April Community News

April is a busy month, full of Earth day activites all month long. 

This month's community news includes Palouse Patcher's Quilt Show, the Rendezvous in the Park showcase event and an entire list of Earth Day activities to enjoy the entire month.

The Five Spot has tips for decreasing your plastics footprint and two co-op employees highlight their favorite products and recipes in Staff Picks.

Don't forget to jot down the date for the Co-op's annual meeting on April 9th, details in the Board Report, and read what fellow Co-op shoppers think of the first signs of spring in What's the Buzz.

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Community News: Celebrate Spring with the 44th Annual Moscow Renaissance Fair

Celebrate Spring with the 44th Annual Moscow Renaissance Fair May 6 and 7

By Greg Meyer, Renaissance Fair Publicity Coordinator

After a very long winter, spring has arrived on the Palouse. And with the new season, a cherished tradition returns to Moscow’s East City Park. The 44th annual Moscow Renaissance Fair takes place on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7—truly a celebration of spring. As always, the family-friendly fair is free and all are welcome. The Fair will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Welcoming Ceremony for the 2017 royalty. Booths will open and main stage entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Renaissance Fair once again features wonderful music on the Peter Basoa Main Stage; artisans offering fair-goers the finest in craftsmanship and artistic expression; the opportunity to reconnect with friends in the food court where local non-profits provide freshly prepared ethnic and other dishes to tempt the taste buds; and of course the many activities in Kid Village and Stage II, ranging from arts and crafts at Imagination Station, to the Power Jump, Mini Challenge Course, and the Washington State University Raptor Club where kids can get close up and personal with eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. 

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the parades and Maypole Dances. And the beer and wine garden returns to the Fair, at a new location closer to the stage.

As May approaches, you can enjoy the art of past Renaissance Fairs by visiting Mikey’s Gyros in downtown Moscow, where you will find winning posters dating back to 1974 decorating the walls.

Below is a schedule of main stage entertainment and other activities:

Saturday, May 6

  • 10:00 Welcome Ceremony with the King and Queen
  • 10:20 The Palouse Harmony Chorus - Imagine that! Guys who love to sing! - Moscow
  • 11:15 Dirty Joe’s Brass Band - They’ll get you up and moving - Moscow
  • 12:30 Shiloh and the Young Guns - Energetic, classic country music - Moscow.
  • 1:30 Maypole Dance - With Sam & Friends - By the volleyball court
  • 2:00 Howling Gaels - Traditional Irish, English, and Scottish music – Coeur d’Alene.
  • 3:00 Renaissance Fair Parade - A joyous trip through space, time, and East City Park
  • 3:30 Sesitshaya Marimba Ensemble - Zimbabwean marimba music - Moscow.
  • 5:00 Jus Wright - Pacific Northwest reggae music with a Big Island sound - Spokane.
  • 7:30 Landrace - Full live ska band plays covers from around the world - Pullman.

Sunday, May 7

  • 10:00 Cherry Sisters Revival - A silly string band playing old-time country music - Moscow.
  • 11:30 The Palouse Project - Presenting “Siren”…a musical web of lethal enchantment - Moscow.
  • 1:00 Gefilte Trout - Rollicking Klezmer music from Eastern Europe - Moscow.
  • 2:00 Maypole Dance - With Sam & Friends - By the volleyball court
  • 2:30 Smokin’ Mojo - Local 7-piece jump blues band - Moscow.
  • 4:00 Hillfolk Noir – original Junkerdash - Boise.

Please gather your entire family and your friends and join with us in this joyous celebration of spring.

For more information and updates go to http://www.moscowrenfair.org/

Community News: Rendezvous in the Park Music and Arts Festival “Showcase” Event

By Scott V. Fedale, Rendezvous in Moscow Board of Directors

The 13th annual “Rendezvous in the Park Music and Arts FestivalShowcase event will be held Saturday, April 15, at the Kenworthy Theatre in downtown Moscow (not April 22 as noted in last month’s edition of Community News).

At this family-friendly event, six bands will compete for three opening slots for this summer’s music festival. In addition to the regular Kenworthy concessions, locally and regionally brewed beer and wine will be available.

Each patron will receive two tokens to be used to vote for their favorite bands of the evening. The top two audience favorites plus a third musical artist, chosen by the Rendezvous Board of Directors, will be announced at the close of the evening. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and will be available at the door.

