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Summer 2018 Owner Drive

Ownership sits at the heart of Wheatsville Food Co-op – it’s what makes us very different from other businesses and we are over 22,000 owners strong! We are hosting an Owner Drive in July to spread the love to more Austinites!!! The Owner Drive starts Friday, July 13 and ends Sunday, July 22. Become a fully invested owner of the co-op and receive a super cool “I ❤ my co-op bag” and 10% OFF Coupon!

There are lots of economic benefits when you join the co-op. Owners get loads of exclusive offers, along with co-op wide deals for everyone. We also have Owner Appreciation Days twice a year where owners receive 20% off all shopping trips made during these days. New owners will be ready to take advantage of Owner Appreciation Days in October. Just that savings alone can pay for the cost of the investment in the co-op. It pays for itself!

No one person owns the co-op, we ALL own the co-op and TOGETHER
we make a difference! With our profit we invest in:

  •   Livable Wages & Benefits
  •   Green Energy
  •   Local food producers & growers
  •   Austin’s independent business community
  •   Local non-profits, community groups, & events
  •   Building & supporting more cooperative businesses
  •   Creating a great grocery store for all shoppers

Join over 22,000 owners and become a part of a business that operates with co-op values and principles. Together we have an economic impact, the ability to work independently and autonomously towards our BIG DIRECTION GOALS of creating:

  1.  more local, organic, sustainable food,
  2.  more co-op economy and
  3.  more happy people.

For your one-time $55* refundable investment
in the co-op you receive lots of benefits!

  •   Owners get 20% off all purchases during Owner Appreciation Days coming in October
  •   Owner Deals prices on some of your favorite items
  •   Vote for our Board of Directors
  •   Vote for our Community Action non-profits
  •   Run for a seat on our Board of Directors
  •   Patronage Rebates in sufficiently profitable years
  •   Membership at University Federal Credit Union

Want to join? Please visit the Hospitality desk at your closest location to find out more details about how you can benefit from ownership.

Payment plans are available for as little as $10* per month! It only takes 5 minutes to sign up and invest. Spread the word to your family and friends so
they can take advantage of Owner benefits today!

*Plus $15 non-refundable administrative fee.

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Local Vendor Spotlight: NadaMoo!

What is your origin story? Who started the business, when, and why?

In 2004, our founder started making small batches of coconut-milk ice cream for her sister who suffered from many food allergies. Pretty soon, word got around how creamy it was and before we knew it, complete strangers were showing up on our doorstep with spoons! Our President & CEO, Daniel Nicholson, and his family bought NadaMoo! in 2011 and has been running the brand ever since!

What are your most popular products and why?

  1. Lotta Mint Chip is definitely our #1 flavor. Our creamy take on this nostalgic and classic flavor hits the spot with its refreshing mint taste and velvety chocolate chips!
  2. Birthday Cake Cookie Dough was last year and quickly rose to fame because it was the first vegan Birthday Cake flavor on the market. We added cookie dough chunks and chocolate chips to put a fun NadaMoo! spin on it which gives your taste buds a sweet party!
  3. Our vegan Cookies & Crème is always a fan favorite! The gluten-free Oreo-like cookie chunks in our creamy base will make you think you are at home eating a late night snack of milk and cookies.

What makes your products unique?

Our entire line is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO. We make a creamy and delicious coconut milk ice cream without sacrificing good taste!

Are your products fair trade, organic, co-op made, non-GMO?

Our entire line is made with organic coconut milk and six flavors are 100% organic. Also, the entire line is non-GMO and all of the flavors are made with fair-trade ingredients (5 of them are certified fair-trade).

How many staff members do you have?

12 full-time.

What would an employee say is the best part about working at your company?

  • “The best part about working at NadaMoo! is the sense of community and room to learn and grow as an not only an employee, but as an individual as well.”– Mayela Barreda (Demo & Social Media Coordinator)
  • “The best part about working at NadaMoo! is that we are just a couple of kids, hanging out, trying to change the world for the better” –Taylor Beckham (Local Operations & CRM)
  • “Working with passionate young individuals united around a common goal to bring greater health and happiness to the world.”–Daniel Nicholson (President & CEO)

Do you have a special tagline or slogan?

