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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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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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The Golden Circle

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By Your Board July 31, 2015
Sinek’s thesis is that we (as people and corporations) are usually great at talking about “what” we do but not so good at connecting to the purpose of why we do what we do. Read more...
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The Co-op Story: Putting People and the Community First

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By Your Board July 13, 2015
Most of us know that Outpost is a cooperative but many do not know what that actually means. In short, co-ops use a business model that puts people and community before profit. To ensure this, we hold ourselves accountable through democratic principles. Read more...
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Comparing Apples to Apples: Do more grocery options mean better?

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By Your Board June 9, 2015
At Outpost we’ve been talking a lot about the large influx of new, national grocery stores set to open soon in the Milwaukee area. Most, if not all, of these stores will be touting organic or local produce and products, so we have reason to take heed of the increased competition. Read more...
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Annual Meeting Recap

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By Your Board March 31, 2015

Sunday, March 29 was a great gathering of Outpost owners at the Tripoli Shrine Center for our Annual Meeting.  There were 225 owners and guests present, which is fairly remarkable given, as you may remember, some really lousy weather.

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An Embarrassment of Riches

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By Your Board March 10, 2015

Our board application process closed at the beginning of February and we were overwhelmed with interested owners wanting to join the board! All told, we received twenty applications - more than we’ve had in years!

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This I believe

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By Your Board February 23, 2015

I share the Outpost belief that all people deserve to have access to healthy food. 16% of people in the US experienced food insecurity last year; Milwaukee ranks number 4 in poverty among large cities in the United States.

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Sugar. How Low Can You Go?

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By Your Board February 2, 2015

According to Dr. Oz, the average American consumes 150lbs of it a year! Twenty years ago it was about half that. Desserts and soda are obvious sources but other foods high in sugar include granola bars, most breakfast cereals, spaghetti sauce and yogurt. 

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How will you engage with Outpost in the new year?

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By Your Board January 16, 2015

A new year brings with it exciting opportunities for growth and change. As 2015 gets underway Outpost strives to set its goals around the premise of creating greater access to our products within the Outpost community. 

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Access: The other side of a fair food economy

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By Your Board January 2, 2015

Access – to healthy and affordable food - is another part of the food justice equation. Food cooperatives have long understood the critical importance of access.

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