Rendezvous in the Park will be held July 13 - 15 at East City Park in Moscow. More information is available on our website at: www.rendezvousinthepark.com.

Rendezvous in the Park thanks you for your support!

Community News: Palouse Patchers Quilt Show

By Sue Scott, Palouse Patchers publicity committee member

This spring’s Palouse Patchers Quilt show theme is “Blue Bayou.” Over 200 quilts will be on display Saturday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. each day until 5 p.m. on Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The show will be in the Latah County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building at 1021 Harold Street in Moscow. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 10.

“Over 500 people are expected and many travel long distances to see this show because of the high quality of quilt making and artistry,” says Nancy Mack, Palouse Patchers promotions chair.

This will be the Palouse Patchers 37th annual quilt show. Why attend this year? The results of three special challenges will be revealed. “Pictures of the Palouse” is the Patchers Challenge in a 20-by-24 inch format. The second challenge is the Janet Frietag Memorial Challenge with a $50 prize given out; the theme of this is “Everything Old Is New Again,“ in any size. The third challenge, The Mod Squad Challenge, is from the “Mod Squad” group of modern quilters; the theme is “Inspired by Any Artist But Yourself,” in a 16-by-16 inch format, with credit listed for the artist you’ve selected.

Attendees can browse the large array of local quilts, shop at 12 vendor booths, and relax with punch and homemade’ cookies in the kitchen. Vendors are rotated each year, so there is always something new to see.

Each year the Palouse Patchers raffle quilt differs by color, theme, and quilting design techniques. This year’s raffle quilt, called “Blue Bayou,” will be on display with raffle tickets available for $1 each. It is an asymmetrical modern design, and some may see Seahawks colors in it. The winner will be chosen at 3 p.m. on Sunday, but need not be present to win.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Quilts of Valor, a nationwide project to honor United States military veterans; CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) youth quilts; and other local charities.

For more information or to submit a quilt into the show, go to www.palousepatchers.org or contact Nancy Mack at (509) 332-6252.

Community News: The Chamber Choir of the Palouse Choral Society Sings into Spring

By Kathy Pitman, Palouse Choral Society Marketing Committee

 The Chamber Choir of the Palouse Choral Society will present their spring concert

“Sing into Spring!” on Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow and on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. at Nativity Episcopal Church in Lewiston.

The chamber choir will perform songs of the season under the direction of Dr. Sarah Graham, Artistic and Music Director of the Palouse Choral Society. Music will include Renaissance madrigals and works by Eric Whitacre and P.D.Q. Bach. A set of choral pieces about rain will feature works from several choral traditions: African, South American, and English.

The centerpiece of the program will be Morten Lauridsen’s Chansons des Roses with poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke. Lauridsen, who was born in Colfax, Washington, is a well-known choral composer and Grammy-nominee and is a professor of composition at the University of Southern California.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at palousechoralsociety.org. Adult tickets are $15 or four for $48. Student tickets are $8. Questions about tickets may be answered by calling or texting (208) 352-0201 or be emailing boxoffice@palousechoralsociety2.org.

Community News: Earth Day Month Activities, April 2017

Submitted by David Hall, Vice President, Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition

April 2: Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition. Bowling in Paradise. Fundraiser for a safer and less environmentally harmful rebuilding of Highway 95 along Paradise Ridge south of Moscow. Zeppos, Pullman. 2:00 to 4:00 pm. $25 minimum entry fee. https://www.facebook.com/events/411275325905266.

April 6: UI Environmental Law Society, Wildlife Society (UI Chapter), Friends of the Clearwater, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (PESC). Grizzly Bear Recovery Panel Discussion. UI Menard Law Main Courtroom. 5:30 – 8 p.m. 208-882-9755.

April 19: Moscow Food Co-op and University of Idaho Sustainability Center. Food for Thought film series, “Before the Flood.” A look at climate change and what we can all do to preserve the earth and its creatures. Before the Flood features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. Kenworthy Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. 96 minutes. Free. kenworthy.org/calendar/food-for-thought-film-series-presents-before-the-flood.

April 19: Palouse Audubon Society. Judy Meuth of the Citizen’s Lobby will talk about that organization’s work. 1912 Center Great Room. 7 p.m. PalouseAudubon.orgcitizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/ID_Palouse_Region/.

