Four new food co-ops have recently joined Principle Six. They include: Eastside Co-op, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Three Rivers Co-op, Knoxville, Tennessee; Viroqua Food Co-op, Viroqua, Wisconsin; Weavers Way Co-op, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.“Principle Six is an alignment tool—a way to deepen the conversation about food and justice,” says Sean Doyle, general manager of Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli, now the home base of the project. Aaron Reser, the recently hired national P6 coordinator, has her desk at Seward Co-op. Aaron has been traveling to the P6 co-ops, helping launch the program and make it more visible in our stores. She recently coordinated a Twin Cities P6 meeting that included tours of both Eastside and Seward Co-ops.
Our East store Garden Center has recently been transformed by the sights and smells of the season. Pine cones, greens, live conifers, and Christmas trees grace the approach to our large East Bloomingfoods, and you’ll find greens of the season at the other locations, too.
When we first imagined the East Garden Center, one goal was to make it a destination in December, a favorite place for acquiring natural holiday adornments. JD Lucas, Linnea Good, and Chris Bobbitt—staff in this department—bring a wealth of knowledge about the great outdoors, as well as connections to local and regional providers.
Find local, small producer, cooperatively owned and traded products at Bloomingfoods.
Food co-ops have long brought nourishing, fresh food to our communities. At Bloomingfoods, we’ve defined ourselves as cooperative trade leaders with a focus on local, sustainable, organic, and fairly traded foods.
Our commitment to these values demonstrates our members’ concerns for positive environmental impacts, better health, and strong local economies. We became a founding member of The Principle Six (P6) initiative in 2010, in order to join other co-ops in featuring products and companies that embody these values.