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WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE CO-OP?
1st August, 2013

All members of the Blue Mountains Food Co-op are welcome to attend Board meetings. At Board Meetings you will get to hear about the future direction of the Co-op and ask any questions you may have about the workings of the Co-op.

The next Board Meeting is on Tuesday 20th August at 7.15pm at the Food Co-op HQ in Ha’Penny Lane – just down from the Co-op store.

SHOP SMARTER, EAT HEALTHIER AND SAVE MONEY AT THE CO-OP – BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
23rd July, 2013

The Co-op wouldn’t be what it is today without the efforts of many enthusiastic volunteers over the years.  We are always so grateful and appreciative of the time people put into helping out in the shop and at Cleaning Bees.  Our shop is an incredibly busy and dynamic place, and we can always use some extra help to ensure things run smoothly and efficiently.

We are about to embark on a new system of training volunteers, so that when you come in for a shift you know exactly what to do and how to do it.  We will be holding volunteer induction and training evenings twice a month from May onwards.  These evenings will provide an opportunity for new volunteers to learn all about how they can help out in the shop, but we’d also love to further the training of our more experienced volunteers so that they can work with as much self-direction as possible.

  • On a day to day basis volunteers help with:Keeping the Co-op clean, tidy and organised
  • Looking after the garden and outside the store
  • Helping customers get their shopping to their car
  • General filling and keeping everything topped up

But we’d also like to know if you have any special skills you could offer, such as;

  • Handy person
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Desktop publishing
  • Research
  • Newsletter contributions
  • PR, marketing, promotion
  • Graphic design
  • Filing / office skills
  • Events co-ordination
  • Gardening
  • Sewing
  • Cooking – for staff meetings and events
  • Community classes that might benefit staff (eg. Yoga, pilates, tai chi)
  • Screen printing

In exchange for only 4 hours volunteer work in a calendar month, you can receive an extra 20% off your shopping up to a total of $250.

Interested in getting involved? Speak to a staff member, or contact volunteers@bmfoodcoop.org.au

COLLETTE AVERY

NEW FACES AT THE CO-OP 2013
16th July, 2013

There a few new faces at the Co-op. Since November we have gained two new directors,  Cathy Cavanagh and Gren Olsen who is our treasurer. Susan J, Maeve  and our old  schoolie Sam have joined the Co-op as relief workers and Leanne has recently come on board as a new permnanent part-time worker. We also have three new schoolies – Olivia, Cory and our latest addition Felix.

We welcome them all and hope they enjoy being part of the Co-op community!

BAGS BAGS BAGS! WE HAVE NEW PAPER BAGS!
9th July, 2013

At the Co-op we are always looking at ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.

For many years we have been looking for a replacement paper bag to offer our members. The bags we currently sell are not recycled and we want to offer a better form of packaging. We have trialed recycled bags in the past, but none have come up to our standards. The bag needs to be made of thick paper so as to be able to withstand being reused multiple times, as this is what many of our shoppers do.

After a big search we have found a 100% recycled bag produced in Sydney that is sturdy and a great size for our food. The new bags are bigger which will create a bigger roll down for reducing spillage as they travel to your home.

The new bags will be cost 15 cents each for members & we strongly encourage you to reuse them as many times as possible. The old bags will be phased out over time.

Of course, you are always welcome to precycle – so bring along your own recycled bags, bottles and jars. Just remember to pre-weigh before you fill them up.

 

MAY NEWSLETTER 2013
3rd May, 2013

  • Japanese Food Update
  • Price Comparison
  • Cow Share Project
CO-OP CLOSED ANZAC DAY 2013
19th April, 2013

Just letting you all know that the Co-op will be closed on Thursday 25th April for Anzac Day. Fridge goods will be delivered on Friday 27th April.

THE 2013 AUTUMN STOCK REPORT
15th April, 2013

As well as a plethora of pumpkins, plums and parsnips, tasty turnips, crazy colored carrots and all manner of Autumn edibles the shelves and fridges are laden with new products to tempt, try and taste. I wouldn’t however recommend you to make a meal of the new Biodynamic 500 Preparation from Aracaria Biodynamic Farm in Mullumbnimby, but it is a must for Biodynamic gardeners. It will certainly revitalize your soil and boost your veggie crops. Also check out the new range of Biodynamic sprouting seeds including the much requested Broccoli. After a few hours in the garden you may also want to try out the new Biodynamic soap range!

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JAPANESE FOOD SAFETY REPORT
5th April, 2013

Summary

As a result of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, serious concerns arose regarding whether Japanese food may have become contaminated by radiation. In response to these early reservations, the Co-op made the decision to delete all stock lines of Japanese sea vegetables, and there was vigorous debate about whether we should continue to stock any Japanese products at all.

In May of 2012, board director Larry Buttrose arranged to have Helen Caldicott (anti-nuclear activist), speak to Co-op members on the topic of whether it was safe to be consuming foods of a Japanese origin. Dr. Caldicott urged the Co-op to stop ordering “all” foods cultivated in Japan. However, foods from Japan are popular among Co-op consumers, so in an effort to make the most informed choices concerning the safety of Japanese products, the decision was made to have specific samples individually tested by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) for radioactivity.

We investigated international limits for Caesium radiation content in foodstuffs, and compared these to the quantities present (where applicable) in seven products of Japanese origin, sold by the Co-op.

To view summary of the report complete with tables with out results – click here for: Japanese Food Safety Report Summary

To view a full copy of the report & list of products we have in the Co-op sourced from Japan, plus recommendations – click here: Japanese Food Safety Report

The Co-op Board will meet regularly to discuss the Japanese food safety issue, and will keep the larger Co-op community informed as to any further decision making. If you wish to make a comment regarding Japanese food safety please email us on hello@bmfoodcoop.org.au or use our contact page

KALINDRA MCCOLL

CO-OP IS ON FACEBOOK
20th March, 2013

There are many things that happen at the Co-op that we want to keep our members and shoppers up to date on.

It can be months between newsletters and if you are not a regular shopper, it can be easy to miss the messages passed on by staff and by reading our noticeboards. We are hoping that with the introduction of the Facebook page we are bridging this gap.

We want to share with our community information about which Wednesday Kay Ridgway is in, any parking interruptions and the tasty food stuffs that enter our doors. Sometimes these food item go very quickly, so keep an eye on our page. Or better yet, ‘like’ our page to have the the latest news and information.

Even if you are not on Facebook, you can view this page, simply click on-

www.facebook.com/bmfoodcoop

 

LOCAL FOODS IN SEASON AT THE CO-OP THIS AUTUMN – 2013
13th March, 2013

Autumn is the time of abundance and plenty. Traditionally a time of harvest festivals and country shows to promote the wares of the community. It is when our fresh produce stands are overflowing with the wonders of nature.

Over the last few years there has been an increased awareness of food miles and consequently our small tacked on local shelf of fruit and veggies has been struggling to fit it all in. Since our shop refit, local produce now greets you at our front door. It’s a great opportunity to view this regions bounty before seeing what other fresh foods there are to eat. The produce on the old vegetable stands are sourced from Organics Direct and Eco Farms at Sydney markets, and are grown all over Australia and occasionally New Zealand. We still desire this produce, after all, we live in a cooler climate; but many of us still want our pineapples, mangoes,  bananas and winter tomatoes!

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