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Mar042014

March 4, 2014

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION

Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager

gm@peoplesfoodco-op.org 

Hello everyone!

Have you noticed the awesome new items our team of deli superstars have been coming up with lately? Today Marc and Stephanie came up with Fat Tuesday-themed goodies like Gumbo and, my personal food highlight for the day, Jambalaya with shrimp and locally-raised sausage. Also, one of our newer deli team members, Caitie, has been showing her sandwich prowess, creating new combinations of flavor and texture. My favorite so far is the Sweet Blue Chicken Wrap: roasted chicken, cranberry almond cole slaw and blue cheese on a wrap with a romaine crunch. Also be on the look out for: 

  • Tom Curry’s Mango Dream - curry mayo, mango chutney, cukes, romaine, turkey
  • Muffaletta - house made olive and roasted red pepper tapenade, ham, pepperoni, provolone, on a baguette

This week also kicks off the incredible array of Reading Together events. Please visit our events page and the KPL web site for more details. I hope to see you tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 5, 7pm at Kalamazoo Central High School for the kick off: Author Tracie McMillan visiting to discuss The American Way of Eating. Let's get this conversation started!!

Stick around, there is much more from the rest of your Co-op!

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@peoplesfoodco-op.org 


Peace PFC people,

The Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together events start this week! I must admit I haven’t yet read either of this year’s featured books. However, I do plan to read both "Farm City" by Novella Carpenter and "The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan as soon as I get the chance, and I plan to be at both featured author presentations. 

The first of these events is this Wednesday 7pm at Kalamazoo Central. I encourage you again to check out the Reading Together list of events and plan to attend if you can! I am excited for this series and think it’s a great opportunity for our community to deepen our understanding of food and food systems.  

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

produce@peoplesfoodco-op.org

 

I sure wish I just had to wear sunglasses every day. Positive change is coming, right? People's Produce is having changes related to frequency of deliveries that will result in positive results for you! 

One of these positive results will be even fresher produce, delivered more frequently. Another positive change will be to our sale program. We're working hard every week to lock down great prices on great Organic produce that we can share with everyone. It might be a great sale price for at least two weeks, or it might be while supplies last for a few days only. Keep checking for pink sale signs while you visit. 

Changes happen daily! Now if only we could see sunshine and green growth changes... Oh well, here are some examples of the great prices we have right now! 

  • Cauliflower, big ol' heads, just $3.49 eac
  • Broccoli, best price we've seen in months, $1.79 per pound
  • Romaine hearts, because we love you, 2 for $5
  • Strawberries, lowest price since late summer, $4.99 each quart pound container
  • Owner special starting Wednesday 5# bags of carrots for just $5.79 eac
  • Owner special starting Wednesday celery just $1.99 eac
  • Also, starting this Friday, look for a great deal on one of our favorite pears!  

FARMERS' MARKETS

Chris Broadbent

Chris Broadbent

Farmers' Market Manager

market@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Energy and excitement for the upcoming 2014 Kalamazoo Farmers' Market season continues to build!

We are please to announce that Double Up Food Bucks will be back again this season starting on June 1. Both the 100-Mile Market and the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market will be able to match up to $20 in SNAP benefits. Woo hoo!

In case you missed it, we are now accepting applications for 2014 Kalamazoo Farmers' Market businesses. Please email me to get your online application and vendor packet for 2014!

We are holding 2 upcoming vendor meetings and hope to see you at one: 

  • Saturday March 15 (1:30-2:30pm)
  • Tuesday March 18 (2-3pm) 

Both meetings will be held at 1157 Bank Street, inside the Bingo Hall.

We are building an exciting lineup of businesses and smiling faces for the upcoming season. See you there in just 61 days when we open for the season on Saturday, May 3, from 7am-2pm! May the force be with you. Peace. 

THE CO-OP DELI

Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson

Deli Cook

deli@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Though specifically tailored to those choosing a raw food lifestyle, our Deli’s Raw Macaroons are for those on all walks of life. Have you experienced the chocolatey melt-in-your-mouth explosion of our Chocolate Macaroon? If you like chocolate, this is just the treat for you. It’s a bold balance of raw cacao powder, coconut oil, coconut flakes, and agave that will have you hooked upon first bite. Next thing you know you’ll be stealing your neighbor’s TV just to chase that chocolatey dragon. It’s okay, though, your neighbor will understand.

How about my personal favorite, that delicate beauty that is our Blonde Macaroon? It’s essentially the same balance of coconut oil, coconut flakes, and agave but instead of cacao powder the Blonde Macaroon is filled with almond meal. It may be my favorite sweet treat we make at the Co-op. 

If you’re confused by the “Raw” denotation, rest assured; there’s no cooking required. All the ingredients, though uncooked, are perfectly safe to eat and will leave you wondering why you’ve been abstaining all this time. Relax and give in to the temptation. For your palette’s pleasure, we’ve marked down the price for our Owners to just $2.29 for a pack of three, so stop in today and get ‘em while they’re cold!

PEOPLE'S WELLNESS

Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

wellness@peoplesfoodco-op.org

New sales start tomorrow! Two of the highlights of the upcoming sales are Garden of Life's RAW Probiotics and ALL New Chapter supplements! As this winter of all winters continues, we could all use some additional beneficial flora in our guts to assist our immune systems and some inflammation support. If you've got some lingering congestion like I do, Tea Tree Therapy's Eucalyptus Chest Rub will come in handy. And if you need a little something extra to keep you smiling until spring gets here, hugging a friend is always heartwarming

THE CENTER STORE

Ken Quayle

Ken Quayle

Grocery & Merchandizing Manager

buyer@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Welcome to another trip around the sun. Hang on, it’s going to be a good one! As I sit here at the front counter next to Chris Broadbent, our Farmers’ Market Manager, I can't help but to think about the impending warm days to come, but not before we deal just a little more winter wonderfulness, I fear. 

As a way of saying "thanks, but it’s time to go!" to old man winter, we've sale priced all of our remaining stock of Alpaca gear.  Come grab that hat, pair of gloves, or scarf while the deals are great. And speaking of swag, our newest batch of t-shirts and sweatshirts is going fast.  It's no wonder, given the appeal of our retro old-school logo and great colors.  Long sleeve ($21) or short ($14), pullover or zippered ($39), we've got it all. And don't forget the cotton tote bags ($13)!

