company. I especially enjoy Hummingbird’s Regional Snack Blend in our Bulk Section. This Snack Blend is made in Eugene from Oregon and California grown ingredients. I love snacking on the biggest Oregon hazelnuts you've ever seen and cranberries sweetened with local blackberry honey. Hummingbird Wholesale conducts their business with utter integrity and respect for our environment. To prove their dedication- they landfill only 2.1% of their waste, amazing! Stephanie Koerella, Education Coordinator

Rather than using plastics, a great alternative for food storage is Bee’s Wrap. It’s a washable and reusable wrap made from organic cotton and beeswax that you can use for your lunchbox or leftovers. It’s handy as a lid for bowls or jars too. It can also be composted! Rianna Kopel, Produce Department


More Co-op News

Meet Board of Director Trine Ostergaard

Trine Ostergaard is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. She brings a world, literally, of experience to the table and has a sincere passion and love for the Co-op. We are thrilled to have her aboard and asked her to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Meet Board of Director Dean Williamson

Dean Williamson is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. He brings to the table a plethora of co-op experience and a love of chocolate chip cookies. We are thrilled to have him aboard and asked him to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Staff Picks: Favorite Local Products

September is Love Local Month!  All month long we’re celebrating our local farmers and vendors with demos, events and more. Here are some of our staff's favorite local products.


Meet Pachamamma Coffee Cooperative

By Lauren Taber, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative started in 2001 with a few simple questions in mind: what would it look like to take Fair Trade a step further? How can coffee farmers be in direct relationship with end consumers in the United States?

We found that the answer was even simpler: cooperative ownership. Pachamama Coffee has been 100% farmer-owned since day one, and is currently owned by 140,000 small scale family farmers across the coffee producing regions of the world.

Community Cider Backyard Fruit Drive

How often can you browse the shelf at your neighborhood grocery store, see a bottle of hand crafted, local cider and say, “Hey, I help make that!” Well, at the Co-op you can.

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!



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:

Riding off into the Sunset


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.