Co-op Blog

Shop 4% Friday on April 28, 2017 to Support Concrete Farm to School Program

The Co-op’s 4% Friday Community Shopping Day is one of the many ways we like to give back to the community, and we need your help! 4% Friday recipients are honored with 4% of the day’s gross sales at the Co-op, so the more you shop, the more you give back! On Friday, April 28th 4% of sales will go to support Concrete School District’s Farm to School Program, a United General Community Health Outreach Program. The mission of Concrete Farm to School is to build resilient students and families by providing access to healthy local foods, nutrition and culinary education, and hands-on gardening activities in the cafeteria, classroom, and community.

How does Concrete Farm to School plan to use its 4% Friday Funds?

In the past three years, Concrete Farm to School has developed partnerships and learning opportunities for students in the cafeteria, classrooms, and community. Through field trips to local farms and ranches students have learned about life cycles of plants and animals, principles of humane animal husbandry, and the variety of career opportunities in farming and ranching. Ovenell’s Double O Ranch near Concrete has hosted student field trips for three years and recently offered to work with Farm to School to provide grass-fed beef for school meals. The 4% Friday funding will enable us to purchase a pregnant cow, which will stay on the ranch, for the beginnings of a Farm to School beef herd. This arrangement will ensure that the school meal program has a consisteng supply of local grass-fed beef (at least 600 pounds of beef each year), which, in turn, will feed Concrete students one special Skagit-raised beef meal each month.

By: Co-op Staff

Our marketing and outreach team has news to share with you! Each week, we bring forth new FRESH DEALS, features, recipes, the Produce Report, and more!