We've had a lot of attention to our Bakery section of the store of late, as Sarkozy's is delivering fresh baked goodness daily.  To add to the excitement, we will be offering a new sprouted line of breads from Silver Hills Bakery.  Max and I tasted some at a trade show this summer and thought they would make a great addition to the store. They're certified Organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

Speaking of certifications and industry-type news, if you’d like to catch up on all things food in a quick way, try spending some time on the Cornucopia website. They always have some good up-to-date information about what’s going on in the food system. I often feel like our food system is neglected by the bigger media companies, except when there is some type recall or large-scale product issue going on.  Cornucopia is a watchdog group that helps keep things in perspective.  Check it out, some interesting things are going on in Organic food company ownership these days. 

Until next week, enjoy your time with friends, family and good food!  

PEOPLE'S NEWS

ONLINE POLL

Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our weekly poll and see poll results.

This week's question: Holidays are a huge part of our individual and community identities. Are there holidays that you celebrate that People’s could offer more appropriate foods for? What specific items would you like to see us carry?

ANNUAL OWNER MEETING!

Sunday, March 23, 12-5pm – Kalamazoo State Theatre (404 S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo)

Don't miss the PFC Annual Owner Meeting – it’s the party of the year! Learn about the exciting progress your Co-op has made in 2013 with food, friends, and films. Following meeting we'll be showing the film Food For Change, a great new documentary about food co-ops. The film will be free and open to the public, so invite your friends to join us at 3pm! We’re looking for owners willing to help volunteer at the Annual Owner Meeting, so please contact our volunteer coordinator if you’re interested.

Full event schedule: 

  • 12pm: doors open, showing of PFC owner Matt Clysdale’s film Animals Among Us
  • 1pm: meeting (upstairs) and children's performance by Duniya Drum and Dance (downstairs)
  • 2pm: light snacks provided, cash bar available
  • 3pm: Food For Change screening -- free and open to the public! 

PFC COOKING CLASSES

Register for one of our fun, interactive cooking classes! All classes are held in the Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison St). Values Program classes are $5 each; all other classes are $20 per adult, kids come free. And come hungry! In our classes, you’ll always eat well. Space is limited, so please sign up today with a friendly PFC cashier!   

  • Paleo Lifestyle – Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn more about the ways of the paleo diet with Stacy Houseman-Schmitzer!
  • Yummy, Easy, & Allergen-Free – Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
    Prepare delicious meals that are gluten, soy, dairy, and nut free with chef Vicky.
  • Dress Your Salad – Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske.

OWNER ORIENTATION

Wednesday, March 19, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

Perhaps you are a PFC owner, but you're not really sure what that means. Maybe you just became an owner and want an introduction to the store. Join us for one of our new monthly owner orientations! Gain a better understanding about ownership, learn more about your Co-op, and meet other PFC owners and staff. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP with our media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.


NORDIC WALK ON THE KRVT

Saturday, March 22, 2pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

PFC is teaming up with Gazelle Sports to get us all moving on a wintery walk! Meet at People's parking lot for a movement and nutrition clinic with a Gazelle instructor and then hit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for a 1-5 mile walk. 20 sets of walking poles will be provided -- bring your own if you've got 'em! 

PFC APRIL BOARD MEETING

Monday, April 7, 7-9pm – Ignertia Offices (518 E. North St, Kalamazoo)

The Board meets the first Monday of every month. Our meetings are open to the public and all owners and community members are encouraged to attend. For more info, visit our Board of Directors page.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Monday, April 14, 7-8pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo) 

Volunteers are what make co-ops great, and we believe we've got some of the best volunteers in the country! If you've applied to volunteer at People's, you'll first need to attend an orientation session, where we'll make sure you have everything you need to join our all-star team. Please RSVP with our volunteer coordinator today! To learn more about becoming a volunteer, check out our Help Out page.


OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE

Our owners are why we are here! Owners are shoppers and investors, and it is their investment, in part, that will make our expansion a success. Here are the current stats: 

Current owner count: 2425!
New owners in 2014: 66!
Current equity invested: $355,502!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.


KALAMAZOO PUBLIC LIBRARY: READING TOGETHER 2014

Two books on food and farming will be the focus of this year’s Reading Together program! KPL has selected The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan and Novella Carpenter’s book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Both authors will be in Kalamazoo to join the discussion about their books.
Get involved by attending the community events that will move the conversation about food in Kalamazoo forward. See the full events calendar here.

Selected Reading Together Events: 
  • Meet Tracie McMillan
    Wednesday, March 5, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)
  • Raising Animals for Food
    Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 pm -- Oshtemo Branch Library (7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo)
  • The Farming Life
    Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 pm -- Oshtemo Branch Library (7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo)
  • Beyond Food For Thought
    Wednesday March 26, 6:30 pm -- Portage District Library (300 Library Ln, Portage, 49002)
  • The Farmworker Story
    Tuesday April 1, 6:30 pm -- Washington Square Branch Library (1244 Portage, Kalamazoo, 49001)
  • Food Security or Food Justice: Does it Really Matter?
    Thursday April 3, 7:00 pm -- Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education (7 Healthcare Plaza, Kalamazoo, 49007)
  • Farmer’s Market 101
    Tuesday April 8, 7:00 pm -- Central Library (315 S Rose St, Kalamazoo 49007)
  • ERAC/Ce Food Justice Intro
    Saturday, April 12 – Location and time TBD
  • Meet Novella Carpenter
    Tuesday April 15, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)

HOPE FOR CREATION: FAITH & ACTION IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE

All events held 5:30-7:30pm -- First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo (212 South Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007)

Don’t miss this series of presentations about climate change and how people of faith might take meaningful action here in Kalamazoo. Each evening will begin with a simple soup supper followed by a presentation by a community expert on climate change and conversation among participants. Presented by an inter-faith partnership of the Bronson Park churches, other local faith communities and the Climate Change Working Group of WMU. Childcare provided. Free and open to the public. 

