Provender News

Regenerating the Land and Native Communities with Bison

June 28th 2020

By Dawn Sherman – CEO of Native American Natural Foods’ Tanka bar As the demand for meat continues to escalate during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the store shelves grow bare and the food supply system finally shows the cracks of a system of largess. I’m seeing how sustainable, smaller production models, like Niman Ranch, are succeeding and supporting the families who work the land and raise the animals. I’m reminded of how my Native people lived with a [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

Environmental Justice: A Black Lives Matter Priority

June 28th 2020

by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss Dear EarthTalk: Is there any overlap between the #BlackLivesMatter and Environmental Justice movements? There certainly is: “Environmental injustice”—defined as the unfair siting of pollution and other environmental ills in proximity to certain groups based on race or income status—is on a list of 12 issues Black Lives Matter (BLM) considers pressing right now as part of its #WhatMatters2020 campaign. “Environmental racism kills. Air pollution and rollbacks to environmental protections and regulations make it [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

Steward Ownership Meets Employee Ownership

June 28th 2020

by Sarah Joannides – Managing Director, Alternative Ownership Advisors Everyone seems to be talking about stakeholder capitalism as an idea whose time has come, an antidote to the many problems facing society today. But what are they talking about? And how serious are they? Stakeholder capitalism is a two-part idea:  Companies should serve the interests of all stakeholders (e.g. employees, suppliers, customers, communities, ecology), as opposed to only shareholders. Companies should do this not only because it [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

The Pros and the Cons of Shared Accountability

June 28th 2020

by Carolee Colter, Columinate consultant First, a definition: By co-management, I mean shared accountability for the performance of the organization between two or more managers, who supervise other employees and report to an owner or board of directors. Also, “co-management” is not necessarily the same as a “management team.” Most general managers meet regularly with a core group of managers to get input on decisions and disseminate information throughout the company; this core group is often called “the management team.” [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

Fyffes Farms Exposed: New Report Chronicles Worker Struggles on Honduran Melon Plantations

June 28th 2020

by Anna Canning, Fair World Project A coffin if you join the management-controlled union. That’s the offer being made to workers on Fyffes Honduran melon plantations. That coffin is a grim symbol of just how Fyffes treats their workers. Working unprotected with toxic chemicals, without the prospect of retirement or adequate healthcare, and with the ongoing threat of violence, death does not seem like an abstract possibility. Treated as expendable, they are trapped working for Fyffes, the main employer in [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

Communicating with your Busy Boss

June 28th 2020

by Mark Mulcahy, Organic Options & Columinate I was recently working with a new produce manager who is eager to learn, communicates well, listens, has really good ideas, is willing to take chances, and has very high social and environmental integrity. We worked together for three days reviewing systems, resetting the department, and creating an action plan to grown sales in the new market dynamic during COVID. At the end of the day, I could tell that [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

Pranarom’s Adaptation to the Pandemic

June 28th 2020

by Amy Pereira – Educational Director, Pranarom USA I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few insights and highlights on how Pranarom has adjusted and responded to education, manufacturing, product production, and more in the face of the new chain of cause and effect that we’ve all experienced throughout the ongoing global pandemic. I’d also like to share a few personal thoughts and ideas that I hope can help us all to co-create a healthier world to [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

DIY After-Sun Spray with Calendula

June 28th 2020

by Jessicka Nebesni, Mountain Rose Herbs After what seems like an eternity-long winter, my skin craves the summer sun. After venturing out for a long day of exploring the outdoors, I find that my largest organ needs a little extra pampering. Like many folks, I’m a big fan of aloe vera gel, but it can get messy and goopy to use on its own. Fortunately, I found that by combining the cooling benefits of aloe vera gel with witch hazel [Read More]

Categories: Journal Summer 2020

Warehouse Operations Job Opening – Equal Exchange, Portland, OR

June 22nd 2020

Equal Exchange is a leader in the Fair Trade coffee movement in the United States. We are a worker cooperative, owned by our employees. Since 1986, we have been demonstrating the viability of worker co-ops and authentic Fair Trade. Help us achieve our mission! We’re looking for someone to join our small regional distribution team in Portland, OR. This is a full-time, worker-owner track, warehouse position. We offer employer-paid health insurance on your first day of work, sick and vacation [Read More]

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Customer Service and Sales Representative Job Opening – Hummingbird Wholesale, Eugene

June 18th 2020

Customer Service and Sales Representative Hummingbird Wholesale is an essential business following the mandates from the  Governor of Oregon around the COVID-19 virus. Candidates must be able to work in our facility following our 6-foot distancing policy. Hand sewn masks are supplied and encouraged when working on-site and with other Hummingbird coworkers. These masks are required when working in person with anyone outside of Hummingbird employment while on -site.  Full Time, 40 hours, non-exempt Monday – Friday between 7:30 am-5:00 [Read More]

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In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter – Provender Alliance Can and Will Do More

June 16th 2020

Dear Provender Community, The Provender Alliance stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We echo the calls demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and all Black people whose lives have been stolen by racism and police brutality. Black Lives Matter, and we all have a duty to uphold this truth and fight for a real change of the systemic racism that oppresses Black people. If you haven’t [Read More]

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GloryBee Factory Store Closes As Company Celebrates Legacy

June 16th 2020

Eugene, OR- June 16, 2020 – GloryBee has made the decision to permanently close their Factory Store at Highway 99 and Airport Road in Eugene on Saturday, June 27.  RaeJean Wilson, daughter of GloryBee founders Dick and Pat Turanski, says “This decision was not made lightly.  My parents began selling to customers out of their family garage in 1975, and the Factory Store grew and evolved over the years to what it is today.” The GloryBee Factory Store has been [Read More]

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Perishables & Dairy Buyer Job Opening – People’s Co-op, Portland, OR

June 14th 2020

The Perishables and Dairy Buyer (P&D) (30-34 hours per week) is responsible for selecting, pricing, and promoting designated products; meeting objectives for sales, margin, and inventory turns; maintaining good relations with vendors; fulfilling special orders and assisting customers.  The position is a Collective Management-track position in Portland, OR. For full job description and application, click here. https://www.peoples.coop/employment  

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Marketing & Membership Manager Job Opening – People’s Co-op, Portland, OR

June 14th 2020

The Marketing and Membership Manager (M&M) (28 hours per week) promotes and represents People’s Food Co-op; cultivates and encourages an engaged and informed Member-Ownership and customer base through in-store, print and online channels with targeted and engaging content and messaging; supports the co-op in meeting sales and Membership goals and fosters diverse community gatherings that link People’s to a wider community. The position is a Collective Management-track position in Portland, OR. For full job description and application, click here: https://www.peoples.coop/employment [Read More]

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Bob’s Red Mill Answers Trade Questions Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak

June 10th 2020

BOB’S RED MILL COVID-19 TRADE UPDATE Updated 6/2/20 We are sad to report that 14 employees at our production facility in Milwaukie, Oregon, have tested positive for COVID-19. All are home to rest and quarantine with full pay. We are hopeful for mild cases and speedy recoveries. Upon positive testing, we immediately implemented contact tracing. Out of an abundance of caution, additional employees who may have been in contact despite social distancing are also at home to quarantine. The health [Read More]

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