—by Naomi Jackson, HPC Staff

Enhance your problem-solving skills! Strengthen your ability to complete difficult tasks! Increase your will power! All this and more when you decide it’s time to get rid of that pernicious pest, quack grass.

The many names of Quack Grass

Latin: Elytrigia repens, Agropyron repens, Triticum repens, Elymus repens

Also known as: quitch, couch-grass, witch grass, dog grass, wheat grass, Scotch quelch, chandler's grass, devil's grass, quake grass, quickgrass, scutch, twitch, cough grass, and Dutch grass.

—by Dan Hernández and Bonnie Keeler, HPC Members

Perhaps the most important consideration in planning a camping trip is the food. Here we give a few of our favorite camping meals (all with food you can buy at HPC!)

—by Heidi Goar, HPC Member

Dear Statistically Determined Reader,

You, yes you, the regular reader of the radical left-wing tract HPC Newsletter, will, I trust, not be particularly shocked to find out that some pharmaceuticals are being found to have some absolutely horrifying side effects that are being virtually publicly ignored by the AMA. And, while we may be becoming bizarrely immune to these stories, you should still find the details really quite disturbing.

That's right, "the man" is at it again. In this case, we are offered a couple of different drug types that are designed to alleviate a condition that is, in many cases, brought on by consuming some types of foods that "the man" pushes on us, i.e. processed, fatty foods.

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

What wonderful weather we had for Mayfest! Many thanks to all the hard-working volunteers, and especially to those who stayed late to help put things away.

Summer is upon us, a time when everyone’s schedule changes (and usually gets busier!). You can make sure you get a volunteer shift that fits your schedule by dedicating yourself to a specific shift each month. You choose the shift you want, and you will automatically be signed up for that shift each month. Leave a note in the membership coordinator envelope (near the volunteer calendars) if you’d like to do this.

—A Book Review by Katie Dahl, HPC Member

Are you more likely to choose a vegetable labeled “certified organic” or “locally grown"? Would you pay a little extra for grass-fed beef? Would you risk eating a mushroom from the wild or play it safe in favor of a mushroom from the produce aisle? If you expect Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, to tell you how you should answer these questions, you’ll surely be disappointed. But if you’re looking for an author who addresses the omnivore’s dilemma with a critical yet honest eye, the book is well worth the read.

—by Dan Hernández, HPC Member

Composting is a great way to supply your garden or house plants with nutrientrich soil and reduce your organic food waste. However, if you live in an apartment or want to compost during the winter here in Minnesota, your options are often limited. Vermicomposting, composting using worms, is a great way to compost your organic waste that takes up little space and, because you can do it indoors, provides a year-round option in cold climates. Vermicomposting is also fun and easy to maintain—good worm bins are odorand insect-free even with thousands of worms in them!

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

This is an exciting time for our co-op, as we experience a growth spurt. It’s also a challenging time, as staff decides how best to handle this new growth. One of the effects of this growth is that current volunteers are finding that the shift they usually sign up for is already filled, while hopeful volunteers are waiting patiently for a chance to go through orientation.

Here are the changes that we’ve made that will affect you as a volunteer. Some are temporary, intended to slow down the influx of volunteers for a short period of time. Other changes are aimed at streamlining and expanding the role of volunteers in our day-to-day operations.

—by Katharine Holden, HPC Member

Hampden Park Co-op is packed with products you may not have tried before. Here's one:

These tiny bottles of distilled flower water made in France have several uses. A drop or two will add aroma to cocktails such as the gin fizz. Or dab it around the rim of iced tea glasses just before you serve. Recipes for elegant tea cookies call for orange flower water, as does the recipe for authentic French chocolate mousse. For a subtle and affordable perfume, dab rose flower water on the pressure points of your neck and between your breasts. To use as a skin tonic, fill a spray bottle with mineral water and two dashes of flower water.