September 2017 Newsletter

 

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Catching You Up on Co-Op News

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After a few quieter summer months, things are back in swing. The store is back to regular shopping hours on the weekdays: 3pm to 9pm. So come on in and stock up!
Don’t forget! Our annual elections for the Board of Directors are coming up this month on Wednesday, September 27. You can nominate yourself or another superstar to join the board. More details below.
Our plans for relocating the store are on pause. As member-owners we can take advantage of this opportunity to make our co-op even stronger and ensure we’re on the best possible footing if and when we need to relocate in the future.
The Membership and Outreach Committees are seeking new leaders and members. These are great opportunities to get to know other member-owners and build awareness of the Co-op in the community. And they’re a fun way to fulfill your work-shift requirement!
Learn more about an awesome Co-op staple, Zoe organic olive oil, in our Product Spotlight. And try out this recipe for delicious kale and chickpea empanadas, perfect for an anytime snack or meal.
In this month’s Co-op Q&A, meet member-owners Jamie Burkart and Julie Fredenberg. They’re fighting for your right to dance in NYC!
And speaking of fighting for your rights: check out the Social Justice Spotlight for two events being organized by Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE). The first, on September 21, is a rally to protect public housing. The second, on September 23, is a Renters Assembly bringing together residents from across the city to brainstorm about how to build a more powerful housing movement.
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Return to Regular Shopping Hours

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As the summer comes to an end, the Co-op is back to regular shopping hours. What does that mean? It means we’re open longer on weekdays. Our weekend hours remain the same. As a reminder, that’s:
Monday through Friday from 3pm to 9pmSaturday & Sunday from 10am to 6pm

So come on in and load up on the bounty of the season. We’ve got lots of beautiful produce in the store along with your usual favorite staples and goodies.

Call for Nominations: Board of Directors
If you missed your chance to get on Board, never fear! Our yearly Board of Directors election is right around the corner at our annual meeting on Wednesday, September 27. Someone with a background in finance/management would be especially useful. On our wish list is someone who has had board or governance or facilitation or cooperative organization experience.
You can go here for more info on the board and its responsibilities.
To nominate yourself or another member, please email [email protected]. And remember to mark your calendar for the annual meeting on September 27, 7 pm to 9 pm.
Update on Relocation and Future Plans
As noted in the Board’s August 23 email to members, we have paused our relocation plans and will continue to operate from our current store location. Our continued tenancy at 18 Putnam Avenue gives us the opportunity to strengthen our many assets, which will put us on the best possible footing once we find a new location, or are able to make concrete plans to partner with other co-ops. We are among a very small group of 100% working member-owned food coops in the country, and we can all pitch in to strengthen our core business.
Relocation is still a strong possibility that we need to be prepared for, and we remain open to finding a new home within our current neighborhood. You can still help us scout out potential locations. Member-owners can use the script in our relocation folder to contact commercial property owners on the Co-op’s behalf to collect key details about potential nearby locations.

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Please note: Since, due to space limitations in our area, it only makes sense to search east of our current location in Bed-Stuy or Crown Heights, with thorough collaboration with local community organizers and institutions like the Central Brooklyn Food Coop.
Membership Committee Support Needed
There are new openings on the Membership Committee! This is a fun way to get to know new members and to help orient them to the Co-op! First and most important, we’re seeking a new Membership Committee Chair. This position requires an organized, dedicated person who is willing to play a project manager-type role: helping ensure that committee members are on top of recurring administrative tasks, and starting new initiatives to improve or change the membership processes. Someone with an outgoing personality and some tech-savvy to learn the various systems we use to track membership data would thrive in this role.
We are also seeking reliable new committee members to help with administrative tasks and/or conducting monthly new member orientations. The administrative tasks include adding new member information to our systems, answering emails, sending new member welcome emails, special projects and more! It’s a great way to earn work shift credits from home.
Outreach Committee Seeking New Leadership
This is a great opportunity to get involved with the community by creating awareness of the Co-op! The Outreach Committee is seeking a new chair or chairs to lead outreach initiatives such as organizing quarterly open houses for non-members, organizing a team for tabling and canvassing, and collaborating with local organizations and businesses. Click here to learn more about the goals of the Outreach Committee.
Ideal candidates would have some experience organizing events and a passion for connecting with the community and fostering relationships. Some administration/communications skills (email, Google docs, etc.), and the ability to collaborate with other Committees on specific projects are necessary. If you’re interested, please contact Jill Hoffman at [email protected] for more information.
Product Spotlight: Zoe Olive Oil

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As someone who cooks almost every day of the week, running out of olive oil is one of my least favorite things. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen as often as is used to, now that I’ve become a regular purchaser of the three-liter tin of Zoe Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
It’s $37.99 on Amazon, but at the Co-op, you’ll find it for just $24.95! It’s a great deal, and it’s a must-have for any well-stocked kitchen.
The olive oil is a first cold press, which means that the olives are crushed and not treated with heat or chemicals. In addition to this olive oil being of superb taste and quality, it’s also non-GMO project verified.
This light-bodied olive oil is made from olives of the Cornicabra olive grove in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, as well as Picual and Hojiblanca Spanish olive varieties. According to their website, it’s characterized with hints of artichoke heart, fresh basil, pepper and butter. Awarded the “best taste” and “fruitiest oil” by the New York Times in 1997, it’s just as delicious today.

