We're Sustainability Stars!
Deep in our hearts we've always known we were sustainability stars, but now we have an award to prove it.
We recently received a Co+efficient Sustainability Star award from National Co-op Grocers (NCG) recognizing our positive environmental and community impacts.
Co+efficient, NCG’s sustainability program, measures social, environmental and local economic impacts from participating food co-ops across the country.
For the second year, NCG is awarding Co+efficient Sustainability Stars to co-ops who have completed metrics and show improvement in their sustainability programs from year to year. Of the 148 co-ops enrolled, NCG awarded 10 with the Co+efficient Sustainability Star awards. We are being recognized specifically for our community and environmental impact.
In 2016, we donated over $24,000 to area nonprofits through their Community Grants program, offered 50 Free Monday Night Lectures on a variety of health and well-being topics, and donated $25 gift cards to over 95 community organizations and projects.
Also in 2016, we diverted and recycled 81% of our discards from the landfill.
“We divert a large fraction of our waste away from the landfill. As part of that process, we separate organic matter into at least 5 different material streams,” says Sustainability Coordinator Stuart Green. “Even though this organic matter is considered "waste,” we try to maximize its intrinsic food value. Only about 5% of becomes compost, about 10% is handled as food donations, and around 85% is used as animal fodder.”
By 2030, our goal is to be a carbon neutral and zero waste facility.
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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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By Stephanie Koerella, Education Coordinator
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By Emile Amarotico
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.