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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.

JUNE TOPIC:

This month local yoga instructor, Ryan Law, will be here talking about the benefits of pre-natal and post-natal yoga. She will also provide instruction on poses, frequently asked questions, and more! Ryan Law became certified through YogaFit in 2008 and began teaching at UI. Watching the transformation yoga gave the students encouraged Ryan to dig deeper into the study of yoga. In 2010 she began teaching yoga at Nourish. She studied with Karen Sprute Francovich at Garden Street studio. And in 2013 she completed her 200 RYT with Tiffany Wood and Bridget Lyons.

JULY TOPIC: 

Lets Talk About Sleep! Kristine Petterson, a Yoga Instructor, Doula and Pediatric Sleep Expert will be joining us to answer your sleep questions. For years she has been helping tired families get healthy sleep by creating plans to empower kids in a compassionate way. To learn more about Kristine's sleep story and philosophy join us on Monday, July 3rd or visit: kpettersonsleep.com.

AUGUST TOPIC: 

Learn about how herbs, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and essential oils can support family health and well-being with ViviAnne Fischer, Licensed Midwife and Dr. KO, Naturopathic Doctor.  We will spend time discussing each of these modalities so you feel better equipped using them safely and effectively.  Dr. KO will share her must have remedies for the natural family medicine cabinet!

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.

May 2 Flower Crowns

May 9  Mother's Day Project

May 16  Snack Kabobs 

May 23  Watercolor Painting

May 30 Visit to the Moscow Fire Station***

***Meet in the Co-op Cafe at 9 am so we can walk over together

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

May'S BOOK OF THE MONTH: 

Fed, White & Blue: One man eats his way to American citizenship

by Simon Majumdar  

Please join us to discuss this great book on Sunday, June 4 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Moscow Food Co-op       

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

Fed, White & Blue: One man eats his way to American citizenship 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.

We are excited to add an extra film in May this year!!! 

 

In partnership with the Palouse Prairie Charter School's 5th grade class, we invite the community to join us for a FREE community screening of SEED: The Untold Story on Monday, May 22. Doors open at 6:30pm with a special presentation from the students starting at 7pm at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main, Moscow, ID. 

Since February, the 5th graders of Palouse Prairie Charter School have been in the midst of an in-depth exploration of The 6th Mass Extinction. They began by studying biodiversity and its importance to both humans and the environment alike. Groups of 3-4 students studied a particular biome, becoming experts on the characteristics, the adaptations of the plants and animals, and specific threats to the biodiversity within them. Lastly, they explored hope. Students evaluated solutions to the threats in their biomes. They came to understand that it takes many different people coming together to make the world a better and healthier place for both humans and other animals. On May 22nd, these students will perform a short art and poetry piece to showcase their knowledge, inspire others, and give a voice to the endangered animals within the biomes they researched.  

Film Synopsis:

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Running Time: 94minutes


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.