To kick off Eat Local Month in September, the Co-op and Sustainable Connections hosted the Hootenanny to Benefit the Co-op’s Farm Fund. All ages gathered to celebrate community, dance, enjoy a delicious meal, and to present the Local Farmer Awards.
Five organic produce items joined the Co+op Basics program: baby peeled carrots, zucchini squash, Bartlett pears, Roma tomatoes, and Fuji apples. Click through to learn more.
The Co-op was awarded “Outstanding Company” for improving energy efficiency in a retail grocery setting and fostering resilient, regenerative farming communities at the inaugural National Co+op Grocers (NCG) Climate Collaborative Awards. Learn more …
We have been named a Sustainability Star by National Co+op Grocers (NCG) for excellence in our sustainability efforts. The Co-op is one of ten co-ops nationwide recognized for their 2016 performance.
The former Co-op Connection building moved on from its original incarnation. The building was carefully deconstructed with the goal to reuse the majority of materials, recycle what isn’t reusable, and send less than 5 percent of the material to the landfill.
Sharing the results from our sustainability tracking informs Co-op staff and shoppers on ways we can work even harder to improve our already strong environmental business practices.
Have you noticed some activity around the abandoned phone booth on the outside of our Downtown store along Forest Street? For several months now, a team of three dedicated artist-writer-activists have been putting a plan into action to create something beautiful from the former eyesore.
Increasing the stable supply of healthy local food for Whatcom County residents is a primary mission of the Co-op’s Farm Fund. In 2015, the Farm Fund created the Next Step Project to offer assistance to farmers scaling up to increase the amount of local food available to local markets.
On September 1, 2016, local farmworkers voted to unionize. Five hundred indigenous farmworkers formed an independent union, drafted a union contract, won an $850,000 lawsuit, and established a new Washington state labor law that guarantees both hourly and piece-rate farmworkers have the right to paid 10-minute rest breaks.
Voting in the annual Board election is one of your most immediate ways to have a voice in the store that you own. Election information was mailed to member-owners around March 1. If you didn’t get your election mailer, please ask at the service desk. Open this post for link to vote online. Election closes March 31.