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Naturally Dyed Eggs

By |2019-04-05T11:38:54-05:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Egg dyeing is a fun way to celebrate this time of year—and it's a tradition that goes way back—as much as 5,000 years when Persians celebrated springtime with eggs colored with plant-based dyes. Plant dyes can be just as useful today and they're plentiful; in fact you very well might have dye-worthy ingredients in [...]

Decide Once

By |2019-04-04T11:35:20-05:00April 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Quarter Two Board Report Liz Kolbe, Board Member & Treasurer I've never been one for New Year's Resolutions. Birthday resolutions are slightly more my style (I did a few weeks of push-ups the summer I turned 30...). But that doesn't mean I've never made a resolution that lasted. Just that the most successful resolutions I've [...]

Local Producer Profile: Seed Savers Exchange

By |2019-03-27T12:06:55-05:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

By Adam Calder, Produce Manager This article was originally published in our April 2011 Field Journal Seed Savers Exchange Seeds are available for sale at the Co-op! Using a mixture of science, technology and thousands of hours of labor, the employees of Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA, provide Iowa and the nation with [...]

April Change for Community Recipient: Farm to Clinic

By |2019-03-26T16:47:23-05:00March 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Co-op Nickel|

Primary Health Care, Inc (PHC) is a federally funded health clinic in Ames dedicated to serving the medically insured, uninsured and underinsured with their health care needs. This farm season (May-October), in cooperation with Mustard Seed Farm, PHC is offering Farm to Clinic. Clinic families receive shares of farm produce, including vegetables and fruit. Pregnant [...]

March Change for Community Recipient: NAMI of Central Iowa

By |2019-02-28T12:47:29-05:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Co-op Nickel|

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Central Iowa supports, educates and advocates for individuals living with mental illness and their family members at no charge to the participants. The organization mainly serves Ames, ISU students and Story County residents through their educational classes, support groups and their Mental Health Wellness Center. NAMI offers support groups [...]

Celebrating Women in Business

By |2019-03-05T11:18:27-05:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

International Women's Day, March 8, 2019 We work with many woman-owned and woman-friendly businesses at the Co-op! This International Women's Day, we wanted to highlight some of our local women-owned or led businesses. Please join us in supporting them! The theme for International Women's Day 2019 is Balance for Better. Balance drives a better [...]

Mini March Member Drive!

By |2019-02-27T11:51:19-05:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Join the Co-op between March 4-17 and receive a gift! We're giving away 1/2LB of Equal Exchange Fair Trade Bird of Paradise Coffee, a bar of Endangered Species fair trade chocolate and a local honey stick! Membership options: Full Equity Member-Ownership Buy a share in the Co-op! You will literally own the Co-op! Join [...]

February 2019 Produce Parable

By |2019-02-26T10:45:26-05:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Finding and Following Your Passion By Adam Calder I recently attended a luncheon hosted by the Young Professionals of Ames where Iowa State University Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Dresser gave a speech about finding and following your passions in life. Dresser opened up his speech with a little humor about what inspired him to become [...]

La Riojana Cooperative Fair Trade Wines & Olive Oils

By |2019-02-18T12:38:03-05:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

La Riojana Cooperative Fair Trade Wines La Riojana Wines Cooperative, a collection of Fair Trade Certified farms in Argentina, is the single largest producer of Fairtrade certified wines in the world. Each wine stands for the ethos of the winery, teaching La Riojana growers to produce wine using sustainable and ethical farming practices as well [...]

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