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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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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Miss Outpost's Annual Meeting

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By Your Board March 13, 2017
As an engaged owner of Outpost Co-op, it is important that you attend this year’s annual meeting on Sunday March 19, 2017 at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Mark your calendars! Here are six reasons why you won’t want to miss the Annual Meeting... Read more...
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Your Vote Matters More than Ever

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By Your Board February 15, 2017
On January 20th, Outpost owners submitted applications for board candidacy. Your board of directors has reviewed the nominations and selected five candidates to go on the ballot this year. Voting will begin on March 20th after the Annual Meeting and we have fifteen days to elect three new board members, until April 3rd. This election is a critical aspect of our cooperative and a cornerstone responsibility of ownership. Read more...
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Should you consider running for an Outpost Board Seat?

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By Your Board January 11, 2017
As we enter into campaign season for board members, it’s a good time to think – am I interested in serving my cooperative? Do I have a skill set that would complement the current board? If you do, consider this an invitation to throw your hat into the ring. Read more...
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Deepen your Relationship, Consider Outpost Board Service

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By Your Board December 12, 2016
It’s election time. If you’re an Outpost owner, now may be a good time to consider becoming a Board member. Here’s a great local opportunity to help forward the cooperative principles of a 46 year-old $48 million annual food cooperative. Read more...
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This Year, Give the Gift of an Owner Loan

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By Your Board December 1, 2016
When you buy a share to become an Outpost owner, you are investing in a cooperative business. This is your business co-owned by you and other like-minded owners. This is the fundamental difference between your membership at Costco - which basically allows you to shop there - and your ownership of Outpost. Read more...
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Drinking Local for Your Health

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By Your Board November 15, 2016
On October 26th, the Board hosted a screening of the film Food Chains, a look at the corporate grocery system in the United States and its role in food worker exploitation. At Outpost Natural Foods we hold our local and regional vendors to standards which ensure safe and hygienic working conditions and the highest standards for working hours and requirements. Read more...
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Co-ops: A Resilient Option In Uncertain Times

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By Your Board August 30, 2016
In recent board meetings, we have been discussing how the popularity of cooperatives ebbs and flows, and specifically how that relates to the increasingly competitive environment of Milwaukee grocery stores. It turns out that cooperatives do best in times of uncertainty, like the Sixties and in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis. Read more...
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Cooperative model benefits everyone

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By Your Board August 8, 2016
With national cooperative month just a couple of months away, it’s a good time to reflect upon the history of cooperatives dating back to the 18th century. Did you know African Americans, people of color, and low-income people have benefited from the cooperative model? Read more...
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6 reasons why cooperatives like Outpost matter

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By Your Board July 22, 2016
You could shop anywhere. But, if you’re a member of Outpost, you probably know you’re part of something different. Something special. But, have you ever wondered why our stores operate so differently from the competition? Read more...
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Retreating into the Future: How do we help Outpost thrive?

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By Your Board July 20, 2016
In 1996, the future was bright for Blockbuster Video. It was a $4 billion dollar company, with over 3,500 stores worldwide. In 2000, it turned down the chance to buy a small, fledgling internet company called Netflix. Today, Blockbuster has all but disappeared with only 19 stores nationwide. Read more...
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Outpost: a model of cooperative values in action

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By Your Board March 15, 2016
In just a few days, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op owners can bear witness to cooperative values in action at the March 20th annual meeting. Board directors and staff are seeking to make the annual meeting more accessible by offering it at Mount Mary University, and by utilizing the power of technology, owners may choose to participate in real time at the Bay View, Mequon, or E. Capitol Drive stores. Read more...
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From Farm to Fork: Outpost and area restaurants strive for same goal

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By Your Board March 7, 2016
As a long-time food writer, I’m often approached by individuals looking for recommendations for places to dine in the Milwaukee area. Increasingly, people are also interested in my recommendations for spots in the city that espouse a dedication to local sourcing. Read more...
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Big Changes for This Year’s Outpost Annual Meeting

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By Your Board February 9, 2016
As a director for Outpost Natural Foods, I would like to invite you to our next annual meeting on March 20th. If you have never been to one, it’s a great way to meet other Outpost owners and play an active part in your favorite grocery cooperative. Read more...
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Solving the Hunger Puzzle

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By Your Board February 3, 2016
I’m often asked how and why I decided to become a professional hunger fighter. The answer is pretty simple. I had the opportunity to learn about hunger – and its more clinical term, food insecurity, which describes the inability to consistently access an adequate, nutritious diet – and our food system at a previous job. The more I learned, the more it became clear to me that its solutions were – and remain – absolutely within our reach. Read more...
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Become A Candidate In The Next Outpost Board Election!

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By Your Board January 8, 2016
So you want to be a member of Outpost’s Board of Directors – PLEASE APPLY NOW! This is an awesome opportunity to meet other skilled and interesting folks who love Outpost and bring their experiences and judgment to the table. Read more...
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Join Us: Board Candidates Wanted

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By Your Board December 22, 2015
The Board of Directors is gearing up for the 2016 elections, which will take place March 20 - April 3, 2016. As a result, we’re putting out our annual call to interested owners to consider joining us in our work. Read more...
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5 Take-Aways from Co-op Film “To The Moon”

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By Your Board October 26, 2015
Did you get a chance to see the free documentary that was screened at the Avalon Theater on October 18th? To the Moon featured eighteen college students who came together to bicycle from California to Massachusetts to spread awareness about cooperatives, a business model they believe to be a solution to the volatile global economy. Read more...
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Sustainability: Local vs Organic

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By Your Board October 14, 2015
“Sustainability.” When most people hear this in a food context they think of fruits, vegetables, or animal products grown in a way that does the least amount of environmental harm to our planet. They think “organic.” Read more...
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Outpost Natural Foods: A Community Gem

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By Your Board October 6, 2015
I’m now four months into service as an Outpost Natural Foods board member. How’s that working out for you? The question I’m often asked never gets old. I embrace it as an opportunity to promote Outpost Natural Foods and all that we do. As a new board member, I am comfortable learning as well as offering feedback and sharing my experience in public relations and marketing. Read more...
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Food for Thought: Eating and Living for Brain Health

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By Your Board August 18, 2015
My goal is to live a longer and healthier life – and I’ve learned that real food is needed not only for body health but also to build and maintain my aging brain. Read more...
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