—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Insects in this issue

The first article I ever wrote for this newsletter was about bees. That was fifteen years ago. Since then, I’ve developed an insect- friendly herb garden, become a bee keeper, written bee poetry, and now am turning my attention to the issues that threaten the survival of our pollinating insects.

In this issue, Margot Monson and Roxy Bergeron provide information and resources for you to insure that your home garden does no harm to beneficial insects and to address the wider issues of toxic pesticides and habitat loss. You can also buy insect-friendly seeds and plants at our co-op.

Annual patronage Letters

—by Roxy Bergeron

—by Naomi Jackson, Membership Coordinator

Are you turning 65 soon?

All HPC members receive a senior discount once they turn 65. Non-volunteering seniors receive a 15% discount. Volunteers may use their senior status as part of their volunteer credit.

Have you not been receiving co-op mailings?

We send out four mailings each year: our annual patronage letter, plant sale and annual meeting notices, and quarterly 10% discount coupons. If you haven’t received mailings recently, we may not have your current address.

Our food shelf volunteer, Deb Ahlborg, reports that in 2013 our co-op donated 1609 pounds of food and five bus passes to the Midway Food Shelf. That’s approximately 200 pounds more than last year. Thanks to everyone who made donations.

Co-op shoppers receive a 28% discount for anything they purchase for the food shelf. Leave your purchases with the cashier when you check out. Current food needs include: canned meats, soups and stews, rice, pasta, flour, sugar, and cooking oil.

Donations from your home cupboard are welcome as long as seals are intact and the product is not out of date.

—by Kari Simonson, building manager

As many of you probably know, there are a number of other tenants in the 928 Raymond Building besides the Hampden Park Co-op. Have you ever wondered who those tenants are and what they do? Here’s your chance to learn about the other occupants in our lovely turn-of-the-century building!

The following is an introduction to the four other tenants in their own words. All of their entrances are on the Hampden Avenue side of the building, either directly into their space, as in the case of Vienna Community Arts, or through the double doors under the archway that open to a shared staircase for second-floor tenants.

—by Emma Onawa

Sugar! Admit it, we all love it, even though it can wreak havoc on our bodies. Sugar sweetens our lives in many ways, but there’s an aspect to sugar that’s not so sweet. The U.S. agricultural policy on sugar is anachronistic and expensive, yet surprisingly resistant to reform.

The U.S. produces sugar from two primary sources: cane and beets. Cane and beet sugar are essentially indistinguishable. Sugar cane is produced primarily in four southern states, as well as Hawaii, with Florida the leader in sugar cane production. Beet sugar is grown in 11 states, with Minnesota the leader in production.

—by Roxy Bergeron

—by Nicole Infinity

After being volunteering members of the co-op for a couple of years now, we still find new foods in every section. Over the past year, we have made an increased effort to reduce our amount of recycling and garbage by buying fewer foods with packages. Also known as, bulk is fantastic.

Now, I am not talking about the Costco/Sam’s Club version of bulk with processed foods in packages within packages within packages. I am talking about the lovely corner in the co-op full of happiness and food to put into jars and other containers of your choosing.