February Member-Owner Advantage Sales

Follow the link to download a PDF of February Member-Owner Advantage Sales. These sales are only for current Owners of the Co-op.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/eq4zyjtyycn/February Member Sales.pdf

February Co-op Advantage Sales Flier!

Click on the link to download the PDF of our February Co-op Advantage Sales. These are just one of the many different types of sales in-store each month. You don't have to be a Co-op Owner to partake in these sales.


Customer Satisfaction Survey

We really really want you to take this survey. If you are someone who comes shopping and thinks "man, i wish the co-op [insert comment here]", this is your chance to make yourself heard. Management is often overwhelmed at the day-to-day running of the store, and we sometimes don't have the chance to really analyze the store from a customer perspective. This is where you, Co-op shopper, come in. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey, it's really easy. And, when you finish, you'll be able to download a coupon that'll make you happy. So far we have 43 surveys filled out. We are shooting for 200. Help us achieve the goal, and help us be the best Co-op we can be. Thanks!
Click Here to take survey

if you are taking the customer satisfaction survey...

and you complete it all the way through, you'll be directed to download a "1/2 off sandwich coupon". the coupon will say that it expires "june 2008". that's not true! it's not expired. that's the fault of me, the person who was supposed to upload the corrected coupon, but apparently didn't. SORRY! please redeem this coupon, we want you to enjoy your half-priced amazing co-op sandwich, and we are extremely happy that you took time to fill out our survey. thanks! sorry for any inconvenience. the corrected coupon will be available fore download tomorrow.

An Opportunity for a Dedicated Isla Vistan:

This just came to me from Gabe over at Isla Vista Recreation and Park District:


Here is a chance to make a difference & get involved in your community. Isla Vista Recreation and Park District is now accepting applications for two Isla Vista public members to serve on each of the following committees: Finance, Personnel & Policy and Ordinance Committees. Members will serve on this committee until January 2010. To apply, submit a 1-pg letter explaining why you should be selected, must include your name, address and phone number. Selected applicants are required to complete a financial conflict of interest statement. Applications must be received at the District Office, 961 Embarcadero Del Mar, IV 93117, by 5 PM on 02/10/09. Additional information is available at the District Office, 968-2017.

Just so you know.

New and Improved File Downloads!

I know that it's been a huge pain to download the brochures featured on the Blog. Starting today, it'll be a whole lot less confusing. Now when you want to download a file, you just click on the link provided and the download will happen with a prompt right from the blog page: no more navigating MediaFire's confusing (free) file service, no more annoying ads popping up (sorry about that). We're in the big time now! We're paying for a monthly service to make it easier (and make it more likely for you to actually read these brochures on the Blog, rather than using more paper to print). We love you!

Eat the View: The White House Organic Garden Campaign!

Eat the View! is a campaign to urge the Obamas to replant a large organic Victory Garden on the First Lawn with the produce going to the White House kitchen and to local food pantries.

"Eat the View" is coordinated by Kitchen Gardeners International, a Maine-based nonprofit network of 10,000 gardeners from 100 countries who are inspiring and teaching more people to grow some of their own food.

Shopping on a Budget at the Co-op

We been receiving a lot of questions and comments regarding the rising cost of food and how it's affecting pricing at the Co-op. While we have definitely experienced price increases in some areas (rice, oats, grains), we've also been reducing prices (organic dairy, for example) as we can. Our Basic Needs Program includes many, many items that we've priced well below what our standard retail mark-up should reflect (you can link to that brochure right off the blog), and we've just come out with a new brocure that offers you some other tips for how to stick to a budget while shopping at the Co-op. Click to download this new brochure! http://www.mediafire.com/?ytommnzdzty

I Know It's a Re-post, but IT IS SO AWESOME!!!

"Raise the Steaks". just watch it. to watch in fuller screen click on the video and you will be linked to the hosting site. enjoy!

(this video is posted for educational purposes only)

Food Matters Conference, February 5-7

The Co-op will be helping to provide the best in local and organic produce for this UCSB conference, and our Education/Outreach Director will also be sitting on the highly anticipated roundtable on Friday, February 6th.


"In response to current international conflicts over hunger, food prices, and genetically modified seeds, the matter of food has become central to both environmental and economic policymaking. In this context, the interdisciplinary field of food studies has a new purchase. This conference will gather some of the country's leading food scholars—many of whom are affiliated with the UC system—to examine the meaning of food sustainability in particular regional contexts from Africa to the Middle East to the Americas. The conference will provide a timely occasion for scholars from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences as well as activists and farmers to dialogue about the global food system in both contemporary and historical contexts."

February 5-7, 2009
UC Santa Barbara
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Room
Program begins at 12:00 noon on February 5

All events free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

“Can Food Be a Force for Social Change?”
Keynote Address: 2/5, 4:30-6:00 p.m in the McCune Room
Darra Goldstein, PhD
Professor of Russian at Williams College +
Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture

January Co-op Advantage Sales Flier

Follow the link to download the January Co-op Advantage Sales Flier. These sales are for all Co-op Shoppers. Don't forget: we also have many other in-store sales not shown on this flier! If you are a current Co-op owner, you can also download the current list of Owner Advantage Sales, just check out the Blog post below.

January Member-Owner Advantage Sales

Clink on the link to download a PDF of all the Co-op January Member-Owner Advantage Sales. Remember that you must be a current owner of the Co-op to take advantage of these sales.

Our New New Hours Start Sunday!

Since we didn't get as much early morning traffic as we expected, and based on answers from our first Blog Poll "What Do You Think Of the Co-op's New Early Hours?" (thanks to those who took the poll!), we are now changing our hours to:

8am-11pm Everyday.

So, we're still opening early,
but we're also staying open later.
Just so you know.