Cashier Notifications for November/December

Hello there all you lovely cashiers!

We have a few openings we need to have filled:

Monday, November 30………..10-12 and 12-3

Tuesday, December 1…………. 10-12

Friday, December 4………………3-6

Saturday, December 5…………..all times

Thank you very much!

Karen Hazelwood

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Note to Cashiers


I was out of town Saturday and forgot to get this information to you.  I will be having knee surgery December 14th and I’m hoping some one can cover my regular shifts until I am able to get back to the Co-Op.  I sure would appreciate it. Please call the co-op if you’re available.  Thanks so much.

For this week we have only a few shifts to cover.  You are amazing!

Monday, November 16      3pm-6pm

Friday, November 20       10am-12pm; 3pm-6pm

Thanks! for all you do.


Cashier Tip

Information will be coming soon regarding the new (to cashiers) procedures for opening and closing. For questions in the meantime call:

Karen Hazelwood, Co-op Manager     541 997-3396

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Call Your Congress People to Oppose the DARK Act.


Please call your Congressmen and women and tell them you oppose pre-empting state’s rights to regulate the labeling and production of GMO foods.  The DARK Act has recently been passed by the House of Representatives and is going before the Senate.  According to the the Organic Consumer’s Association this bill does not do what it purports to do and will pre-empt the right of states to make regulate and label GMO’s.

This post  is excerpted from an earlier post by the Organic Consumers Association, a group that has been fighting for regulation and labeling of GMO’s for years:

“Two hundred and seventy five members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling. Now that the DARK Act has been approved by the House, we’ll have to stop it in the Senate….. Monsanto is desperate to pass a bill that preempts mandatory GMO labeling laws at the state and federal levels, before Vermont’s GMO labeling law takes effect next year.

H.R. 1599 (is) still pushing out the lies. The “Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food,” feigning concern for consumers, emailed members urging them to support the DARK Act because if we require mandatory labeling, it will increase the cost of your food by $500/year. That lie has been debunked over and over, by legitimate independent studies.  It’s a lie based on a study funded by, and which remains the intellectual property of, the Council for Biotech Information—of which Monsanto is a member. The DARK Act creates a voluntary, government-run non-GMO certification program. Unless every producer of non-GMO products pays to have those products certified non-GMO, consumers will still have no way of knowing which products contain GMOs, and which don’t. And why should the burden of labeling fall on the producers of non-GMO foods, when the risk factor is associated with those foods that do contain GMOs?

H.R. 1599 would repeal existing state GMO labeling laws, such as Vermont’s Act 120, and would preempt any future state or federal laws requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods or foods containing GMOs. That’s unconstitutional, according to the Campaign for Liberty, which said this in a statement yesterday:

Whatever your views on GMOs, there is no Constitutional justification for the federal government to preempt state laws in this area. There certainly is no justification for Congress to preempt private sector efforts to meet consumer demands for non-GMO foods, while allowing those who support the use of GMOs to do so.


DC Phone


Contact Form

Senator Ron Wyden (D- OR)



Senator Jeff Merkley (D- OR)



Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D – 01)



Representative Greg Walden (R – 02)


202-225-5774§ …

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D – 03)


202-225-8941 …

Representative Peter A. DeFazio (D – 04)


Representative Kurt Schrader (D – 05)



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Note From Ian/Ashland Co-op

Report from the Board (Ashland)

by Ian Crosby, Director

I thought board service at Ashland Food Co-op was challenging enough, but serving as interim General Manager at the Real Food Co-op in Florence, OR has been a real eye opener for me! Similarities abound! Co-op doppelgangers. Economic realities. Quality organics. Co-op people are a special breed no matter where you are.

One thing is for certain: people make Co-ops. Whether your co-op’s owner count is ten thousand or two hundred, we the people who put our equity down and say “we want to own this” are truly owners of our businesses. We participate by being loyal shoppers; by voting for our board of directors; and, by willingly volunteering when the call is put out.

No matter how large the cooperative enterprise is, co-ops “do” community better than any other form of business. Food Co-ops provide a place to shop, meet, eat and participate with community. I am glad so many people want to support community that is centered around food: buying food; growing food; cooking, sharing, and eating food. And what better time of year is there than this holiday season to focus on all the wonderful things cooperators have to be thankful for. What a great thing we have going. Support our Co-ops and support ourselves.

