Thursday, December 31, 2009

Seattle Bio Char

Check out this video and find out what kinds of projects are happening now to reduce waste in an environmentally friendly way.
Also, watch for our next newsletter to read more about the exciting cooperation going on in Costa Rica!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Buy Local! Snohomish Holiday Market

The Snohomish Holiday Market opened on November 19th located at 1234 First Street, Snohomish, WA. This building is formerly know as the Black Cat location.

The Snohomish Holiday Market will be open Thursday - Sunday from Nov. 19th to Dec. 27th (except Christmas and Thanksgiving).

The Market features over 6,000 sq ft of arts, crafts and other surprises. The vendors will change weekly so you'll want to shop often to visit the local businesses weekly.

For more information visit:

For more information on becoming a vendor contact:

Please call Debbie at 360-282-3197 or Karen 360-348-2674 with questions.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

CSA Farmer-Trainees for 2010-Wanted

The Community Supported Agriculture Training Center at Historic Greenbank Farm on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA is seeking eight to ten new farmer-trainees for 2010. The CSA Training Center will select new trainees on a rolling admission throughout November, December and January. Selected farmer-trainees will be exposed to a diversified cropping system of fruits and vegetables on almost ten acres of organically certified land using a CSA model. Applications and information about the program can be found on the NABC website: This year, housing is also available through the Whidbey Island WISH Foundation. The WISH housing application can be found on the NABC website.

The CSA training program will begin in early February, 2010 and run through October. Farmer trainees receive a monthly stipend of $500 and a $1,000 educational award at the completion of the year for supplies, tools and or equipment needed for future farming activities. Participants in the program will be expected to work an average of 30 hours per week, with most of these hours coming during the summer growing season. Our goal will be 50 CSA shareholders.

Sebastian Aguilar from Port Townsend has been hired as the new CSA Coordinator and will begin his responsibilities in late November. Mr. Aguilar has been farming organic vegetables fulltime for the past 13 years. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children and have managed farms in New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Washington State. Sebastian’s goals of top quality produce, healthy soils, and social outreach have guided his farming practices and are an excellent match for what is being done at the Training Center at Greenbank Farm.

On the Aguilar’s farm in Port Townsend, they use minimum tillage, cover cropping, compost, and biodynamic preparations to build and maintain healthy, fertile soils. He has done seed trials for the Seed Alliance and sold produce to the Port Townsend Food Coop. Farm apprenticeships, CSA’s, youth education and community involvement have always connected Sebastian’s farm to the local community, thereby building relationships that strengthen the local food system and the awareness that supports it. Sebastian grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and spent summers gardening with his grandfather in France. He started farming full-time at age 20 and has been passionate about developing a model of small scale organic agriculture that is ecologically, economically, and socially healthy ever since. Having started as an apprentice, Sebastian has learned how to host apprentices of his own – striving to offer them a thorough and holistic agricultural education.

The CSA Training Center at Greenbank Farm, the first of its kind in western Washington, is an innovative community response to what is an alarming reality across our nation: the steady decrease in farmland, a food system dangerously dependent on fossil fuel, and an impersonal food chain that transports food items an average of 1,500 miles from the farm to our dining tables.

The second year of this project is made possible by a grant awarded by the USDA Farmer Market Promotion Grant and matched by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center. It brings together mentor farmers, food activists, agricultural organizations and local officials as a team growing new farmers and more food for direct distribution to consumers.

For application materials, a CSA brochure, or more information, visit the NABC website at, or contact CSA Project Director, Maryon Attwood at 360-336-3727 or CSA Coordinator, Sebastian Aguilar after November 23rd at the CSA Training Center Office: 360-222-3171.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sno-Isle Newsletter Posted Online

Come and find out what the news is at your co-op and in the local Everett area.

Here's the link to our latest newsletter, we have hard copies available in store.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Workshops

September 24 6-7:30pm
Organic Skin Care & Scar healing with Essential Oils

Learn to make luxurious and healing skin care oils with essential oils, jojoba oil, carrotseed oil, rosehip seed oil and more! Learn how to be naturally beautiful and treat your skin with healing essential oils and natural ingredients which are gentle to your skin. You will make a 1/3 oz. smoothing, healing and age defying oil for your skin type. Pure organic rose, sandalwood, jasmine, helichrysum and MORE will be available!

