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Garlic Kids! PDF Print E-mail

by Sabine Rhyne
September 2013

This is the story of a successful—and very fun—partnership. For the second year running, bunches of fifth graders, about 60 of them total, from all the local Brattleboro schools (Academy, Green Street, Oak Grove, and Hilltop Montessori) learned about the life cycle of a garlic crop, with their participation as the farmers. Vicky Senni, the Brattleboro Food Co-op Education Outreach Coordinator, visited all of their classrooms, thinly disguised as a vampire, to inform the young people about the properties of garlic, its history, its myths, and the way that the plant develops. Armed with this information, the fifth graders gathered up on top of the Hilltop Montessori hill to plant the bulbs, provided for the program by Amanda Thurber from Lilac Ridge Farm. They were joined by Katherine Gillespie from Food Connects Farm-to-School in Windham County, and members from the UVM Extension’s 4-H Youth Agriculture Project, who guided the kids in planting the cloves in the field prepared for the crop.

This Month: Focus on Food Insecurity PDF Print E-mail

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In September, we will join businesses all over Vermont in supporting the 
work of the Vermont Food Bank. On Thursday, September 5, we will donate a portion of the proceeds from that day's sales to the Food Bank, and will urge each other to wear orange in support of the work of the Food Bank.

From the GM: The Way We Were PDF Print E-mail


The Way We Were


by Alex Gyori
September 2013

It has been somewhat sad that lately in our community, issues pertaining to the Brattleboro Food Co-op are being irresponsibly aired in the public forum:  everything from prices to the new building, from pseudo-psychoanalytic comments on management to the choice of cheese. It is not inappropriate to put issues on the table, but there are ways and means to do so that advance learning and avoid confusion. A few germane reminders about what our Co-op represents and aspires to may help to illuminate some of the subjects. Let us celebrate our accomplishments, and move the discussion in positive directions. I would like to tell you why “the way we were” is the way we are, only better.

Board of Directors Report: It’s Great To Be A Shareholder PDF Print E-mail

by Harriet Tepfer
September 2013


Shareholders, or “member-owners” of the Brattleboro Food Co-op have many reasons to be proud and happy about their status—not only are we shareholders owners of one of the largest food co-ops in the country, we have a state-of-the-art new store with more food and other product choices than we ever thought possible! And it’s ours—it’s not part of some large corporation that may try to portray itself as community-minded, environmentally conscious, etc., but in reality is focused on the bottom line for stockholders, a very different sort of owner.

Rice PDF Print E-mail

by Chris Ellis
Staff Nutritionist
September 2013

In much of the world rice is a main staple in the diet similar to what the potato is for many in this country. It is one of my favorite grains because of the immense variety available. There are over 8,000 kinds available worldwide but in my lifetime I have probably tried no more than 25, so I have a lot more to go! They all taste different and have varying textures as well, which makes the grain unique. It is praised as one of the least allergenic foods. It has been reported that rice is the primary energy source for people living all over the world:  17 countries in Asia, nine countries in North and South America, and eight in Africa. In some Asian countries the verb “to eat” literally translates as “to eat rice.”

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