  • Seeds of Hope: Faith Communities Adapting to a Changing Climate – Monday, March 10
    Presented by Cybelle Shattuck, University of Michigan 
  • The Economic Debate on the Costs of Climate Inaction – Monday, March 17
    Presented by Ahmed Hussen, Kalamazoo College 
  • Climate Change & Agriculture in Michigan: What We've Seen & What We Can Expect – Monday, March 24
    Presented by Phil Robertson, Kellogg Biological Station 
  • Our Response in Kalamazoo – Monday, March 31

KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

February 22 - May 4 – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (314 S Park St, Kalamazoo)

Traditional landscape art depicts nature in all its glory in beautiful, pristine condition. The paintings, photographs and sculptures of Environmental Impact, instead, confront pressing issues of our time, from land development to industrial-scale depletion of natural resources, from the Gulf oil spill to the dangers of nuclear energy, the trashing of the American landscape, and the impact of global warming. This exhibition is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.


KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16 – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)

Join us for the 49th Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Start your day with delicious pancakes smothered in real Michigan maple syrup! Walk along a wooded trail with a KNC Naturalist for a maple sugar tour. Experience our amazing Birds of Prey up close! Don’t miss a visit to the DeLano Homestead during the festival to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Horse-drawn wagon rides and demonstrations by blacksmiths, spinners and weavers will round out the activities. Full schedule of activities here.


FAIR FOOD MATTERS SEEKING PROGRAM MANAGER

Fair Food Matters is seeking a new program manager to continue the Douglass Farmers’ Market in 2014 and beyond. We will accept applications until 5pm on February 26.  Please find more information here.


CIRCLE PINES CENTER NOW HIRING

Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI is looking for a few folks to fill various positions in the summer camp kitchen. We are specifically looking for people to work in our face-paced and demanding kitchen who have high energy and stamina, who are willing to communicate, and who recognize the value behind serving ethically-raised and healthy foods to youth. These jobs require staff to live on-site at the summer camp facility throughout the duration of camp, June 25 through August 13. Our kitchen staff are responsible for preparing three meals/day from scratch for up to 110 people (mostly youth). We are in need of filling the following full-time, temporary positions.  

Head Cook: We are looking for a responsible and experienced person to oversee our summer camp kitchen and staff. Responsibilities will include: oversight of meal preparation, staff training and management, safety and sanitation rule enforcement, kitchen cleaning, inventory stocking and management, and other tasks as assigned.  

Assistant Cooks: We are also looking for several enthusiastic and experienced prep cooks. Responsibilities will include: preparing food and meals to completion, following safety and sanitation requirements, cleaning and doing dishes, and other tasks as assigned.  

Please send resumes, including salary requirements and references, by email to info@circlepinescenter.net or by fax to: 269-623-9054.


CINZORI FARMS NOW HIRING

Cinzori Farms is a 100+ acre certified organic farm in Ceresco, MI.  We have wholesale and retail sales.  We are looking for self motivated individuals who are familiar with organic vegetable and greenhouse production. Opportunities are available in: hoop house production, greenhouse bedding plant production, field vegetable production, delivery, organic record keeping, and food safety.  Full and part time positions available. Contact Anthony Cinzori at Cinzori@triton.net or by calling 269-275-5873.

TRYBAL REVIVAL GARDEN SEEKING INTERN/BOARDER

Trybal Revival Garden is seeking a garden intern/boarder in exchange of 15 hours of work per week helping out with this year's projects and routine chores.  We are located on the near east side of Kalamazoo (less than a mile from People's Food Co-op!). We operate a neighborhood community garden and are developing a small urban food forest and green space on East Michigan Ave. 
We offer the opportunity to gain experience with vegetable gardening, orchard management, beekeeping, and vermicomposting, among other things. If you enjoy working outdoors, getting your hands in the soil, and don't mind a little hard work, you should check out this opportunity! The ideal candidate will have an interest in organic growing practices, urban gardening/greenspace, and community building. Please visit our website to learn more about this opportunity and download an application form.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HIRING CONSTRUCTION SITE COORDINATOR

Habitat for Humanity is seeking a full-time Construction Site Coordinator to join our leadership team and we would love to have your help. We seek to build a staff and volunteer leadership team that reflects and brings into the Habitat movement the diversity and the wide variety of perspectives of the greater Kalamazoo community. For more information, visit our website.

UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS

Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERAC/Ce (Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERAC/Ce online for more information. All events are held at KRESA West Campus unless otherwise noted.
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 8-10, 2014
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 25-27, 2014

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE SHARES

Get connected with local food and local growers! Check out the full list of Kalamazoo Area CSAs.


LOCAL FARMERS' MARKETS

Farmers' markets are providing a great opportunity to meet local farmers and to pick up some great food, including: 

Are you inspired to eat closer to home? Do you want to find sources of local foods and share with other locavores? Well, here's a tool you'll not want to miss. To join hundreds of others with similar interests, visit their Yahoo Groups page. To learn more, please email Lori Evesque.

Tuesday
Feb252014

February 25, 2014

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION

Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager

gm@peoplesfoodco-op.org 

Hello PFC people!

I hope that your week has been great. Thanks to everyone that took the time to come down and let us appreciate your choice to be an owner of the PFC during last week's Owner Appreciation Days (OAD)! It was a fun week with many very busy days. We thrive on busy days!

As you know, last week I asked for your help to reach as many owners as possible during OAD, so I wanted to let you know how we did. The goal was 70 owners per day shopping, for a total of 630 owners taking advantage of the discounts during the nine days. In the end we had a total of 566 owners shop, or 63 per day. Not bad at all! Thanks for helping to make it a great success! 

As always, let me or other PFC staff know if there are ways we can make your ownership of PFC more satisfying. We want you to love this place as much as we do. 

Have another great week, and read on for more great news from your Co-op!

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@peoplesfoodco-op.org 


Peace PFC people, February is on the way out and we are looking forward to March.  This past week I was part of a planning meeting for the PFC’s annual Grow-It-Yourself Day, which will be on Saturday, April 26 from 10am-4pm here at the PFC. Talking about Grow-It-Yourself Day gave me great joy. Thinking and planning around spring, warm weather, and gardening was just what I needed for my winter funk!

March is going to be a busy month! Have you heard about the Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together program? They have a lot of cool food-related events coming up. I plan to make it to as many as possible, and hope to see some of you good people there as well.

We still have spots open for our awesomely fun cooking classes, too. March's classes include: 

  • Fun with Fermentation – Tuesday, March 4, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC fermentation superstar Heather Colburn to learn the basic techniques and troubleshooting tips for culturing (lacto-fermenting) veggies using a modern version of the ancient traditional methods. 
  • Paleo Lifestyle – Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn more about the ways of the paleo diet with Stacy Houseman-Schmitzer! 
  • Yummy, Easy, & Allergen-Free – Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
    Prepare delicious meals that are gluten, soy, dairy, and nut free with chef Vicky.  

