Our co-op continues to thrive thanks to our members’ loyalty. Since the opening of the new store two years ago, we have accumulated a strong cash reserve and maintained a positive cash flow, putting us in an excellent position to repay our debts. We are pleased to announce that on June 12th, the board of directors approved an early repayment of our North Country Development Fund (NCDF) loan. At $306,558.07, the NCDF loan was not only our third largest loan, but also had the highest interest rate.
We’re celebrating Father’s Day weekend with live music and father-friendly deals! On Saturday, June 16th, gather the whole family in our courtyard and rock out to live music by the talented musicians of Rock Camp for Dads.
Starting at 11 a.m., this locally-owned rock n’ roll performance camp will put on four shows ranging from rock to country and even a little bit of acoustic.
Click to download the June/July issue. In our cover story, Maia Campbell sheds light on “The Next Generation of Sustainable Agriculture” drawing from her recent experience at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Also in this issue, General Manager Luke Schell reports on our co-op’s financial health (we’re doing great and well-positioned to pay off the debt associated with our relocation!).
You won’t want to miss this summer’s co-op events, including our Bike Walk Week Happy Hour, Co-op Trivia Night and the Eat Local Farm Tour.
On Saturday, July 21, co-op shoppers are invited to visit local farms as part of the 2012 Eat Local Farm Tour. You’ll have fun learning about sustainable farming while meeting the people who make seasonal, fresh, local eating possible.
Last year, more than 500 people visited some of the eleven farms that participated in the tours. The 2012 Eat Local Farm Tour will again highlight Minnesota farms in four geographic regions within a 100 mile radius of the Twin Cities.
You probably already know that biking to work, play and neighborhood businesses is good for your mind, body, spirit, and not to mention, of course, our environment. But we’d like to give you just one more good reason to bike to the co-op: the Bicycle Benefits rewards program.
Bicycle Benefits is a national program designed to reward individuals for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health and the use of “pedal power” to create a more sustainable community.
Bike or walk to the co-op on Thursday, June 7th between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. and you’ll be rewarded with our exclusive happy hour! Bikers, walkers, strollers and meanders should meet us in the co-op’s courtyard for ice cream floats and a chance to win prizes. Enter to win a…
$50 co-op gift card
a Hybrid Wall Clock (made from upcycled bike parts)
We want to encourage alternative transportation everyday, so we’ll also be registering folks for our new Bicycle Benefits reward program. In fact, we’ll register the first 50 people who attend Happy Hour for free! Learn more about alternative transportation at www.bikewalkweek.org.
The Board of Directors’ Listening Sessions have begun. The Listening Sessions offer a chance to talk directly to your co-op’s Board of Directors about LHC’s values, priorities, and future while enjoying a light meal from our deli. Any member of the co-op may sign up for a session.
Sessions begin with a brief discussion of how our co-op is governed, our current Ends Policies, and some general ground rules. From that point on, the Board provides general “What’s on your mind?” questions and then settles back to listen to what you have to say.
Saturday, July 28, 4 – 6
We look forward to your participation! Please pick some Session Dates that will work for you, and R.S.V.P. by emailing board(at)lindenhills.coop or by calling 612-279-2451.
This month’s cover story “Featherstone Farm Goes Solar” will take you through how the folks down at Featherstone Farm installed their 2,200 square-foot, 38-kilowatt solar panel array. Also in this issue meet co-op member and Cyclomaniac Angela Gustafson in the “Member Spotlight” and hear what’s been happening at the Board’s Listening Project sessions.
In other news, get the results from February’s special election, consider giving a donation to The Non-GMO Project and we’re announcing our annual used book drive, a benefit for Linden Hills Library.
Throughout the year, Linden Hills Co-op collects donations for the Joyce Emergency Food Shelf in Minneapolis. Last year, our co-op donated more than 20,000 pounds/dollars. Each year, we concentrate our efforts in March when we partner with other area co-ops to participate in the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign.
This year, Minnesota FoodShare hopes to raise 12 million pounds/dollars during March, which is JUST HALF of the food distributed by food shelves statewide.
On March 12th, our co-op turns thirty-six years old. Like many co-ops, Linden Hills Co-op began with the desire for access to less processed, healthier foods at a reasonable price—a buying club of sorts. In the spirit of the buying club, we’re beginning a new tradition this March. Following some dogged negotiations with our national vendors, we’re looking forward to offering our members some staple household products by the pallet-load. Click to view the specials.