BriarPatch Co-op’s donation program to generate more support for our community.

The Co-op CAUSE program allows you to donate easily at checkout to a community endeavor aligned with the Co-op’s Ends Policies. Together we can raise a substantial amount for these causes by focusing attention on a given project for several weeks.

As you check out, just ask the cashier to round up your total payment to the nearest dollar or more. The amount over and above the purchase total — 100 percent of it — will be donated to the designated project.

MAY / JULY RECIPIENT:  Neighborhood Center of the Arts

The local Neighborhood Center of the Arts (NCA) is the best kept secret in town (till now, anyway!) It’s a non-profit facility designed to provide working studios for artists with special abilities, and it’s right up the street from BriarPatch at 200 Litton Drive. The studios supply artists with the tools they need to become successful in the development of their careers. Currently supporting 69 artists ranging in ages from 22 to 81, NCA offers a wide range of studio opportunities such as weaving, ceramics, painting, woodworking, digital arts, mixed media, performing arts, video production, and most recently, a garden business class called Whimsical Botanical.
NCA has a large garden space that is being used to grow herbs and native plants that attract bees and butterflies. With the goal of providing opportunities for artists to build their entrepreneurial skills — marketing, public relations, and teamwork is learned through the product development of soaps and essential oils, all while managing the garden itself. The garden team is also learning about composting and encourages composting among all who attend NCA. Thus they not only make great art and soap, they also make great dirt!
NCA’s artwork has been featured in the South Pine Cafés, Broad Street Bistro, Art Works Gallery, Make Local Habit, Summer Thyme’s, Matteo’s Public, Afternoon Deli, and Nevada City Winery, as well as BriarPatch. This work will be on display in the Co-op’s dining room in the month of June, and 50 percent of all sales go directly to the artists, with the remainder supporting the program’s operating costs.
With the BriarPatch Co-op Cause program, shoppers can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, thus accumulating significant funds that will go specifically to NCA’s garden business, Whimsical Botanical. As usual, with each of us doing a little, together we can do a lot. Thanks for your contributions and your caring!
You are welcome to visit NCA on Litton Drive and follow them on Facebook. Learn more on their website, You can also call  530-272-7287 or write

Thanks to the Co-op CAUSE program that allows BriarPatch shoppers to round up their purchases. This funding will go towards the food and care that so many birds and animals would find in no other place. We thank you for your contributions and your caring!






2017 CAUSE recipients are featured as our CAUSE for a two month period.

2018 CAUSE recipients will run for a one month period so we can offer more organizations time as our featured CAUSE.

Applications for 2018 CAUSE and 2017 Community Fund due August 31, 2017.

2017 Recipient Groups

December/January – Hospitality House

February/March – Nevada City Winter Farmers Market

April/May – Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

June/July – Neighborhood Center of the Arts

August/September – NEO, New Events and Opportunities (for youth)

October/November – Nevada County Grown

December/January – Divine Spark

2018 Recipient Groups

To be selected in September 2017.