October 19th 6-7:30 pm
Essential Remedies with Michelle Mahler
Pain relief & sleep management with Essential Oils! Find relief naturally with the oldest alternative therapy. Essential Oils from flowers and herbs have been used safely and effectively to treat inflammation, arthritis, carpal tunnel, back pain, for centuries. We will discuss the many applications of these miracle oils and learn how to utilize them in our lives. Class fee of $15 per student includes your own therapy oil and bath salts to take home.

November 16th 6-7:30
Essential Oil Holiday FUN workshop!

Come have a great time making bath salts and aromatherapy sprays for yourself and friends and family!they can help us to relax, unwind, find peace, focus, relieve pain, insomnia, grief and depression and aid in stress relief and memory loss You can make as many 2oz. cobalt blue glass sprays & salts as time allows for a $5 supply fee each:) where else can you smell and play with dozens of pure Organic Essential Oils? Don't miss this one, families welcome:) Home schoolers too!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Save 10% on all purchases THIS SUNDAY 9/20/09

It's that time of year again, Sno-Isle Natural Foods co-op wants to help our brothers and sisters out with a well deserved bonus! So, here's how this works, Sno-Isle Co-op owner? You get 10 % off! What about Skagit Co-op, or Madison Market, or PCC? Sure! You get it too! In fact, all you have to do is show your Co-op card at the check out.
What if you're not a owner or member of a co-op? Join on Sunday and you can take advantage of the savings too!
Also happening on Sunday: Samples galore, Gift bag giveaways, Live food demonstrations, mini workshops in our Wellness department.
We're open from 10 am - 6pm tomorrow, and the fun lasts all day.
Thanks for Loving your Co-op, We're loving you right back!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

No more plastic bags for Mexico City

August 19th, 2009

Posted: 02:06 PM ET

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) — Mexico City’s thousands of stores went green Wednesday, as amended ordinances on solid waste now outlaw businesses from giving out thin plastic bags that are not biodegradable.

The law affects all stores, production facilities and service providers within the Federal District, which encompasses the city limits. Nearly 9 million people live inside the district and another 10 million reside in surrounding communities that make up greater Mexico City.

Mexico City becomes the second large metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the bags. San Francisco enacted an ordinance in March 2007 that gave supermarkets six months and large chain pharmacies about a year to phase out the bags. Los Angeles is set to impose a ban if the the state of California does not impose a statewide 25-cent fee per bag by July of next year.

Bans are also in place elsewhere in the world.

China has adopted a strict limit, reducing litter and eliminating the use of 40 billion bags, the World Watch Institute said, citing government estimates. Although compliance has been spotty, violation of the law carries a possible fine of 10,000 yuan ($1,463), World Watch said.

In Tanzania, selling the bags carries a maximum six-month jail sentence and a fine of 1.5 million shilling ($1,137).

Mumbai, India, outlawed the bags in 2000 and cities in Australia, Italy, South Africa and Taiwan have imposed bans or surcharges. Ireland reported cutting use of the bags by 90 percent after imposing a fee on each one.

Some leading environmentalists are calling for a global ban on the bags, about 5 trillion of which are used worldwide. In the United States, about 100 million bags are used each year, of which 90 million are not recycled.

Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, says plastic bags are the second-most-common form of litter, behind cigarette butts. The bags are the greatest form of litter on the globe’s oceans, the U.N. agency said in a recent report.

The bags are also a major threat to ocean wildlife, causing the deaths of 100,000 sea turtles and other marine animals that mistake them for food.

“Thin-film, single-use plastic bags, which choke marine life, should be banned or phased out rapidly everywhere,” Steiner said in June. “There is simply zero justification for manufacturing them anymore, anywhere.”

Mexico City, which has had some of the worst air pollution in the world, also is looking at improving its environment in other ways. The municipal government announced this month it will place more than 1,100 bicycles at 84 stations throughout the city for residents to use. Officials said they hope to increase bicycle use as a form of transportation to 5 percent, up from the current 1.2 percent.

Event update

Our scheduled Essential Oil class with Michelle Mahler for today has been postponed until Monday August 24th. Please join us! The class is free, but with a small fee of $15.00 you can make things during the workshop to take home and are provided with a wealth of information.

Tuesday August 25 - Nordic Naturals will be here at the store doing a demonstration. Come on by!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Joy, Peace and Serenity with Essential Oils

August 20th 5:30-7pm Joy, Peace and Serenity with Essential Oils
Essential Oils are extracted from flowers and herbs and have been used safely and effectively for uplifting the spirit and bringing peace and tranquility since ancient times. Find relief from stress, negativity and depression naturally with the oldest alternative therapy. We will discuss the many applications of mother earths miracle oils on the Olfactory senses and your brain. 

