2014 Annual Co-op Member Meeting


2014 Annual Co-op Member Meeting


We welcome all our members to our Annual Membership Gathering on October 18 at 6PM at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street NW. He will also speak on Friday, October 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 107 West Barcelona Road, in Santa Fe. 

Hear about how our Coop is doing from our Board and Staff and meet the candidates for the upcoming Co-op Board Elections.

Hear how Cooperatives are working to democratize wealth and provide a model for the “New Economy” in an inspiring talk and community dialogue with noted economist Gar Alperovitz.

Enjoy a delicious New Mexican feast, with foods sourced locally and regionally.
Dinner is FREE for Co-op members but seating is limited. Please be sure to RSVP for the number of people in your household who will attend. Register here today!

For more information contact Robin at robins@lamontanita.coop or at 505-217-2027.

Compassion for All Species: Bag Credit Donations for Animal Welfare


 Bag Credit Donation of the Month: Animal Humane New Mexico and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society

This month we want to focus on two wonderful animal welfare organizations: Animal Humane New Mexico and the Santa Fe Humane Society and Animal Shelter. The bag credit donations will be shared between these two central New Mexico animal humane organizations.

Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society is the largest animal shelter and care facility in northern New Mexico. A non-profit organization, they serve more than 10,000 lost, stray, abandoned, or injured animals each year. The Shelter contracts with the City and County of Santa Fe to care for homeless and stray animals, but also serves every animal brought through their doors from any other source. They work to reunite people with their lost animal companions and re-home those animals that have gone unclaimed into new homes through their adoption program. Low- and no-cost spay/neuter programs address the overpopulation problems that our community faces. Humane education programs in our local schools teach children to respect and care for all living creatures. Critter Camps for children ages 10-13 are uniquely geared for budding animal welfare advocates, providing a fun and educational opportunity to work with animals with activities such as dog walking, socializing, and training, cat socializing, humane education, animal artwork, and games. Participants also observe the important work that goes on in the clinic.

Over the years, humane education volunteers from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter have visited most Santa Fe schools and presented to more than one thousand students in pre-K, elementary, middle and high schools. They offer a variety of options strictly geared to teacher schedules and, in some cases, specific teaching objectives. By teaching children compassionate behavior toward all living creatures from an early age, they can become positive role models in their homes, schools, and communities! Want to schedule a presentation or a Shelter tour for your group? Call Humane Education Coordinator Tom Alexander at (505) 988-8980. (If a dog answers, don’t hang up.) You can also e-mail Tom at humaneeducation@sfhumanesociety.org

Albuquerque—Animal Humane New Mexico

Since 2006, Albuquerque Humane New Mexico has been committed to ending the euthanasia of adoptable shelter animals. Since 2011, Animal Humane, an open admission shelter, had a total Save Rate (Live Release Rate) of 90% for pets in their care. They utilize every opportunity available to further their mission of re-homing pets in their care. No healthy pets have been euthanized at Animal Humane since December 2009. They offer a Feral Cat Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program that, since December 2013, has sterilized over 8,300 cats leading to a 15% drop in kitten intakes. Their High Volume, Low-Cost Spay Neuter program in addition to sterilizing every shelter pet, has sterilized 15,300 pets for low-income owners since 2007.

As part of Project Fetch, Animal Humane also works to save more lives by transferring pets in from over 20 NM shelters and also transfers pets out to various rescue groups as well. In 2013, more than 1,100 pets were fostered and their many adoption programs (with satellite adoption centers on Montgomery Blvd. and in Corrales), including senior pet discounts, adoptable pet flyers distributed to over 60 business, adoption incentives such as zero cost adoptions for cats over 2 years of age, Cats Around Town, and over 100 Mobile adoption events annually has re-homed hundreds of animals. AHNM microchips every adopted pet and offers, monthly, low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics to the public as well as pet behavior modification and training classes.

Bag Credit Donations in September will go to these two wonderful animal welfare organizations to help them in their mission to provide compassionate shelter and services for adoptable companion animals in Central New Mexico. To learn more, visit www.animalhumanenm.org and www.sfhumanesociety.org

In July, your bag donations totaling $2,309.35 went to the Cancer Center of New Mexico. THANK YOU!

Can YOU Afford Organic Food? Yes!


