PFC Newsletter November 2016
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From the Store Manager

On October 29, 2011 Noah’s Ark Natural Foods became Placerville Food Co-op. After years of hard work and planning, the dreams of a food cooperative in Placerville were actualized! Today we have over 1,500 owners - community members with a common interest and goal - changing our food supply!

Thank you to everyone who made the last 5 years possible. Thank you to everyone who came to our anniversary party and annual meeting, it was our largest ever. The store was packed, we saw many new and familiar faces. I am inspired by your support and commitment to local, organic food and to our co-op!

The strength and success of the Co-op supports the local economy by creating jobs and a market for locally grown and made products. This in turn supports our local agricultural community and helps develop new businesses in our market. Your support directly affects all of these efforts.

Looking back, looking ahead

Looking back over the last 5 years offers us the opportunity to appreciate how much we have achieved in such a short period of time. It also gives us a chance to look into the future, and to challenge ourselves to imagine what another 5 or 10 years will bring for ourselves, our co-op, and our community. 

Whatever the future may bring, our dedication to the initial vision that inspired a small group of friends to set out on this path will guide us to remain committed and focused for all who join us in this amazing cooperative endeavor.

Cooperatively yours,

Anniversary party shenanigans, Mountain Democrat award for Best Health Food Store and our new bags and shirts from J Gavard Graphics, local designer and mobile screen printer. A shout out to all of our vendors: Alvarado Street Bread, Revive Kombucha, Organic India, Wish Garden Herbs, Cultured Kitchen, Sugar Plum Bakery, Barsotti Juice, and Totem Coffee!

We're hiring in our produce department and deli!

Friday November 11

Friday November 18

Wednesday 11/23 8 am - 8 pm
Thursday 11/24 CLOSED
Friday 11/25 8 am - 8 pm

V O T E !
It's election time! It's time to vote for your co-op's Board of Directors. We have 8 candidates and 6 seats available. We also need to vote on increasing our board from 7 to 9 people, and add an employee board position.
Election Schedule & Ballot
Candidate bio
Turn in ballot at register.
(documents open with Google Docs)
From the Board

At our September 24 meeting, your Co-op board reviewed the plans and preparations for the anniversary celebration and annual owner meeting on Saturday October 29 By the time this is published we will have held the event, and the ballots for election of board members will be available.

A little history is in order here. The Rochdale Principles are a set of ideals for the operation of cooperatives. They were first set out in 1844 by the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England and have formed the basis for the principles on which co-operatives around the world continue to operate. The second of the Rochdale Principles states that co-operative societies must have democratic member control. According to the International Cooperative Alliance Statement on the Cooperative Identity, “Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote).” This means that you, our member owners, have the privilege, and the obligation, to help select the team that will guide this organization. Please vote for our board of directors!

You can also support the Co-op by your participation as a volunteer.  Talk with Haley, our volunteer coordinator and let her know if you are interested. And, of course, we encourage all owners who are financially able to pay up to the $300 full ownership share.

For the Board of Directors,
John Le Pouvoir, President

The Organic Trade Association (OTA)—that “organic” Big Food front group that sold out the GMO labeling movement—is at it again. 

Last week, our allies at Food Democracy NOW!  broke the news that OTA board member Melody Meyer, who represents UNFI, the largest U.S. distributor of natural and organic products, is pushing for gene editing, a dangerous new form of genetic engineering, to be allowed in organic. 

Now available at your co-op! Locally-made Watershed Bread
Available Thursdays & Fridays only!
"At watershed bread our products are handmade using traditional long-fermentation methods. we use no commercial yeast, instead our breads are naturally-leavened with a sourdough starter to produce a more flavorful and digestable loaf . We use  organic, stone ground grains and source seasonal ingredients locally whenever possible. We are a family run business committed to craft, community, and the health of our environment."

The PFC Community Room is a space for gathering, sharing, community, activism and health. Owner accounts must be current, some restrictions apply, please email for more info.
Now through Dec. 31, 2016


A class focused on ancient healing techniques and self-care practices to keep you feeling relaxed during the busy holiday season.
 Friday, December 23 @ 9:30am-10:30am
A class focused on ancient healing techniques and self-care practices for stress reduction and rejuvenation.
Wednesday, January 11 @ 6pm-7pm

Jennifer Fiterre
Location: Placerville Natural Foods Co-op
(916) 337-1641or E-mail:
Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Ayurveda for Healthcare
Be well and give yourself the gift of health. 

LOCAL, CERTIFIED ORGANIC produce will be on bright yellow signs! 
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