Class fee of $15 per student (optional) includes creating your own blend to take home. Beginners welcome!

Preregistration helps keep workshops and classes from being canceled, and ensures continued classes on the calendar!
Sign up in the Co-op information room, or email

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Get Farming!

The Cultivating Success Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching Course starts Wednesday, Sept. 2 and will be held every Wednesday evening, from 6-9pm, through Nov. 18, with some weekend farm visits.

This course is excellent for individuals and couples who wish to start or redesign a small farm enterprise. It helps participants take a realistic look at their goals and resources and decide what type of small acreage enterprise is right for them. Students are exposed to all type of farming and ranching systems, guest farmers speak to the class, and field trips are taken to local farms.

The course fee is $250; some scholarships are available.

Courses will be held at the WSU Mt. Vernon Research Center, located at 16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (map and driving instructions).

This year's course will be taught in English and Spanish, using the "adult dual-language model" - That is, some portions of the course will be in English with Spanish translation, while others will be in Spanish with English translation. All printed materials are available in both languages and written work is completed in the participant's preferred language.

To register, or for more information, please reply to this email or call Sarita Schaffer at 206-914-7948.

Space is limited so please call today!


El curso “Agricultura Sostenible de Pequeña Escala”, está programado para el 2 de septiembre y será todos los miércoles por la tarde, desde las 6 hasta las 9 horas, empezando el 2 de Septiembre, terminando el 18 de Noviembre.

Este curso es excelente para personas y parejas que quieren empezar o expandir un pequeño negocio agrícola. El curso les ayuda a los participantes a evaluar sus metas y recursos y decidir cuál tipo de empresa pequeña agrícola más les conviene. Los participantes tienen la oportunidad de ver muchos sistemas de agricultura y ganadería a través de visitas guiadas y charlas con agricultores pequeños locales.

No hay costo para participantes hispanohablantes.

El curso tendrá lugar en el Centro de Investigación y Extensión Agrícola de WSU en Mount Vernon, que se ubica en 16650 Ruta Estatal 536 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (mapa y cómo llegar).

Los que completen este curso y también el curso “Planificación de Negocios Agrícolas” habrán cumplido con las condiciones para participar en un nuevo “Incubadora de Negocios Agrícolas” que ofrece a agricultores nuevos y minoritarios el acceso asequible a la tierra, agua, financiación, y la asistencia técnica con la producción y el desarrollo del negocio.

Espacio está limitado, por favor llame hoy para registrarse.

Para más información sobre el curso y/o la Incubadora de Negocios Agrícolas, por favor comuníquese con Sarita Schaffer al 206-914-7948 o envíele un correo electrónico a Hablamos Español.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Community Events on Reforming Health Care

Community Events on Reforming Health Care

For Immediate Release
Contact: Amanda Mahnke
(202) 225-2605

August 5, 2009

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Larsen is working to reform health care to bring down costs for families and businesses, expand coverage and ban discrimination based on age or gender, or on preexisting conditions such as diabetes or cancer. And he is working to ensure that health care reform brings a fair deal for Washington state. Rep. Larsen will focus on health care reform at the following community events:

Whidbey Island League of Women Voters Forum
Thursday, August 6th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Coupeville Recreation Center
901 NW Alexander Street
Coupeville, WA

Larsen Hosts Health Care Town Hall in Mount Vernon
Saturday, August 8th
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Skagit County PUD 1415 Freeway Dr.
Mount Vernon, WA

Larsen Hosts Health Care Town Hall in Everett
Wednesday, August 12th
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Weyerhaeuser Room, Everett Station
3201 Smith Ave.
Everett, WA

Friday, July 31, 2009


Looking to save money, with out sacrificing qualility? We have a quarterly Owner Appreciation Day, where Co-op members can save 10% off of their total purchases. Besides that, we have plenty of delicious things to try, raffles and gifts too! Here's the schedule:

September 20
December 20
March 20
June 20

See you at the store!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Workshops this Week

July 21 5:30 pm
Organic skin care with essential Oils. 5:30 pm at the Co-op classroom. The workshop is free, with an optional $15.00 supply fee paid to the instructor, so you can make and take home your own goodies. Really fun and informative!

July 25 11 am
Introduction to Raw foods with Maria Chavez. This has a $35 fee paid to instructor

Sign up for either of the 2 above workshops in advance so they don't get canceled!
You can sign up in our information room next to The Sol Deli, or email:


July 25 11 am Bill from Vital Scents will be doing a demonstration in the store and answering your essential oil questions from 11-3!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What are you waiting for? A call to action!