April 20: City of Moscow Water Department. Pollinators, Plants and Wisescapes. This community event will feature information from experts. Refreshments will be provided. 1912 Center Great Room, Moscow. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. www.ci.moscow.id.us.

April 22: Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI). Stream Clean up. Annual stream clean up (litter & debris removal) by volunteers, community members, students. Bus shuttle to various sites. Snacks. Spring Street Park, Pullman. Pre-register at pcei.org/volunteer-event-registration.

April 25: Idaho Native Plant Society – Whitepine Chapter and Palouse Prairie Foundation. Beavers & Their Dams. Trish Heekin. 1912 Center, Moscow. 7 p.m. WhitepineINPS.org; PalousePrairie.org.

April 27: UI Sustainability Center. Grow Your Green Future. Forum for local green businesses and environmental groups to share their volunteer and employment opportunities with college and high school students, and community members. This is the function that the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition was receiving Moscow Food Co-op Dime in Time funds during March to support. UI Commons, 875 S. Line Street. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/uisustainability; https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/sustainability-center.

Community News: Friends of the Clearwater Co-Sponsored Event for April

By Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater Education & Outreach Director

 On Thursday, April 6, Friends of the Clearwater is teaming up with the University of Idaho Environmental Law Society, The Wildlife Society - UI Chapter, and the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition to sponsor a panel discussion about the potential delisting of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population and the social, cultural, ecological, and legal considerations.

Carnivore policy expert Louisa Willcox, University of Idaho professor emeritus of wildlife biology Dr. Jim Peek, Wilderness Watch attorney Dana Johnson, and Nez Perce Tribe member Levi Holt will be on the panel. Someone from the Idaho Department Fish & Game may serve on the panel, too.

The event will take place at the University of Idaho College of Law, 875 Perimeter Drive, in Moscow. Sandwiches and chips will be served starting at 5:30 p.m., and the panel discussion will begin at 6 pm.

If you are interested in learning more about the historical, cultural, and ecological significance of the “Great Bear,” I recommend visiting the site grizzlytimes.org. I consider it to be perhaps the best place on the web to learn more about imperiled grizzly bears and the wild ecosystems in the West that sustain them.

Friends of the Clearwater is a grassroots advocacy group that works to protect the public wildlands, wildlife, and waters in the Clearwater basin of beautiful north-central Idaho.

Community News: "refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle"

What can each of us do to further mitigate waste from the trash cycle? First, incorporate “refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle” into your daily routine; remembering that refusal of certain single-use items is a best first strategy. Second, recycle as much as you can. Third, get involved at the local level to infuse recycling values and practices into your workplace, schools, church, and other institutions. Fourth, find or introduce a municipal composting program in your area. Fifth, use reusable drinking containers whenever possible to reduce the astonishing 35 billion plastic bottles currently discarded by Americans each year. And sixth, purchase products made from post-consumer recyclables whenever you shop.
— worldoceanobservatory.org/radio-item/local-action-global-change

Community News: Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition News

By David Hall, Vice President, Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition

**modified from PRDC Facebook page**

U.S. Highway 95 on Paradise Ridge is far from a "done deal"!

If you read the "Much Work on Moscow Roads..." article in the March 7 Moscow Pullman Daily News, it might seem as though Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) plans for the U.S. 95 E2 alignment high on Paradise Ridge are ready to roll ("Bids to be sought...by early November"). This is deceptive.

The Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (PRDC) is litigating the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project, and ITD hasn't even applied yet for its "clean water permit," which is required before it can destroy wetlands on Paradise Ridge. (PRDC will challenge this permit when the time comes.) We will be submitting legal briefs, and the back-and-forth arguments are expected to go on for several months. With a delay sought by Department of Justice lawyers, federal Judge Winmill will not be in any position to make a decision until this summer at the earliest.

The Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition works to ensure and enhance the public safety, environmental integrity, and natural aesthetics of Paradise Ridge and its environs.

