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We are excited to announce we are bringing back Mamas + Papas of the Palouse!

This monthly meeting group is for new and expectant parents on the Palouse. The group is designed to offer education and support for mamas, papas, wee ones and expecting families. The goal is to provide an educational and social environment for parents to learn, be heard, and share experiences related to childcare, parenting, and raising healthy families. Past discussions have included breastfeeding, cold and flu remedies, diapering options, and much more! Through Mamas + Papas we hope to create a supportive and resourceful education program for parents on the Palouse that fosters connections between families and the community. 

Each Mamas and Papas Meeting features a guest speaker on a topic that is relevant to expectant parents or parents of children up to two years of age.  Through bringing in speakers we also hope to cultivate relationships with family-related businesses, organizations, and experts in the area to highlight great deals, events, and resources for parents.

Meetings are free and childcare assistance is always provided.

Join us the First Monday of each Month from 9:30-11am at the Uma Center in Moscow.

MARCH TOPIC:

Meet Mamas + Papas! As we bring back this great group and monthly meeting, we would like to start with an informal meet and greet time. Come learn more about Mamas + Papas, meet other new and expecting parents on the Palouse, and share your ideas for topics that are important to you! 

For more information email outreach@moscowfood.coop or call us at 208-882-8537 and ask for Misty.


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Co-op Kids is an Outreach program of the Moscow Food Co-op designed to build community among our youngest shoppers. The program runs every Tuesday, mainly in the Co-op café, from 9:00-10:00am. Designed for 3-5 year olds,
Co-op Kids offers a wide variety of craft activities, music education, food education and so much more. For more details on the month’s activities, please check the Co-op Community News, which is published monthly.

March 7 Take and Bake Granola

March 14  Color Science for Kids

March 21  Green Tasting

March 28  Raindrop Collage

For more information, please contact Rebekka Boysen-Taylor, Co-op Kids Volunteer Coordinator.


Co-op Explorers is a Free Fruit Program that takes place in food co-ops all around the nation and was streamlined by the National Cooperative Grocers (NCG) as a way to reach out and engage the community as well as increase access for everyone to healthy fruits! Through this new program kids are eligible to receive one free piece of fruit each week! To become a card-carrying Co+op Explorer, kids simply need to bring a parent or supervising adult to the Customer Service Desk and ask to become a Co+op Explorer. Each child will be issued their very own super official Co+op Explorers card and will be all set to participate each week!

here's how it works:

             Step 1: Register & get a Co+op Explorers Member Card

             Step 2: Sign in on the clipboard & put a sticker on your shirt

             Step 3: Enjoy your free banana while shopping

             Step 4: Let your cashier know you participated at checkout

             Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 once every week!

***Please register for Co+op Explorers

before enjoying your first banana***

  • Kids and parents stop by the Customer Service Desk, where we keep the designated Co+op Explorers fruit basket. 
  • Next to the basket, you'll find Co+op Explorers stickers. Take a sticker and put it on your child's shirt or jacket so staff will know your child or children are eating their free fruit from Co+op Explorers. 
  • Let your child or children enjoy their free fruit while you shop.  
  • When you check out, please have your child show their official Co+op Explorers card or remind the cashier that your child or children ate a free piece of fruit as part of Co+op Explorers so that we can track participation in the program.

That's all there is to it!

If you have any questions, please ask any staff member, e-mail our Education & Outreach Coordinator, or give us a call 208-882-8537.


Good Food Book Club

The Good Food Book Club is an avenue for Moscow Food Co-op owners and the greater Palouse community to foster civil dialogue, connection between people, and community engagement through thoughtful book club subject matter. We aim to provide an open, inviting venue to share educational and entertaining information critical to our food system and other pressing social issues. 

For detailed information on the book of the month as well as past books, please visit the Good Food Book Club section of Community News

MARCH'S BOOK OF THE MONTH: 

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop

by Fannie Flagg 

Please join us to discuss this great book on Sunday, March 26 from 7:00-8:30pm*** at the Moscow Food Co-op. 

        ***Note the time shift to the later meeting time of 7:00-8:30pm 

Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club.

Fried Green Tomatoes is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount.


