2011 Annual Meeting – HOT DOGS and a NEW Store!

annual meetingDO NOT MISS THIS DATE!
Sunday Sept 18th, 2011

The Co-op's next Annual Meeting will not only fill your tummy with Organic Hot Dogs and yummy food and drink samples, it will also fill your minds with visions of the future of your store.

Exciting plans are being made for a possible new location for a greatly expanded

store and a Farmers Market nearby. Growing synergy with the greater Yelm community and community leaders will make the Co-op a serious contributor to the future of our city.

You will also be voting for the Board of Directors for 2011-2012 that will be leading the Co-op into this exciting future.

Let your voice be heard – it counts!

Members: this is YOUR store – this is YOUR Community – this is YOUR Future!

Reserve your seat now for Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at the Yelm Food Co-op Annual Meeting!

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Farmers Markets Create Jobs

farmers marketWe are working hard to get the city government to broaden the rules for farmers markets so that we can build a really great one in Yelm.

This article on Triple Pundit provides some hard data that supports our position that a farmers market in Yelm would be good for local farmers, for local shoppers and for the economy.

Even the federal government recognizes this fact; they just seem to think huge subsidies for mega-farms and bombs is more important than supporting local communities. But, we can change their minds!

Here's a fact from the article:

…local farmers markets in the U.S. doubled from 2,863 in 2000 to 6,132 in 2010 and over 100,000 farmers are selling their products to customers directly.

This came from a report released this month by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) entitled Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems.

The growth of the farmers markets is not really due to government help. The article goes on to say: “This proliferation was not bolstered by federal spending. In fact, the report states quite the opposite, that USDA invested $13.7 billion on commodity, crop insurance and supplemental disaster assistance payments that aided big industrial farms. When it came to local and regional food system farmers, however, they spent less than $100 million.”

Help us push the city officials to update their policies and procedures for farmers markets and then help us build on that will blow their minds!

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Local Investment

local investmentOne of the beauties of the cooperative business model is that local people invest in a local business, and that local business invests in the local community.

This was the standard model in our country for most businesses 100 years ago. But things changed dramatically after the 1st World War when foreign trade began to play an ever bigger role in our economy. Then the first Meijer Superstore opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1962 Then Wal-Mart took it to a new level when they opened their first superstore in 1988.

But where it is leading us economically? Charles Hugh Smith, proprietor of the esteemed weblog OfTwoMinds.com, sees the path to future prosperity in removing capital from the Wall Siden det er umulig a sla sa er den beste Keno strategien a bare nyte tiden du spiller og finne gode casinoer a spille det hos (se listen ovenfor). Street machine and investing it into local enterprise within the community in which you live.

This comment was on Chris Martenson's most recent newsletter in an article entitled, “Why Local Enterprise is the Solution”. Here is what Smith thinks:

“We have to solve our own problems. The savior state and these institutions are not going to reform themselves and they are not reformable in any way that is meaningful. And so, I think what we’re talking about is taking your capital, which is your human capital, your skills and your experience; your social capital, the people you know and trust that you’ve created in life; and your financial capital and investing them in local solutions. Things that people need, like energy and food and shelter and a low energy lifestyle.”

This is why, in their planning for an expanded store, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Board are working hard to have local investment as the financial driver behind the expansion. They know that there are enough people in our community who see things the same way and are looking for the investment vehicle.

We're going to give it to them!

Read the rest of Charles Hugh Smith's article here – it's worth the read.
“Why Local Enterprise is the Solution”


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Growing Local – It’s Happening!

Focus on Food is a series of events that starts Saturday, Augusr 20th and concludes with a pot luck meal and meeting Oct. 14 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia and a food summit Oct. 15 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey.

What's it all about? One of the organizers, TJ Johnson, a Board member of the Olympia Food Co-op, puts mobile.ae.org it this way:

, more resilient to climate change and less vulnerable to rising fuel and food prices, noted Johnson, a former Olympia City Council member who now works full time trying to create a more sustainable, local food supply for a Thurston County population that is projected to grow by more than 120,000 people in the next 20 years.

We want to take control of our food future as a community.

This is what we have been dreaming off since the Yelm Food Co-op opened in 2007. and now it's happening and we will be a part of it!

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New at the Co-op

Against The Grain: Restaurant sized Three Cheese Gluten Free Pizza. These 12-inch pizzas are cheesy and brimming with taste. http://www.againstthegraingourmet.com/atgg/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/prod-pizza.png

Fentimans: Botanically brewed beverages have delighted people since 1905. Bold and interesting recipes include roots, bark & flowers. Try Rose Lemonade, Orange Jigger, Dandelion & Burdock. http://www.drinkfentimans.com

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