Community News: Quotes for the Month of Earth Day (April 22, 2017)

Submitted by David Hall, Vice President, Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition

One person can only do so much". 1

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." - John Muir 2

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction". - Rachel Carson 2

"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time". – motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society 2

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves". - John Muir 3


"You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion, or challenge the ideology of a violet". -Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964.3

"Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance". - Theodore Roosevelt 4

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people". - Franklin D. Roosevelt 4

"I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use". - Mother Teresa 4

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make". -Jane Goodall 4

"In wilderness is the preservation of the world". - Henry David Thoreau 5


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What's the Buzz

"What is your favorite sign of spring?"

"I like hearing the birds, except for crows." Charity Wight, Moscow, University of Idaho

"I like hearing the birds, except for crows." Charity Wight, Moscow, University of Idaho

"I like seeing people outside, coming out of hiding." Amanda Kelly, Moscow, UI

"I like seeing people outside, coming out of hiding." Amanda Kelly, Moscow, UI

"The grass widows (Sisyrinchium inflatum). It is a native bulb that comes up in meadows and prairie remnants." Brenda Erhardt, Moscow, Conservation Planner

"The grass widows (Sisyrinchium inflatum). It is a native bulb that comes up in meadows and prairie remnants." Brenda Erhardt, Moscow, Conservation Planner

"Flowers. I saw some tulips coming up today and it was very exciting." Emily Blum, Moscow, UI Student

"Flowers. I saw some tulips coming up today and it was very exciting." Emily Blum, Moscow, UI Student

"Sunshine. It has been so gray lately." Shawna Bertlin, Moscow, UI Student

"Sunshine. It has been so gray lately." Shawna Bertlin, Moscow, UI Student

"When you see the green grass coming out of the snow." Joyce Pitkin, Deary, Farmer

"When you see the green grass coming out of the snow." Joyce Pitkin, Deary, Farmer

Board News: Come to the Co-op’s Annual Meeting!

Come to the Co-op’s Annual Meeting!

By Laurene Sorensen, Co-op Board of Directors

Who: You, if you are an owner. (If you aren’t one yet, you can join for a minimum investment of $10.)

When: From 3 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

Where: The Great Room of the 1912 Center at 412 E. Third Street, Moscow.

Why: To learn, eat, and connect with other owners, Board members, and staff. (Most of those folks are owners, too.)

What (to expect):

  • Food, of course! This year we’re throwing a pie party. We’ll have a delicious assortment of sweet pies, as well as a variety of appetizers.
  • Short, informative presentations by the Board president and treasurer as well as the general manager. There will be time for audience questions afterward.
  • Voting on the adoption of our new bylaws!
  • A keynote address by University of Idaho economics professor Steve Peterson, who has been studying the Co-op’s role in our local economy.
  • Kids’ activities.
  • Raffles of cool stuff.
  • Co-op swag—some of it free.

How: Show up!

Extra Credit: To make sure there’s enough food for you and everyone else, RSVP by April 2 to boardadmin@moscowfood.coop. And, once again, we are grateful to the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute’s Plate Project for the loan of their elegant and eclectic tableware.

Art at the Co-op

April will bring the wonderful art of Carolyn Doe to the Co-op. Carolyn has shown her art here quite a few times over the years, and it is always fascinating to see her newest creations. Her show will open on Friday, April 14, with an official opening from 5:30 - 7 p.m., though she will be at the Co-op most of that day, displaying and selling prints, cards, and silk scarves in addition to her original pieces. The show will continue through Wednesday, May 10.

Carolyn is a self-taught artist, led by curiosity and her own passion and pleasure in the creative process. Raised by a seamstress, she has always been excited about fiber art, and learned the process of batik over 25 years ago. She explains, “Batik has become my voice. When dye touches silk fabric, it spreads like crazy. The wax creates a boundary. This dance of control/no control captivates me for hours.”

About two years ago, Carolyn took a class on palette knife painting in oils, which results in works thick in texture with vibrant colors. These works are wonderfully pleasing to the eye.

Carolyn takes her inspiration mostly from the natural landscapes around her, wherever she happens to be, whether traveling, working, or residing in a particular location. She has traveled and stayed in places as far afield as Antarctica (where she loves the light), and Alaska, and many places in between.

After hours spent observing, Carolyn will go back indoors and start creating. She tells how she “loves the movement of birds and the stillness of trees,” and feels she has enough inspiration to last several lifetimes.

She currently has work in galleries and private collections all over the United States and in several other countries around the world, as well as the continent of Antarctica.

