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Fruit of the Month

Last July, we started a Co-op Kids Club Fruit of the Month program. This program is a huge hit, and we are so excited to share the successes of the first year with you. 

In one year, we've given out 7,576 pieces of fruit. That's over 1,500 pounds of organic fruit, and over 600 pieces every month!

And we're not just handing out bananas. I mean, we like bananas a LOT, but we wanted to make the program a little more exciting than just a banana over and over again. We've featured everything from kiwi fruit to dried dates to local peaches in the height of the season. Each month is a new fruit, so your kids will try all kinds of new things!

Not in the club yet? Next time you're in the store, pick up your free Co-op Kids punch card at the Customer Service desk. Every month, there is a new delicious, seasonal fruit to try. 

And the best part? We've heard from lots of parents that their kiddos are now eating fruit that their parents couldn't get them to try at home. We can't argue with that. Happy parents, and excited kids eating more fruit. It's a win-win!

Purple Sage Farms: Volunteers Wanted

This year's winter was harsh for everyone, but for our partner Purple Sage Farms the extreme weather resulted in the destruction of nearly half of their greenhouses. 

Afterwards, the community came together and raised over $25,000 to assist with the repairs. Now, each Saturday in March from 10 am to 1 pm, volunteers are meeting at the farm to help repair the damage. Thanks to Boise Farmers Market for taking the initiative to organize and host these volunteer opportunities. 

If you'd like to join in, get the details from Purple Sage below, then head to their Facebook page and register for one of the days (or all three). Also, special thanks to Acme Bakeshop for stepping up to coordinate sack lunches for the volunteers along with a plethora of other local businesses.

From Purple Sage:

Thanks to all of you who've been so generous in offering time to help rebuild the greenhouses and get us up and running again. We're dedicating March to disaster cleanup and rebuilding, in hopes that the snow will have cleared and we can get some big projects done before the Boise Farmers Market starts up again in April. 

So, every Saturday in March, we're organizing re-building projects on the weekends and we'd love to have you by our side to raise the hoops.

What to bring:

  • Dress weather appropriate and ready to possibly get dirty
  • Boots encouraged
  • Work gloves
  • Box cutters
  • A sack lunch
  • Water bottle

Can we feed the world? An Evening with Joel Salatin

Join us for an evening with Joel Salatin! We are so excited to welcome Joel Salatin back to Boise. He is a world-renowned farmer and speaker, and we couldn't be more pleased to have him speak at BSU. 

The self-described "lunatic farmer" is coming back to Boise! Joel's talk will focus on dispelling the myth that organic and sustainable agriculture cannot feed the world. 

NOTE: Due to the anticipated popularity of the event, tickets are required for entry.

Thank to our sponsors: Boise Co-op, Boise Farmers Market, Control Sentries, Equilibrium at Boise State, Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture, McIntyre Pastures, Peaceful Belly Farms, The BSU Sustainability Club.

*Free event parking is available at the Lincoln Garage.

Photo credit: By nick v from Washington dDC(Joel Salatin) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons