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THE CO-OP NOW HAS A PINTEREST PAGE
30th September, 2014

We have been collecting wonderful things online that we want to share with you! Our Pinterest page focuses on recipes, sustainability and garden tips. If you are already a Pinterest fan, follow us to get new inspiration and recipes.
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STOCK NEWS WITH MIKE P –
8th September, 2014

Another month passes and another smorgasbord of scrumptious sustenance surfaces at our Coop.

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EARLY SPRING IN THE GARDEN
5th September, 2014

September and October are the most important months in the garden, according to gardener and author of Your Sustainable Garden, Robin Johnson. This book is available to purchase at the Co-op, and you may remember we visited his garden for a newsletter a few years ago.

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CO-OP CONFERENCE
5th September, 2014

On the 26th and 27th July, two Co-op staff members, Mike P and Alison, went to the NSW Food Co-op Conference organised by Sam Byrne, an ex-Alfalfa House Director (who has recently joined the Co-op Federation), Monica Baumann (a finance Coordinator at Thoughtful Foods) and Adam Taylor (a director from Alfalfa House Co-op). The conference was attended by 50 fellow co-op-ers from 15 co-ops around the state, representing co-ops with a shop, buyers group style co-ops (with no shop) and people wanting to start a co-op. There were volunteers, board and management committee members, and staff present.

 

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AIR BEE & BEE….
5th September, 2014

Have you ever seen a reed bee, resin bee, leafcutter bee, masked bee or blue banded bee? They’re just some of native bees out there in all our gardens. Most native bees are quite a bit smaller than the honey bee we’re more familiar with. There are over 1500 species of Australian native bees, 200 of those in the mountains. Most are semi social or solitary, and what’s perhaps more surprising is that there’s really not a whole lot of research out there about them, including big gaps in our knowledge about their distribution.

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We get honey from several different suppliers at the Co-op. It’s all unprocessed and unpasteurised. There have been many questions about the heat belts we use on the honey dispensers and if the heat effects the honey. Beehive temperature is at around 35 degrees celsius, while honey crystallises at around 10-20 degrees celsius (depending on the variety) and is considered ‘raw’ up to 40 degrees celsius. The belts keep the honey within this magic zone so that it continues to run! We only need to use this belt in the chillier winter months.

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HONEY HISTORY AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE
5th September, 2014

Bees and honey have been highly prized by humans since ancient times. Honey has always been both a desired food and a healing medicine and preservative. There is a strong mythological connection with bees and honey in several cultures, with the bee-priestesses or melissae of Ancient Greece being the best known. In European folklore there are many traditions involving bees including ‘telling the bees’ when there has been a death in the family.

 

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THE CO-OP INTRODUCES: COLD AND FLU TEA
7th August, 2014

It’s a tough winter this year and Chris Ireland – herbalist and new staff member – has introduced a new tea to help our members avoid getting all those nasty winter lurgies. Using a mix of herbs from the Co-op shelves she’s made a tea that will help boost your immune system and keep you smiling until spring.

 

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STEVES’S LATE WINTER SURVIVAL TIPS
5th August, 2014

After being inspired by the talk and workshop of a “Tale of two Steve’s” (hosted by Permaculture Blue Mountains and BMFC) I began to think about what goes on in the winter garden? At the talk, Steve Alton whose garden is in Katoomba, shared with us information about the weather and water issues that we get faced with in the mountains. He reminded us that water is essential for the life of a plant and that winter is our driest season. He also showed us a graph of the winds we get living in the mountains, showing that in every month we could get hit with 40km winds. August is the notorious windy month, so what are his tips for the gardens survival?

Steve's Raised Beds

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STOCK UPDATE WITH MIKE P.
5th August, 2014

Wind Protecting Treats

Lip Balm Bonanza: Hurraw Lip Balm, lots of flavours – Earl Grey, Coconut, Vanilla Bean, Black Cherry, Mint, Orange, Almond, Grapefruit, Licorice, Green Tea, Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Coconut, Moon, Coffee Bean to name a few. Let us know what you’d like us to order.


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