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Let Me Represent You: Share Your Opinion

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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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Cooperation in Action: Educating Consumers

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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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Food for Thought

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By Your Board December 12, 2013

This past October, a group of about 30 owners and employees had the good fortune to participate in a national screening of Food for Change, a film produced, written and directed by Steve Alves.         

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How will you give Thanks this holiday season?

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By Your Board November 21, 2013

As we enter the holiday season, what does the art of giving or giving thanks mean and are they different? The golden rule has always been that it is better to give than receive and that we should always give thanks for what we have. 

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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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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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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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A Visit to Walnut Way

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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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52 Things I Learned in One Year - Part 3 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 13, 2012

Repeat after me – I am not a quitter - I am not a quitter. Well I guess “life” happened since my last blog post, as I have blissfully ignored the fact I haven’t yet completed my list of lessons.

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Happy New Year!

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 1, 2011

I’m no Betty White, but I stopped accepting the things I didn’t like and began to do something to change them.

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Week 35 - Do Try This At Home

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 1, 2011

I can still feel the weight of the door as it opened up to reveal the sweet fragrance of sugar and spices, as well as I can still hear my grandma calling out, "I heard noise that - what are you kids up to?"

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Week 23 - Another Year Older And Wiser

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert September 28, 2010
Some people receive a bouquet of flowers on their birthday or special occasions. I received a bouquet of chips.
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Week 18 - Tomatillos and Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert August 24, 2010
I’ve estimated that recently, on average, I’m spending about 8-10 more hours each week on food prep (and this project) than when I was eating conveniently.
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