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PRESS RELEASE — From September 22 through October 3, 2013,  Prairie Roots Food Co-op will celebrate the launch of their online market Prairie Roots Food Co-op Volunteerswith a Grand Opening by extending access to this online market to the public for two weeks.  Co-op Membership Coordinator Kaye Kirsch says, “This is a great opportunity to try out our online market before you become a co-op member.  It’s an easy way to buy natural, organic and local food from a variety of local farmers from the convenience of your own home.”

Prairie Roots Food Cooperative has opened this online marketplace in concert with their mission to build a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic and locally produced food.  This summer the market had a soft launch for all co-op members.  The market is now open every week and provides a variety of fresh local produce, grains, bread, honey, meat, soap and much more.

Each week local producers list items for sale on their website, www.localfoodsmarketplace.com/prairieroots. Members can log on and shop at their convenience from Sunday through Wednesday and then pick up their natural, organic and local food, produce and other items on Thursday evening from 5-7 PM at Gethsemane Cathedral in south Fargo.

The Honey B Soap CompanyCo-op members are finding Prairie Roots Online a convenient and easy way to access local food.  Co-op member Beth Bradley said “I picked up my first food order from Prairie Roots Food Co-op’s virtual market and everything was delicious!  It’s such a convenient way to buy locally grown organic food from several farmers all from one convenient pick up place.”

They plan to continue to add producers. This is a first step toward opening a full-line retail grocery store in the metro area which will also be open to the public.

Prairie Roots Food Co-op is member owned and is now recruiting new Doubting Thomas Farmsmembers in order to build a broad base of community support prior to store opening.  A lifetime membership is $300 per household with a variety of payment plans starting at $25 every six months.  More information, including an online membership application, is available at their website: www.prairie-roots.coop.

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Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food.  The future food co-op will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public.  Prairie Roots seeks to provide educational opportunities to members of our community and support producers who utilize sustainable and socially responsible production methods.

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If you’re interested in the state of food in our area then you’re aware of the Prairie Roots Food Cooperative. The dream of a co-op in our area is on its way to becoming a reality. To raise awareness and to, hopefully, recruit new members (hint, hint) they have announced an art contest (information below). Yours truly will be entering and to warn anyone else who might be thinking about it, my daughters have told me I’m sure to win… ha!

“When the root is strong the fruit is sweet.” ~Bob Marley

The “Beautiful Food Art Contest” is your chance to show what beautiful food means to you. Does it mean the crops just coming up out of the ground; a farmer caring for livestock; a garden’s bountiful harvest; or the full spread at Thanksgiving? Maybe your art is a display for bread in the shape of a grain elevator, or maybe a wooden honeycomb used to display locally grown honey? Don’t be afraid to think outside the breadbox with this art contest.

The contest is open to ages 18 on up and the categories include both 2D and 3D art. The official entry form is at website www.prairie-roots.coop and should be returned to prairierrootsart@gmail.com by midnight, April 1st, 2013.

The exhibit at Moorhead Center Mall (in Moorhead, Minnesota) will feature the art display April 17th through the 21st ending with an open to the public Celebratory Event with refreshments and announcement of the winners at 3:00 PM.

The People’s choice 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive respectively, a membership to the Prairie Roots Food Coop, value worth $300; two (2) tickets for the Local Foods Mystery Tour on Saturday, April 27, 2013, value worth $98; and one (1) ticket for the Local Foods Mystery Tour, value worth $49.

You don’t have to be a member of Prairie Roots Food Cooperative, but interested potential members should go to www.prairie-roots.coop to learn more about the contest or to become a new member.

UPDATE:

I DID win!

Winner!

What a surprise!

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The girls and I had a fun field trip this week to the Plains Art Museum. This was our first time visiting the museum and we were so impressed with the space, the exhibits, Cafe Muse and the many knowledgeable staff members.

Our main reason for the visit was to see The Birdhouse Project. Awesome.

Architects sometimes move outside of designing buildings to design objects that meet other needs. During the display of The Birdhouse Project at the Museum from March 4 through 10, architectural students will showcase the design needs of a completely different flock.

Second-year architecture students at NDSU research and interpret the design theory and methodology of a specific Pritzker award-winning architect. Simultaneously, they research the dwelling requirements of their “client” – a particular bird, owl or bat that dwells in a house and is specific to this region. Students then translate the Pritzker architect’s philosophy into the design and construction of an inhabitable house for their chosen bird.

Competition requirements include the creation of a useable house as well as a graphic component with information on the Pritzker Architect and the specific bird/bat/owl.

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by Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP: Become familar with your local recycling policies and prepare your recycling accordingly.

As a recent transplant to the Fargo Moorhead area, I was surprised to discovered that nobody in our area recycles paperboard/boxboard (cereal boxes) so I decided I needed to take a look at what we can recycle.

City of Fargo offers free curbside recycling for residents along with 27 drop-off locations throughout Fargo for the collection of recyclables. Twelve of the sites have containers for all recyclables, including yard waste. accept aluminum cans and tin/metal cans. They cannot accept scrap metal, nails, tin foil, aerosol cans (if empty, throw out) or paint cans.

Cans, glass and plastic

They accept clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars. Blue glass containers can be placed with green glass. Labels do not need to be removed, however, please remove caps. We cannot accept ceramics, window glass, Pyrex, or standard light bulbs (fluorescent bulbs should be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste facility.)

They accept plastic bottles with a neck that have the #1 or #2 recycling symbol. Please empty, rinse and remove caps and rings before recycling. We cannot accept plastic containers #3 or higher, plastic bags, motor oil containers or vegetable oil bottles.

Corrugated cardboard

They accept corrugated cardboard boxes (with the wavy edge) and brown paper bags. Examples include mailing/shipping boxes, clean pizza box tops and some beverage boxes (most are not corrugated so check to be sure!).

They cannot accept used pizza boxes, wax-coated cardboard, soda cases, or boxboard (non-corrugated boxes such as cereal, shoe, and cigarette-type boxes).

Magazines and newspapers

They accept magazines and small catalogs with glossy pages.

They cannot accept catalogs with glued bindings, such as those from department stores or phone books (these are recycled in a special, short-term collection held each year).

They accept newspapers and shoppers (i.e. the Midweek) including their glossy inserts.

Source: City of Fargo

Shampoo/conditioner bottle caps

Aveda has a bottle cap recycling program. Bring your hard plastic caps to Aveda and they will use it to make new ones.

Plastic bags

We talked about plastic bags last week, Green Tip – Bring Your Own Bag. If you happen to find yourself with one, you can recycle it at most area grocery stores. Hornbacher’s, for example, has a plastic bag recycling bin as you enter the grocery store.

Getting back to those cereal boxes. I was initially frustrated that our area doesn’t recycle them but now I’m looking at it as an opportunity to reduce more waste. I’m going to buy bulk ingredients (in my own containers) and make my own granola.

Reducing our waste before it becomes recycling or landfill, is a goal we all work towards. What are some ways you reduce your waste?

My Green Side’s weekly web pick:

Valley Earth Week
Valley Earth Week is a committee made up of area citizens, members of non-profit organizations, businesses and agencies, the cities, community utilities and transit systems that aims to provide a gateway for companies and organizations to teach the Red River Valley about ways to live, work and play green.

Upcoming Event:

2010 Green Expo
Downtown Fargo Civic Center
Saturday, March 20, 2010 9:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:00 – 4:00 pm

The Valley Earth Week Green Expo is a great opportunity to learn about resources, services, and products that promote healthier, more ecologically sound lifestyles as well as educate attendees about the environmental impacts of consumer actions and choices currently in widespread use.

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.

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