|Sweet Treats: Spotlight on our Honey Suppliers|
By Jennifer Wholey
If you ask a beekeeper what comprises an average day on the job, they will all say something similar: when your livelihood is so tied to the seasons and other living creatures, there is no daily routine.
"The work is very seasonal, and there is no typical day," said Gil Menda, of Gil's Honeybees.
Monday, 03 August 2015 22:45
By 12th Moon,
Council met Tuesday, July 14 in the Classrooms @ GreenStar at 6:30 pm for our monthly meeting with twelve of fourteen Council Members, three staff, and three member-owners present. During announcements, we heard that Council Member Ellen Brown recently gave birth to a happy, healthy daughter — congratulations, Ellen!
General Manager (GM) Brandon Kane presented the first item on our agenda, the GM's monthly report. Brandon reported that the focus for staff recently has been on expanding our BASICS Program, everyday low prices, and both the Member Deals and Flash Sales programs to provide our member-owners with more great products at the lowest prices possible. Brandon also reported that GreenStar was very well received at this year's Consumer Cooperative Management Association's annual conference in Boise, Idaho. Brandon participated on a panel that opened the conference with a discussion of how Co-ops can be more inclusive of people from all parts of our communities, especially people of color. During the conference, many attendees from co-ops around the country sought our advice on many issues, as GreenStar is seen as a leader in many areas of our business.
Brandon and Finance Manager Erik Amos spent much of their time during the past month compiling a ten-year financial plan to submit to the two cooperative lending institutions that are helping us with equipment purchases for the Collegetown location as well as a large solar array we hope to have in place later this year. Staff have also been working to create new shelf tags for the products we sell that will have symbols informing shoppers if the products are vegan, Fair Trade, produced by a co-op, local, regional, GMO-free, organic, etc. Our Central Kitchen staff have been creating new dishes and expanding on our hot-bar offerings, so look for new yummies at both stores. The Membership Department is now offering co-op info sessions for our member-owners. I attended the first one on July 9 in the Classrooms, and it was great and very well received — I recommend it to everyone to learn about the history of cooperatives in this country and the general business model. Well done, Membership. The next session is scheduled for August 24 at 7 pm in the Classrooms.
Monday, 03 August 2015 22:50
By Alexis Alexander,
As students return to Ithaca in late August, GreenStar will be hosting a two-week extravaganza of celebration and education. Two exciting celebratory events are planned, along with two opportunities for members and nonmembers to learn more about co-ops, including the history of the cooperative movement and its impact on local and global communities.
Topping the list of events to watch for is a performance by the amazing hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, who will be playing at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the newly renovated Ithaca Commons on Thursday, Sept. 3. The show is being sponsored by GreenStar and the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, in partnership with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), as part of the CFCU Summer Concert Series. The concert is scheduled from 6 to 8 pm, with Kweli expected to take the stage at 7.
According to the DIA, Kweli is "one of the most lyrically gifted and socially aware rappers on the scene." He and Mos Def collaborate as the East-coast rap duo Black Star, and he has also collaborated with prominent artists such as Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Justin Timberlake, Norah Jones, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Our Marketing Department has worked tirelessly with the DIA and the Cornell Hip Hop Collection to secure an internationally renowned performer for the event, and we are incredibly grateful and excited for their success in bringing the community what will undoubtedly be an evening of memorable music and spirit. Moreover, the values embodied in Kweli's lyrics — social change, equity, and diversity — are the very same values that drive GreenStar's mission as a cooperative enterprise. If those values are important to you, then you may find our educational offerings in August, as described below, to be of great interest.
Co-op Education ...
On Monday, Aug. 24, we will offer our Co-op Enterprise 101 info session in a two-hour program starting at 7 pm in the Classrooms @ GreenStar. This session aims to educate and empower our member-owners in all things cooperative. Topics include the origins and history of the modern cooperative movement, more recent developments in various co-ops throughout the world, and how and where GreenStar fits into that picture. The training is relevant to most anyone drawn to shop at our stores: those new to cooperatives, those interested in learning what co-ops are all about but not yet fully engaged, those who've had long tenures of co-op engagement, whether at GreenStar or elsewhere. The session is free and open to both member-owners and nonmembers.
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