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Posts by Erica Rose

2019 Election Results

The election results are in! Wheatsville has two new Directors and two returning incumbent Directors. We’ve also chosen eleven non-profit organizations to benefit from our Community Action program. Thanks to all of our Owners who voted and congratulations to all four of our election winners: Melissa Sledge, Megan McDonald, Rose Marie Klee, and Brandon Hines. New board members will be seated at the January board meeting, Tuesday, January 29 at 3101 Guadalupe.

As with any properly functioning democracy, elections are a required and critical part of the process. Most co-ops today are guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles laid out by International Cooperatives Alliance, the basic statement of which were set out by the Rochdale Pioneers in the mid-1800s. The second cooperative principle, and arguably the defining characteristic of a cooperative, is Democratic Member Control requiring cooperatives to be “democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.” For Wheatsville, this means that we depend on those Owners who are willing to give the time and energy to participate in this important way.

897 owners voted this year. There are now over 23,000 Wheatsville owners and we know we can do better! Remember, as an owner, you have a voice and every year we need to hear from you when it’s time to choose the owners you want to lead Wheatsville!

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Hey Moms & Dads! Fun for your Kids—Co+op Explorers!


Kids ages 12 and under are invited to become a Wheatsville Food Co+op Explorer and be eligible to receive a free piece of fruit per visit! To become a card-carrying Co+op Explorer, kids simply need to bring a parent or supervising adult to the Hospitality Desk and ask to become a Co+op Explorer. Each child will be issued their very own super official Co+op Explorers membership card, sticker and temporary tattoo.

Once kids are signed up, here’s how it works:

  1. Kids and parents stop by the Hospitality Desk, where we keep the designated Co+op Explorers fruit basket. Each child is eligible to take one piece of fruit and enjoy eating it while shopping.
  2. Once your kiddo has selected a piece of fruit, take a sticker and have them wear it to show off their Co+op Explorer pride!
  3. What should you do with the peels or core? Peels can be thrown away in any of our compost bins. If you don’t see a bin, just ask a staff person.

That’s all there is to it! If you have questions, please ask a staff member.

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Community Action Group for January: Sustainable Food Center

Sustainable Food Center is proud to be the beneficiary of Wheatsville’s monthly giving for January. For those unfamiliar with our work, our mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Beyond a shared commitment to a just and sustainable food system, it’s the people behind our organizations that make the local food movement in Austin special. In fact, many on staff at SFC are Wheatsville members. Hear from them about why they are proud to be a part of the co-op!

I joined the co-op about two years ago when I realized that I was hanging out at Wheatsville probably four or five times a week! I was sucked in by the great local produce, the friendly staff and the sense of community. So happy I found them and that they are my grocery store of choice J.
—Sara Law, Food Access Manager

I love seeing products sourced from local farmers and ranchers who I know!
— Joy Casnovsky, Deputy Director

I’ve been a Wheatsville member for so many years I’ve lost count. In addition to being a nearly daily stop on my way home from work, Wheatsville was instrumental in helping me start NadaMoo!, the coconut milk ice cream I created in 2004. Wheatsville was one of my first retailers and an ingredient supplier in my start up years. Simply put, they are the real deal when it comes to supporting the community and local food businesses. I love you, Wheatsville!
—Amy Rodman, Business Development Manager 

I love being able to depend on finding locally-sourced and organic produce at Wheatsville. It’s great to be able to support an Austin coop and local farmers at the same time!
—Sari Albornoz, Grow Local Program Director

Becoming a member of the co-op was one of the first things I did when I moved to Austin a little over a year ago. As a big supporter of local food, I love seeing the amount of variety from local farms and small producers at Wheatsville.
—Lucinda Ugarte, Grow Local Education Coordinator

I am proud to be a member of Wheatsville Co-op because Wheatsville champions health, well-being and community for a stronger Austin.  Thank you, Wheatsville!
— Barrie Cullinan, Finance Coordinator

There is a unique joy that is felt in spaces that are truly community-centered. Wheatsville was one of the first places I ever visited in Austin and I could feel that warmth immediately. Shopping here is a perfect complement to the bounty I can find at SFC Farmers’ Markets. Thank you!!! 
—Simone Benz, Food Access Projects Manager

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