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

produce@peoplesfoodco-op.org

 

These days I wake up every morning, look out the window, and say goodbye to the fading dark days and dark nights. I can taste each extra fresh minute of daylight, and I'm thirsty for more, more, more! The days will get brighter, the nights will get shorter, and the green WILL start growing all around us. For now, check out the green things we've got here! 

  • Everyone's favorite these days, brussels sprouts!
  • Spicy, flavorful and fun, mustard greens!
  • Back and beautiful, red beets!
  • Wonderfully full of nutrients, wheatgrass!
  • Local, freshly pressed, Molter Orchards apple cider!
  • Peppery and alive, rich with water, watercress!
  • Best for casseroles and crunching, green beans!

 

FARMERS' MARKETS

Chris Broadbent

Chris Broadbent

Farmers' Market Manager

market@peoplesfoodco-op.org

There's only two months until the Kalamazoo Farmers' Market opens for business! With just 66 days until the market starts, we are hustling and bustling to get an amazing line-up of businesses ready to bring the bounty of southwest Michigan to you and yours every Saturday from 7am-2pm May 3 through November 22!

Are you interested in being a vendor at the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market the market this season? If so, please send us an email request and we'll get you the 2014 form, rules, and logistics information. 

Furthermore, we have two upcoming vendor meetings scheduled for Saturday, March 15 from 1:30-2:30pm and Tuesday, March 18 from 2-3pm at the Bingo Hall across from the market, 1157 Bank Street. Vendors will have a chance to meet market management, ask questions, and get to know other vendors!

Until then keep shopping at the Bank Street Winter Market every Saturday 8am-1pm through April 16. Peace. 

THE CO-OP DELI

Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson

Deli Cook

deli@peoplesfoodco-op.org

If you've been to our daily cold case lately, you may have noticed that we've been rolling out some new sandwich options. The deli's own Caitie Zacker has been a sandwich-making machine for the past few weeks and has created some really excellent sandwiches, with more to come.

Tom Curry's Mango Dream is not just brilliantly named but also mouthwatering delicious. It's a turkey sandwich on Zingerman's bread with a bit of curry mayo and a spicy-sweet mango chutney that's just exploding with flavor. 

In addition, we've also implemented our Sweet Blue Dream wrap, loaded with chicken, our tangy new cranberry almond coleslaw, and finished with our new zesty-sweet maple walnut vinaigrette. 

Stop in to try these new delicacies and keep your eyes open for new additions!

PEOPLE'S WELLNESS

Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

wellness@peoplesfoodco-op.org

OAD may be over, but we still appreciate you! We've still got one more week on our heart-healthy Nordic Naturals sale, as well as the rest of the current Co+op Deals, including Garden of Life's RAW Meal Replacement powder, which is also EBT elligible! We also have some great Co+op Deals coupons for our Garden of Life RAW probiotics and multivitamins. This is a great time to stock up on some basic nutritional supplements! 

THE CENTER STORE

Max Hospadaruk

Max Hospadaruk

Bulk & Bakery Buyer

bulk@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello Co-oppers! Max here, filling in for Ken this week while he trains for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Quadrathalon (skiing, marksmanship, gourmet sensibilities, and refined pipe-smoking). 

While this isn't Co-op related per se, I wanted to take a second to talk about local Moonique Dairy's recent barn collapse. I know a lot of you have raw dairy shares with Moonique and may or may not have heard about their disaster.  First off, Nadine and Tyler are okay but they did lose one cow in the collapse, as well as the winter living quarters for the rest of their herd.  No word yet on how or if this will affect shares, but you can be sure they'll be burning the candle at both ends to get ready for spring pasture!  If you'd like info about this great local producer, visit mooniquedairy.com or check out the barn-raising fundraiser started by concerned friends and community members.

In the store this week, check out our new Chia Crunch Granola in the bulk section, brought to you by local DoughChicks Bakery! I know this gluten-dairy-soy-free cereal has already made its way into the hearts of many co-oppers via the small bags sold all around town. At long last, you can buy as much or as little as you want right here at the Co-op! I can tell you the smell of this stuff is heavenly, and the crunch... oh the crunch... you've definitely got to try it to know what everyone's raving about!  

PEOPLE'S NEWS

ONLINE POLL

Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our weekly poll and see poll results.

This week's question: Holidays are a huge part of our individual and community identities. Are there holidays that you celebrate that People’s could offer more appropriate foods for? What specific items would you like to see us carry?
Last week's question: The 2014 Winter Olympics start this week. What a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and good food! What's your favorite winter party snack or signature dish? See results here.

ANNUAL OWNER MEETING!

Sunday, March 23, 12-5pm – Kalamazoo State Theatre (404 S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo)

Don't miss the PFC Annual Owner Meeting – it’s the party of the year! Learn about the exciting progress your Co-op has made in 2013 with food, friends, and films. Following meeting we'll be showing the film Food For Change, a great new documentary about food co-ops. The film will be free and open to the public, so invite your friends to join us at 3pm!

Full event schedule: 

  • 12pm: doors open
  • 1pm: meeting and children's performance
  • 2pm: light snacks provided, cash bar available
  • 3pm: Food For Change screening -- free and open to the public! 

PFC COOKING CLASSES

Register for one of our fun, interactive cooking classes! All classes are held in the Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison St). Values Program classes are $5 each; all other classes are $20 per adult, kids come free. And come hungry! In our classes, you’ll always eat well. Space is limited, so please sign up today with a friendly PFC cashier!   

  • Fun with Fermentation – Tuesday, March 4, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC fermentation superstar Heather Colburn to learn the basic techniques and troubleshooting tips for culturing (lacto-fermenting) veggies using a modern version of the ancient traditional methods.
  • Paleo Lifestyle – Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn more about the ways of the paleo diet with Stacy Houseman-Schmitzer!
  • Yummy, Easy, & Allergen-Free – Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
    Prepare delicious meals that are gluten, soy, dairy, and nut free with chef Vicky.
  • Dress Your Salad – Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske. 