#GrabLifebytheCoconuts

CONNECT TO NADAMOO!

https://nadamoo.com/
FaceBook @ NadaMooIceCream
Twitter @NadaMoo
Instagram @nadamoo

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Vendors Are Partners: Thousand Hills100% Grassfed Beef

Thousand Hills Founder, Todd Churchill, shares their story.

Beginning in 2001, I began a personal quest to learn more about my food; where it came from, what was in it, its nutritional value, its affect ecologically, etc. Having a young family, my interest in nutrition rose to a new level. In 2002, I came across Michael Pollan’s article, Power Steer, published in the The New York Times Magazine. His well-researched, all encompassing article opened my eyes to our conventional beef production model and, frankly, how it could be improved through keeping cattle on grass throughout their life.

This revelation led me to purchasing and sampling various types of grassfed beef. Some delivered delicious taste and texture and some, well, let’s just say, left room for improvement. I quickly learned that raising delicious 100% grassfed beef was both a science and an art. Cattle genetics, types of forage, forage diversity, seasons, moisture, minerals, soils and many other factors all play a role in raising delicious-tasting, healthful grassfed beef.In 2003, I launched Thousand Hills Cattle Co. I was raising 100% grassfed beef on my farm and sourcing from local farmers who were already committed to this model of raising beef. We learned from each other as we strived to produce the best beef possible. My goal in the first year was to sell two carcasses per week to restaurants and natural food co-ops in the Twin Cities area. I am eternally grateful for those precious few chefs and retailers who were ready and willing to purchase our grassfed beef.

Thousand Hills Cattle Co., now is represented on store shelves across our great nation as more and more people find themselves on the same quest I was on…to KNOW more about their food. Thank you for allowing us to play a role in your nourishment.

At Thousand Hills 100% Grass Fed Beef we focus on one MISSION: Nourishing soil, plants, cattle and people by holistically grazing cattle for their lifetime A myriad of factors are required to achieve this mission: sourcing cattle from small Midwestern independent family farms who strictly follow our protocol of NON-GMO, holistically managed, free-range grazing environments, suitable heritage breed cattle genetics, raised and finished on a 100% grass and forage diet, proven humane handling through the entire life of the animal and, finally, processed at the cleanest facilities possible, with stringent, proactive food safety testing. Thank you for trusting us to be a part of your family's "know your food" solution.

No Antibiotics, No Artificial Hormones and No Grain

Our cattle live freely on grass pastures and are never confined to a feedlot. In the winter, cattle consume stockpiled and/or stored forages, like hay. To qualify for our program, cattle must never be given antibiotics, never implanted with or given artificial growth hormones and never given grain in their lifetime. In the rare case an animal does require antibiotics due to illness or injury, it is treated and diverted to the conventional beef market, never to be used under our brand. In short, 100% Grass Fed to us means: No Antibiotics, No Artificial Hormones and No Grain—ever in the animal's life. Now you "Know No".

The difference between healthy and unhealthy red meat is as simple as their diet: grass versus grain. The majority of health research that is based on red meat, until more recently, contains negative results due to the cattle being grain-fed.

Featured health benefits of eating 100% grass-fed beef are, but not limited to, increased amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E, & K2, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), lower in cholesterol, saturated fats, and calories when compared to grain-fed beef. We do NOT give any antibiotics or hormones to our cattle and the grasses they eat are NOT sprayed with synthetic pesticides or herbicides.

Cattle are ruminants. All ruminants have more than one stomach and contain a different set of enzymes and bacteria in their digestive tracts than non-ruminants. Ruminants thrive on digesting a salad bar variety of grasses and not grains. Because of a 100% grass-fed diet, this kind of beef contains a seemingly endless array of health benefits.