In addition to original pieces of art, Carolyn will have prints, cards and silk scarves available for sale throughout the day on Friday, April 14t, as well as at the opening itself.

Do come and meet Carolyn Doe and enjoy her art on Friday, April 14, and continue to enjoy the show through Wednesday, May 10.

The Five Spot: Decreasing Your Plastic Footprint

By Naomi Brownson, Co-op Volunteer Writer

This month, we come around again to Earth Day, and our dear home planet needs our help more now than ever. We are all well aware of the global imperative to decrease our carbon footprint. Second on our list of necessary decreases should be another ubiquitous facet of modern life: plastic. It’s everywhere, and it is immortal: plastic never breaks down. Some sources say there are now more plastic objects in the world’s oceans than there are fish.

Here are some things we can do to start cleaning up, along the lines of reducing, reusing, and recycling/repurposing:

1. Carry your own, non-plastic utensils. I have a little bag I keep in my purse that contains a stainless steel spoon, fork, and knife from my kitchen drawer. The Co-op carries bamboo utensils. Either of these can easily fit into a purse or lunchbox, and cleaned in a sink on the go or at home each night.

2. Mugs too: most any café will willingly fill your order in your own travel cup. And, if you must use disposable cups, try the compostable ones by Repurposed, carried in the Co-op’s housewares and cleaning supplies department.

3. Bags and containers for bulk and produce. Re-use bags or bring containers from home for bulk items. For produce, the Co-op carries reusable cotton bags, as well as Bluapple, a product which absorbs ethylene gas to keep produce fresh in your refrigerator, eliminating the need for plastic bags here.

4. Last year, a study estimated that around eight million metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year. The Ocean Cleanup works to clean up the ocean, the final receptacle of plastics. Contribute your skills or funds to this or a similar organization.

5. Participate in a local cleanup effort. Picking up trash is a great way to show kids one method for being part of the effort for the good. Join an organized cleanup day, organize your own, or just make it a habit when you go out on walks and in your daily life.

I don’t know how many plastic items I use and discard every day, but even if it’s only one, that’s one too many. If each of us decreases our use of disposable plastic by one item per day, that adds up to millions of pieces of plastic less that will enter the waste stream and potentially end up in a seabird’s gizzard. She and her babies, and her babies’ babies, will thank us. Happy Earth Day!

Staff Picks

The first staff-person I spoke with this month was Rachel Guenthner, who has been working at the Co-op as a Dishwasher for just shy of two years. Without a second of hesitation Rachel chose the Peterson Myzithra cheese for her pick this month. Rachel chose this product because she loves to cook a simple pasta tossed in browned butter and grated Myzithra. She says the Myzithra cheese is a salty sheep cheese that is the key ingredient in her favorite comfort food for good reason. Although the dish seems simple, Rachel says the cheese is complex enough that the pasta just doesn’t need anything else. Her number one recommendation when making this dish is “don’t skimp on the cheese!”

Peterson Cheese is a family-owned and operated company that was founded by George and Chuck Lyden in 1947 in Seattle as an importer of Scandinavian cheeses serving a niche market. According to their website, the company’s imports grew over time to include a much larger variety of European cheeses, so they moved their operation to a warehouse in Auburn, Washington, and also acquired a second warehouse in New Jersey that serves as a storage and cutting distribution facility. Peterson distributes their imported cheeses throughout the Pacific and Inland Northwest, as well as throughout Alaska and Hawaii. Their company values family and prides itself in treating their employees well.

According to Wikipedia, Myzithra is a simple Greek-style cheese that resembles Italian ricotta, although it is much drier. It is often salt-cured and aged to produce a hard cheese. Considered to be a pinnacle of Greek cuisine, it is mainly produced on the island of Crete, although it is popular throughout Greece.

Here is a link to a simple browned butter and Myzithra pasta recipe if you want to give Rachel’s recommendation a try: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/15157/mizithra-browned-butter-pasta/.

The second staff-person I spoke with this month was Max Newland. Max is a Floor Coordinator for the Co-op who just happened to start working at the Co-op right around the same time as Rachel nearly two years ago. For his recommendation this month, Max chose the Halo Top birthday cake flavor ice cream.