Kale and Chickpea Empanadas
Recipe by Molly Neuman

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Empanadas are such a delightful treat. There are infinite combinations you can make — sweet, savory, vegan, meaty. And since they can be eaten at room temp, they’re great for picnics, parties or school snacks. This version has a vegan filling but there’s butter in the crust. You can substitute the butter for any vegan fat you’d like. If you want to make them prettier, you can brush a quick egg wash on the dough before baking. Enjoy!
Recipe makes about 5 medium or 10 small empanadas.
Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 T all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • ½ t salt
  • 8 T (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into about 8 pieces
  • 3 T ice water, plus more if necessary
To Make the Dough:
Combine the flour and salt in a food processor and pulse once or twice. Add the butter and turn on the machine; process until the butter and flour are blended and the mixture looks like cornmeal, about 10 seconds. Put the mixture in a bowl and add the ice water. Mix with your hands until you can form the dough into a ball. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and either freeze for 10 minutes or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Sprinkle a clean countertop with flour. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough, using light pressure and rolling from the center out until the dough is about ⅛ inch thick. When the dough is rolled flat, use a measuring cup or small plate to trace circles and cut out dough for folding later. Set aside on baking sheet and refrigerate
Filling Ingredients:
  • 2 shallots peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • ½ can (14 oz.) light coconut milk
  • 2 cups chopped cooked kale
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 1 ¼ t curry powder
  • 1 t salt
  • ¼  t cracked black pepper
To make the filling:
In a medium saucepan, combine the  shallots, garlic, coconut milk and curry powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Add kale and chickpeas and cook for two to four minutes. Pour off any remaining liquid you may have. Then lightly mash the mixture with a fork. Fold in the remaining ingredients. Set aside.
Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.
Once the filling has cooled, begin to assemble the empanadas. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of filling per dough circle, depending on the size of your circle. Fold each circle over the filling and seal by pressing the edges with a fork.
Bake the empanadas for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and serve, hot, warm or room temperature.
The Co-op Q&A With Jamie Burkart and Julie Fredenberg
Julie and Jamie host Sunday night dinners every week in their Brooklyn apartment, that are open to the community. They also post a list of community events at www.wowlist.org. Currently, they’re working to repeal the Cabaret Law and legalize dancing in NYC!

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Q: When did you join Greene Hill and what were some of your reasons for joining?A: Jamie: We joined two to three years ago when our friend Marissa Neroutsos took us to the Co-op after we all had breakfast one morning. We became trial members that day, and we’ve been loving it ever since!

Q: What are your roles in the Co-op?A: Julia: I work on the floor and Jamie works as a cashier.

Q: What are you working on outside of the Co-op?A: Julia: Right now, we’re working as part of the NYC Artists Coalition (NYCAC). The coalition advocates for community-driven places like small music venues or the Co-op. We’re currently working to repeal the Cabaret Law which was a 1926 prohibition law that prohibits dancing without a licence. It was originally created to stop interracial dancing, and now it’s inforced in a discriminatory way against spaces that serve people of color.

Jamie: In general, the NYCAC is fighting for preserving community spaces. Increasingly, it feels like the city is only for ultra-elite. What makes NYC such a great place is its people, who meet in all sorts of diverse spaces.
For example, if somebody at the Co-op is playing great music on their shift, and it gets people dancing, we would need to have a cabaret licence. Sadly, dancing is illegal in NYC without it. They pick and choose who gets cracked down for dancing in a way that since the 1920’s has been used against communities of color and LGBTQ people. It’s still used today, often as a trojan horse to get into community spaces, making it difficult for people who have vulnerable statuses to have safe places to socialize. That’s why we’re fighting to legalize dance.
On September 28, we invite you to join us at our town hall meeting, where we’ll be in dialogue with the mayor’s new Office of Nightlife. We need to make sure they serve the kinds of cultures that live in NYC, and not just the tourist and developer-minded projects that serve the one-percent.
Q: What is your vision for community-centered spaces like the Co-op in NYC?A: Julia: I want to see, at a base level, community-centered spaces grow and thrive. I think right now, it’s especially challenging because of the affordability crisis. I want these spaces to remain vital parts of the ecosystem of New York.

Jamie: It’s harder and harder in NYC to have an environment that fosters the kind of community spaces like the Co-op. I think that the Greene Hill is a model community-place in NYC, and I want to see places like our thrive. It’s a great opportunity also to be closer to other people in a meaningful way, where we support each other’s’ lives through food.
Q: How can Co-op members get involved?A: You can become a member of the NYCAC. It’s easy! Just head to http://nycartc.com/ and list your name as a supporter. You’ll get a monthly email and notification about our upcoming town hall as the details emerge.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Also, if there are spaces you know of which are seeking support, reach out to us! It can be daunting go it alone, but our artist-driven group facilitates mutual aid and advocacy for community spaces in NYC.

