What's new from the Board and at the store, Owner Specials,  Co-op & Community Events & more
GLEANINGS - January 2015
News from your local Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.
535 Placerville Dr. in Placerville CA 95667

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Store Hours: 7 days from 
8am to 8 pm
1254  Member-Owners Strong & Still Growing!

Co-op & Community Events

The PNFC Seasonal Produce Circle is an informal monthly meeting of people interested in enjoying more seasonal, local produce.  We'll be meeting Thursday, January 15th, 5-6pm in the produce area to share recipes, tastings and ideas for eating more veggies in the new year. Hope to see you there!

January Owner Specials

Click here the January Owner Specials
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Social Media:  Tweeting, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
  • Website Assistant
  • Farm to Table planning committee
  • Community Outreach
  • Office help: filing, sorting, phone outreach
  • Historian
  • In store food demos
Contact Twyla, twyla@placervillecoop.org
The store is in need of a few items and we want to put the word out to you, our owners, in case you have any of these that you would like to donate.
Co-op Wish List:
  • Office paper shredder
  • Cabinet for office supplies: a cabinet with doors, 30-36" in width and up to ceiling height
  • Fabric for new owner bags:  light cotton or cotton-like fabric, 1/3 yd. minimum
Coloring Contest!
Classes at the Co-op

Body Rush Yoga
Saturdays  9:30 – 11 am
Tammy, 333-3223

Tuesdays  10 - 11:15 a
Bill   916-276-7087
Monday, 10 am
Karen Pledger 530-417-4769 

Infant Nutrition Class
This class will focus on introducing foods, food preparation and storage, recipes, and appropriate portions at appropriate ages, for feeding children ages 4-12 months. There is a lot of conflicting information between pediatricians, friends, and Dr. Google... Let the Dietitian make one thing easier on you!
​Choose either class date and time: ​January 16th, 5:30-7pm or January 18, 10:30-noon.1 person $20, or 2/$30 (spouse or bring a friend) cash or check only please.  Class will be taught by Chelsea Britton, RD.  Contact her at 916.204.1900

Classes charging a fee at the Co-op pay a portion to PNFC for room-use, support our community health, and bring in more shoppers.

For more details, see classes on the websites

Did you know that PNFC has a low income discount program
Read all about it at our website.

Click Here for your In-store Coupon

What's New at the Store

by Melisa Clark, General Manager
Happy New Year to all of our Co-op Owners! 
2015 is sure to be an exciting year for the Placerville Co-op. We will be working to improve your Co-op to bring you the best possible value, a broad product selection and a more enjoyable shopping experience in 2015. 
In the deli we will be introducing an Entree and Soup Schedule so that you will always know when your favorite selection is being offered. We will also have our signature soups(African Peanut, Lemon Chicken and Turkey Chili) available everyday for you to take home and heat at your leisure. 
In January we will begin to charge $.10 for bags at the register. PNFC spends $20,000/year to provide paper bags to our customers and charging a fee is a great way to remind everyone to bring their own bag every time they shop at the Co-op. Co-op Owners can participate in the use and return bag program that was started last year. You can get all the details from your cashier on your next visit. 
Perhaps the best news is that the PNFC Board of Directors recently hired CDS consultant Garland McQueen to serve as our interim GM. I invite you to join the store staff and myself in extending a warm welcome to Garland upon his arrival on February 1. 2015. The Co-op staff and I are excited to have the opportunity to train with Garland as he applies his knowledge and expertise to our Co-op so that we can optimize our success and build a thriving and profitable community market.
Thank you for your support in 2014. I look forward to seeing you again in 2015.
"The Co-op! Together we built it! Together we own it!"

From the Board
By Ruthie Loeffelbein

IT'S AN EXCITING TIME FOR PNFC! A professional Co-op consultant is coming to work with our store staff on improving store processes and operations,(See General Manager Melisa's article). This will be an exciting and challenging time for all of us.The Board, Management and Staff will be learning, developing and growing, all to the good of our much-loved Co-op!
WE are asking YOU to support this process of change and improvement. The actions we take now as a Co-op community will determine our store's future success. Owners are truly the backbone and strength of any Co-op, and you provide support in a variety of ways, from paying membership fees to shopping and volunteering.

Garland, our new consultant,has an excellent background in improving processes for food cooperatives, and we project that his improvements will generate a significant increase in sales. Additional capital at this time will allow more flexibility in improving our bottom line and achieving sustained profitability. 

One of the ways that you can be part of your Co-op's success is to participate in our annual "Co-op Capital Funding" campaign.
Here are some ways that you can participate:
1. Owner equity payments ($300.00 or $25.00/quarter) are our main source of capital funding so making your payments on time is critical. If you have already paid your owner equity in full, "Thank you!" If you haven't yet but are able to do so at this time it would be greatly appreciated. Owner equity payments can be made at the cash register or by mail.
2. Want to help even more? You can make a loan to your Co-op for $1,000 or more.  (For additional information contact a Director about this--see the Board Roster in this newsletter.)
3. Shop the Co-op!  And encourage your friends & family to shop there, too.  This is basic and important support of your Co-op.  
The Board of Directors will be calling PNFC members to ask for your support in reaching our funding goals. We hope to raise over $15,000 in January alone. 
 *C​apital funds are used for operational expenses, equipment, store improvements etc.
The Co-op - we own it!
Owner Services News
by Julie Silvey,  julie@placervillecoop.org.
For those of you who enjoy looking at graphs, follow this link to a graph of our co-op's growth over the past three years. (PNFC Owner Graphs) Since starting with 270 owner/members in October of 2011, we have added nearly 1000 to our numbers!
Of course it is our desire to see this trend continue and to that end we are running a promotion for the month of January.  Any new owner who signs up this month will have their name added to a drawing for a $100. gift card.  So, if you know anyone who has been considering becoming an owner/member of our co-op, encourage them to do it this month!
Please find your in-store coupon in this newsletter!

Calling All Volunteers!
by Twyla Teitzel

Happy New Year!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Annual Coloring Contest (picture left).  We enjoyed meeting the participants and their families and friends.  
We have so many volunteer opportunities for 2015 - please join in and support the community to become healthier and happier.
Farm to Table Dinner:  This annual event is Saturday, September 19, 2015.  We need help with every aspect of planning this huge community dinner.  Our next meeting is Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Please let me know if you will be attending so that I have enough food!
Hi, I am Gary Clark, editor of the newsletter. Please, if you know of a a co-op event or activity that you think should be in the newsletter. 
Email me a sentence or two about it and I will do my best to include it.
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