Dale Woodbeck’s Legacy at Lakewinds

Dale Woodbeck is retiring from the co-op after 12 years as Lakewind’s general manager. Here’s his final letter to owners, which also appears in the summer issue of ReFresh, along with reflections from those he’s worked with. Join us as we celebrate Dale’s legacy at Lakewinds! Appreciations for Dale “Dale is going to be so … Continued

Dale Woodbeck Retiring, New GM Announced

After Dale Woodbeck announced his upcoming retirement, the Lakewinds board of directors has hired a new general manager — but a familiar face in the organization. Greg Dick, Lakewinds operations manager, will be taking over leadership of the co-op when Dale retires in early June. Greg has been with Lakewinds since 2008 and the operations … Continued

Lakewinds & Neighborhood Forest: A Partnership for the Planet

Giving back to the community isn’t just an important part of Lakewinds’ mission, it’s something you support every time you shop at the co-op. Throughout the year, our co-op makes sponsorship-level monetary donations to local nonprofits whose work relates to sustainability and equity in the food system, education about nutrition, or the environment. One such … Continued

Lakewinds Shoppers Give Back: Small Donations, Big Change

“Would you like to round up today?” You’ve probably heard it when shopping at the co-op, but what effect do your donations of a few cents at a time really have? The truth is those small repeated acts of generosity have added up to more good than you may realize. Over the years, our Community … Continued

More Than Ever, Where Our Food Comes From Matters

When the COVID-19 pandemic was in full force last summer, it created unexpected challenges across the economy, but especially for local food growers and makers. They faced reduced markets as a result of restaurants, schools, corporate campuses, and other buyers being closed. That’s why Lakewinds joined other food-minded organizations and created “Local Food is Essential,” … Continued

Sowing a Sustainable Future

A Check-in with the 2020 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Recipients   The Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF) is our co-op’s grant program designed to help local sustainable and organic farmers achieve their on-farm goals – with over $500,000 awarded since 2011.   In 2020 alone, Lakewinds provided more than $109,000 in LOFF grants to 15 … Continued

Kernza: A Perennial Revolution

Kernza® perennial grain is an environmentally friendly, soil-enriching, carbon-capturing perennial wheatgrass with the potential to change agriculture. Farmers growing Kernza are excited about how growing this grain instead of traditional annual wheat can change their land and business for the better. Luke Peterson of A-Frame Farm is a veteran grower who is already seeing changes … Continued

New at the Co-Op, January 2021

It’s a new year, so why not try something new at the co-op? This month we’ve got some great new small-batch condiments, original snacks, eco-friendly makeup, and health-boosting supplements. Everything added to our shelves meets our high quality standards, so you can trust what you put in your cart. Grocery Mother In Law’s Korean gochujang … Continued

New at the Co-op, December 2020

Each month, our team brings in new, unique items, including those from local makers. See what’s new and might be interesting to you this month! Grocery New Herbal Tea Blends from Sacred Blossom New blends from one of our favorite local farmers are now available in sustainable, compost-friendly packaging! All herbs are grown locally, hand … Continued