100% grass-fed diets coupled with holistic cattle management and rotational grazing is beneficial to the environment. Through this method, by default, oil-dependent machinery to work the land is virtually eliminated. When cattle eat their diet made up entirely of grasses, their carbon emissions are not only drastically reduced, but carbon dioxide is worked into the soil where it helps create new plant growth; this is also known as carbon sequestration. Additionally, the soil quality and fertility increases from the manure.

For more information and recipes, please visit:

Recipes: http://www.thousandhillslifetimegrazed.com/recipes.asp

Know Your Farmer: http://www.thousandhillslifetimegrazed.com/farmers.asp

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Mobile Blood Donation at Wheatsville S. Lamar

Wheatsville Co-cp South Lamar is hosting a blood drive! Come lend a helping arm and save local lives. It’s easy, just make an appointment online. We’ll be stationed in the S. Lamar parking lot.

If you have eligibility questions, check out We Are Blood’s website. If you have more specific questions or would like assistance signing up, call We Are Blood at 512-206-1266.

For questions specific to our drive, contact Erica Rose at membership@wheatsville.com, or  (512) 814-2888.

*Remember! Eat a full meal before donating and bring your photo ID.

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Vendors Are Partners: Alaffia this month’s Fair Trade Partner

Thanks to Robin Michael, Alaffia Western Regional Sales Manager, for answering a few questions about Alaffia.

What is your origin story? Who started the business and why?

Alaffia is a fair trade (certified by IMO) hair, face, and body care organization that began in 2003 by founders Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde. The two met when during Rose’s service in the Peace Corps, she was stationed in Olowo-n’djo’s village of Kabole.  Headquartered in Olympia, Washington, Alaffia’s clean, safe, and efficacious products incorporate indigenous, nutrient-rich ingredients handcrafted at our six women’s cooperatives in Togo and Ghana. A percentage of each product sale contributes to our Empowerment Projects in West Africa, addressing vital areas for the self-empowerment of the people of West Africa—maternal care, education, reforestation, and eyeglasses.

Do you have a special tagline or slogan?

Beauty – Equality - Empowerment

What are your most popular products and why?

  • Babies and Up Lemon Lavender Bubble Bath- safe, clean bubbles without irritation!!
  • Purely Coconut Hand & Body Lotion- made with hand crafted fair trade coconut oil, for a non-greasy moisturizing formula.
  • Charcoal Based Underarm Deodorants- best-selling formulas that wear well with lasting protection!

What makes Alaffia products unique? Why should someone buy them?

Fair trade AND efficacious. We combine the ancient wisdom of plant based oils with science to create products that are accessible, safe and effective.

Are your products fair trade, organic, co-op made, non-GMO?

We are a Fair for Life fair trade certified body care company- one of only two (Dr. Bronner’s is the other)!

How many staff members do you have?

U.S.- 175
Togo- 700 year-round, and 14,000 empowered

What would an employee say is the best part about working at Alaffia?

  • “The work is very diversified, and I get to try my hand at many things.  Furthermore, the work feels meaningful, and I think it attracts such great coworkers- talented, smart, and all of whom want to help the business succeed.” -Matthew Barrett, Marketing Supervisor
  • “Truly, it’s the people I work with.” -Jen Luck, Sales Planner (formerly of First Alternative Co-op)
  • “The fact that we empower and employ people across the globe, here and in Africa, to make the world a better place.  It’s all about making the world a better place…through kindness, empowerment, empathy, listening, sustainable practices. The kids who are able to stay in school because they received a bicycle through Alaffia’s “Bikes for School” program- you never know which one  is going to change the world or help inspire someone else who will change the world.”  -Dane Halter, Alaffia Broker

Anything else we should know?

