Provender News

Good Food Awards Celebrates Top Food and Drink Crafters, Including Hummingbird Wholesale from Eugene, Oregon

January 26th 2021

Eugene, Oregon (January 26th, 2021) Hummingbird Wholesale in-house made Organic Awakened® Pecans were chosen as a 2021 Good Food Award Winner. “Our hard work and keen attention to detail make these so special. We are so thrilled to be recognized and appreciated for our hand-crafted Awakened® Pecans,” responded Charlie Tilt, who is the owner of Hummingbird Wholesale, along with his wife, Julie Tilt.  “These pecans highlight the opportunity to enjoy a healthy snack while supporting family farms. We want to [Read More]

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Provender Stewardship Fund Founder Gavin McComas’ Passionate Address to the Board of Directors

January 13th 2021

Editor’s Note: Mid-summer 2020, Provender’s Board of Directors was seriously considering whether it was time to fold the organization, given the challenging financial crisis in which it found itself. Upon hearing about this internal debate, Gavin McComas, owner of Sundance Natural Foods in Eugene, Oregon, attended a crucial board meeting in which the members were going to vote on the organization’s fate. After his passionate and inspiring address to those in attendance, the board ultimately decided to [Read More]

Letter from the Executive Director: New Year, New Start

January 13th 2021

New Year, New Start While many of our members continue to face business challenges as we roll into 2021, there is still a wide-spread feeling of hope for the ability to work together for change.  For Provender Alliance, 2020 was a year where we went from considering folding the organization to a recommitment to affirming our unique role in the natural products trade. We are grassroots by nature, and the beauty of Provender and its community [Read More]

Equity, Cultural Humility, and a Better Future for All

January 13th 2021

by Meg Kennedy, Provender Board Secretary – Central Co-op Worker UFCW Member Hello, all my fellow Provendarians! Happy Winter to you all, and I hope you are finding some (maybe even a lot) of light in all of the darkness of last year. I am here to let you know what the Equity Committee of the Provender Alliance has been working on lately. We have decided to read our Equity Statement at the beginning of every board meeting, each [Read More]

Level UP: The Beauty and Constant Calling of Stewardship

January 13th 2021

by Lisa Spicka – Founder Founder & Principal, Maracuja Solutions   Never at a loss for something to say, I found myself Googling “steward” to gain some inspiration for this article on “stewardship in the natural and organic products industry.” All the usual definitions appeared (e.g. a person who manages or looks after something like passengers, land, a home [noun], or the act of doing so [verb]). However, to my delight I also stumbled across Google Books’ Ngram Viewer. The [Read More]

Stewardship of Our Future: A Passionate Commitment

January 13th 2021

by the Provender Stewardship Fund Committee   The Provender Stewardship Fund is being established for a pooling of resources from the community of independent businesses committed to the integrity-based values of the natural foods movement. This community of Stewards shall be comprised of companies and individuals dedicated to sustaining Provender Alliance, a membership organization whose mission is to uphold the vision and values of an independent, vibrant, just, and regenerative food system for all. Provender provides nourishment, education, and [Read More]

Upgrading During Downtime: A General Manager’s Stewardship During COVID and Beyond

January 13th 2021

by Tony White – General Manager, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, WA (Note: Tony originally wrote this letter “mid-pandemic” to inform his community about the capital improvements the store was undertaking during his first year there as General Manager. Provender shares it as an example of how a GM successfully used 2020’s downturn and downtime to upgrade store offerings and be better prepared for stewarding the Co-op’s future. Dear Skagit Valley Food Co-op Members & Shoppers, I wanted to [Read More]

‘Family Business’ in the Natural Grocery Business

January 13th 2021

by Carolee Colter – Human Resources Specialist, Columinate Some of my clients are businesses owned and run by families. Some have been in the family for three generations, with married partners, parents and children, siblings and in-laws working together. Employees who come to work for these businesses understand and accept the fact that they’re working for a family. In fact, for many of those staff members, that’s a plus. Employees who don’t agree with the way the family runs [Read More]

FIX IT Forward

January 13th 2021

by Betty Shelley, Master Recycler “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller When we first moved into our home 40 years ago, the front door lock didn’t work quite right. One day I decided to fix it. Ha! I learned that it just wasn’t that simple. In order to fix it, I needed to understand how it worked. If you want to fix something, it is wise to take the [Read More]

1,000 Little Things – Building Morale and Growing Sales During COVID Times

January 13th 2021

By Mark Mulcahy – Regenerative Retail Specialist, Columinate; Owner, Organic Options “Mastering the art of resilience does much more than restore you to who you once thought you were. Rather, you emerge from the experience transformed into a truer expression of who you were really meant to be.”       ~ Carol Orsborn Sometimes life throws things at us and we find out just how resilient we are. If there has been any year that has shown us [Read More]

Diffusion & Inhalation of Essential Oils + Scientific Aromatherapy Safety

January 13th 2021

by Amy Pereira – Educational Director, Pranarom USA As Winter settles in, many of us will hunker indoors throughout the colder months and increase our use of essential oils, and products that contain them, to clean homes and workspaces, to impart welcome aromas (think cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and winter greenery), and to support respiratory and immune system health. But is it ‘sky’s the limit’ with regard to diffusing and overall exposure? This article explores these aspects of scientific aromatherapy and [Read More]

Golden Milk Powder Blend + Latte Recipe for Winter Comfort

January 13th 2021

By Heidi Shayla, Mountain Rose Herbs   Haldi—or turmeric, as we commonly know it—has been enjoyed for thousands of years. Ayurvedic practitioners acknowledge this impressive orange powder for its support of joint mobility, digestion, and circulation, to name a few.* Haldi doodh (which translates to turmeric milk), or “golden milk,” has become one of the most popular ways that people enjoy turmeric and its wide range of benefits. Traditional Golden Milk Benefits Traditionally, haldi doodh is simply milk simmered with [Read More]

Teecino’s New Mushroom and Prebiotic Superboost Products Now Available via KeHE and UNFI

January 7th 2021

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Teeccino, known for bold tasting, roasted herbal coffees & teas, announced the launch of two new unique wellness lines featuring adaptogenic mushrooms and botanicals and prebiotic herbs plus extracts: Mushroom Adaptogen Herbal Coffees & Teas and Prebiotic SuperBoost™ Herbal Coffees & Teas. The newest additions to Teeccino’s portfolio of rich and satisfying herbal coffees & teas come in a variety of flavors, which are made with the highest quality, organic ingredients without the effects of caffeine [Read More]

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Provender 2021 Board of Directors Election Results

January 7th 2021

Provender Alliance recently held its annual election for the Board of Directors. For 2021, we have three newly elected board members for the three spots that were open seats. Two of the candidates who ran are new to the board — Stephen Ohl from Community Food Co-op in Bozeman, MT, and Jackson Bagley-Bonner from Hummingbird Wholesale in Eugene, OR. Our returning member is Troy Eustice (treasurer) from Sundance Natural Foods in Eugene, OR. They will join Provender’s other four [Read More]

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