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The Kids Corner features instructions to make a “pine cone critter feeder� by Sam Sonnier and the child-friendly “Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds� recipe, as well as some ideas for “planting seeds of kindness.� Melanie Pores gives us her recipe for “Maple Seed & Nut Granola“ and Sharon Bruce shares some helpful hints for “seeding change� by way of our annual New Year’s resolutions.


Cheers! Be glad and do good deeds, and also raise a toast to Seeds!

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In this issue, Pat Sahr conducts producer profiles with Kurt Beecher Dammeier of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Laura Fruitman of The R ight to Shower. Ben G oldberg writes about nurturing the seeds of knowledge with a “beginner’s mind.� Hilary Papineau discusses the Coop’s community outreach programs, and Rebecca A ngel Maxwell has some thoughts on “planting seeds of resilience in children.� Carol Reid interviewed Gayle Anderson about the seeds for sale at Honest Weight.



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In the celebrated children’s book The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson, a little boy decides to plant the eponymous black speck in his family’s backyard. He waters it and waits. Waits and waters. Digs in the dirt and ignores the doubters. Waters

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A seed-themed Coop Scoop could scarcely be considered complete without a look at the many vegetable, herb, and f lower seeds that Honest Weight Food Co-op has been selling for going on four decades now. HWFC (initially formed in 1976 as a “buying club” in some friendly local vegetarians’ basement) had had a physical presence on Quail Street for about eight years when Gayle Anderson came on board in 1985.

Gayle started out as a weekly worker, but was later hired for pay part-time. Back in those days, most of the work of the Co-op (buying, receiving, stocking, and cashiering) was done by members, but “managers were needed for continuity, and to fill in the gaps.” She and Bob Linn (who still works in Bulk) were the only two managers at that time. The Co-op was a very cozy place, brimming with brio and brown rice, but there was very little fresh produce for sale. Gayle started checking out the Farmers Market in Menands on her way to work, and soon the Co-op was stocking and selling a lot more of it. Eventually, she started specializing in produce, and at some point began including a few plants, such as tomatoes and marigolds. These were placed on a

HVSC is a “small, farm-based seed company celebrating heirloom and open-pollinated garden seeds 6

crude sidewalk display made from milk crates and boards, which had to be brought inside each night. It all became a much bigger job after the Co-op moved to Central Avenue in 1995. Gayle persisted in her wellworn role until the latest move in 2013, at which point she stepped down as Produce Manager. She continued to do some produce purchasing for a while, but soon began concentrating exclusively on plants.

Fedco Seeds was founded in 1978 and Honest Weight started organizing annual group orders two years later - a practice that has continued to this day. In 2000, Gayle began ordering extra seeds to sell inhouse, as there was more room to display them in the Central Avenue store. As Fedco leans into its 42nd year, it invokes (in its retro-looking, eco-friendly, black and white newsprint catalog) the purported Chinese aphorism: May you live in interesting times. It goes on to say: “Whether construed as a blessing or a curse, we cannot deny we live in just such a time, with the clamor of change all around us—climate change, cyber change, social change...” Dismissing “expensive agricultural stunts [that] fascinate rather than solve real problems,” it promises “another vision for the future of agriculture,” one with “clearsighted community-driven solutions.” In 2008, Ken Greene and his partner, Doug Muller, created the Hudson Valley Seed Library (now Company) in Accord, NY. The HVSC is a “small, farmbased seed company celebrating heirloom and openpollinated garden seeds and the relationship between COOP SCOOP

Eager gardeners can participate in HWFC's Fedco pre-order. You’ll pay less than the store price and still get your usual discount. Plus, there’s no shipping fee, regardless of how big or small your order. Final deadline is February 2, with orders being placed every week in january.

Gayle Anderson weighing produce at the Quail Street HWFC! art and agriculture.” In 2013, the Co-op started selling their beautifully designed seed packets.

The company solicits design submissions and purchases the ones it likes. The artwork itself is then displayed in venues like the Troy Arts Center and the gallery at Albany International Airport. Some of those pieces have included: Tricolor beans rendered in stained glass; Finnriver sweet peas on Raku pottery; borage stitched in embroidery; and computer art and collage. The Co-op starts selling Hudson Valley seed packets in December because “they make great The rest of the seeds start arriving in February, early enough for the tomatoes-and-peppers crowd, but way earlier than most folks are thinking about their gardens. Those who are thinking about them, though, can participate in the big Fedco pre-order. You’ll pay less than the store price and still get your usual discount—plus there’s no shipping fee, regardless of how big or small your order. And you can get exactly what you want from Fedco’s complete catalog (the store only carries a small selection).

