through August 16
Alaffia Mini Market Baskets on sale through August 16
An estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Americans average 1 plastic bag per person per day. Alaffia baskets are the perfect alternative.
The wild-harvested savanna grass used to weave them is biodegradable, drought-tolerant, and can thrive in degraded soils.
Alaffia basket cooperative members receive fair wages and health care for their families in return for indigenous skills and knowledge.
Apply for a 2017 Community Shopping Day
Community organizations are invited to apply for a 2017 Community Shopping Day. Application deadline is Thursday, September 1.
Questions? Contact Kris Buettner at 360-734-8158, ext. 309, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salad bar, hot bar, and mezzanine seating in the Downtown store!
Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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.
Eden Foods Update
The Eden Foods lawsuit has concluded and Eden continues to provide contraceptives to their employees at this time although they could legally request an exemption. Since the Co-op Board of Director’s statement and signs in the Co-op have been posted since August 2014, the Board has decided to remove the statement and signage at this time.
Though choosing not to continue posting the statement, the Board has not changed their position. The Co-op will continue to monitor any other actions by Eden Foods in matters related to the Board’s position and concerns, and will make the Board and customers aware in a timely manner.