Thank YOU For a Wonderful Year!

 

2016 had many notable moments. We hosted many successful family friendly events, added 150 more solar panels to our roof, and earned 25% of our sales for local products. We proudly donated over $24,000 to area nonprofits through our Community Grants program. We welcomed 482 new owners and averaged 3,500 daily transactions.

Whew! And that is just a small sample.

At the end of the day, we owe it all to you, our customers. You are why we are here providing healthy, organic food to the Rogue Valley. Thank you for supporting your local, community grocery store for over 40 years.

In the spirit of gratitude, we recently asked our Facebook family to share what they were thankful for. The resounding responses of love and gratitude blew us away. As we head into the New Year, we thought it most appropriate to end 2016 on a thankful note. Here’s a sampling of some of the uplifting comments we received.
 

I am thankful for the community of people who labor every day to bring food to our table -- farmers, farm workers, truckers, processors, co-opers, all of us who come together to create the world we want to live in.” Wendy L.

I am super thankful for the little things: the random smiles at "strangers," the smiles at familiar faces in the community, a cute dog being walked, a warm hat, and the delicious co-op deli bar.” Chad D.

Thankful for the combined strength of all the individuals working to provide healthy food and clean water: stronger together!” Sheila D.

I am thankful for my family, hard work and being able to do what we love to make the world a better place.” Angelika K.

I am thankful to live in this lovely Southern Oregon with so many people who value healthy food, clean air, and abundant water. I am thankful for all of you who make sacrifices to insure these precious resources will be there for future generations. Thank you, co-op, for your part in giving us healthy food choices!” Barbara T.

I am thankful and grateful my family and friends. Whether near or far, we are all in this life together and we support each other through tough times and great times.” Alison L.

I'm thankful for a place to call home. Thankful for my family who is supporting while I figure out what I want.” Amanda E.

I'm thankful for Oregon, such a beautiful state full of good people. Love keeping the bounty of our state and valley right here by growing our own and eating locally. Even when the world seems bleak, the community we have here in the Rogue Valley is a shining light in the darkness.” Alison C.
 

Thank you for a wonderful year! We’ll see you in 2017.

 

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:

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.

 

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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.