Steph, one of our fabulous cashiers, spent many hours and much effort directing, filming and producing a short film titled "Home Sweet Wheatsfield" and submitted it to the national My Co-op Rocks contest. Vote for it here. The video with the most votes wins and you can vote daily until November 30!
Everyone is welcome to upload videos or photos to the My Co-op Rocks contest until October 31 to be in the running to win one of the prizes.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 17:46
Questions Regarding Special Member Mailing
A Special Meeting of the Members of Wheatsfield Cooperative
was held in the deli seating area of the co-op on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
at 7:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on proposed resolutions to
change Article VIII and Article X of the Wheatsfield Articles of Incorporation
as recommended by the Board of Directors in a special meeting notification that
was mailed to all Wheatsfield members on August 29, 2012. Both resolutions passed, you can read the results and the minutes here.
After our mailing went out
regarding the two resolutions that were proposed and recommended
by the Wheatsfield Board of Directors, we received many questions.
Although the voting period has past, we still want to provide a little bit of background to the proposed changes
that hopefully will answer many of the questions that you may still have. Thank you for your support and questions and please do not
hesitate to contact Linda (515-232-4094 or email@example.com)
if you have other questions not covered here. read the common questions and answers
Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 22:55
September & October Co-op Kids' Club Activity
Just because summer is almost over and our gardens are nearing the end
of the season doesn't mean we have to stop growing things. Try growing a
sweet potato vine at home this fall! Send us pictures of your progress
to firstname.lastname@example.org or show us one when you stop in for the free
co-op kids' club treat of the month. Download a pdf of this month's activity.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 17:20
September Produce Parable
By Adam Calder
Early in August, I went on a weekend
trip to Emmetsburg, IA with my roommate (and Wheatsfield’s
Operations Manager) Bronwyn, and her boyfriend, Ben, to visit her Dad
and her Grandmother Lorene (known to those who love her as “Mimi”).
We wanted to get up there one last time to visit since Bronwyn was
nine months pregnant and it might be a while after Bronwyn and Ben’s
baby comes before we get up there to visit again.
I got up early that Sunday to make a
pot roast, potatoes and carrots for lunch and I also prepared some
Iowa sweet corn I brought along that I had happened to grab out of
our fridge as we were headed out the door leaving Ames. I figured a
pot roast with some potatoes and corn would be a great Sunday lunch
to share with Bronwyn and her family. read more
Get your drawing pens, computer mouse or the medium of your choice ready for the 3rd Annual Wheatsfield T-Shirt Design Competition. The winner will receive $50 in co-op gift cards and a free t-shirt once they are printed (as well as be remembered in co-op history)!
Criteria: Original artwork, mentions Wheatsfield and 2012 somewhere on the shirt, up to four colors, one sided, electronic or 8.5” x 11” paper.
Deadline: October 31st
Questions: Ask a staff member or e-mail email@example.com
It's International Year of Cooperatives
and the second My Co-op Rocks contest of 2012 is accepting entries in September and October.
Don’t miss your second chance to win big by showing us how your
co-op (Wheatsfield!) builds a better world. Head over to
www.MyCoopRocks.coop to upload your videos and photos, check out the
competition and vote for your favorites. First, second, and third
place prizes will be awarded to winners in both video and photo
Unleash your sense of humor, show your
mad video story-telling skills, or let your inner shutterbug shine.
You can dream up your own creative theme, or use one of these for
Cooperation in action: how does
your co-op help to make your community a better place?
Putting people first: who are the
people who make your co-op rock?
Building a better world: how does
your local co-op contribute to a healthier, more just world?
A place with principles: How does
your co-op exemplify one (or more) of the International Co-op
My Co-op Story: why do you shop
co-op and just how, exactly, does it rock your world?
Videos should be two minutes or
less and photos 5MB or less. The submission deadline is October 31 and
voting extends through November 30. The sooner you enter, the more
votes you can get! Stay tuned for more, and check www.MyCoopRocks.coop on September 1 for official contest details and
Core Value Statements
On April 25, 2012 the Wheatsfield Board of Directors adopted Core
Value Statements. They
are based on the international cooperative principles,
but more reflective of our community and aspects of Wheatsfield.
Wheatsfield Board Member, Rachel Dakarian, wrote the following article
introducing the core value statements, which appeared in the
September/October Field Journal.
“Your mama raised you right.”
While glossing over the daily rigors of
parenting, this compliment praises the end result. Without sharing
childhood details or outlining political opinions, this expression
highlights common ground. We build friendships and associate with
communities based on broad commonalities. Appreciation for
Wheatsfield happens in the same exact way: we may not know which
staff member has first shift every Monday, or how the chili is made,
or what happens at the register when Rachel Dakarian forgets her
member number because it’s very early and she hasn’t had any
coffee yet – but we trust the co-op will do what’s best. We know
we have shared values. Those shared values keep our customers loyal,
highlight local producers, and support our staff. read more
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 18:38
Nutritional Notes: Garlic
By Susan Jasper, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Anyone who visits Wheatsfield might
recognize Alice McGary, who farms at Mustard Seed Community Farm and
works as a cashier, in part for the colorful layers which keep her
warm in the climate controlled co-op. Many autumns ago I rode past
Alice who was walking near the old store, resplendent in whites, off
whites and ivories. When I commented on the simple beauty of that
ensemble, she told me that she'd been inspired to wear whites because
she'd been planting garlic bulbs the day before!
This summer, when I asked Joe Lynch,
farmer at Onion Creek Farm, which vegetables might be timely to write
about in August, he mentioned that the garlic was coming up unusually
early. I was excited. I am definitely in the “love garlic” camp
and I have no shortage of ideas of how to include this bulbous plant
in recipes. read more
August 2012 Produce Parable Adam Calder, Produce Manager
There is much to be said about the
weather this year in Iowa, and not much of it is actually good. The
warm, early spring lulled us all into a false sense of optimism for
the coming season and instead of a great growing season we ended up
with one of the worst droughts in decades. Many are the brown fields
of corn or crispy lawns. There is an upside to all of this dry
weather, and that is the flavor of the local produce. read more
Jean and Paul Groben first planted grape vines in 2000 near Newton, Iowa. With a degree in viticulture and enology (grape growing and wine science), their son Mason started the wine business with his parents in 2003.