Change is in the Air
 
 
 
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
 
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
 
October 5, 2016
 
 
In This Newsletter:
 
 
 
 
CHANGE IS IN THE AIR

Your SLO Natural Foods Co-op is indeed fulfilling that famous statement from Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, who said, “Change is the only constant.”
 
Rest assured, we speak only of extremely positive change. For over a year, since Gwen and I attended the 2015 National Co-op Convention in Boise, Idaho, she and our Board have been working to have SLO Natural Foods Co-op become a member of the National Co+op Grocers (NCG). NCG is a member-owned cooperative of food co-ops.
 
We are extremely happy to report that we were just accepted as a member to NCG. This is a momentous opportunity for our Co-op and all of our members.  A big THANK YOU to all of our member-owners for supporting us. We could not have met the sales requirements without your support.
 
As an NCG member, we will be able to purchase many of the products we feature at our Co-op at lower wholesale prices, and then pass the savings on to you. We will always be “the little store with a big heart,” but we need to consider some changes in how we do business. NCG can help us with that as they provide tremendous support and analysis of our business based on their experience with hundreds of other food co-ops across the nation.
 
Your Board of Directors along with General Manager Gwen Schmidt have been looking at many possibilities for your Co-op to offer more products and services and to be more competitive in the changing marketplace in San Luis Obispo, as we have done since moving from our former facility on Francis Street. In the future, as ideas formulate into concrete opportunities, we will certainly provide complete information to all members. Any proposals the Board considers must have the support of our Co-op Member-Owners. 
 
We’re very thankful that together, we’ve achieved this goal.
 
Co+op: Stronger Together!
 
 
Eric Michielssen
Board President, SLO Natural Foods Co-op
 
 
Product Updates
 
Chill
 
DESERT FARMS CAMEL MILK is prebiotic and 100% raw and natural. It's high in calcium and Vitamin B1 and contains 43% less fat than cow's milk. This milk contains no added hormones, additives, or preservatives. Desert Farms camels are pasture-raised and grass-fed on Amish and Mennonite family farms where the average herd size is six camels. You'll find this milk in our freezer case.

 
Grocery

ECOJARZ STRAWS are kid-friendly, safe, strong, non-toxic. They're reusable -- great for the environment. We carry two different straws: Stainless Steel and Glass Dharma, the Original Glass Straw. Both are dishwasher safe but we also sell straw cleaners for those who prefer to handwash.
 

Herbs

OSHA ROOT is a medicinal root that Teresa has brought in; it is whole, Kosher and responsibly harvested. Osha root has been used to support the respiratory system and has been shown to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Osha-Kava Latte

1 C Osha root decoction
2 T powdered Kava Kava root
1/4 C coconut milk (full fat)

Blend, warm, strain, drink. Enjoy. 


Wellness

ECO BELLA VANILLA LOTION and HERITAGE ROSEWATER are both now available in bulk.

CREO HAIR CARE products are handmade in SLO. They have very clean ingredients and make your hair feel so silky! 
 
All products in the JEFFREY JAMES BOTANICALS line are discounted 20% through October 18th.

HEALTH FORCE supplements are all 30% off MSRP through October 31.


 
 
 
Screening: In the Spirit
 of Cooperation
 
October is National Co-op Month and we'd like you to join us in celebration of Co-ops. We will be screening In the Spirit of Cooperation which profiles several different cooperative enterprises and highlights how they benefit their communities.
 
6pm: Pre-Screening Party with food & beverage samples.
 
7pm: Film and Discussion.
 
At the Guild Hall (formerly the Grange Hall), 2880 Broad Street, SLO.
 
We hope you'll join us!

 
 
 

Slow Money SLO: Two Special Events
Featuring Founder Woody Tasch 

Slow Money SLO is the local branch of an international organization that supports local food and farm businesses. Here is some information from local founder and leader Jeff Wade, about their upcoming special events:

Slow Money SLO has two big events on October 6th and 7th, featuring Woody Tasch, Founder and Chairman of Slow Money, coming to town from Boulder, CO Click here for details and reservations.
 
Food and farm business owners won't want to miss the October 6th panel discussion. Come hear success tips from local food producers at the SLO Guild Hall on Broad St, 5:30 networking and food for purchase, program starts at 6 pm.
 
On October 7th, Chef Maegen Loring and Niner Winery are donating their time and wine to host an incredible evening of food supplied by sustainable food entrepreneurs and the Niner kitchen garden. A limited number of tickets are available. Details Here
 
 
 
 
Good Cents: Nominations, Please!
 
Good Cents is a donation program that supports our local community. Co-op members voted in August for the Sep-Oct beneficiary, and Womenade received the most votes. Thanks to all of you who round up at the register to support this worthy group.
 
We're looking for two more nominations to be our Nov-Dec Good Cents recipient. Previous nominees are eligible to be nominated again (but previous winners within the year are not). You can give your suggestions to Gwen at the store or here online. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 7. A special newsletter with a link to vote will be sent out shortly after.
 
 
Co-op Board Meetings: New Location
 
We encourage Co-op member-owners to attend our monthly Board Meetings. Each one opens with a public comment period so please arrive a few minutes early if you wish to speak. Meetings begin at 5:30 PM.

We hope you will come and get to know your Board and learn about your Co-op's doings and plans for the future. Be informed! Get involved!

Next Board Meeting:
Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30 PM

The Guild Hall is not available for this month's meeting; please call the Co-op (805.544.7928) for meeting location.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
Two special events with Slow Money Founder and Chairman Woody Tasch:
Growing Small Food and Farm Businesses
and ~
Celebrating SLO County Sustainable Food Entrepreneurs.
Slow Money SLO in SLO and Paso Robles.
 
 
Bee Keeping: Past, Present, and Future
with Sue Hulsmann, beekeeper.

 
Pioneer Day, Sat, Oct 8
Annual Pioneer Day parade, free bean feed, gas engine show, and more.
Entire day is FREE and funded by businesses and people of Paso.
"Leave your pocketbook at home, come celebrate in friendship."

 
SLO County Open Studios Art Tour, Sat-Sun, Oct 8-9 & 15-16
FREE to the public, and one of the largest tours in the country.
200 artists open their studios on these two weekends.
Proceeds help support Arts in Education,
Art in Public Places, Art After Dark, and many others.

 
5:30pm. Please call Co-op (805.544.7928) for meeting location.
Members are encouraged to attend; there is a public comment period
at the beginning of each meeting.
 
 
Family Day, Sat, Oct 15
Free presentation offered by Master Gardeners of SLO County
at their monthly Advice to Grow By series.
 
 
6pm: Pre-Screening Party with food & beverage samples.
7pm: Screening and discussion.
Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO.

 
Pismo Beach Clam Festival, Fri-Sun, Oct 21-23
70th annual; surf contest, local clam chowder contest, parade, food
and craft vendors, beer and wine.
 
 
Films, discussions, gatherings.
 
Thanks for reading and being a Co-Op Member.
Your support of the store supports local sustainably grown food, farmers, and non-GMO standards.
 
If you've any questions or comments about the newsletter,
 
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.coop       805-544-7928