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Producer of the Month: Zack Woods Herb Farm PDF Print E-mail

by Sabine Rhyne
June 2013

There is no question that Jeff Carpenter, co-owner of Zack Woods Herb Farm, has farming in his blood. Asked about his favorite season, he waxes on about spring's optimism, renewal, the smell of the new earth. “There’s so much potential, the buds are ripe, there is so much hope, dreaming, and visioning.” This is what drives so many of us after the long winter, but farmers most of all. Melanie and Jeff get out there and prep new fields, disc harrow the older fields, spread manure and compost, and seed and nurture the little fellows back in the greenhouse. The cycle begins...

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What Does It Mean To Be A Shareholder? PDF Print E-mail

Board of Directors Report
by Pamela Reagan
June 2013

The answers are as varied as the shareholders who make up the Co-op. However, there appears to be a common thread between the shareholders responses and the Co-op's ends policies, which demonstrates that the Co-op is spot-on in its mission.

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Shared Patronage PDF Print E-mail

Beginning in July, all of the Brattleboro Food Co-op shareholders shopping at the Putney Co-op will be able to log their purchases to the Brattleboro Food Co-op member account, while the Putney Food Co-op members shopping at the Brattleboro Food Co-op will be able to log their purchases into the Putney shareholder account. The idea is that those purchases that aggregate patronage will be tracked as a co-op shareholder, and at the end of the year, assuming profitable year-ends, the declared dividends will be pooled for common Brattleboro/Putney Food Co-op projects. This is one of the examples of coordinated efforts that our neighborly co-ops have been exploring. Cooperation among cooperatives!

 
Steps To Sustainable Herbal Medicine PDF Print E-mail

by Susan E. Stanton, BFC Herbal Educator
June 2013

 What does an herbalist do when she or he discovers that a well known medicinal plant has grown scarce in the wild due to overharvesting? Panic, stop using it, don’t tell anyone about it…  Some of us have had just such a knee-jerk reaction at one time or another, but it is not always necessary to shun a favorite medicinal herb just because it is challenged by overharvesting, habitat loss, or other causes.

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