PFC MARCH BOARD MEETING

Monday, March 3, 7-9pm – Ignertia Offices (518 E. North St, Kalamazoo)

The Board meets the first Monday of every month. Our meetings are open to the public and all owners and community members are encouraged to attend. For more info, visit our Board of Directors page.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, March 4, 7-8pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo) 

Volunteers are what make co-ops great, and we believe we've got some of the best volunteers in the country! If you've applied to volunteer at People's, you'll first need to attend an orientation session, where we'll make sure you have everything you need to join our all-star team. Please RSVP with our volunteer coordinator today! To learn more about becoming a volunteer, check out our Help Out page.


OWNER ORIENTATION

Wednesday, March 19, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

Perhaps you are a PFC owner, but you're not really sure what that means. Maybe you just became an owner and want an introduction to the store. Join us for one of our new monthly owner orientations! Gain a better understanding about ownership, learn more about your Co-op, and meet other PFC owners and staff. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP with our media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.


NORDIC WALK ON THE KRVT

Saturday, March 22, 2pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

PFC is teaming up with Gazelle Sports to get us all moving on a wintery walk! Meet at People's parking lot for a movement and nutrition clinic with a Gazelle instructor and then hit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for a 1-5 mile walk. 20 sets of walking poles will be provided -- bring your own if you've got 'em!

OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE

Our owners are why we are here! Owners are shoppers and investors, and it is their investment, in part, that will make our expansion a success. Here are the current stats: 

Current owner count: 2417!
New owners in 2014: 58!
Current equity invested: $354,182!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.


KALAMAZOO PUBLIC LIBRARY: READING TOGETHER 2014

Two books on food and farming will be the focus of this year’s Reading Together program! KPL has selected The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan and Novella Carpenter’s book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Both authors will be in Kalamazoo to join the discussion about their books.
Get involved by attending the community events that will move the conversation about food in Kalamazoo forward. See the full events calendar here.

Upcoming Reading Together Events: 
  • Meet Tracie McMillan
    Wednesday, March 5, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)
  • Meet Novella Carpenter
    Tuesday April 15, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)
  • Novella Carpenter’s Campus Visit
    Wednesday April 16, 1:15 pm -- Light Fine Arts Building, Kalamazoo College (1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo 49006)
  • Midday Film Series: Asparagus! Stalking the American Life
    Monday, March 10, 12-1:15pm -- Stryker Theatre, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
  • Raising Animals for Food
    Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 pm -- Oshtemo Branch Library (7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo)

HOPE FOR CREATION: FAITH & ACTION IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE

All events held 5:30-7:30pm -- First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo (212 South Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007)

Don’t miss this series of presentations about climate change and how people of faith might take meaningful action here in Kalamazoo. Each evening will begin with a simple soup supper followed by a presentation by a community expert on climate change and conversation among participants. Presented by an inter-faith partnership of the Bronson Park churches, other local faith communities and the Climate Change Working Group of WMU. Childcare provided. Free and open to the public. 

  • Seeds of Hope: Faith Communities Adapting to a Changing Climate – Monday, March 10
    Presented by Cybelle Shattuck, University of Michigan 
  • The Economic Debate on the Costs of Climate Inaction – Monday, March 17
    Presented by Ahmed Hussen, Kalamazoo College 
  • Climate Change & Agriculture in Michigan: What We've Seen & What We Can Expect – Monday, March 24
    Presented by Phil Robertson, Kellogg Biological Station 
  • Our Response in Kalamazoo – Monday, March 31

KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: VIBRANT VEGETABLE GARDENS

Wednesday, February 26, 6-7:30pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)

Gardeners and farmers grow more than plants; they grow SOIL and all its bugs, microbes, and other good inhabitants! Learn the secrets to growing healthy soil. After this session you should be able to turn any type of soil into the base for a vibrant, healthy and productive vegetable garden.


KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

February 22 - May 4 – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (314 S Park St, Kalamazoo)

Traditional landscape art depicts nature in all its glory in beautiful, pristine condition. The paintings, photographs and sculptures of Environmental Impact, instead, confront pressing issues of our time, from land development to industrial-scale depletion of natural resources, from the Gulf oil spill to the dangers of nuclear energy, the trashing of the American landscape, and the impact of global warming. This exhibition is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.


FAIR FOOD MATTERS SEEKING PROGRAM MANAGER

Fair Food Matters is seeking a new program manager to continue the Douglass Farmers’ Market in 2014 and beyond. We will accept applications until 5pm on February 26.  Please find more information here.


MICHIGAN NATURE ASSOCIATION'S CONSERVATION PRIORITIES FOR SW MICHIGAN

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm – First United Methodist Church (212 Park St., Kalamazoo)

Andrew Bacon, Stewardship Coordinator for MNA, will explain how they plan to help protect Michigan’s rare and endangered species, imperiled natural communities, and unique geological features - including prairie and savanna communities and remnants, coastal plain marshes, and forest blocks. A program of Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones; free and open to the public. 


KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: HOME MAPLE SUGARING

Sunday, March 2, 2pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)

Learn how to safely tap your maple trees and collect sap. See what is needed to set up a simple outdoor kitchen to boil your sap down to maple syrup.


KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16 – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)

Join us for the 49th Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Start your day with delicious pancakes smothered in real Michigan maple syrup! Walk along a wooded trail with a KNC Naturalist for a maple sugar tour. Experience our amazing Birds of Prey up close! Don’t miss a visit to the DeLano Homestead during the festival to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Horse-drawn wagon rides and demonstrations by blacksmiths, spinners and weavers will round out the activities. Full schedule of activities here.


CIRCLE PINES CENTER NOW HIRING

Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI is looking for a few folks to fill various positions in the summer camp kitchen. We are specifically looking for people to work in our face-paced and demanding kitchen who have high energy and stamina, who are willing to communicate, and who recognize the value behind serving ethically-raised and healthy foods to youth. These jobs require staff to live on-site at the summer camp facility throughout the duration of camp, June 25 through August 13. Our kitchen staff are responsible for preparing three meals/day from scratch for up to 110 people (mostly youth). We are in need of filling the following full-time, temporary positions.  

Head Cook: We are looking for a responsible and experienced person to oversee our summer camp kitchen and staff. Responsibilities will include: oversight of meal preparation, staff training and management, safety and sanitation rule enforcement, kitchen cleaning, inventory stocking and management, and other tasks as assigned.  