Final deadline is February 2 (Groundhog Day!), but Gayle sends in orders once a week in January as well. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

the current HVSC, which presently sells all over the country, still has a non-profit wing. (They also have cheaper, plain-white seed packs for you thrift-prioritizing utilitarians.) Another company whose product the Co-op has been selling for about five years now is Fruition Seeds in Naples, NY. According to Gayle, they have an “awesome website,” which evinces a strong focus on seed saving and educational outreach. She also began ordering from High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott, Vermont, last year.

Gayle used to help create the eye-catching cut-flower bouquets, displayed near the checkout lines, as well. bought ready-made from local growers, but in the winter, she says, “we mostly make them ourselves and not look like regular supermarket bouquets.” These seasonal bouquets might make a nice New a sighing sayonara to fall), a symbolic way to “cut” Gayle “planted a seed” in our humble abode on Quail Street, lo these many years ago, and Honest Weight has been reaping the rewards—growing by leaps and bounds—ever since. Gayle, who had been working half-time recently, retired on December 22, and the Co-op simply won’t be the same without her. But it looks like she’ll be seeding us in all the old familiar places: “I will still do all the seed buying...as a weekly worker,” she says. “Back to my roots!” 7

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The Cheese Department is a favorite stop for many Honest Weight shoppers.

There, cheesemakers follow the same strict standards that are at work in the Seattle store.

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have very little to do with the goals we set and nearly everything to do with the systems we follow. “If you’re a coach, your goal might be to win a championship. Your system is the way you recruit players, manage your assistant coaches, and conduct practice. Winners and losers both have the same goal.â€? Looking back, I realize the secret to my success was in the path I took to get there—I didn’t do it alone. My roommate Nora and I agreed to become vegetarians together: we shook hands on it one night, and proceeded to cook meals together, talk and text about our cravings, and, perhaps most important, tell everyone we knew that we were now vegetarians. It WRRN DERXW VL[ PRQWKV WR ÂżQDOO\ feel like my eyes could pass over meat on a menu without a tinge of sorrow.

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series of ten studies by University of Chicago researchers Ed O’Brien and Nadav Klein.

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Michael is a carpenter, and his job changes every day. In fact, he is probably more adaptable than most people, but he doesn’t see this trait within himself: He sees himself as intractable. Yet O’Brien and Klein’s study concludes: “From changes in the self to changes in the world, people’s decisions about how and when to act likely follow from their initial conclusions that change itself has ÂľṘFLDOO\Âś EHJXQ ´ 0RVW LI QRW DOO RI us are learning and changing on a daily basis—we just have trouble seeing that small change adds up. So: New Year, new you? Whether you’re struggling to save money, or you’ve made it to the gym every morning since January 1, remain NLQG WR \RXUVHOI &KDQJH LV Ă€XLG and success is subjective. I mean, I still eat meat about once a month. Now I buy it from the farmer’s market.

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A new partnership with Unity House of Troy demonstrates the Co-op’s commitment to social justice, as this human service agency provides a wide range of services to those who are living in poverty, adults living with mental illness, victims of domestic violence, people living with HIV/AIDS, and children with developmental delays. The Co-op supports Unity House’s pantry program through an innovative monthly lunch course, featuring food items that participants may not be familiar with in cooking samples, demos, and recipes, as a way of encouraging them to choose those foods from the pantry. Check out our featured Black Bean Salsa for an example of a recipe that became very popular at Unity House.

Community Outreach Programs Support Local, Grassroots Groups The Co-op’s community outreach team participates in a variety of programs held throughout the year. For example, outreach members have provided: cheese sampling for the TASTE of Albany fundraiser for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless; handson cooking classes with students of the Albany City School District’s International School and Edmund O’Neal Middle School; cooking classes with children at St. Anne’s Institute and Trinity Alliance; and sampling tables at the Albany Pine Bush’s Lupine Festival, Albany Center Galleries, and Wine & Dine for the Arts events. 12

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Annual collection for The Food Pantries has also become a tradition. Every November and December, this campaign at the registers offers shoppers checking out the opportunity to donate money to The Food Pantries for the Capital District, a coalition of over 60 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties. Each year, the Co-op sets a goal of $10,000. In 2018, shoppers raised $9,370.55 plus a match of $792.45 from HWFC for a total contribution of $10,163 that VHYHUDO &R RS VWD̆ DQG PHPEHU RZQHUV SUHVHQWHG to The Food Pantries. Check back for 2019 updates in the next edition of the Coop Scoop!

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Member-Owners are Key to Outreach Success Member-owners play a critical role in outreach efforts and community-based partnerships that would not be possible without their involvement. Many of the Outreach programs have dedicated member-owners who commit weekly and monthly hours to help them meet their goals of serving the community. Interested in getting involved? Looking for monthly or weekly member-owner opportunities? Community Outreach needs you! Contact Amy Ellis at amy@honestweight.coop or 518.482.2667 x 128. Learn more about the Co-op’s community outreach efforts, as well as stories highlighting s y nerg y bet ween t he C o - op’s c om mu nit y engagement and education efforts, in future editions of the Coop Scoop.