Our empowerment projects have affected more than 50,000 lives for the better!  Follow link for more details: alaffia.com/empowerment/

SOCIAL NETWORK

  • FaceBook @Alaffia
  • Number of Followers: 18,233
  • Twitter @AlaffiaSkinCare
  • Number of Followers: 4657
  • Instagram @alaffia
  • Number of Followers: 17,200

More History, Fair Trade Ingredient Information, Baskets and Empowerment Projects

Over the years, there have been moments that shaped the natural products industry. One such moment occurred when Olowo-n’djo Tchala met Prairie Rose Hyde. No one could have imagined a young woman from rural Washington and a young man born and raised in rural Togo, West Africa with a sixth grade education would go on to build one of the most successful fair trade body care organizations in the natural products industry.

Olowo-n’djo Tchala was born and raised in the village of Kaboli, Togo where he shared a single 8’x10’ room with his mother and seven siblings. After failing to afford school tuition, Olowo-n’djo dropped out of school in the sixth grade. In the years after, he worked alongside his mother on her farm. In 1996, Olowo-n’djo met and fell in love with Peace Corps Volunteer, Prairie Rose Hyde, while she worked in Kaboli. After her service ended, the couple moved to the United States with a shared goal: finding a way to alleviate poverty in West Africa.

Rose entered a graduate program at the University of California, Davis studying International Agricultural Development and Ethnobotany, the scientific study of the relationships that exist between people and plants. Olowo-n’djo studied English and earned a degree in Organizational Theory. Determined to make a difference in his home country, Olowo-n’djo applied for a $50,000 business loan and, not familiar with the American banking system, did not understand why the bank could not fulfill his request when he had no personal financial assets. Eventually, Rose’s brother offered his house as collateral and the couple obtained the loan, traveled to Togo, and formed what we know today as Alaffia.

Fair trade is a movement of individuals and organizations working to ensure producers in economically disadvantaged countries receive a greater percentage of the price paid by consumers. While there are several definitions of fair trade, they all include:

  • Fair Trade Price: base price for raw ingredients or goods is adjusted higher than open market price.
  • Price Premium: a percentage above the base fair trade price is paid into a separate account for development projects in producer communities.
  • Working Conditions: fair trade operators must adhere to basic human & labor rights, including the right to organize, no child labor, access to health care, and so on.
  • Environmental Stewardship: fair trade organizations must minimize environmental impact.

To Alaffia, fair trade means paying a fair price or wage in the local context, providing equal employment opportunities, engaging in environmental sustainable practices, providing healthy and safe working conditions, being open to public accountability, and reducing the number of middlemen between producers & consumers. We believe fair trade should be environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable and give local communities the opportunity to self-empower.

Fair Trade Unrefined Ingredients:

Shea Butter

Shea butter is the oil from the nuts of wild Shea trees scattered throughout the wooded savanna of West and Central Africa. Shea butter has been used for centuries in Africa. It’s protective and emollient properties are most valued for skin care. In recent clinical trials, shea butter was found to help to protect skin against climate and UV aggressions, reduce appearance of wrinkles, soothe irritated and chapped skin, and moisturize the epidermis.

Handcrafted, unrefined shea butter contains the maximum amount of bioactive phytochemicals. Most shea butter available to the general public outside West Africa is white and odorless: in other words, it has been refined to remove the natural scent and color of natural shea butter. In the process, the majority of the antioxidant agents are also removed. The yellow tint of unrefined shea butter is due to the Vitamin E content. Remove this color, and the beneficial vitamins have also been removed. Refined shea butter is often hard and grainy, not smooth and creamy like pure, unrefined shea butter.

Unrefined Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is traditionally extracted oil from fresh fruit of the coconut palm, Cocos nucifera. Coconuts have been cultivated in coastal West Africa and been part of the diet and skin care for centuries. Virgin coconut oil is an important food oil, and is applied to skin and hair directly to protect from sun and wind damage.

Virgin coconut oil is high in natural antioxidants and protects skin from damaging free-radicals. It also helps keep skin looking firm, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Repeated use of virgin coconut oil helps keep skin smoother and more evenly textured by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells. We extract our virgin coconut oil by hand using traditional fermentation methods in Togo, West Africa from fresh coconuts grown organically on small farms. We use our virgin coconut oil in its natural, unrefined state for maximum effectiveness.

