Jason Hill, Wine & Beer Buyer, and Manager of the Near West Side StoreAre you enjoying the organic beer that you drink? Would you enjoy it as much if you knew that the hops which give it flavor and aroma and that crisp, refreshing smack might have been grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides which are usually forbidden in the production of organic produce? Do you think âorganicâ should mean âgrown and processed without the use of artificial chemicals and pesticidesâ? Do you believe the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) should hold organic brewers to this standard?
Reflecting on the past two years, when I have served as board president of Bloomington Cooperative Services, I can honestly say with pride that the experience has been rewarding and extremely educational. I have great admiration for my fellow board members, past and present, and for the hours of board work they have done governing a growing multi-unit organization. Although board work is important for setting policy and taking on fiduciary responsibility for the co-op, credit for the implementation and manifestation of our vision belongs to the people who work in the Bloomingfoods family of neighborhood grocery stores. Kudos goes to our general manager, George Huntington, and his staff, for a job well done.
Over the past few years a lot of our board time has been absorbed by major practical decisions involving financial business issues and the philosophical nuances of working through the process of how best to govern a democratically principled organization. The last few years have been occupied with the financial health of our co-op business. After exhaustive financial and marketing research, and much discussion, we decided to convert the Encore into a neighborhood grocery store. At this point in time, it looks as if we made a good decision.
Replant New Orleans With the Help of Seventh Generation
by Julie Harries, Darcy Harvey, and Jennifer Hileman
The SEED Collective, Replant New Orleans, and Seventh Generation are working to rehabilitate the urban forest that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It was last April, for Earth Day, that Seventh Generation asked retailers to create an in-store display to promote their One Ton Tree program.
Stores across the nation were asked to create a fun and
thought provoking display using Seventh Generation products
highlighting âthe effect that planting a tree can have, and the impact
of using recycled paper products.â Julie Harries and Mac McLauchlin
worked together to create a fantastic display in our East Third Street
store. We later heard from Seventh Generation that Julieâs display had
won in the midwest. Julie and a guest were invited to New Orleans to see first hand the condition the city is in and to volunteer for a day with Replant New Orleans and Hands On in the rehabilitation of the grounds surrounding a high school in the Upper 9th Ward.