Max says he recommends it because it is a light ice cream that is high in protein and still happens to taste excellent, and because you basically can’t go wrong with ice cream. He also mentioned that the Co-op carries all of the available flavors and charges less than the other local stores that carry this product (Max had a lot of intel, leading me to believe he might be quite the fan of this ice cream).

Halo Top was founded in Los Angeles in 2012 by Justin Woolverton and Doug Bouton. Justin started experimenting with making ice cream in his home kitchen as a result of needing to follow a low-glycemic diet. He came up with some successful recipes that people seemed to like, and eventually decided to go into business commercially, manufacturing his ice cream with his friend Doug whom he had met through a local basketball league. Halo Top was developed around the glycemic index, and is sweetened using stevia and erythritol (a fruit sugar derived from pears and grapes). Halo Top is also high in protein, due to the eggs in the recipe. Since it is literally one of the first “light” ice cream options that doesn’t contain a laundry list of chemically-based ingredients, it tastes really good and has exploded in popularity despite being a new product.

During the course of researching this product, I stumbled across a blog post written by a college student who ate nothing but Halo Top for five straight days in an effort to lose weight. In the end she actually lost about a pound, but found that it didn’t take long to start craving something other than ice cream (namely pizza), and she didn’t actually feel that her body was getting the nutrition it needed, as she was fairly dizzy and unable to concentrate. Her conclusion was ultimately that restrictive dieting is a poor choice, and that working on building body confidence whatever one’s shape was a better idea than eating excessive amounts of light ice cream. I guess it is not completely a surprise that even high-protein light ice cream does not a complete diet make.

Co-op Business Partner Profile: Mosaic land Design, LLC

Jonathan Smith, owner of Mosaic Land Design, LLC, is a licensed landscape architect in Idaho and Washington. He is involved in the landscape process from design through construction. Jonathan works on a wide variety of projects from beautifully designed home gardens to the landscaping of parking lots. Jonathan’s wife, Heather, is co-owner of the business and also has a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Idaho. Their family includes three boys, two girls, and two dogs.

Years ago, Jonathan was working as a high school/middle school teacher in Colorado when he decided to make a career change. He moved to Moscow and earned a degree in landscape architecture at UI. He was slated to start work with a landscape architecture firm in Boise after graduating, but the recession hit and the company had to reduce their workforce. Jonathan then considered starting his own business.

Fredrick Olmstead, who designed Central Park in New York, has been an inspiration for Jonathan. Interestingly enough, the master plan for the UI campus, including Hello Walk, was originally designed in 1908 by the Olmstead Brothers, sons of Frederick Olmstead.

Jonathan creates all of his outdoor designs from scratch. He first meets with the landowners to discuss their vision. He visits the site and analyzes the conditions, including the soil, the amount of sunshine, the climate, and other factors. After taking everything into consideration, he draws up a schematic design plan, offering a few options. Once the landowner approves the plans, Jonathan begins construction, including any demolition needed.

One of Jonathan’s passions is designing wisescaping, outdoor spaces which conserve water. He created the Moscow Water Department’s attractive wisescape garden. He purchases many of his plants from a nursery in Walla Walla, which is always producing new and different plants that he enjoys using. He says experimenting with new plants makes his work more interesting.

Jonathan enjoys getting to know people and synthesizing a space that is part of who they are. Jonathan said, “People love it.”

He described a recent project he is working on in northwest Moscow. The home is a custom 1980s-style house and he designed the landscaping designs to match the house and the neighboring houses around it. He also took into consideration the surrounding Palouse landscape. The resulting landscaping is attractive and compatible with its surroundings.

When the snow hits and there is less work in the area, Jonathan takes on various other jobs. Recently, he worked for an architect in Seattle doing plant and irrigation site plans, and he also did a lot of design for another landscape architect in Coeur d'Alene. He appreciates the opportunity to be creative and learn new things. Working in different places gives him the chance to ask questions, learn from other architects, and become more proficient in his profession.

To learn more about Mosaic Land Design, LLC, see their website: www.mosaiclanddesign.com.