Food for Thought Film Series

The Food for Thought Film Series is designed to offer education through entertainment. We bring both documentaries and feature films to town on a number of issues related to the Co-op’s mission. Films are shown at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in downtown Moscow February - April and September - November with occasional additional screenings. We are excited to share that we have partnered with the University of Idaho Sustainability Center to make every film free for everyone! In addition, we may partner with additional community organizations and businesses that share interests in the subject matter of a particular film.

 

Join us for a FREE community screening of DIVEST! on Wednesday, March 22. Doors open at 6:30pm with the film starting at 7pm at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main, Moscow, ID. Stick around after the film for a short talk and open Q+A with Nez Perce activist, Gary Dorr.

Film Synopsis:

As world governments struggle to meet the aspirational limit of 1.5°C of global warming agreed to at COP21 in Paris, the ‘Do the Math’ campaign is gaining international support. Targeting the fossil fuel industry in an effort to withdraw its social license to operate, DIVEST! chronicles Bill McKibben’s work on the 'Do the Math' bus tour across the United States in 2012 as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign.

Blending global warming science, concert performances, and inspiring speeches each night, Bill McKibben and special guests laid out the findings in his landmark Rolling Stone article 'Global Warming's Terrifying New Math' and made both the moral and historical case for divestment. Three years later over 500 institutions representing over 3 trillion dollars in assets have committed to divest. The film explores the inspiration and action that can happen when we engage our communities. 

Running Time: 77 minutes


FED in Five takes place twice a day each Wednesday, from 10:30am - 1:30 pm and again from 4:00-7:00 pm. Shoppers can expect to taste delicious seasonal recipes while also learning about cooking with different grains, the health benefits of certain foods and all about where their food is coming from. All of the recipes featured through FED in Five use only five ingredients (or less) and occasional pantry staples like salt and pepper. 


Grow-Op Garden

We are proud to provide our community members with a program that will get your hands a little dirty and the community a little greener: The GROW-Op Garden! Through partnership with University of Idaho Extension and Backyard Harvest, the garden plot will be used as a teaching and learning space for people with all levels of knowledge related to gardening. The GROW-Op plot is located at the Hamilton Community Gardens. Don’t know how to grow peas? Consider yourself to have a black thumb? Not a problem! To get involved register for one of our classes or contact us today!


Crop Mobbing

In the spirit of the co-operative movement, we are excited to offer an innovative program to our community called Crop Mobbing!  This program provides community members with an opportunity to maximize their collective efforts by helping our local growers with hands-on farm projects. And with your help they can continue to provide us with delicious, healthy, locally-grown food!

Because farm labor is so intensive and our growers work so hard to provide us with sustainably grown food, we think it’s only fair to help them out a bit.  Want to join a Crop Mob?  Once we hear from our growers about specific projects they need help with on their farms, we’ll advertise them throughout the store, social media, and more.  We’ll tell you the date, time, if a carpool is being arranged and what you need to bring.  All you have to do is show up, help your local farmer and witness first-hand the dedication and passion they have for farming.


Bicycle Benefits 

Did you know that if the average person biked to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere every year?

Bicycle Benefits is a nationwide program through which businesses award discounts or incentives to patrons who show up on bike with their Bicycle Benefits helmet sticker. This new program allows the Co-op and other area businesses to reward bicyclists every time they ride their bike AND the program is designed to provide benefits to bicyclists wherever they travel around the entire country including Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Seattle so community members that purchase a sticker can reap rewards all over!

CHECK OUT WHAT THESE PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES AROUND THE PALOUSE ARE OFFERING: 

BICYCLISTS CAN BUY THE HELMET STICKER AT THE CO-OP, BOOKPEOPLE, ONE WORLD, HYPERSPUD, OR BACKCOUNTRY LARK FOR A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $5 AND RECEIVE THE BENEFITS INDEFINITELY. ALL FUNDS GENERATED BY STICKER SALES WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAM.

We encourage local businesses to join us in this endeavor to encourage alternative transportation in our area and to reward those who choose to ride their bikes to area businesses. Interested businesses or anyone with questions can contact the Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Co-op by e-mail or by phone 208-882-8537.