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Hi, I'm Your Board

Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. …
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Join Us: Board Candidates Wanted

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By Your Board December 22, 2015
The Board of Directors is gearing up for the 2016 elections, which will take place March 20 - April 3, 2016. As a result, we’re putting out our annual call to interested owners to consider joining us in our work. Read more...
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5 Take-Aways from Co-op Film “To The Moon”

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By Your Board October 26, 2015
Did you get a chance to see the free documentary that was screened at the Avalon Theater on October 18th? To the Moon featured eighteen college students who came together to bicycle from California to Massachusetts to spread awareness about cooperatives, a business model they believe to be a solution to the volatile global economy. Read more...
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Sustainability: Local vs Organic

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By Your Board October 14, 2015
“Sustainability.” When most people hear this in a food context they think of fruits, vegetables, or animal products grown in a way that does the least amount of environmental harm to our planet. They think “organic.” Read more...
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Outpost Natural Foods: A Community Gem

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By Your Board October 6, 2015
I’m now four months into service as an Outpost Natural Foods board member. How’s that working out for you? The question I’m often asked never gets old. I embrace it as an opportunity to promote Outpost Natural Foods and all that we do. As a new board member, I am comfortable learning as well as offering feedback and sharing my experience in public relations and marketing. Read more...
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Food for Thought: Eating and Living for Brain Health

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By Your Board August 18, 2015
My goal is to live a longer and healthier life – and I’ve learned that real food is needed not only for body health but also to build and maintain my aging brain. Read more...
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The Golden Circle

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By Your Board July 31, 2015
Sinek’s thesis is that we (as people and corporations) are usually great at talking about “what” we do but not so good at connecting to the purpose of why we do what we do. Read more...
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The Co-op Story: Putting People and the Community First

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By Your Board July 13, 2015
Most of us know that Outpost is a cooperative but many do not know what that actually means. In short, co-ops use a business model that puts people and community before profit. To ensure this, we hold ourselves accountable through democratic principles. Read more...
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Comparing Apples to Apples: Do more grocery options mean better?

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By Your Board June 9, 2015
At Outpost we’ve been talking a lot about the large influx of new, national grocery stores set to open soon in the Milwaukee area. Most, if not all, of these stores will be touting organic or local produce and products, so we have reason to take heed of the increased competition. Read more...
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Annual Meeting Recap

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By Your Board March 31, 2015

Sunday, March 29 was a great gathering of Outpost owners at the Tripoli Shrine Center for our Annual Meeting.  There were 225 owners and guests present, which is fairly remarkable given, as you may remember, some really lousy weather.

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An Embarrassment of Riches

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By Your Board March 10, 2015

Our board application process closed at the beginning of February and we were overwhelmed with interested owners wanting to join the board! All told, we received twenty applications - more than we’ve had in years!

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This I believe

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By Your Board February 23, 2015

I share the Outpost belief that all people deserve to have access to healthy food. 16% of people in the US experienced food insecurity last year; Milwaukee ranks number 4 in poverty among large cities in the United States.

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Sugar. How Low Can You Go?

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By Your Board February 2, 2015

According to Dr. Oz, the average American consumes 150lbs of it a year! Twenty years ago it was about half that. Desserts and soda are obvious sources but other foods high in sugar include granola bars, most breakfast cereals, spaghetti sauce and yogurt. 

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How will you engage with Outpost in the new year?

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By Your Board January 16, 2015

A new year brings with it exciting opportunities for growth and change. As 2015 gets underway Outpost strives to set its goals around the premise of creating greater access to our products within the Outpost community. 

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Access: The other side of a fair food economy

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By Your Board January 2, 2015

Access – to healthy and affordable food - is another part of the food justice equation. Food cooperatives have long understood the critical importance of access.

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The Time is Right to Consider Running for The Board

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By Your Board December 16, 2014

The Board of Directors is gearing up for the 2015 elections, which will take place April 1-15. As a result, we’re putting out a call to interested owners to consider joining us in our work.

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Do you belong on the Outpost Board?

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By Your Board December 11, 2014

As I finish my first year on the Outpost board, and with an eye to encouraging others to run, I thought it was a good time to reflect on my experience as a board member. In doing so, I hope to illustrate the role of a board and the importance of having members that come from diverse backgrounds. 

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Building a fair food economy

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By Your Board November 20, 2014

As an owner and board member, it has been powerful to see first hand how Outpost strengthens our commitment to provide local, healthy and organic food to the community. 

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FED UP!! THE MOVIE

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By Your Board October 30, 2014

On Sunday, October 26, Outpost hosted the movie “Fed Up” at the Times Cinema. It was free and open to the community, and it packed a wallop. The turnout was excellent, and the movie even better.

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Are you Fed Up?

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By Your Board October 16, 2014

As a college teacher in Early Childhood Education, my basic goal is to build better brains for babies. As a mom, grandmother, and teacher of young children, I often sing: “Sweet Stuff, You’ve Got Enough…You Don’t Need Any Sugar, Sugar!” I’ve been inspired by the movie FED UP.

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What's Really in a Food Desert?

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By Your Board October 2, 2014

Early in September, I had the pleasure of presenting the closing keynote at the National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs conference that took place at the Hilton City Center Hotel in Milwaukee. The morning keynote was given by Young Kim, the executive director of Fondy Food Center and Outpost Owner of the year in 2013.

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