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Starting a Co-op class series
By creating jobs and meeting the needs of their member-owners, co-ops can serve as a cornerstone of the local economy. Learn in a hands-on class setting from local cooperators about the steps involved in starting a cooperative business, and the benefits of cooperating. Presented in a series of three classes designed by the Co-op Member Affairs Committee to support the creation of co-ops in Whatcom County. Classes can be taken individually or as a series.
All sessions meet at the Downtown Co-op Connection Building. Questions: 360-734-8158, ext. 220.
Cost: $5/session. Register online at www.communityfood.coop or at the service desk at either store.
Second annual Hootenanny to benefit the Co-op Farm Fund!
Thank you for coming to the Hootenanny and making the event so much fun! We’ll kick up our heels again next year in support of local food and farming projects!
The Co-op would like to thank everyone who very generously offered their time, talents, and goods to make the event a success:
- The Great Big Taters
- Charmaine Slaven, square dance caller
- Karina Davidson
- Roger Hall
- Moondance Farm
- Growing Garden
- Cloud Mountain Farm
- BelleWood Acres
- Mallard Ice Cream
- The Willows Inn
- The Hub Community Bike Shop
- Mt. Baker Ski Area
- Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island
- Pickford Film Center
- Village Books
- Paper Dreams
- Book Fare Cafe
- Scratch and Peck Feeds
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
Collecting Donations for our Neighbors
Donations will assist our neighbors in need after the devastating Carleton Complex wildfires.We are accepting donations at our registers for the Apple Valley Red Cross.
The largest wildfire in recorded state history, the Carlton complex fire has burned more than 250,489 acres, or nearly 400 square miles.
Many homes and businesses have been destroyed, and residents whose homes are still standing are coping with a lack of power and access to well water.
Take Our Survey
We invite you to share your ideas as we continue the process of improving the Downtown Co-op experience.
First, learn a bit about our plans for the Downtown store and the new Co-op Connections Building at 405 E. Holly Street by reading Jim Ashby’s update and looking at the FAQs and a summary of community input on the project. Then, access the three-question survey here.
We look forward to hearing your ideas for future improvements to the Co-op.
Update on the Downtown Expansion from the General Manager
On November 1, the Co-op seized an exciting opportunity and purchased the building located directly across Holly Street from the Downtown store. Securing that building was the first step of an ambitious 2- to 3-year project that will result in an improved experience in both the Downtown store and parking lot—and in the new building, which is full of potential.
The project will proceed in three phases:
Phase I—Remodel the new Co-op Connections Building to accommodate administration offices, the Healthy Connections classroom, a community meeting space, and a bakery production facility with a small retail storefront. Completed by early 2015.
Phase II—In 2015 we will be sprucing up the Downtown store with a remodeled deli to include expanded deli offerings and mezzanine seating. Completed by fall 2015.
Phase III—Expand and reconfigure the parking lot—dependent on approval of zoning changes—to add a minimum of 15 parking spaces and improve the traffic flow. Completion in summer of 2015 or 2016.