Co-op Reports

March 03, 2021 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
As I am sure many of you are, I am so grateful for March’s arrival! The sun is getting stronger and things are warming up. There’s a lot to look forward to right now! With the warmer weather, going outside gets easier (as a mother of a 6 year old, this is something I am very much looking forward to!), it also signals the imminent arrival of some of Ontario’s earliest crops and means we will soon see the faces of some of our farmers once again. It’s hard to believe ...
January 29, 2021 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
by Helena Friesen, with additional research by M. B. Shaw, for the Food Issues Committee The Food Issues Committee has been asked to look into the question of whether our increasing consumption of almond products is contributing to the decline in bees (1).  How almond farming practices are related to the health of bees may interest members who buy any of Karma’s almond products including almond milk, almond-based products such as yogurt and flour, and almonds in bulk.  All North American ...
January 12, 2021 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
Karma’s first building condition assessment conducted by CMS Building Consultants & Engineers in 2020 outlines the essential building repairs and improvements required over the next 10 years. A summary of the capital needs below is pulled from the report with cost estimates. The full report is available to all interested Karma members by emailing Andrea Dawber at president@karmacoop.org. Karma has not been able to build up a capital reserve fund over the past decade. Today, Karma’s fi...
January 12, 2021 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
by Kristy van Beek Last June, Karma conducted a survey to learn more about you and what you would like to see and experience at Karma. A big thank you to the 333 people who took the time to share their valuable feedback with the co-op.We heard loud and clear what members love most about Karma. Ethical practices, local producers, quality organic products, democratic ownership of our grocery store, a relaxed shopping atmosphere and a nourishing community. Karma has always been a place for c...
January 12, 2021 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
Thank you, Karma members and friends. This holiday season fifty-nine Karma members, past members, staff, trial shoppers and visitors gave generously to help strengthen and build our food co-op. Every dollar raised will be invested this year in essential building renewal projects.  Thank you, Future Fund donors for your generosity and support! Aidan Nulman Alex Speers-Roesch Andrea Dawber Anne Shepherd Anonymous donors Art Jacobs & Keren Rice Artemis Crea...
December 30, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
Happy 2021 Members!! I hope you all had a wonderful, restful holiday season filled with lots of good food!  There is a lot being planned for the year ahead! The Board and committees have some great ideas and energy brewing that will continue to make Karma the most wonderful food co-op well into the future.  I am very excited!  Thank you to all of you who have made donations to both the Staff and Future Funds over the last little while. I am always amazed at how dedicated...
December 30, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
by Daria Love of the Food Issues Committee Karma members are discerning shoppers.  Seeking quality and integrity in the products they purchase, food labels and logos can provide important information about the packaged product. In Canada, only those products with 95% or greater organically produced content may be labelled organic or display the organic logo.  A product can declare the percentage of organic ingredients in the product if they total 70-95% of all the ingredient...
December 06, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports , Features No comments
by Colette Slone Karma worm wrangler Mike Luke. You may already be familiar with the worm composting bins at Karma, but for those of you who are not yet acquainted, allow us to formally introduce ourselves. We are Colette and Mike, Karma members since 2014 and the official Worm Wranglers of Karma’s worm composting (aka vermicomposting) bin! We started the worm bin 6 years ago when Colette was a Karma staff member. At the time, she needed to find a new home for the composting worm...
December 06, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
2020 is almost over! What a year it’s been! Thank you members and amazing Karma staff and Board of Directors for working so hard to see this year through. I hope 2021 brings health and love to you all. Thank you for your ongoing support this year.  Around the store, things are looking like the holidays! The lights are up, our feature shelf holds some exciting gift ideas, and the store is busy!!  Though the holidays will be looking different this year, we are still celebrating! O...
December 06, 2020 General Manager Co-op reports No comments
Introducing the members of your board! President, and Management Committee Liaison: Andrea Dawber Andrea is currently the Senior Development Communications Officer, Foundations, with Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium, communicating impact to donors and foundations. She has held a range of positions from co-managing an artist-run centre to Acting Executive Director of Ecosource, an environmental education charity based in Mississauga. Andrea has been a member since 1991, and ...