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Your Board

Let Me Represent You: Share Your Opinion

Sounding Board
By Your Board January 20, 2014

As board members, we have a fiduciary responsibility to every owner of Outpost Natural Foods. In other words, the nine of us have been elected with trust and confidence to help manage and protect the co-op’s interest. We do this through sound decision making and representation.

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Your Board

Cooperation in Action: Educating Consumers

Sounding Board
By Your Board January 6, 2014

As we move forward into a brand new year, it’s a great time to take stock of the good that cooperatives like Outpost do.

 

One of the big things on my list? Education.

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Your Board

Candidate statement - Jan Pierce

Sounding Board
By Your Board September 9, 2013

Seven candidates are running for three open spots on Outpost's Board of Directors. The election runs Oct. 1-15 and all Outpost owners who were current in their payments as of August 31, 2013 can vote either online or by stopping at a Customer Service Desk for a ballot. This month, we'll be publishing each candidate's statement here on the Sounding Board blog.

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Your Board

Should Nutrition be taught right alongside math and science?

Sounding Board
By Your Board May 28, 2013
“They should be teaching this in high school,” commented one owner at a recent class I took by Outpost nutritionist Judy Mayer on gluten-free options held at the State Street store. Her question got me thinking, should nutritional eating be a part of the curriculum right alongside math and science?  Should it just be at the high school level, or sooner than that, grade school perhaps or even earlier? 
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Your Board

Confessions of a Board Member

Sounding Board
By Your Board May 13, 2013

 

I have been an Outpost Board Member since November of 2012 and would like to share some insights since walking into that board room six months ago.
 
But first let me step back a little. Last year when I was mulling over sending in nomination papers it occurred to me that perhaps being a board member was something I may not be qualified for. Looking back I was right to feel hesitant but wrong in my qualification assumption. It all comes down to a few things I have either learned or verified over the past half year.
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Your Board

Seeking Board Candidates

Sounding Board
By Your Board April 17, 2013

 

Outpost Natural Foods cares about you. That’s right. You are the reason co-ops like Outpost exist. We love sharing our business model with owners and seeing you in the aisle makes us smile. Your shopping dollars, kind words, and opinions (good or bad) remind us of our values and inspire us to constantly strive for improvements.
 
Have you ever thought about how much Outpost means to you? Being an owner and telling your friends and family how great your grocery store experience is might be a good indication. If that is the case, please consider submitting an application to be one of nine board members.
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Your Board

Saving Seeds = Saving Our Planet

Sounding Board
By Your Board March 5, 2013

An e-mail recently appeared in my inbox that really got me thinking about the sustainability of current conventional farming practices. The e-mail contained a link to a report by the Center for Food Safety as part of its Save Our Seeds (SOS) initiative (http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/campaign/save-our-seeds/). The report, Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers, highlights the ongoing practice of seed companies suing farmers for patent infringement when their fields are discovered to contain genetically engineered (GE or trangenic) crops, even though the farmers hadn't purchased GE seeds from the companies. The seed companies allege that farmers are knowingly saving seeds from prior year GE crops, or are obtaining GE seeds from “seed cleaners,” who specialize in the practice of processing seeds from prior years to use for subsequent plantings. According to the seed companies, these practices are expressly prohibited by the technology agreements signed by farmers who use GE seeds.

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Your Board

16, 834 Owners - We Missed You!

Sounding Board
By Your Board December 4, 2012

As a cooperative business, our owners choose the team of individuals (Board of Directors) who will determine the business goals (Ends) and oversee general management’s strategy (Means) for accomplishing those goals.  Ideally, each Director will represent at least one aspect of the diversity of our ownership population. 

In other words:  You have an opportunity to select YOUR ambassador in the leadership of your Outpost.

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Judy Mayer

Have a Ball!

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer November 19, 2012

Every Thanksgiving I prepare a vegetarian entrée to go along with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. My variety of stuffed squash recipes or past years of tofurkeys were the usual solution to my meatless entrées.

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Your Board

A Visit to Walnut Way

Sounding Board
By Your Board October 30, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, I had the pleasure of attending Harvest Day at Walnut Way, on 17th and North Avenue.  The entire 2200 block of N. 17th Street was blocked off for the celebration, with a large sound truck on the north end, providing a stage and sound system for talk and music.