Refined coconut oil has been stripped of natural antioxidants and is highly prone to free-radical generation. Free radicals damage skin cells and cause skin aging and cancer. The antioxidants in unrefined coconut oil not only prevent free-radicals from forming in the oil, but also help protect against free-radicals that the skin is exposed to.

Baskets

The Alaffia basket weaving program began in 2004 and the first Alaffia Basket Weaving Cooperative was established in Tchevié, southern Togo in 2006. In 2008, Alaffia baskets were Certified Fair Trade by GiFFT and the Alaffia Internal Control System with full quality parameters was established. In November 2014, our Togo basket weaving program underwent a full and rigorous inspection by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO) Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification Program. IMO is one of the first and most renowned international bodies for inspection, certification and quality assurance of sustainable products. Our Togo baskets are now Certified Fair Trade by IMO. Furthermore, our baskets, as well as shea butter, other oils and soaps received IMO's highest possible Fair for Life performance ranking (5). To our knowledge, our West African Togo baskets will be the first and only to be Certified Fair Trade. The certification covers the baskets woven in our Sokodé, Togo center.

Empowerment Projects

Alaffia’s success is not simply measured by profit. Our success is measured by empowerment. Empowerment Projects are Alaffia’s mission in action, funded by the sales of Alaffia products. Alaffia invests in our communities because it is our moral responsibility and to ensure African resources empower African communities. The goal is to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality. Our Empowerment Projects include several Education-Based Projects, Maternal Health, FGM Eradication (Female Genital Mutilation), Eyeglasses and Reforestation. All of Alaffia’s projects empower Togolese communities to provide their skills and knowledge to the rest of the world and rise out of poverty. Click for more information.

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Consider Running for the 2019 Board of Directors

You shop at Wheatsville. You support Wheatsville’s mission to create a self-reliant, self-empowering community of people that will grow and promote a transformation of society toward cooperation, justice, and non-exploitation. So why not consider a role that allows you to help govern your co-op, too? Are you a co-op member with a computer, a little spare time, and a desire to oversee the business and policy of your co-op? If so, run for a place on the Board of Directors!

In the upcoming months, the Nominations Committee will hold orientation sessions for Co-op members interested in learning more about serving on the Board. These sessions are designed to let you know more about what the Board does, the Policy Governance model it follows, and to determine whether the Board’s work is something that you are really interested in doing. The Nominations Committee will publish the orientation dates on the Board of Directors page of our website. In the meantime, take a look at the website under Membership/ Board of Directors to read the current process for a co-op election and the qualifications you need to be a director.

Please come to a Board meeting or two to watch the current directors in action or join on one of our committees and work directly with the Board on important issues such as financial auditing. Board meeting information is posted on the Board’s web page, too, in the Announcements box on the right side of the page. The Board alternates the meeting location between the two store locations each month, so be sure to check which location is hosting the meeting you are interested in attending.

Current Nominations Committee members include Rose Marie Klee, Chair, Lisa Mitchell, and Lyz Nagan. Co-op members with questions about Board elections are welcome to contact us at nominations@wheatsville.coop.

Deciding to run? Click here to learn the process and fill out an application.

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$5 DINNER!

EVERY THURSDAY, our deli will be serving up a delicious hot dinner for just $5 EACH at BOTH STORES from 5 – 8pm.

CLICK HERE FOR UPCOMING WEEKLY MENU

To get in on this great deal all you have to do is bring your appetite!

Our Deli Clerks will serve you up a healthy portion of our scratch-made hot weekly entrée then you can go to town on a rotating selection of fresh, deli-made sides – ALL FOR JUST ONE FLAT PRICE OF $5!

Get a fresh, healthy dinner for yourself for just $5 or feed a family of 4 for just $20! Enjoy in-store and patio seating at both stores, or take it to go!

Menu subject to change without notice. No substitutions.
$5 Dinners are a Co+op Basics item and no further discounts may be taken. Price is already as low as we can go.

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