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Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients: January – March 2019

Each quarter, Skagit Valley Food Co-op selects four Tokens for Tomorrow recipients. With Tokens for Tomorrow, every time you bring in a reusable shopping bag, we honor your commitment to reducing waste with a token worth 5¢ to give to Neighbors in Need Food Bank or one of four other local organizations doing great things for our community. Check out 2019’s 1st Quarter Tokens for Tomorrow Recipients:

Friends of the Mount Vernon Library
The Friends of the Mount Vernon Library are advocates for literacy and reading, and promote the library as a vital informational, cultural, and educational asset to our community. The Friends are dedicated to support the library by providing funding, direct service or in-kind support of library projects and events, and advocating for the library.

The Friends paid for the books the librarian donated to the juvenile detention center as well as the material for the new art in the children’s section. Books recently cleared off the shelf are sent off-site to be sold instead of discarded, and the Friends covers the shipping and handling costs, which allows the library to continue buying new books for the community.

Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential, as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The clubs serve youth ages 6-18 throughout Skagit County, developing their skills across three Priority Outcomes: Academic Success, healthy Lifestyles, & Good Character & Citizenship. Each of the Clubs provides members with a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs; character development experiences; and hope and opportunity.

Northwest Agricultural Research Foundation – Organic Crops Committee (NARF)
NARF exists to support experimental and research-related work in connection with the control of diseases and insects as well as cultural, fertility, and soil related problems. NARF also supports the development of crops and plant breeding, selection, and testing to enhance yield quality, and economic return. The Organic Committee was formed in 2009 to facilitate the advancement of agricultural research on behalf of organic producers in the region. A necessary component of obtaining research funding from funding sources in the need to demonstrate producer and industry stakeholder support for the proposed research, whether that be as financial, in-kind contributions or letters of support.

Funds will be used to support organic research at the WSU Mount Vernon certified organic research site and/or grower fields.

Clear Lake Elementary Visions Nature Club
The Clear Lake Elementary Visions Program Nature Club was formed as an after-school turnout for all interested Visions students from grades one through six. The aim of the club is to allow students to pursue nature science with a fun, hands-on approach and engage them meaningfully in their local native ecosystem in a way that no book curriculum would cover. The club’s centerpiece is the Visions garden, which the students will develop, use, and maintain. They will also explore a range of sciences from native botany to mycology, geology to hydrology, and birdwatching to salmon studies. The club will host local experts to provide labs and demonstrations on a monthly basis, which intends to inspire the students to deeper learning. Finally, the club aims to develop an annual Earth Day program to share with the entire school and potentially to the whole Clear Lake community.

By: Co-op Staff

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