The Vine Newsletter

April/May 2015 Features

BriarPatch Board Director Election 2015
This year’s Board Director election is contested, meaning that there are more candidates than open seats — four candidates for three seats, to be exact. Read more

Co-op starts “Change Adds Up” program for community
Spring is a perfect time to start something new, and in that spirit BriarPatch is launching a new donation program to generate more support for our community. Read more

Yellow receipts with vitamin C safer for skin
The new receipts at BriarPatch look a little different — and they are different! This new receipt paper, called “Alpha® Free” and developed by Wisconsin-based Appvion, Inc., uses a vitamin C thermal developer… Read more 

Co-ops track energy use, water use, waste diversion, and more
Food co-ops around the country — including BriarPatch — are taking their passion for sustainability to the next level. As they find ways to make a difference in their communities — environmentally, socially, and economically — they’re also measuring, analyzing, and improving these systems through the National Co-op Grocers’ “Co+efficient” program.
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New egg law upsets pecking order
As you may have heard, the California egg industry is going through some major changes. This is why at many stores you can now find cage-free eggs that cost less than “conventional” eggs. What’s driving these changes is that Proposition 2 went fully into effect on January 1. Read more

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Mood—food connection goes both ways
Ever wonder why we often reach for food when we are upset? We know that the foods we eat affect our mood and energy level, and the reverse can also be true: our mood and energy level influence the foods we choose. Read more

Sierra Harvest gives salad bar to Grizzly Hill School
Things have always been a bit different up on the Ridge, and Grizzly Hill Elementary School in the Twin Ridges School District in North San Juan is no exception. With about 100 students, it’s easier for the school to experiment with new ways of doing things, and Grizzly Hill is doing just that with its school meal program. Read more

Co-op impacts detailed in reports to Board and owners
by Chris Maher, General Manager
I am very proud of the efforts that we make throughout our co-op to reduce the environmental impact of our business and further our social mission. This month, as we celebrate Earth Day, is a perfect time to focus on sharing these efforts with all of our owners. Read more

Local author offers women insights on body image issues
Local author Anna-Thea will present a book release party for her newly released book titled, “Empower Yourself by Loving Your Body.” Unity in the Gold Country, in Grass Valley, on Tuesday, April 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. Read more

Local “TimeBanking” alternative currency service system starts
How would the quality of your life improve if skills and services that you needed were available without having to pay cash? Read more 

Coffee documentary gives wake up call
Come celebrate Fair Trade Day with us in the BriarPatch Community Room on Friday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. for an inspiring and thought-provoking documentary, “Connected by Coffee,” about the lives and history of the people who grow the coffee beans that become the coffee we drink. Admission is free. Read more