  •  Through our Business Partner Program, Co-op owners receive a discount on locally owned businesses that partner with the Co-op, and the Co-op promotes our locally owned partners.
  •  Co-op owners receive a10 percent discount on all design services from Mosaic Land Design, LLC.
  • Mosaic Land Design can be contacted at smith@mosaiclanddesign.com or 208-409-7812.
  • For more information about the Co-op's Business Partner Program, please ask for a brochure and/or an application at the Customer Service Desk or click here

New at the Library

By Jessica Bowman, MLIS, MA, Adult Services Manager, Latah County Library District

Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants

by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis

"Harvest achieves the nearly impossible balance of being aspirational yet totally achievable, tempting me with all the goodness that I can create from even the most common plants (including parts of them I never before thought to use). The projects are fresh and unfussy—from bath time to booze time, salads to salves."
—Johanna Silver, Garden Editor of Sunset magazine and author of The Bold Dry Garden



Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods: More than 200 Recipes for Feeding Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents

by Cynthia Lair

“Those interested in cooking healthy food for their family and trying new and perhaps unusual recipes…will want this in their cookbook collection.” 

—Library Journal 


Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms Hardcover – March 7, 2017

by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai, photographs by Michele M. Waite

"Do you love flowers? You're about to love them even more. Erin Benzakein's gorgeous new book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden, is equal parts inspiration and education. The photos will send you straight to the garden, eager to dig in and get growing. And Erin's clear, concise advice will help you do it well. She has succeeded in conveying the utter joy of growing flowers." —Lynn Byczynski, author of The Flower Farmer


Company Profile: Odell Brewing

Doug Odell starting working in the brewery business in the late 1970s at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing. During a honeymoon trip to the United Kingdom, Doug and his wife, Wynne, sampled beer from very small brewers across the region, and this got them thinking about starting a small craft brewery back in the states.

After a move to Seattle, Doug started homebrewing in earnest. However, by the time he had perfected his beer recipes, Seattle was booming with other microbrewers so he and his wife set out to find another town to launch their brewery. They settled on Fort Collins, Colorado, which met their criteria of being a small college town not far from a major metropolitan area. That location also had the added benefit that Doug’s sister, Corkie, was already living there and was willing to help get the business off the ground.

Idaho is one of only 11 states where one can get Odell’s brews. Odell Brewing ascribes to a “regional slow growth model” to maintain the quality of not only their beer but of the culture of the company as well.

Odell has won gold medals for their IPA, “Runoff;” “5 Barrel Pale Ale;” and “Friek,” a raspberry cherry ale. Along with winning awards for their beer, they were also named the “Best Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015. The family and employee-owned company makes sure new employee-owners are immediately immersed in the brewery’s culture and encourages them to spend time learning about each department, brewing their own beer, and participating in open-book finance meetings which give employee-owners all relevant financial information about the company so they can make better decisions as workers.

The company also facilitates a variety of cross-departmental committees dedicated to maintaining company culture, wellness, sustainability, and community outreach. On the matter of sustainability, Odell uses much less water than the average brewery, which typically requires seven gallons of water to create just one gallon of beer, whereas Odell uses only four gallons of water. Their brewery is also powered completely with solar and wind power. They also have a goal to generate zero waste to landfills by 2020, and they are already 87 percent of the way there.

One of their community support efforts is their “Charity of the Month” program which provides funding for non-profits that focus on the environment, education, and the humanitarian needs of children-at-risk, single parent families, and the elderly. With “Odell Outreach,” the company solicits employee-owners and their families and friends to participate in hands-on volunteering efforts. 

Their beautifully designed website is a treasure trove of beer facts; recipes such as “90 Shilling Rib Eye Marinade,” “Easy Street Wheat Halibut,” and “IPA Lemon Bars;” and even beer-related poetry.

Odell Brewing is committed to maintaining a passion for beer that inspires them to create quality, hand-crafted innovative brews while also fostering a culture of family, collaboration, and community service with a focus on sustainability. 

Odell Brewing Snapshot

  • Founded in 1989
  • Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Family and Employee Owned
  • Information from this article and more can be found at: www.odellbrewing.com.

Amy Newsome and family came very close to moving to Fort Collins in 2013. It’s a super cool town but fortunately so is Moscow!

A Dime in Time: The Palouse Land Trust

By Jaime Jovanovich-Walker, Palouse Land Trust Community Outreach Coordinator

Formed in 1995, the Palouse Land Trust grew out of an appreciation for our landscape and the role it plays in making our communities vibrant places to live. Our mission is to conserve the open space, agricultural heritage and history, scenery, wildlife habitat, native Palouse Prairie, and recreational opportunities of the Palouse region for current and future generations.

