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Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. …
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Candidate statement - Tracy Merges

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By Your Board September 6, 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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Candidate statement - Patricia McFarland

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By Your Board September 6, 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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Candidate statement - Maggie Joos

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By Your Board September 3, 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 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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Candidate statement - Ava Hernandez

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By Your Board September 3, 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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Candidates Ready to Run for Outpost Board

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By Your Board September 3, 2013

It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again, but we are now in the run-up to the October Outpost Board of Directors election.  I am happy to announce a strong field of seven candidates for three open positions.  Those candidates are (in alphabetical order):

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Can You Help the Honeybee?

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By Your Board July 31, 2013
Saving the bees: 
 
What does pollination have to do with the board of directors at Outpost Natural Foods?  Well, our role is to envision our cooperative, the way it relates with and provides for its owners under a variety of circumstances.
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My Dream Food Co-op

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By Your Board July 16, 2013

One of the really cool parts of my day job at Feeding America is that I get to travel around the country to join, start, simplify, complicate, explicate, and otherwise advance some of the big conversations surrounding food, food access, hunger, and food systems. It’s really one of the favorite parts of my job.

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Rejecting Planned Obsolescence

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By Your Board June 24, 2013
My daughter’s birthday is over and packaging from well intentioned gifts has left the house. Well, all accept one box. My daughter received a typically toddler toy with noises and flashing colors, nothing special really. However, it truly was a special gift! This toy came inside packaging that was designed to be used again. The thick box has an attractive plaid pattern on the outside and looks like something purchased at a fancy crafts store.
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Should Nutrition be taught right alongside math and science?

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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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Confessions of a Board Member

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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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Doing More to Support Local

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By Your Board April 26, 2013

 

I am in the middle of a modest household project. Inevitably, when head off to the hardware store to get some parts, I find myself in a conundrum of sorts.  
 
Do I patronize the locally owned hardware store?  
 
Or do I head off to the big box store?
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Seeking Board Candidates

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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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Thank You for Your Passion

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By Your Board March 19, 2013

 

Dear Outpost Owners,

After having a few days to digest our annual meeting, we wanted to take a moment to  recognize your level of commitment to our cooperative.  Some of us shop, use re-usable bags and cups, donate time or money to Outpost organized community events, submit comments, fill out our surveys, read our website, follow and respond to our blogs, and attend owner events. We vote. And we celebrate our cooperative’s ongoing commitment to help our community.  We even recruit friends and family to attend the annual meeting to support our values.

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Saving Seeds = Saving Our Planet

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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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Outpost's Ugandan Connection

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By Your Board February 12, 2013

Outpost board members engage in a vast number of activities related to the mission and values of Outpost Natural Foods. One great example happens to be the work of board director Suzanne Garr, whose involvement with the children of St. Mary Kevin, a school and orphanage in Uganda, Africa.

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Hunger and the food system

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By Your Board January 21, 2013

There is no bigger and no more important system, with more connected parts and processes that affect the health and wealth of people, communities, and the environment than the food system. And it’s an amazing system - magnificent in its efficiency and its scale.

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Film Focuses on Food Co-ops

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By Your Board January 8, 2013

Last June, I had the good fortune to attend the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) annual meeting in Philadelphia. It may sound like a big yawn, but it isn’t. One of the more interesting events was the screening of the completed part of a film by Steve Alves entitled Food for Change: The Twin Cities Story. Steve is a member of the Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, MA, and decided to research and produce this film which highlights a colorful history of the cooperative movement in the US.

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No Comparison: Cooperatives Versus Traditional Retail

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By Your Board December 18, 2012

 

A recent study released by the National Cooperative Grocer’s Association (NCGA) should make you feel pretty good about shopping at Outpost.

Why?


Well, because the report underscores the many ways that coops surpass the competition when it comes to creating economic and social impact on their communities.

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Who Are Your Neighbors?

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By Your Board December 11, 2012

 

Despite the rain, sleet, and snow on Dec. 9, forty-two local Milwaukee neighbor businesses and organizations got together as well as 940 attendees, for the 4th Annual “Buy Local Gift Fair” held at Lakefront Brewery. This 4th annual, amazing holiday shopping event was sponsored by Local First Milwaukee, Lakefront Brewery, and Outpost Natural Foods.

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16, 834 Owners - We Missed You!

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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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