to order caselots (bulk) 
 
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.

AGM

Lumby
Curling Club - 2230 Shields Ave
Wed, Feb 21, 6:00 pm
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
10.5% NET SALES increase since last fiscal year, bringing yearly sales to over $250,000.
►  33.5% Grocery sales increase – 23% Ordered produce increase – thanks Marianne !
►  $3,255.00 Fundraising Efforts
►  11 new local vendors since December
►  75 new members = 25% increase = 421 as of Dec.31, 2017

Eschew Plastic!

Jen Ziemer, Maureen’s daughter-in-law, former Co-Op board member and holistic nutritionist at Simply Delicious in Vernon, shows 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!

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.)

Honey

Ginette with honey from Monashee Community Co-Opwooden-honey-dipper-with-honey.jpg

When is Honey NOT Honey?
When it’s from China!

Culinary “Liquid Gold” can be Fool’s Gold.
According to Food Safety News, more than 75 percent of honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't actually the same thing honey bees produce.

Testing done at Texas A&M University, showed that the market is flooded with cheap, fake Indian or Chinese honey diluted with inexpensive sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup (known to be GMO).

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