Social Justice Spotlight: Protecting Affordable Housing in NYC

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Below are two events that Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is co-organizing. They are in need of volunteers for both events — to help with childcare, food set-up, welcome table, etc. To learn more or to offer your help, contact Shatia Strother, Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or (646) 678-2546.Text below provided by FUREE.

PROTECT PUBLIC HOUSING RALLYWhen: Thursday, September 21, from 1pm to 3pm

Where: NYCHA Headquarters at 250 Broadway (between Murray St. & Park Place), Manhattan

Public housing stands as a jarring testament to the severe inequality of housing conditions and is the last stronghold of truly affordable housing for our low-income neighbors. They’ve survived decades of under funding, abandonment by all levels of government, and rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods that surround them.

We rally to protect what remains of our public assets, stand ready to fight for our most vulnerable residents, and demand that public assets be in public control with sufficient funding from government to see them THRIVE!

We will be gathering in front of 250 Broadway starting at 12:30 pm and will begin promptly at 1 pm.

CITYWIDE RENTERS ASSEMBLY

When: Saturday, September 23, from 12pm to 6pm

Where: St. Francis College at 180 Remsen St. (between Court St. & Clinton St.), Brooklyn

What does a powerful “Renter Nation” look like? What does it take to win equality, justice & housing for all, and how do we get there together in unity? All of these questions and more will be examined and discussed as we bring the residents of NYC together, to build relationships and unite our efforts towards the changes we all want and deserve!

This Renters Assembly will be a place for folks to share and gather information, network with other communities facing similar struggles, and brainstorm about how to push the housing movement forward and more united!

From 12pm to 6pm on Saturday, September 23, FUREE and other housing organizing allies will be hosting this citywide Renters Assembly, as a way to bring residents from across the city together, in order to build towards a more powerful housing movement that can win guaranteed low-income and affordable homes for all!

Help Wanted
All members work a 2½ hour shift every 4 weeks. It’s part of being a member/owner. Here are some opportunities to earn work credit.
Governance Committee Seeks New MembersFeel strongly about the sustainability of this community? Interested in the how and why of organizations? Have any experience developing resilient groups? The Governance Committee in looking for new members with interest and experience in any of the above. We run the Co-op’s elections, advise the Board of Directors on the by-laws, and work in the interest of fairness and transparency for all Co-op members. Upcoming projects include the Fall elections for the Board and re-working our bylaws to better suit this growing cooperative of member-owners. Anyone interested is encouraged to get in touch: [email protected].

HR Committee seeking member(s)The Coop is looking for a member or members to join HR.  Duties include: Payroll process 1x/month, W-2 filing, Coordinator support (e.g. 1:1 availability to discuss workplace concerns, evaluations & work planning).  Preferred qualifications: HR experience & a strong analysis of systems of oppression.

Please email [email protected] with a few sentences about why you’re interested in the role & what experience/skills you would bring to it!

PHP/LAMP Stack Developer Needed for IT CommitteeThe IT Committee is looking for help with the Co-op’s public-facing website (www.greenehillfood.coop) as well as our internal systems, including our CRM and Shift Planning. If you have skills with PHP, Drupal, MySQL and CRMs (we use CiviCRM), then we could use your expertise. This work can be done remotely and is critical to ongoing success of our co-op. For further information, email Chad Donnick at [email protected].

Finance Committee Members Needed!If you have an interest in being involved in the day-to-day financial operations or finance strategy for the Co-op, please email [email protected]. Experience preparing cash flow statements and updating Quickbooks would be great.

Finance Office Assistant Shifts AvailableInterested in doing some office work at the store? Your role would focus on handling invoices and entering data into our accounting software. You’ll get all the training and guidance you need, while working at a dedicated Finance desk and computer, and you’d be helping the Co-op produce financial statements on a regular basis. You can set your own hours! Please email [email protected] if you’d like to join us.

Inventory Committee Members Needed!The Inventory Committee links Merchandising and Finance, and has a foot in both worlds. This particular role involves becoming an expert in Revel systems.The data in Revel feeds into our financial reporting to help us keep the business sound, and provides important information and analysis to the Merchandising Committee when they make decisions about what to buy for our store. It also supports cashiers so that everything scans correctly at the point of sale.

The key to all of this is excellent data integrity—and we need a few more experts! The weekly receiving and counting tasks require a shift in the store, but it’s not a set time, so it’s also great if you need something slightly more flexible! This role requires sitting at the computer and is very detail oriented.

Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

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Check out picture and little shopper photo by Casey Zhang, store pic by Kelsy Chauvin, Zoe Olive Oil photo from the company’s Facebook page, photo of Jamie Burkart and Julie Fredenberg courtesy of them, Photo of member of Right to the City National Alliance provided by FUREE.​
The Greene Hill Food Co-op Newsletter is edited and published by (in alphabetical order) Carola Burroughs, Sonia Garbes Putzel, DK Holland, Alexandra (Aly) Miller, Molly Neuman, Shannon Sodano Heffernan, Alejandro Varela, and Gitta Zomorodi. Contact us with any feedback, suggestions, or requests at [email protected].
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