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can also often be closed-minded and myopic. (Didn’t the world used to be flat?) And sometimes that narrowed “expert mindâ€? can carry over into situations in which the expert has no expertise. A “beginner’s mindâ€? can be the most helpful mindset for anyone who wants to be a “lifelong learnerâ€? and maximize creativity for learning and problemVROYLQJ DFURVV VLWXDWLRQV DQG ÂżHOGV RI LQTXLU\ ÂŤ QRW to mention the most fun kind. If you’ve ever spent time with children, you know what curious creatures they are. “What’s that?â€? “How does that work?â€? “Why??â€? Most little kids are open, ravenous learners who haven’t yet gotten stuck in the expert’s mind, the need to be right, and the belief that there is only one “correct answerâ€? to any and all questions—and that we should leap on top of it as soon as it raises its socially sanctioned head. The qualities and the mindset that characterize the beginner’s mind include: Ĺ‚ being curious; Ĺ‚ being open and receptive to what emerges; Ĺ‚ having a sense of wonder, excitement, or enthusiasm about the process of exploration; Ĺ‚ being nonjudgmental; Ĺ‚ having no preconceptions; Ĺ‚ ignoring habits and rules about “what isâ€? that restrict creativity; Ĺ‚ being in a clear-headed mindset of comfort with questioning and “not knowing;â€? and Ĺ‚ having an uncontaminated clarity of vision about what is and may be possible. COOP SCOOP

It is a seeker’s mindset, comparatively free of prejudices, judgments, binary rightness and/or wrongness, and preconceptions. It is imbued with a sense of playfulness. Beginner’s mind has no setting for “autopilot.” Stay awake! Examples of beginner’s mind can be found in many fields, but examples are certainly evident in the arts and (research) sciences, both of which require openness, curiosity, and being fully present in the moment. Another commonly used example is Zen Archery. In ZA, the archer detaches from the goal of hitting the center of the target and from the outcome itself. Achievement is put aside so that the archer can focus entirely on their form, the process, the immediate present, the bow, and the arrow. ZA DUFKHUV DUH DEOH WR WDS LQWR ³WKH ÀRZ´ GHVFULEHG E\ psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as a “state of being completely absorbed, focused, and involved in your activities at a certain point in time…” And, as a result of being “in the zone”—unconcerned about and unshackled from outcomes or results—Zen archers are among the most skilled in the world.

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. - Shunryu Suzuki SOME WAYS TO UNCOVER AND NURTURE BEGINNER’S MIND ł Be curious as all get-out. Be curious for curiosity’s sake, and seek to develop better questions rather than arrive at answers. If there’s anything that characterizes beginner’s mind, it is curiosity.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust ł Talk less. Listen, look, and hear more. ł Alone or in a group, generate as many answers to a question or dilemma as possible, without censoring anyone. Go for quantity. ł Dispose of all the labels you use to characterize yourself. They just limit how you think about yourself and the world. ł Get out of your head. (My, oh my, it’s crowded in there!) Take a walk, preferably in a green space. And pay attention to where you are, to your senses, to how you feel. ł Un-habit yourself. (You are not an automaton!) Drive a different route. Switch hands when brushing your teeth or eating. Try something new—a food or an activity you’ve never tried before. Talk with someone (mostly, listen deeply) ZKR PD\ EH YHU\ GL̆HUHQW IURP \RX ł Slow down and focus while doing a routine activity that usually throws you into autopilot, like cooking, walking, exercising, eating. ł Stop judging! When you find yourself being judgmental as you go about your day (and you ZLOO« VKDNH LW R̆ DQG WU\ WR MXVW VHH FOHDUO\ ZKDW is before you without assumptions or labels. ł When approaching an activity or event, clear expectations from your mind about how the experience will/should be. Or, if the activity or event is distasteful or potentially uncomfortable to you, try to put it in a positive frame. Keep your self-talk on the positive side. (Maybe there will be cookies!)

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Melanie’s Healthy & Hearty Maple Seed and Nut Granola Dry Ingredients


ł 4 cups rolled oats

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ł ½ cup oat bran ł ½ cup sunflower seeds


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ł 2 Tbsp chia seeds ł 2 Tbsp shredded coconut

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ł ½ cup slivered almonds

4. Fold the mixture of wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and toss thoroughly to coat. Spread the granola evenly on two baking sheets lined with either parchment paper or silicone sheets.

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6. Let cool completely. Place in an airtight container for storage up to one month.

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We’re always working to improve your shopping experience, along with our store’s social and environmental impacts. We regularly assess and update our product 3øerings, educaࣅonal programs, policies, and store infrastructure. We seek suggesࣅ3ns from our Member-Owners, staø, and shoppers and consider every single one. It’s a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it. Here’s what’s fresh for you this month at Honest Weight.

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