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Judy Mayer

Orange-Glazed Squash

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer October 29, 2012

There are many reasons to love winter squash. It has a delicious, creamy taste – it’s orange (my favorite color) and it’s a nutritional powerhouse.  It also brings to mind autumn love and the warm memories of raking leaves with my children years ago. I think I used to purchase frozen squash in those days and even that was a treat shared by my family.

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Your Board

Candidate Statement - Douglas Spencer

Sounding Board
By Your Board October 19, 2012

Every time I walk into Outpost I feel a sense of family. As an environmentally conscious adult this is important to me and I know a lot of hard work and integrity is needed to accomplish that. I feel that as consumers we need to honor and support establishments that align with our personal convictions; especially those that make every effort to care about the communities they are a part of. Outpost has accomplished this and for that they need to be recognized. It is our duty to give back to the community wherever possible. I wish to give back to Outpost what it has given me. As a board member, I will work to maintain and improve Outpost Natural Foods to the best of my ability.

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Judy Mayer

Relish the Last of Summer's Harvest

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer October 8, 2012

This time of year always brings to mind my sweet Norwegian grandmother, Helen. Grandma would use the last of the ripening tomatoes and red peppers to make her famous Indian Relish – not famous to anyone else but very famous and special to her family.

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Malcolm Woods

Pass the Patchouli: I'm Going to the Garden with the Hippies

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 10, 2012

 

The president of the Wisconsin Technology Council felt a need to weigh in on the issue of organic foods in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, taking a shot at hippie gardeners and even your local co-op at the same time.

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Malcolm Woods

Plenty of Reasons to Stick With Organic

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 5, 2012

Give up organic?

 

I’m sure some people will think about that today, after hearing about a new study that found little evidence that organic food is any better for you than conventional food. Apple for apple and zucchini for zucchini, organic is often more expensive, after all.  No doubt, some folk will opt for cheaper conventional, but I’m betting the booming growth in the organic industry will continue.

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Judy Mayer

A Cool Salad To Help Prolong Summer

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer September 5, 2012

Summer is nearing an end. Labor Day and back to school sales are signs that fall is on its way. All too soon your grill will be mounded with snow and ice. But September can have its share of warm, sunny days, just perfect for cool meals on the patio.

 

Today’s recipe is suitable for any time of year but it’s really a nice crisp addition to a lovely summer meal and it takes advantage of the great local peppers in our stores now. Leftovers are great and be saved for up to 4 days – if it lasts that long.

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You Gotta Love It

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By Your Board August 16, 2012

 

I am an ardent Outpost owner for many reasons, but near the top is the collection of environmental policies put into place by the Outpost management and staff.  In fact, the WE Energies Summer 2012 newsletter “Energy for Tomorrow” highlighted Outpost as a visionary organization in the field of energy conservation.

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Judy Mayer

This Vegetarian Taco Salad is DASHing

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer August 16, 2012

 

I just finished writing a presentation recommending the DASH Diet (dietary approach to stop hypertension). I’ve mentioned it before in one of my blogs, as it was rated the best diet overall this last spring by the US News & World Report. I’m still excited about that.

 

There’s a long history behind the DASH – over 20 years! Two studies have shown that the DASH significantly lowers blood pressure.

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Malcolm Woods

The Slow Fight Against GMOs

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods August 7, 2012

 

Do the foods you eat contain GMOs?

 

GMOs are genetically modified organisms, plants and animals that have undergone alterations to their original genetic material at the cellular level.

 

First experimented with in the mid-1970s, genetic engineering has rapidly grown in sophistication and frequency. Early experiments revolved around methods to make plants less susceptible to frost, but researchers soon moved onto transgenic engineering, in which genetic material from different species are combined into one organism. 

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Paul Sloth

The healing power of food

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth August 7, 2012

Food is that peculiar thing that nourishes not only our bodies, but our souls as well. A meal shared by strangers is a powerful thing. For Sikhs, sharing a meal with friends, families and strangers alike is an integral part of their religious practice.

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