The Land Trust was founded on the belief that individuals can make a difference and have a positive lasting impact on our landscape and community. Many of our special places in the region are privately-owned by local families, and they come to the Land Trust for help protecting them. They understand that big things happen when the smaller pieces add up and that we all do our part. By working with these families to create win-win conservation projects, the Land Trust is strengthening our community and creating the world that we want.

One of these special places is Idler’s Rest Nature Preserve, nestled at the base of Moscow Mountain. Worried about the possibility of development, community members worked with the Nature Conservancy to purchase the 35-acre property and turned it into a nature preserve in 1966. In 2004, the Nature Conservancy turned the preserve over to the Land Trust, and we have been caring for this hidden gem ever since. For over a century, the land Idler’s Rest encompasses has been a beloved community recreational site where Scout troops, families, nature lovers, and students have gathered to enjoy, explore, and care for this special place.

As part of a larger, overall accessibility and amenity improvement project, the Dime in Time funds will support community programming needs at the preserve, necessary trail and habitat maintenance, and an overhaul of our existing trail guide. Your support will help us share the history, habitat, and magic of the preserve with nature lovers of all ages and throughout our community. We can’t thank you enough for helping to bring the joy and value of nature to more people.

We’d love to include you in all the happenings at the preserve, and with the Land Trust. Please learn more about our work at www.palouselandtrust.org and sign up for our monthly E-news. If you’re on social media, follow us on Facebook (Palouse Land Trust & Idler’s Rest Nature Preserve), Twitter (@PalouseLT), and Instagram (@PalouseLT) for all of the latest news, updates, and photos.

New On Our Shelves

Good Karma Flaxmilk Yogurt

With a rich, creamy texture, plus a healthy boost of live cultures, Good Karma has produced a vegan-friendly, dairy-free yogurt made with flax milk. Each serving delivers five to six grams of plant-based protein and is free of lactose, nuts, soy, and gluten. Look for three delicious flavors: blueberry, strawberry and vanilla.

Florida Naturals Orange Juice

A new addition to our Co-op Basics program, Florida Naturals is the largest cooperative of citrus growers in central Florida. All of their juices are 100 percent sourced from Florida with no added sugar. Their Calcium plus Vitamin D juice contains as much calcium per serving as a glass of milk. Also try their juice with added pulp.

Harvest Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Harvest Roast roasts their gourmet seeds in small batches by hand and carefully sorts them to ensure the best quality. Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals; help lower the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and may actually increase the “good” cholesterol (HDL); are a good source for both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids; are high in fiber; and contain between 30-40 percent protein. The Co-op carries three flavors: chili lime, honey sesame, and sea salt.

Amore di Mona Chocolate

Amore di Mona is a collective of nutrition-focused food artisans and health care providers who are sensitive to the needs of those with food allergies, diabetes, gluten intolerance or who have chosen a vegan lifestyle. All of their chocolates are created with high quality, preservative-free, non-GMO (genetically modified), and kosher ingredients. Their cocoa butter is imported from Belgium and France, and Madhava provides their raw, organic, Fair Trade agave nectar. Any fruit used is sulfite-free, sun-dried, and organic. Enjoy three varieties: dark chocolate, carmela and carmela with cranberry.

Primal Kitchen Bars

With more collagen than a cup of bone broth, Primal Kitchen bars are a delicious addition to a paleo diet. They contain just three grams of sugar (from honey) and eight grams of carbohydrates. The bars are gluten-, grain-, dairy- and soy-free and an excellent source of fiber. The dark chocolate almond and coconut cashew bars are made from grass-fed collagen, nuts, seeds and other natural, non-GMO ingredients.

Pop’s Pet Organics Shampoos

Pet lovers now have a natural way to keep their dog’s and cat’s fur clean and pest-free. Pop’s Insect Away and Itch Rescue shampoos are made with organic coconut, olive, and jojoba oils, to which essentials oils, aloe vera, and other herbs have been added. All of the ingredients have healing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and insect- repelling properties; are soothing and nourishing for all skin and coat types; do not contain detergents or chemicals; and are cruelty-free. Pop’s donates five percent of their profit to no-kill animal shelters across America.