Have a little extra time on your hands (through no fault of your own)?  Or are you someone who wants to make a difference in your world and need a place to start (or continue)?  We've just the thing for you. Volunteering on your Co-op's Board of Trustees (BOT) is a very rewarding opportunity. Notice my emphasis on the word YOUR. As a member- owner this "store" (oh, it's so much more than a store) belongs to you and a few other humans. It doesn't take a degree in business to be a BOT  member, although we won't turn you away if you have one!
Just a dedication to your Cooperative and a few hours a month is all it takes. The candidates for the BOT are elected by the member-owners of SNFC in October.  Don't let "running for election" scare you. There are no 'special interests' that will dog you and there is NO campaign fund to deal with!
Just a few of the REWARDS gleaned from serving your Co-op:
Great way to network
Looks good on your resume
Hang out with really cool people
Receive an extra discount on your Co-op purchases
Makes you feel good
You are contributing to the community
Doing your part to save the world from bad food, sweat shops, corporate farming, ect.....
Sounds good!  The sooner you call or write to us to find out more the better.  The Time is NOW. Contact Anita 425-334-4081 or Mollie at the Co-op:

Thursday, July 2, 2009

CSA News for Whidbey Island Folks

The Community Supported Agriculture Training Center at Greenbank Farm is pleased to report that 60 community members have invested in Whidbey Island’s newest farmers and the island's largest CSA.

Harvest boxes for members are discussed each Monday by Anza Muenchow, CSA Program Coordinator, and the CSA students. On Mondays, decisions are made about what to harvest that week, when it will be picked and who will be on the harvest team. Priorities for each row are discussed and tasks delegated. The students also send out a weekly newsletter including recipes.

The work that the CSA students and Anza have accomplished in a few short months is absolutely incredible. They have built a hoop house and a wash station, set up the field for irrigation, laid the irrigation hoses and drip tapes, set up over-head sprinklers, hauled water when they had to, started hundreds of organic seedlings, planted, weeded, harvested, attended classes and worked at the Farmers Market. Then they show up on Mondays to start the cycle again.

The CSA Training Center at Greenbank Farm is rooted in a long tradition of farming begun by the Phillips family in the early 1900's. In the 1930s, the Philips switched from dairy farming to berry farming; by 1972 the Greenbank Berry Farm was known as the largest loganberry farm in the United States. Chateau Ste. Michelle purchased the property and in 1995 negotiated with the national non-profit Trust for Public Land to sell all 522 acres of the Greenbank Farm to Island County, the Port of Coupeville and The Nature Conservancy.

The CSA Training Center works closely today with the Greenbank Management Group and the Port of Coupeville on a daily basis. It's a place where everyone is on a first name basis. Most importantly, it's a place where everyone is working to make agriculture a way of life once again at Greenbank Farm, create new farmers, and increase agricultural acres in production on Whidbey Island.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Stock up! Owner Appreciation Day TOMORROW!

It's our quarterly sale day! Owner Appreciation Day means samples, giveaways, and an amazing deal on your groceries! 10% off your entire purchase for co-op members. What if I'm a member of another amazing food co-op, you ask? Come on down! our Quarterly sale days are for all Cooperators! Just show your card at the register.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cookies, the New Wedding Cake

What a wonderful tradition of sharing food and family history.

Food + Cooking:

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thursday Night Waterfront Concert Series-Free!

June 18 - August 27, 2009

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Port Gardner Landing
1700 West Marine View Dr.
Everett, WA 98201

Port Gardner Landing is the perfect backdrop for the waterfront concert series. The dramatic marina setting adds refreshing dimension to some of the most entertaining bands in the Northwest. Thursday nights on the waterfront -- an Everett tradition!

The 2009 Thursday Night Waterfront Series Lineup




June 18

Red Hot Blues Sisters

searing tunes from gutsy blueswomen

June 25

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends

heartfelt songwriting, captivating melodies

July 2

Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band

pure roots reggae

July 9

The Dusty 45s

honky-tonk, jump blues, and rockabilly

July 16

The Senate

face-melting acoustic riffage

July 23

Nathan Chance

industrialized country

July 30

Los Pinguos

sizzling modern Argentine guitars and vocals

August 6


acoustic pop rock from Austin

August 13

The Paperboys

astonishing folk rock from Vancouver, B.C

August 20

Handful of Luvin’


August 27

The Randy Oxford Band

powerhouse trombone blues

Thursday, May 14, 2009

IMPORTANT Information for local farmers!

