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Photo: painting by surrealist painter Rene Magritte, “Son of Man” (aka “Adam” of “Them Apples” fame)

“How’s planning for the new ORGANIC food co-op on the North Shore coming along?” The ANSWER from “Adam” of Them Apples fame follows:

“Well, HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING for Spring Crocus Community Market Co-op: May 15th, the Marketing Team from the BCIT (BC Institute of Technology) Faculty of Marketing will be making a presentation of a proposed “Marketing Plan” to the co-operative Directors. At the end of June, the Business Team from the BCIT Faculty of Business and Finance will be wrapping up a proposed Business Plan for the co-operative.

This is preliminary groundwork for a final “Marketing and Business Plans,” hopefully to be generated by MBA (Master of Business Administration) graduate students.

 

The process should take until early Fall (this year) and to beginnings of  a search for primary angel investors [to provide venture capital for the co-op]. Following that, a Province-wide membership drive will begin to provide the $12 million needed to build, open and finance a 20,000-foot store in North Vancouver. The Directors are currently looking at sites in the neighbourhood of Park & Tilford. [More below…]

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Photo: painting by Rene Magritte (20th century Surrealist painter) 

Spring Crocus has a splash page started at: www.crocuscoop.com.  On this site there’s an email address for general inquiries, marketing and business and finance study inquiries.

SOON to be added:  1) a membership page where people who might be interested in joining in the future can leave contact information; 2)  a volunteer page where people will be able to sign up for committee work and other volunteer efforts, 3) a suggestions page–self-explanatory; 4) an employment page for those who wish to be considered for positions in specific departments as this project progresses.

Crocus plans to post a group of photographs of sister stores, including the new Cordata store of the Bellingham Co–Op (just north of Bellis Fair). This store is beautiful: a silver leeds building of 21,500 sq. ft. with a fabulous community room and a teaching kitchen! We want people across BC to see and know what their store is going to look like (because there is not much we would change about the Cordata store).

The other remarkable sister co-op store is the Kootenay Co-op in Nelson, BC. That co-op also is coming to Crocus’ aid with ideas, consultations, comparable financials for the Crocus Business Plan, and much support. So, cheers all round!

[To read more about Spring Crocus plans, see “Comments” below.]   

 

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Photo: Capers Market on Cambie front entrance

The Cambie Street Capers Market will soon be boarded up and closed down, just like the West Vancouver Capers store in Dundarave. Cambie will become another casualty of the buyout by US conglomerate Whole Foods. The loss of the Cambie store is probably NOT a surprise given that, shortly after the Capers Markets buyout, Whole Foods started construction on yet another mega-store less than a block away from Capers Cambie.

At least one market expert, David Ian Gray, predicted last August the demise of the newly-built Cambie Street Capers. His reasons you can find here: “Cambie Street Closure.”

April 30th is the LAST DAY for Cambie Street Capers. [See “comments” below for further details!}

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lilacturkeys

Photo:  heritage breeds like Lilac turkeys (pictured above) provide diversity for farms, tables and sustainable farm futures.

Photographer: Jeannette Beranger, courtesy of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

“For a real celebration of the holidays and genetic diversity on the farm,” says Melinda Hemmelgarn, MS, RD, “find a turkey with a story worth telling.”  Here’s more from Hemmelgarn in her article called “Food Sleuth: Gobbling Up Biodiversity”:
 

“Did you realize that most of us [eat] from the same genetic platter on [holidays]? The National Turkey Federation (NTF) reports [that] 99 percent of those birds belonged to the same commercial breed, the Broad-Breasted White. These conventional birds eat mostly corn and soy from ever-increasing acres of genetically modified crops. Plus, according to the NTF, the birds typically receive routine sub-therapeutic antibiotics.“

There’s no mention of “organic” or “biodiverse” from these large commercial breeders, and that’s a critical omission. Here’s what Hemmelgarn recommends in “Food Sleuth”:

 

  • “Seek out individual producers of heritage breeds who work to restore endangered species, and raise their animals humanely and sustainably without antibiotics. Heritage breeds are naturally resistant to infection, physically suited to their niche environments, and help preserve our cultural history. As a bonus, you’ll find heritage breeds deliver superior taste.
  • Shop smart. Your cash register receipt doesn’t reflect the true cost of food. Local Harvest and the Eat Well Guide, can hook you up with farmers, stores and restaurants selling truly safe and wholesome food at a fair price. Or just try a web search for “local food directory [your city].”
  • Stay informed. Learn more about biodiversity, the risks of industrial agribusiness, and ways to keep your family truly safe.”

If you eat turkey, may that bird be “heritage breed” AND, of course, be fed ORGANIC!

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green-earth-organics

Photo: Green Earth Organics advertisement in Common Ground magazine

Has anyone tried Green Earth Organics? This is an organic food delivery service, available in Vancouver and in Toronto.  The website offers such tidbits as “10 Reasons to Eat Organic”  and articles with delightful titles like “Equal Rights for the Weird and Knobbly.”  A fun and easy read!

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enerex-card

Photo: Enerex GREENS Rx information card

ALL the ingredients in Enerex GREENS Rx are ORGANIC…really delicious and energy boosting. This stuff is so good I feel like adding it everything I eat lately, but primarily I add GREENS Rx to smoothies and other energy-rich drinks.

I picked up the information card (pictured above) PLUS a bunch of individual packets of Enerex GREENS Rx at Choices Market in Yaletown on the weekend. Probably–if not packets–you’ll at least be able to find full bottles of Enerex GREENS Rx (Greenfoods Concentrate) in any health food or vitamin store. Give it a try!

These are the ingredients (on the label): “soy lecithin powder (GMO), organic spirulina, high pectin apple fibre, organic kamut juice powder, organic alfalfa juice powder, organic barley juice powder, organic red beet juice powder, brown rice germ & bran, organic soy sprouts, organic sprouted  barley malt, dairy-free probiotic culture, royal jelly, bee pollen, acerola berry juice powder, licorice root powder, and atlantic kelp.”

This supplement gives a “buzz” for sure! Kudos to Enerex GREENS Rx GREENFOOD concentrate.

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