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People's Grain Co-op

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The People's Grain Co-op, "the natural foods store that doesn't charge your eyeteeth for organic foods. " This is how one co-op member described the store on her first visit. Since people in the community dónate their time to keep the store in operation and we buy directly from the farmers when ever possible, our prices can reflect this difference from other stores which are set up as money-making enterprises. The lower prices are just the most obvious aspect of a successful co-operative. A successful co-operative can't be measured in continued on page 3 J PEOPLE'S GRAIN CO-OP continued from page 2 financial terms or profit, but by the growth of an independent community which provides for its own basic needs. Restructuring or eliminating existing businesses which control and limit access to necessities such as our food requires self-determination on the community level. This self-determination is witnessed in the Ann Arbor Food Co-op which provides fresh produce at approximately 13 the retail cost and the Peoples' Food Co-op which sells whole foods that don 't need refrigeration. Our lack of space at 215 State Street stops us from working mare closely with the produce co-op. We presently are looking for a new location but haven't yet found a place within our budget. Having been in existence some six months now, we have a membership of over 550 people. We're open Monday through Saturday 10 AM until 6 PM. A fifty-cent lifetime membership fee, which helps pay rent, is required to buy from the store. Prices are arrived at by adding 5L a pound above wholesale except our most expensive items which are 10L above wholesale. This money is put back into the co-op in order to expand the stock. Meetings are held every second weekocation and dates are posted at the store. This provides the opportunity for people to make suggestions about possible improvements in the operation of the co-operative and decisions can then be made by the group. The '61 Ford station-wagon which has been our delivery truck is soon leaving Ann Arbor and people who can provide transportation will be needed. Some of the volunteer workers at the store will be leaving this fall also. Anyone who wishes to help in any way or is interested in learning more should contact David or Bill at 662-7659 bef ore the end of August or Tina at 769-1511 or make it to our next meeting Tuesday, August lOth. We are also anxious to hear from people who want to set up nonprofit cooperatives in other cities and we'll try to help in whatever way we can. The list below is the items we carry but due to our limited space & funds we often don't have all of them all the time. Whole Wheat Flour 15?lb. Bolted Wheat Flour (unbleached pastry flour) 15Llb. Cracked Wheat 12f lb. Whole Grain Wheat 12?lb. Corn M'ial 18?lb. Buckwheat Flour 19Llb. Soybeans 13?lb. Split Peas 25?lb. Unroasted Peanuts ,37?lb. Roasted Peanuts 39?lb. Short Grain Rice (fertilized but no pesticides or weedicides.31?lb. Long Grain Rice (nitrogenous fertilizer used) 21?lb. Sunflower Seeds (hulled) 52?lb. Cashews $1. 15lb. Crunchy Peanutbutter (pure peanuts, nothing added). . . . 50?lb. Smooth Peanutbutter 48?Ab. Tamari (soy sauce) 65?pt. Raw Honey 31?lb. Molasses, 30 fl. oz 60? (10 f deposit on bottle) Sesame Seeds 50?lb. Rolled Oats, Wheat, Rye or Corn. 21? lb. Garbanzo 24?lb. Green split peas 14?lb. Navy Beans 18?lb. Lentils (Green whole) 16?lb. Pinto Beans 18?lb. Corn Germ OU $l05qt. Sesame Seed Oil $1 58qt. Mung Beans 47?lb. Sea Salt 26?lb.