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Farm Fund “Next Step” grant and loan applications now being accepted
The Community Food Co-op and Farm Fund Committee, in partnership with The Sustainable Whatcom Fund of the Whatcom Community Foundation and the Industrial Credit Union, are excited to offer a new program: “Next Step” grants and loans for farmers looking to scale up for wholesale marketing. Details in the application packet. Application deadline Thursday, February 18.
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Co-op Board Supports Boycott of Driscoll’s Products
Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), a local independent farmworker union, asked the Co-op to discontinue purchasing products from Driscoll’s. The FUJ is organizing at Sakuma Bros. Farms in Skagit Valley for fair pay, regular breaks, and the elimination of wage theft. Sakuma packs blackberries and blueberries under the Driscoll’s label. In the Board’s view, Sakuma has not been negotiating in good faith with FUJ and has taken retaliatory and anti-union actions.
The Board does not take this step lightly. It is our strongly held belief that shoppers should be free to make their own purchasing decisions. In this case, however, the Board felt that agreeing to the FUJ request was the best way to support their good faith efforts to improve working conditions for farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. We support FUJ and we are encouraging other food cooperatives to join in solidarity with the farmworkers, as we have.
Message to Members on Eden Foods
In our view, Eden Foods’ federal lawsuit seeking the right to opt out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate to provide contraceptive coverage is contrary to the fundamental cooperative values of fairness, equal access, and democracy. We also see this action as fundamentally at odds with Eden’s stated goal, “To maintain a healthy, respectful…environment for employees.” –Co-op Board of Directors