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Food For Thought 
NEWSLETTER OF THE LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE MARKET  (SEPTEMBER 2013)  
Greetings!

Green chile season is nearly over with fall around the corner. Learn how to prepare these local treats in a Shop with the Chef culinary class at your local Co+op!

Our regular hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Board News

        

The board would like to recognize its newest member, David Fellenz, who was appointed to fill the position left vacant by Maureen McGuire. David is committed to cooperative values and brings board experience from serving on the board of the Los Alamos Mountaineering Club. Welcome David!

 
The board officially adopted the Canyon Rim Trail on August 19th, by placing dedication signs. 
 
On September 15th, the board will meet for a full-day retreat dedicated to strategic planning. The theme is "Our Bright Future" and the retreat will be facilitated by Todd Wallace of CDS Consulting Co-op.  The retreat will replace our regular monthly board meeting. Our next board meeting will be October 16th at 6:30pm and as always, member-owners are welcome.
 
Thank you for your continued support of the Los Alamos Co+op! 
 
For any question or comment to the board, email board@losalamos.coop.
Our Co+op Looking Back and Forward

Just this past Sunday I, our Board of Directors and Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD) facilitator Todd Wallace met for an eight hour retreat. The purpose of this annual retreat was continued work on strategic issues such as growth and competition, Ends Policies, and development of the Board/GM relationship. This opportunity to focus these issues is timely with Smith's Marketplace opening, the further maturing of our operations, the ability to start to consider longer term opportunities for growth, and the strategic direction that will move the Co+op towards attainment of the Board's Ends Policies.

 

The Co+op has been open for two and a half years and the initial focus was on developing operational excellence. While we certainly have areas to improve, we learned how to better serve our community through our products and services. We also successfully met or exceeded key metrics of operational health such as sales and earnings and have performed better in expense items such as labor and cost of goods. Concomitantly, our market area has seen the reality of the Kroger brand Smith's Marketplace begin construction. Our Board and management understand the importance of taking a strategic approach to confronting this increase in competitive pressure. The Board, with CM input, developed a long-term vision for the Co+op - called Ends Policies.

 

The Los Alamos Co+op Market (LACM) Board takes their role of providing strategic direction to the GM through their Ends Policies seriously. The Co+op's operations are directed by ends policies created by the Board on behalf of the Co+op's members and key constituents. In early 2013, the LACM's Board of Directors adopted the following Ends Policies.

 

Los Alamos Co+op Market exists so that:

  • Its communities have conveniently located, welcoming, accessible places to buy a variety of foods and products including local, healthy, and natural foods
  • Our community has a thriving marketplace where people want to shop, work, and be
  • Our member-owners' goal of increased environmental sustainability is achieved
  • It provides quality employment opportunities in an enjoyable, stimulating, and cooperative environment
  • Local producers have an expanding opportunity to sell their products

 

Ends specify:

"What Good" - results, changes, or benefits that should come about, for...

"What People" - recipients, beneficiaries, or otherwise defined impacted groups, at...

"What Cost" - the relative priority or allocation of organizational resources devoted to achievement

 

Through the robust discussions at this years' retreat, the Board and GM agree to the importance of once again aspiring to be more than just a grocery store - we need to grow, both in operational excellence and in the reach of our impact to our community and beyond. The management team will meet in late October for our first operational retreat to discuss how we will "operationalize" this strategic direction and how to best prepare for a different competitive market area. Look for an update in November's newsletter.

 

~Steve Watts, General Manager (GM)

Co+opROCKS! Prevailed
9.13.2013  

 

A rainy week threatened to cancel Co+opROCKS! last Friday. Fortunately, we were able to relocate this music and art based event for teens to the Top of the Hill Church above the Teen Center, where we turned a cool, humid evening into a fun and entertaining night.

 

The night kicked off with a dancable sound check by Cody Ulibarri, who tied the night together with his diverse electronic compositions. The Olions brought laughter to the room through improvisation and invited the audience to participate. Sonji followed with great original rap lyrics. Ryan Van Cleave and Kye Tocaterra rocked the house, while Matt Tapia and Nathan Lindsey rounded out the entertainment with rich acoustic rockMeanwhile, Melanie Borup showed people how to up-cycle plastic bottles and fabric into bracelets.

 

The rain kept the numbers down, but everyone who attended enjoyed the event. This event was made possible by STEM Student Day, the Next Big Idea, the Los Alamos Teen Center, and the Co+op. 

Planting Partnerships
    
A Los Alamos Youth Food Project bed at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market this summer was adopted by the Ponderosa Montessori School summer program. The bed is used for demonstrations and the produce is donated to LA Cares.

Ponderosa youth learned stages of sustainable garden practices from garden planning to harvesting. This summer, youth planted, weeded, watered, pruned, and harvested. Through these activities, youth learned the importance of nutrient-rich soil and caring for plants without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. 

The summer crop has tomatoes, carrots, kale, dill, pumpkins, and corn. The bed will transition into greens and herbs for the winter. 

