CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL PHOTO SHOOT

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Join us in front of the Co-op for a photo opportunity with the CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL BANNER. Gather in front of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Café patio and under the Brattleboro Food Co-op sign. Rain date May 23 @ 5 p.m.

Ends Policy No. 5

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Sustainability. The capacity to endure without contributing to wanton depletion. Economically, socially, culturally, and ecologically, we at your Co-op are charged with positive contributions to the longevity of our community. Specifically, I interpret this to mean that we provide the goods and services that are needed in the local community, and we operate a fiscally sound business in order to contribute to the local economy. A tall order, to be sure. For two years now, we have been able to make a profit, although that profit is well under 1% of sales. Still, being on the right side of that zero is part of our charge.

Shop Local Community Engagement Press Event

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Come to the Brattleboro Co-op Community Room (Canal St entrance) on Thursday, November 15, Noon to 12:30pm, for a Community Engagement Press Event to raise awareness about “Shop Small Saturday” (which takes place on Nov. 24th). Representatives from Local First/VBSR, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance and the Brattleboro Food Co-op will speak and answer questions you may have.

BOD Report: Restoring Community

The Brattleboro Food Co-op recently agreed to take part in a pilot program using the principles of restorative justice with our partners for retail theft. I was curious about restorative justice, and I found out that it has been around for at least 35 years around the world. The extent of the program varies from country to country, and from application to application. It has helped when prison overcrowding is prevalent by working with low level offenders to repair harm done, addressing other root causes when possible.

Food For Change screening at Next Stage

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Celebrate Co-op Month in October with the Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-ops by joining your fellow food cooperators for a screening of this landmark documentary which focuses on “food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture.”

What Next?

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We had a visit not too long ago from Tracy Shriver, the Windham County State’s Attorney. She, along with Mel Motel from the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, proposed a program whereby the Brattleboro Police Department, on our behalf, would refer persons caught stealing items under a certain dollar amount from the Co-op to the Restorative Justice Center to work on confronting their behavior and making things right, for us, our shareholders, and our community.

Apple Tasting at the River Valley Kids Fair

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Meet Lizi at this kids’ fair put on by the River Valley Credit Union (another cooperatively owned business in Brattleboro!) at the Brattleboro Common, next to the Retreat, to sample local apples and learn about Co-op kids’ classes for the fall. This fun event includes food, activities, games and more

Celebrate Salad! event, outside the Co-op

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Join Edible Brattleboro outside the front entrance of the Co-op for free samples of any of the three hearty salads prepared by Edible Brattleboro volunteers during their Celebrate Salad! workshop earlier in the day. Larger portions available by donation.

Free Celebrate Salad Workshop

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Join Edible Brattleboro volunteers in preparing protein-rich plant-based salads while learning cutting techniques and health benefits of 3 delicious salads hearty and satisfying enough to be a refreshing meal. The salads prepared during this hands-on workshop 2-4pm will be sampled afterwards during their first Celebrate Salad! event, a celebration of our local farmers and gardeners, during Brattleboro Gallery Walk from 5-7pm outside the front entryway of the Co-op. @ BFC Cooking Classroom/Community Room via Canal Street entrance.

Farm Aid Ticket Giveaway

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For just one hour (5-6pm) we’re hosting DJ Mike Sokol from 93.9 fm , and we’ll be giving away tickets to !  This year the legendary music festival will be held in Hartford, CT on September 22nd – the first time it’s been in the Northeastern US in 10 years.  This year’s headliners are Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds)!!!!!!!  Come by the Co-op for a chance to win, no purchase necessary, must be present to win!