By Valerie Smith, Nob Hill Store Manager

As a store manager for La Montanita, I often hear people say that organic is too expensive. Of course, my knee-jerk impulse is to object to both “too” and “expensive”. How can an 18-fold reduction in your body’s pesticide load be “too” expensive, and isn’t paying taxes to reduce the shelf cost of conventional food “expensive”? But I do understand what they are talking about. We all have a certain number of dollars for bills to pay and mouths to feed; and organic generally does not price out the same as conventional.

Fortunately food is the most flexible expense in a family’s budget, which is good because it can be the 2nd or 3rd largest monthly bill. How easy is it to reduce your mortgage 10% in one month? Not very! But food has many areas where money can be saved.

The most expensive food we buy is served to us hot and ready to eat. I love eating out, but it is the budget buster for me. My family can easily spend $30-$40 in one meal, depending on where we eat. That can easily purchase 5 lbs each of organic carrots, potatoes, and dry beans. Not to mention that you will not find many choices for organic restaurant food. Cooking at home from basic ingredients is a method that always saves money.

Bulk buying of sale items can be a great source of savings on organic food. When rolled oats are $1.39, buy 5 lbs or more, depending on how many people you buy for and how often they will eat oatmeal. Catch the organic raisins when they are 20% off, and buy bulk organic cinnamon, and you will have a super delicious and healthy, organic breakfast option. Note that a specialty coffee and pastry at a coffee shop will buy at least 7 servings of your organic oatmeal breakfast with tasty additions. Bulk organic popcorn is inexpensive and a tasty snack food, as are organic sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Becoming a Co-op member can save you many times over the cost of membership. For just $1.25 a month, you can easily save many times each month by taking advantage of “owner deals”. These deals are only available to members-owners, and can add up to good savings. During our volume discount events, members can save a minimum of 10% on one purchase, and up to 20% if they stock up. Based on our profitability and how often you shop, you can get your membership or more back at the end of the year in a patronage refund. Whether you choose membership or not, there are other sales available to all shoppers, so pick up the flyers at the door to see if items you like are on special. Coupon books are also available, as are pads of coupons throughout the store. You can apply coupons to any sale item to multiply the savings.

Organic butter and oil are important choices if you are looking to get away from conventional food. Most pesticides and petroleum contaminants are fat soluble  and will concentrate in higher amounts in fats. If you only switch ten items to organic, switch your oil, and buy it on sale to keep it affordable.

For those making a switch to organic, I recommend starting with a basic list of items: carrots, potatoes, rice, beans, butter/oil, oatmeal, apples (or other seasonal fruit), pasta, etc. These can easily fill meals with yummy, healthy ingredients. Have a vegetarian night made with beans or eggs to keep the cost down. You can even make fancy and elegant dishes like pilafs, glazed carrots, pasta e fagioli, etc., without spending a lot of money. This newsletter always has fun, delicious, easy to make recipes.

By adding some key ingredients, purchased on sale, in bulk and with coupons, you can keep nudging the percentage of organic food in your diet higher. Knowing that this can reduce the pesticide load in your body and distance you from questionable GMO ingredients. You can feel good about moving in the right direction without feeling that you have to sacrifice your budget.

Gallup Arts Crawl Tastings


Gallup Arts Crawl Tastings

Sat, Sept 13 from 5 – 9pm

We’ll be having the first in a series of tastings at our Gallup store this Saturday. Chef Marko Bello of Eagle Cafe will be preparing a green chile pork posole and local vegetable stew that we’ll sample here from 5-9pm; he’ll also be giving out samples to entice people to the new gallery at his restaurant. Come and enjoy food from Gallup’s oldest restaurant with great new flavors that will please your senses. We hope you’ll stop by if you live in Gallup, or make the journey for a great weekend adventure!




Have you thought about how things could be different in your community? Bring those ideas and join us for a second round of Co-opversations as we explore what it means to build community wealth. La Montanita Co-op has invited the historian and political economist, Gar Alperovitz, to speak at our October 18th annual member meeting. In preparation for his visit we’d like to have some engaging conversations about strong, collaborative communities. Learn a little and share a lot.

Join us on THURSDAY, Sept 18, 5:30-7pm for a CO-OPversation. In the Santa Fe Co-op Community Room, 913 West Alameda and in ABQ at the Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. Beverages, Coffee and snacks from the  Westside and Santa Fe Delis!

For more information email the Co-op’s Board of Directors at bod@lamontanita.coop, and keep a look out on our Facebook page and weekly email sales flyer.