Assistant Cooks: We are also looking for several enthusiastic and experienced prep cooks. Responsibilities will include: preparing food and meals to completion, following safety and sanitation requirements, cleaning and doing dishes, and other tasks as assigned.  

Please send resumes, including salary requirements and references, by email to info@circlepinescenter.net or by fax to: 269-623-9054.


CINZORI FARMS NOW HIRING

Cinzori Farms is a 100+ acre certified organic farm in Ceresco, MI.  We have wholesale and retail sales.  We are looking for self motivated individuals who are familiar with organic vegetable and greenhouse production. Opportunities are available in: hoop house production, greenhouse bedding plant production, field vegetable production, delivery, organic record keeping, and food safety.  Full and part time positions available. Contact Anthony Cinzori at Cinzori@triton.net or by calling 269-275-5873.

UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS

Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERAC/Ce (Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERAC/Ce online for more information. All events are held at KRESA West Campus unless otherwise noted.
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 8-10, 2014
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 25-27, 2014

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE SHARES

Get connected with local food and local growers! Check out the full list of Kalamazoo Area CSAs.


LOCAL FARMERS' MARKETS

Farmers' markets are providing a great opportunity to meet local farmers and to pick up some great food, including: 

Are you inspired to eat closer to home? Do you want to find sources of local foods and share with other locavores? Well, here's a tool you'll not want to miss. To join hundreds of others with similar interests, visit their Yahoo Groups page. To learn more, please email Lori Evesque.

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February 18, 2014

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION

Chris Dilley

Chris Dilley

General Manager

gm@peoplesfoodco-op.org 

Hello PFC people!

We are in the thick of yet another Owner Appreciation Days. That's 9 days every other month during which we celebrate you as an owner of the PFC by extending 10% off of most items in the store during one shopping trip. 

We love how busy the aisles are, and how many smiling faces we see in the store during these Owner Days. On average we see about 500 of our 2400 owners come through and use their discount during this period, or about 55 per day. I would LOVE to see lots more of you taking advantage of this owner benefit. So, let's set a goal together, shall we? How about if we set the goal to have 70 owners shop daily during Owner Appreciation Days? To get there, though, we need your help! Here are some things you can do to help: 

  • Come and shop and get your 10% off sometime between now and Sunday.
  • Pass the word to PFC owners that you know that we have a goal, and they could help us get there by coming in to shop just once before Sunday.
  • Use your social media prowess to pass the word to the whole world! 

And if, by chance, you or others have feedback on Owner Appreciation Days or owner benefits at the PFC, I would love to hear them. We want this to be the best possible value for everyone. Thanks.

Finally, if you are paid in full as an owner, you can expect a certificate in the mail in the coming weeks. Kristi, our bookkeeping assistant, has been hard at work preparing all 800 certificates, and will be preparing those monthly going forward. If you don't see your certificate by the end of the month, please give us a shout and we'll look into it.

Have a great week, and know that we truly appreciate you and your choice to support the good work of creating access to good food in our community.

Cheers!

DEPARTMENT NEWS

PEOPLE'S OUTREACH

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@peoplesfoodco-op.org 


Peace PFC'ers, I hope all are well and as healthy as can be. My family and I are in the middle of a household cold -- we're all sick! My remedies are juicing, hot tea with honey, and most importantly, sleep. I’m hoping we flush it out as fast as possible.

I would like to re-invite all of you to this Saturday’s Nordic Walk. The PFC has teamed up with Gazelle Sports this winter to host monthly Nordic Walks to get us moving! For those unfamiliar with Nordic walking, this event is a great chance to learn more. Similar to cross country skiing without the skis, Nordic walking is a great winter exercise where the whole body is engaged. 

Gazelle Sports will provide 20 poles on a first come basis. We will be meeting here at the PFC at 2pm, and will walk the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for approximately an hour or as long as individuals would like. If you’re planning on attending, dress warm! I hope to see you there.

If you can’t make it to this Saturday's Nordic Walk, don’t worry! We have another scheduled for Saturday, March 22.

Also I would like to bring your attention to a few of our upcoming cooking classes. Next up is Savory Tastes with PFC deli superstar JaRay Reese (February 25), followed by Fun with Fermentation, taught by PFC meat and cheese buyer Heather Colburn (March 4). Continue reading below to learn more about all of our upcoming cooking classes. If you are interested in attending either of these classes feel free stop in and sign up. Have a good week! 

PEOPLE'S PRODUCE

Rosie Florian

Rosie Florian

Produce Manager

produce@peoplesfoodco-op.org

 

Forget that last six inches of snow and start planning out your summer garden! It can be so easy to get down about the cold, the snow, and the time it's going to take to see green grass again. Luckily, People's Produce just received our first delivery of SEEDS

Take your mind off your bothers and take the time to imagine and pretend (ya'know, like a kid!) your future summer of growing a garden.  Where are you going to put your tomatoes? What trellis will your peas climb up? Last year you weren't impressed with the abundance of zucchini, so maybe this year you'll grow spaghetti squash instead (it stores well, too). 

Take yourself away to your dreamy garden growing state, make it big! High Mowing Organic Seed packets are $2.75 each. Right now is also Owner Appreciation Week, so don't forget about getting your 10% off if you’re an Owner!

This is the only time of year we'll carry fresh turmeric root and we want you to give it a try. We know you all love fresh ginger, and turmeric isn't that far off. Like ginger, it has tons of great anti-inflammatory properties, tastes great in a curry, and a little bit goes a long way. Check out this great website for more information.

FARMERS' MARKETS

Chris Broadbent

Chris Broadbent

Farmers' Market Manager

market@peoplesfoodco-op.org

As more snow reminds us winter is in full effect, we can turn to the 2014 market season countdown for spring and summer visions! Just 74 days until the market season, and all your smiling vendors in the open air.

Until then, be sure to visit the Bank Street Winter Market to see many of your favorite businesses and some you'll be glad to meet. That’s on Saturdays, 8am-1pm through April.

We are gearing up for an incredible market season and would love to have your help! If you're interested in volunteering at either the 100-Mile Market or Kalamazoo Farmers' Market let us know! We need volunteers to help with the Food Assistance Currency table, give tours of the market, visit local market businesses, and have a blast! 

See you in 74 days or sooner! May the force be with you. Peace. 