The Los Alamos Youth Food Project is a collaborative gardening initiative between multiple community partners, with a goal of providing service-learning opportunities for youth that promote experiential learning in a garden setting. LAYFP is funded through grants and donations, with our primary funding coming from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. LAYFP partners include The Family YMCA, JJAB, Los Alamos Cooperative Market, PEEC, and State Farm Advisory Board.  

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

-Nicole Kliebert, Hoop House Coordinator
Co+op Principal #5:
Education, Training, and Information

Photo taken at September staff meeting.

 

Cooperative Principal #5

"Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of cooperation." 


We offer Shop with the Chef classes to share local knowledge about food preparation and enjoyment. Beer Dinners offer a palatable adventure where you can learn about beer pairing from local brewmasters and chefs. Co+op Conversations offers a venue for people to share knowledge on food, nutrition, environment, and health with the community. We also offer field trips for all ages.

The Co+op reaches beyond the store walls to empower the community through presentations to community groups, participating in community events, partnering with local organizations, going into the schools to share food knowledge, and learning about the interests, needs, and concerns of our community. 


Our staff have access to training through the National Cooperative Grocer's Association (NCGA) as well as other local and regional resources. Open book management also provides staff with financial tools and empowers all staff to understand how he/she contributes to making the Co+op successful. We value education in and out of the store.  

 

Would you like more information on cooperative principles?  Click Here

Upcoming Events
 
 
Sept. 17  Shop with the Chef: Vegan on a Budget                  6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members
Registration Required)  
Sept. 18  Co+op Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
All Co+op members welcome.
Location: Holiday Inn Express
Sept. 28  
Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair
8 a.m. - noon
At Griffith Gym
Attendance is Free!
Oct. 1  Shop with the Chef: Fermentation
6 - 8 p.m.
($15 for members; $20 for non-members
Registration Required)  
Oct. 4  Homecoming Parade 2:30 p.m.
All Co+op members welcome.
Location: Holiday Inn Express
Oct. 5 
Member 5%* Day
*Members save 5% on regular priced items today and every 5th of the month.   
Oct. 10  Member Appreciation Day: 10%* Off!
*Members save 10% on regular priced items today. Thank you for supporting your local Co+op!

Oct. 12  Kakistocrats Live! 3 - 5 p.m.

Free at the Co+op!
Oct. 16  Co+op Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
All Co+op members welcome.
Location: Holiday Inn Express

Oct. 17  Co+op Beer Dinner 6 p.m.

Featuring Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Our first Vegan Beer Dinner (with a meat option)
Tickets go on sale Oct 1st.

Oct. 29  Shop with the Chef: Healthy Snacks on a Budget

6 - 8 p.m.

Featuring Kale Chip recipes and other great snacks
($15 for members; $20 for non-members
Registration Required)

  

Thank you for support.
 
Sincerely,

 


Sandra West
Los Alamos Co+op Market
Green Chile Season Ends October 5!
 

There is still time to get organic chile! To order a case of chile, please call the Co+op or fill out an order form at the customer service counter. We roast chile on Monday and Saturdays, and we have small packages of pre-roasted chile available in the produce department.

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Tuesday,
September 17
6 to 8 PM

Vegan on a Budget
with
Liz Miller

Eating healthfully and plant-based doesn't mean you have to break the bank! Learn techniques for vegan cooking that will keep the flavor high and the cost low on Tuesday, September 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Register at the Co+op today!

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Tuesday,
October 1
6 to 8 PM

Fermentation
with
Ray Joggerst
Join us for an evening of mouth watering food and fermentation science on Tuesday, October 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

 

Register at the Co+op Today!

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Thursday,
October 10 

Member Appreciation Day
Save 10%
Members save 10% on regular priced items, which does not include special orders or gift cards.
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Thursday,
October 17
6 to 8 PM

Vegan Beer Dinner
featuring
Santa Fe Brewing Co.
Tickets for our first vegan - with a meat option- Beer Dinner go on sale October 1st. this four course dinner features five beers from Santa Fe Brewing Co. paired with cuisine prepared by our in house chef, Edwin Theodore.

 

Register at the Co+op starting October 1st!

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Tuesday,
October 29
6 to 8 PM

Kale Chips
with
Lisa Kennard
Learn how to save money and make healthy snacks the whole family will enjoy! Join Lisa Kennard for an evening of delicious, healthy, dehydrated kale chips and other snacks on Tuesday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Register at the Co+op today!

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We carry cod, rockfish, Copper River salmon, langustinos, and shrimp from Alaskan Desert Seafood, who's mission is to provide the freshest seafood possible.
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Co+op Coloring Contest
Don't miss out on our all ages coloring contest with a great theme - Animals with super powers!  Come by the Co+op to pick up your coloring sheet (age specific) today.The Co+op educational garden (next to the grass) and the hoop houses (in the parking lot) are thriving!

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Name That Plant Contest
Now, through September, we are holding a plant identification contest for all ages! Pick up your entry form at the customer service counter and test your knowledge on the plants growing at the Co+op!

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Free Organic Soil!
 
We still have soil left over from building the educational hoop house raised beds.  Please take it and put it to use! Thank you.
 
Questions: email Sandra at
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Heart of the Community at the Edge of Town.
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