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Center For Food Safety and Nano silver Pesticide

Center for Food Safety recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its decision to allow a new antimicrobial nanosilver pesticide product (called “NSPW-L30SS”) for use in an unknown number of textiles and plastics for the next four years while the manufacturer conducts further safety analysis of the product, essentially turning the public into guinea pigs.

Nanotechnology is a powerful new platform technology for taking apart and reconstructing nature at the atomic and molecular level. Consumer products containing manufactured nanoparticles have already arrived on market shelves, including nano-pesticide products, despite there being little to regulation or oversight of these new materials.

Among the studies that EPA is requiring is a plastic leaching study to determine the nature and quantity of silver released from plastics incorporating this new nanosilver pesticide when mouthed or teethed. The study on which EPA relied for the conditional registration used a protocol that was not reviewed by EPA prior to being conducted and used nanosilver concentrations less than the maximum allowed on the pesticide label.

Additionally, EPA is requiring testing to determine the toxicity of the pesticide to aquatic invertebrates, because the available studies in the scientific literature indicate that if sufficient quantities of nanosilver leach from the products incorporating this new pesticide and reach surface water, exposure may harm aquatic species.

We are looking for members who are concerned about EPA’s decision. Specifically, we are looking for information from members who meet one or more of the following criteria:

1.    You are responsible for purchasing clothing, toys, and other household items for yourself or your family and are concerned that you and your family are at risk of being exposed to nanosilver from these products, OR you are concerned that absent proper regulation, you cannot make informed choices about whether to purchase items that contain untested nanosilver technology.

2.    You regularly visit and observe areas of the natural environment—particularly to observe aquatic species—that may be harmed by the release of nanosilver into the aquatic environment.

If you meet any of these criteria, then your experience could be very helpful in this groundbreaking nanotechnology case!  Please email or call 415-826-2770 as soon as possible to learn more about how you can help.

Thank you,
Zack Marker
Legal Fellow, Center for Food Safety

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Owners Forum

As the Co-op works on becoming more sustainable, it is essential that we, the owner/members not slip back into ennui or inertia, and leave its life up to “others”.

Many people put their dedication to saving the co-op on the line when they posted their names on job categories at the Members Meeting. The committees that were formed to work on “change” are our chance to solve those problems that have held us back.  This time, committees have a signed agreement with the board to be given a free hand in making changes that are being well vetted. As I see no material changes in the store aside from its improved appearance, and the increasing number of volunteers, I feel the urgency of getting those changes made. They now  have a small window of opportunity left to accomplish their tasks. And hopefully they will be supported by the board as well as the members. I would like to hear from those who are doing this valuable work, and the progress they re making or the problems they are having. Opening a forum of enthusiasm and  ideas may be helpful to keep us moving forward.

And I’d like to hear from other members and non-members who can participate with their ideas if not with their bodies.  What kind of Co-op do you envision for Florence?   What excites you about its possibilities?  What kind of products should we carry?  What ideas do you have about how to sustain sales while competing with Fred Meyer? What makes you come in to the Co-op, or what makes you stay away? How do you feel about what the co-op is doing now, and what kinds of changes would you like to see?

I’ll be happy to post any or all ideas by our members and non-members, that are respectful, thoughtful and helpful, for the purpose of keeping our future open to discussion.  Thanks!  I look forward to hearing from you.


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News From the Co-op

Ian Crosby, who helped us get underway in a new co-op era, left at the end of October.  Will he be coming back? I hear various sentiments in regard to a possible return.  I understand  Karen Hazelwood and Liat are our new paid co-managers, so all questions should be directed to them.  As of this date I have no report from the Board.

If you haven’t already committed to a cashier rotation, this is an excellent chance to be part of, and support, the co-op in its transition.

Thanks for all you do.


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Help Us Shelve Food on Delivery Days (please)

Just had a note from Ian Crosby asking for help!

We will need volunteers to come in and sign up to break down orders on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.  That would be for each Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

It would be wonderful if you could sign up every Monday or Tuesday or Saturday to put these orders on the shelf but anything will help right now – once a month, every other week, whatever suits you.