THE CO-OP DELI

Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson

Deli Cook

deli@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Have you tried our housemade Tuna Salad? It’s our take on a traditional favorite. We start with wild-caught tuna and creamy mayonnaise, then pack it full of crunchy celery and onion, add a little garlic and cumin for bite, and finish it with lemon juice and fresh parsley. It’s a great snack on its own, sandwiched between a few pieces of bread, or even used as a dip. Now, for your snacking convenience we’ve dropped the price down to just $7.99 per pound, down from $9.99 per pound. Get out your harpoon because that’s a whale of a deal!

PEOPLE'S WELLNESS

Abbie Miller

Abbie Miller

Wellness Buyer

wellness@peoplesfoodco-op.org

After a weekend of celebrating love and appreciation I want to acknowledge a celebration of healthy hearts! February is Heart Health Month, and to celebrate our hearts we have a great sale on ALL Nordic Naturals supplements. Nordic Naturals is one of the top manufacturers of omega-3 heart-healthy supplements, with sustainable fishing practices and strict third party testing for metals, toxins, and contaminants. Come on in and give your heart some love! 

THE CENTER STORE

Sarah Beckman-Ellenwood

Sarah Beckman-Ellenwood

Grocery Assistant

buyer@peoplesfoodco-op.org

Hello friends! 

Sarah here from the grocery team to give you an update on what’s happening this week.  We are excited to introduce a new wine, hailing from Round Barn Winery and entitled ‘Divine,’ this black walnut crème wine lives up to its name. 

In other exciting news, Sarkozy Bakery breads are back!  Stop in to grab a loaf of this much-loved bread, from pumpernickel to whole wheat, we've got it all! 

To add to the fun, we are in the middle of our February Owner Appreciation Days event. Not an owner? Not to worry, we have savings for everyone to enjoy, like delicious Liberte yogurt, only 5 for $5, and now with a new flavor to try!  We also have GT's kombucha at an awesome $2.69 each, and Immaculate Bakery’s sin-less cinnamon rolls for only $3.49.   

In the wellness department we have Garden of Life's Raw Meal for $39.99 and Natural Vitality Perfect Calm magnesium powder for $14.99. 

Finally, even though Kalamazoo's chili cook-off is over, it's never too early to start perfecting your recipe for next year, and we have all the supplies you need, from Westbrae beans 25 ounce cans for $2.19 each to Muir Glen canned tomatoes, 28 ounce cans only 2 for $4. 

Well that's all from me, I look forward to seeing you all soon! Until next time, be well.  

PEOPLE'S NEWS

ONLINE POLL

Your valuable feedback helps us make improvements and guides our decision making. Take our weekly poll and see poll results.

This week's question: Holidays are a huge part of our individual and community identities. Are there holidays that you celebrate that People’s could offer more appropriate foods for? What specific items would you like to see us carry?
Last week's question: The 2014 Winter Olympics start this week. What a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and good food! What's your favorite winter party snack or signature dish? See results here.

PFC COOKING CLASSES

Register for one of our fun, interactive cooking classes! All classes are held in the Can-Do Kitchen (511 Harrison St). Values Program classes are $5 each; all other classes are $20 per adult, kids come free. And come hungry! In our classes, you’ll always eat well. Space is limited, so please sign up today with a friendly PFC cashier!   

  • Savory Tastes – Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC chef JaRay and create some sumptuous savory dishes! Learn some of the tricks of the PFC deli trade, featuring fried chicken and savory side recipes.  
  • Fun with Fermentation – Tuesday, March 4, 6:30-8:30pm
    Join PFC fermentation superstar Heather Colburn to learn the basic techniques and troubleshooting tips for culturing (lacto-fermenting) veggies using a modern version of the ancient traditional methods.
  • Paleo Lifestyle – Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn more about the ways of the paleo diet with Stacy Houseman-Schmitzer!
  • Dress Your Salad – Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
    Learn to prepare fresh salads for deliciously memorable meals with Sara Kozminske.

OWNER ORIENTATION

Wednesday, February 19, 7:30-8:30pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

Perhaps you are a PFC owner, but you're not really sure what that means. Maybe you just became an owner and want an introduction to the store. Join us for one of our new monthly owner orientations! Gain a better understanding about ownership, learn more about your Co-op, and meet other PFC owners and staff. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP with our media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore


OWNER APPRECIATION DAYS

Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 23 – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

Let us appreciate you during this Owner Appreciation Days period! Owners enjoy reduced prices on select items that you love during this special 9-day event.  And don't forget to bring in your postcard for 10% off most non-sale items of one shopping trip during Owner Appreciation Days. Thanks for being an Owner!

NORDIC WALK ON THE KRVT

Saturday, February 22, 2pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo)

PFC is teaming up with Gazelle Sports to get us all moving on a wintery walk! Meet at People's parking lot for a movement and nutrition clinic with a Gazelle instructor and then hit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail for a 1-5 mile walk. 20 sets of walking poles will be provided -- bring your own if you've got 'em! 

PFC MARCH BOARD MEETING

Monday, March 3, 7-9pm – Ignertia Offices (518 E. North St, Kalamazoo)

The Board meets the first Monday of every month. Our meetings are open to the public and all owners and community members are encouraged to attend. For more info, visit our Board of Directors page.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, March 4, 7-8pm – People's Food Co-op (507 Harrison St., Kalamazoo) 

Volunteers are what make co-ops great, and we believe we've got some of the best volunteers in the country! If you've applied to volunteer at People's, you'll first need to attend an orientation session, where we'll make sure you have everything you need to join our all-star team. Please RSVP with our volunteer coordinator today! To learn more about becoming a volunteer, check out our Help Out page.


OWNER COUNT/EQUITY UPDATE

Our owners are why we are here! Owners are shoppers and investors, and it is their investment, in part, that will make our expansion a success. Here are the current stats: 

Current owner count: 2407!
New owners in 2014: 48!
Current equity invested: $352,907!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

To share news or an event, please email media and communications coordinator, Chris Moore.


KALAMAZOO PUBLIC LIBRARY: READING TOGETHER 2014

Two books on food and farming will be the focus of this year’s Reading Together program! KPL has selected The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan and Novella Carpenter’s book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Both authors will be in Kalamazoo to join the discussion about their books.
Get involved by attending the community events that will move the conversation about food in Kalamazoo forward. See the full events calendar here.