Three Week Sign-Up for EQIP Organic Conversion Program is May 11-May 29. The recently announced Organic Initiative offers financial assistance to organic and transitioning organic growers to help in implementing conservation practices as part of their Organic Systems Plan or Organic Transitions Plan. USDA announced a 3-week sign-up period for farmers to receive this conversion assistance. Interested farmers should go to their USDA/NRCS office as soon as possible! Find offices at:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

We're loving the local!

Welcome to the start of the season in the Puget Sound!
Here's some exciting stuff!

NEW Farm Direct items:
Mount Vernon Rhubarb and Asparagus from Living Rain Farm
Rhubarb $1.99/lb
Asparagus $4.99/lb

Local Radishes in from Alvarez Farm, located in Mabton, WA

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Technology Update

Well, we're still figuring out all of the bells and whistles of our new POS system. Did you get your fancy new card yet? We hope to go "Live" really soon!
I know you've been staying up at night waiting for a copy of our Bylaws, haven't you? Here they are for your late night reading enjoyment.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Breakfast Locavores rejoice!

Have you made a recent commitment to eat more local foods? Maybe you were inspired at an Earth Day event recently. Well I'd like you to know that we have several varieties of coffee, although not grown locally, are specially roasted by local folks with an eye for quality, and a commitment of paying growers fair prices for their beans. Here's a few to consider, all are from Washington State.

Velton's Coffee:
Roasted here in Everett! We currently have 3 varieties available in bulk: Treehouse, Brazil, and my favorite is the new Twilight Blend.
Moka Joe: Roasted in Bellingham, 3 varieties in bulk: Italiano, Shackleton's Stout, and French Roast
Fog Woman Coffee: Roasted on Bainbridge Island. Their Clan house blend is rich and dark. We also have prepackaged varieties on occassion
Back Country Coffee Roasters: Expertly roasted in Twisp, WA! Available in a packaged coffee only, in 1 lb bags. a changing variety: Cougar Blend, Coyote Blend, and now the popular Guatamalan is available again!
Deli update: If you missed out on your favorite bakery goods last week, you'll be glad to know that Renee has returned, and is busy making all of your favorite muffins and treats!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Spend the day outdoors! If you're coming in to the co-op today, we'll have some specials for you, farm guides, activity books for the kiddos. If you are a student at Everett Community College, or Cascade High School, be sure to stop by and see us at their Earth Day events!
Looking for our sales online? Click here
Keep it green~
Your faithful Co-op

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Holiday - April 12, 2009

Sno-Isle will be closed on Easter. (Sunday April 12, 2009) This has been a historically slow day for us, and so we will be closed to allow our staff a well deserved holiday. Having friends or family over for dinner? Make sure and come by the Co-op on Friday or Saturday to stock up on all of your family's favorites. If you are planning an egg hunt, check out our "How to Naturally Dye Eggs" guide, posted here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring Workshops at the Co-op

We are pleased to offer a monthly series of Aromatherapy workshops!

April 23 1-2:30 pm
Gentle Aromatherapy for Children

May 6 6:30 pm

Essential Oils Spray workshop

June 10 6:30 pm

Essential Remedies: Sinus, Asthma & Allergies

Please sign up in advance at the Co-op in our Information room.

$15.00 supply fee paid to instructor, Michelle Maher. For detailed descriptions, please see our current Newsletter! Questions? Contact

Monday, April 6, 2009


Well, we've come far enough that its time to get technical. So, with this inaugural post to our very first blog, I'll give you a quick update on all things new and tech-oriented. To state the obvious, we now have a blog! This is one of many ways we hope to find good ways to quickly reach people who are interested in our Co-op, natural foods, or the Everett, Washington area.
Other ways to reach us:
Search for Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, and become a fan! You'll get up to date information sent right to you.
Our website, currently the go to place to find our quarterly newsletter, and to find our latest sales!
Call us:
(425) 259-3798
What else is New and amazing?
Our first lane of our POS system has been installed! We should be up and running by this coming Wednesday, but you can come by and get your new membership card now! Along with your new card, you'll receive 2 coupons for 10% off a purchase in April, and in May.

Would you like to save even more? Visit our website:
You can find our weekly sales items in our Produce department online, as well as monthly sales on all of your grocery staples.

The Sno-Isle Newsletter is now available online. We still print it out for those of you who like to hold something in your hand while reading. Pick up your copy at the front of the store.