to order caselots (bulk) 
(Horizon CATALOG is in!)         SALES:  February 26 — March 9:
Antoinette’s Salt Spring Dip 500mg - 20% OFF —— Hornby Organic Snack Bars - 20% OFF
Seasnax Roasted Seaweed Snacks - 15% OFF —— Seasound Nori - 15% OFF
Vendors! Get Certified ORGANIC Status cheaply
Small farmers are discouraged by the process and cost of becoming Organic certified. Flat rate fees can be $425/year!
Co-op Farm is another option. Several small farms combine under one certificate and share costs. One person is designated as ‘manager’ for inspection purposes.


Curling Club - 2230 Shields Ave
Wed, Feb 21, 6:00 pm
— Annual General Meeting —
Cool door prize.  Cash bar.  Hot tea and goodies.  Lively discussions.
One big difference between a business and a co-op? The folks who use the services, buy the goods and work there, HAVE A SAY. This is a prime opportunity to learn what we have accomplished this year, express your views, influence decisions, support what we are doing and inspire us to go further.

Minutes of last year’s AGM are available at the store; agenda for this year is posted on the bulletin board. There is still time to nominate someone for the board.

Eschew Plastic!

Here’s Jen Ziemer, Maureen’s daughter-in-law, former Co-Op board member and holistic nutritionist at Simply Delicious in Vernon, with the kind of bins we may buy.

We are also excited about moving closer to being plastic-free, including Boomerang Bags. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for something new!

Nourishing a Local Economy

The Co-op Connection
by Chris Bauman

The rise of the co-operative movement was a profound response to the injustices which arose out of the factory system in the U.K. during the Industrial Revolution.

A Rumination on Agricultural Widsom

In mediaeval Europe, most of the land was held by manor houses but in practice run by groups of serfs or commoners who tended it, managed crop rotation and multi-use, preserving the fertility of the soil as much as possible. The rights of the commoner to the use of common land was gradually eroded most famously in the English Enclosure Acts. Many landowners became rich through the enclosure of the commons, while many ordinary folk lost a centuries-old right.

Eating Local is Better for Everything!

The Co-op Connection
by Huguette Allen
Vancouver plans to become a global leader in urban food systems and this includes increasing city-wide and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels by 2020. They are already at 36%!

There are many reasons why cities create local food systems and not least among them is the economic gains that come with growing, selling and eating local. Money spent locally creates a multiplier effect, meaning it circulates three times in our own community instead of being given out into the global sphere.

Resilient Communities

Dr. Vanada ShivaThe Co-op CONNECTION
by Nina Westaway

The Monashee Community Co-op has celebrated over a year of successful marketing of organic produce and groceries in Lumby. The underpinnings of this endeavor are based on such principles as expounded by world renowned organic crusader Dr. Vandana Shiva who was in Vernon this year for the conference of the Certified Organic Association of BC (Feb. 24.)


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