Upcoming Reading Together Events:

 

  • Meet Tracie McMillan
    Wednesday, March 5, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)
  • Meet Novella Carpenter
    Tuesday April 15, 7 pm -- Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo Township, MI 49006)
  • Novella Carpenter’s Campus Visit
    Wednesday April 16, 1:15 pm -- Light Fine Arts Building, Kalamazoo College (1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo 49006)
  • Midday Film Series: Asparagus! Stalking the American Life
    Monday, March 10, 12-1:15pm -- Stryker Theatre, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
  • Raising Animals for Food
    Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 pm -- Oshtemo Branch Library (7265 W Main St, Kalamazoo)

HOPE FOR CREATION: FAITH & ACTION IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE

All events held 5:30-7:30pm -- First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo (212 South Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007)

Don’t miss this series of presentations about climate change and how people of faith might take meaningful action here in Kalamazoo. Each evening will begin with a simple soup supper followed by a presentation by a community expert on climate change and conversation among participants. Presented by an inter-faith partnership of the Bronson Park churches, other local faith communities and the Climate Change Working Group of WMU. Childcare provided. Free and open to the public. 

  • Seeds of Hope: Faith Communities Adapting to a Changing Climate – Monday, March 10
    Presented by Cybelle Shattuck, University of Michigan 
  • The Economic Debate on the Costs of Climate Inaction – Monday, March 17
    Presented by Ahmed Hussen, Kalamazoo College 
  • Climate Change & Agriculture in Michigan: What We've Seen & What We Can Expect – Monday, March 24
    Presented by Phil Robertson, Kellogg Biological Station 
  • Our Response in Kalamazoo – Monday, March 31

KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: VIBRANT VEGETABLE GARDENS

Wednesday, February 12 and 26, 6-7:30pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)

Gardeners and farmers grow more than plants; they grow SOIL and all its bugs, microbes, and other good inhabitants! Learn the secrets to growing healthy soil. After this session you should be able to turn any type of soil into the base for a vibrant, healthy and productive vegetable garden.


KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

February 22 - May 4 – Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (314 S Park St, Kalamazoo)

Traditional landscape art depicts nature in all its glory in beautiful, pristine condition. The paintings, photographs and sculptures of Environmental Impact, instead, confront pressing issues of our time, from land development to industrial-scale depletion of natural resources, from the Gulf oil spill to the dangers of nuclear energy, the trashing of the American landscape, and the impact of global warming. This exhibition is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.


FAIR FOOD MATTERS SEEKING PROGRAM MANAGER

Fair Food Matters is seeking a new program manager to continue the Douglass Farmers’ Market in 2014 and beyond. We will accept applications until 5pm on February 26.  Please find more information here.


MICHIGAN NATURE ASSOCIATION'S CONSERVATION PRIORITIES FOR SW MICHIGAN

Wednesday, February 26, 7pm – First United Methodist Church (212 Park St., Kalamazoo)

Andrew Bacon, Stewardship Coordinator for MNA, will explain how they plan to help protect Michigan’s rare and endangered species, imperiled natural communities, and unique geological features - including prairie and savanna communities and remnants, coastal plain marshes, and forest blocks. A program of Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones; free and open to the public. 


KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: HOME MAPLE SUGARING

Sunday, March 2, 2pm – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)

Learn how to safely tap your maple trees and collect sap. See what is needed to set up a simple outdoor kitchen to boil your sap down to maple syrup.


KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: MAPLE SUGAR FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16 – Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo)

Join us for the 49th Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Start your day with delicious pancakes smothered in real Michigan maple syrup! Walk along a wooded trail with a KNC Naturalist for a maple sugar tour. Experience our amazing Birds of Prey up close! Don’t miss a visit to the DeLano Homestead during the festival to experience maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. Horse-drawn wagon rides and demonstrations by blacksmiths, spinners and weavers will round out the activities. Full schedule of activities here.


CIRCLE PINES CENTER NOW HIRING

Circle Pines Center in Delton, MI is looking for a few folks to fill various positions in the summer camp kitchen. We are specifically looking for people to work in our face-paced and demanding kitchen who have high energy and stamina, who are willing to communicate, and who recognize the value behind serving ethically-raised and healthy foods to youth. These jobs require staff to live on-site at the summer camp facility throughout the duration of camp, June 25 through August 13. Our kitchen staff are responsible for preparing three meals/day from scratch for up to 110 people (mostly youth). We are in need of filling the following full-time, temporary positions.  

Head Cook: We are looking for a responsible and experienced person to oversee our summer camp kitchen and staff. Responsibilities will include: oversight of meal preparation, staff training and management, safety and sanitation rule enforcement, kitchen cleaning, inventory stocking and management, and other tasks as assigned.  

Assistant Cooks: We are also looking for several enthusiastic and experienced prep cooks. Responsibilities will include: preparing food and meals to completion, following safety and sanitation requirements, cleaning and doing dishes, and other tasks as assigned.  

Please send resumes, including salary requirements and references, by email to info@circlepinescenter.net or by fax to: 269-623-9054.


CINZORI FARMS NOW HIRING

Cinzori Farms is a 100+ acre certified organic farm in Ceresco, MI.  We have wholesale and retail sales.  We are looking for self motivated individuals who are familiar with organic vegetable and greenhouse production. Opportunities are available in: hoop house production, greenhouse bedding plant production, field vegetable production, delivery, organic record keeping, and food safety.  Full and part time positions available. Contact Anthony Cinzori at Cinzori@triton.net or by calling 269-275-5873.

UPCOMING ERAC/CE EVENTS

Because of PFC’s goal to provide access to healthy food for all, we have partnered with ERAC/Ce (Eliminating Racism and Claiming / Celebrating Equality). If you’re interested in this work, please consider the following upcoming events, or visit ERAC/Ce online for more information. All events are held at KRESA West Campus unless otherwise noted.
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – May 8-10, 2014
  • 2½-day Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop – September 25-27, 2014

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE SHARES

Get connected with local food and local growers! Check out the full list of Kalamazoo Area CSAs.


LOCAL FARMERS' MARKETS

Farmers' markets are providing a great opportunity to meet local farmers and to pick up some great food, including: 

Are you inspired to eat closer to home? Do you want to find sources of local foods and share with other locavores? Well, here's a tool you'll not want to miss. To join hundreds of others with similar interests, visit their Yahoo Groups page. To learn more, please email Lori Evesque.