Let’s keep our co-op going strong by doing everything we can to cooperate and work together for a great future.  And don’t forget, our future depends on YOU…

Looking forward to your help.


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Our New Co-op

Tuesday night, the 20th of this month, ‘Members’ of Real Food Coop turned out in numbers for our membership meeting, and came away as Owners, who will take on the shared responsibilities of Co-op ownership.

Ian, our new General Manager, brought experience and fresh insights with him from the Ashland Co-op, and in his short time here he has put us on the road to reducing our debt, and creating guidelines for going forward. Special committees, working in the wings these past weeks have balanced our books, looked at our problems and come up with positive ways to make the Co-op work, however it manifests itself.

There are many ways that we owners can dedicate ourselves to a positive outcome, beginning with loyalty…shopping there when we can, and helping to run the store.  It will be necessary for a few months to dedicate available funds to paying our suppliers and paying the rent without paying labor. Sadly, that means Ian will be leaving us.  But it creates an opportunity to bring our income up to a level where we will once again be able to have two paid positions. And that is a very doable goal, within a few short months, IF we all work together toward it.

Thus! the importance NOW of reorganizing our ownership of the Co-op and signing up for those duties left behind by Ian.  Think of this as a great opportunity to have a true co-operative where the owners run the business. Those of you who were at the meeting know that many signed on for such things as purchasing, pricing, product decision making, book keeping, cashiering, and opening and closing. And  there will be opportunities for advertising (sign making?) if we continue on this path.

We need everyone’s help. Each one of these tasks is not difficult in itself and the responsibility will be shared. We propose to have two or three people on each task with a leader who also acts as a board member. That said, with board terms ending and a new vision in front of us, it would be good to have seven or eight board members. This will increase our vision and any cogent discussion of ideas. I am personally heartened to see that some of you have already signed on for those positions….and the more the merrier.

Many, many people stood up to say that we have a need for this source of sustainably grown food, and other items they can only find in Eugene.. But they also reminded us that food isn’t the only issue. The Co-op and the people who support it are creating community and a place for that community to interact.  Let’s not lose that. Whatever structure manifests to support these ideas, the same ‘rules’ apply, and success depends on dedication and participation in ownership. I hope you will make the Co-op your own workable creation. The only limits are in our minds. We can forget old biases and hone our perception for a positive outcome.  It’s up to us to create the reality we want. And we need all of you to do that.



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October is Co-op Month

This October we join twenty-nine thousand Co-ops in the United States owned by 350 million people, to celebrate National Co-op month. According to the US Federation of Worker Co-operatives, there are also one billion Co-ops globally. This active community is growing and represents many kinds of businesses: child care, timber workers, food services, cabs, art galleries, software companies, pubs, organic farms and food stores. In addition, retailer owned co-operatives like Tru-Value and Ace Hardware have formed for purchasing power. The USFWC  works to increase the awareness of this model, demonstrating that businesses fare better when they are in the hands of the people.

Perhaps you’ve never thought of the Real Food Co-op in this way.  But every time you shop at the Co-op, you are part of this movement. And here are reasons why this is a good thing. First and foremost, For every $1,000 a shopper spends at their local food co-op, $1,604 dollars in economic activity is generated in the local economy.  This is $239 more than if they had spent that same $1,000 at a conventional grocer in the same community.

-Because co-ops are democratically owned by community members, co-ops keep money and jobs in their communities.

-Each member has one vote.  Owners equally share the burden in hard times and and the benefits in good  times.

-Co-ops provide practical solutions to many economic, environmental and social  problems. As an empowering means for self-help and community solidarity, they strive to make our economies more just and equitable, meeting our social and economic needs  without exploiting people or the planet.

-Every co-op is flexible enough to fit different community and individual needs. There are co-ops with thousands of owners and co-ops with only three owners. There is no one right way to do a co-op.

-Co-ops are more resilient.  When times are tough, co-op members pull together to work out creative solutions.    What will you do when times are tough?

Help us celebrate National Co-op Month by supporting your Co-op.  Join us on October 20th at David Lauria’s Theater on the corner of Rhododendron Drive and Kingwood Street, to hear about and vote on how your Co-op can transform and survive in these challenging times.

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