Organic and Locally Grown!
The North Coast Co-op has the largest selection of certified organic produce on the North Coast. Find products from many of our local farmers every season of the year.
The North Coast Co-op accepts WIC vouchers for food items such as infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, and canned fish. In addition, soy-based beverages, tofu, fruits and vegetables, baby foods, whole wheat bread, and other whole-grain options were recently added to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants.
WIC items are labeled on the shelf so they can easily be identified and all produce items (except for potatoes) are eligible for purchase with WIC vouchers.
WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. WIC also provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge.
Binders containing farmer and producer profiles and production methods are also available at Customer Service.
All Dogs Biscuits
Bear River Valley Beef
Big D Ranch
Eel River Brewery
Elk Prairie Vineyard
Feral Family Farm
Flying Blue Dog Farm & Nursery
Honey Apple Farms
Humboldt Bay Coffee
Humboldt Grassfed Beef
Ingrid's Garden Therapy
Kodiak's Dog Biscuits
Little River Farm
Lost Coast Farm
Lost Coast Vineyards
Mad River Brewing Co.
Muddy Waters Coffee
Neukom Family Farm
New Moon Organics
North Bay Shellfish
Old Growth Cellars
Rain Frog Farm
Redwood Organic Farm
Robert Goodman Winery
Sadie Monster's Cookies
Sweet Pea Gardens
Warren Creek Farms
Western Botanical Medicine
Wild Rose Farm
Wildflower Specialty Foods
Willow Creek Farm
If you would like your business to be profiled in our Trust Your Source program, print the form below and return to Brenda Harper at the Arcata Co-op or fill it out here:
Trust Your Source Application (PDF)
**You cannot save a copy of the form once it is filled out!**
Food Security Forum 2010
The North Coast Co-op and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers brought the community together in support of local foods and food security in Humboldt County at Food Security Forum 2010 on February 27. Participants were brought up to date on what we know, where we would like to go, and participated in solution-based discussion on how to get there. The outcomes from the meeting can be found below.
Top 5 Action Items
All Action Items
Discussion Group Notes
Steps to Achieve Coop Strategic Plan
Distribution & Coordination in New Local system
Arcata Local Food System and Policy
Farmers Issues & Land Use
Food Access for Low Income Community
Disaster Preparedness and Food Security
Local Foods Preparation, How to Do It Your Self
All Discussion Group Notes
Event Feedback Form
North Coast Co-op Strategic Plan
CAFF Local Food Distribution Report
Can Humboldt County Feed Itself?
Humboldt Community Food Assessment
Center for Rural Policy
Community Food Security Coalition
Food for Thought
Food Literacy Project
Food System Alliance
The Living Green Gazette
Oakland Food Policy Council
North Coast Community Gardens Collaborative
North Coast Growers Association
Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council
Reach Out Humboldt
Roots of Change
Want to get involved? Contact Melanie Bettenhausen at (707) 826-8670 ext. 132.
Our Wellness Department has a database for helping customers answer questions about vitamins, herbs, supplements, and other health care products.
Do you have a symptom and want to know what your condition might be? Have a medical condition and want to know alternative treatment options? Have a prescription and want to know if a supplement will react with your medication? Find all this and more in our new database.
When you are in one of our stores, ask a Wellness Department clerk to do a search for you or try it out for yourself below!
Enter Reference Library
Look for the Gluten Free shelf tag when shopping to easily identify products that are labeled gluten free. While there are many products that are naturally gluten free, such as fruits and vegetables, we only label those that claim to be gluten free on their packaging.
Gluten is a specific type of protein found in wheat, rye, and barley that causes intestinal damage when eaten by people with gluten sensitivities or Celiac disease. Many other people are going gluten free because they have found various health benefits associated with removing gluten from the diet.
Whatever your reasons, we’ve made finding gluten free items easy and we stock more than 800 at any given time!
You can also pick up the Co-op's Pocket Guide to Safe & Unsafe Ingredients for Gluten-Free Diet, put together by our Consumer Education Coordinator, which allows you to read labels and find out for yourself if a product is gluten free. Find one at Customer Service or download one here.
Shopping local should be easy! We label all products grown or produced within 250 miles, so you can shop local with just a glance. Look for the local label on hundreds of items in both of our store locations.
Want to learn more about your local producers? Click here to check out Trust Your Source, the North Coast Co-op’s Guide to Regional Food. You’ll find essential information about the sustainable practices of the people who grown and produce our food locally, including miles-to-market. Trust Your Source is made up of participating vendors and local producers in our bioregion. Don’t see your favorite in our list? Encourage them to get involved. Tell ‘em the Co-op sent ya.
Co-op is thrilled to be a part of a countywide initiative to
connect schools with local farms. Each month, the Co-op provides
classroom instruction and fresh local (when possible) produce to several area
schools. Nearly 100 classrooms, and growing, are learning about
the Harvest of the Month.
Targeting in season and local produce, each class learns where
the produce was originally grown, how it grows and serving
ideas. Everyone gets a taste of perfectly ripe produce!
When children know about their food they are more likely to
try it. When they try it they are more likely to continue eating
it. Best of all, the children learn that the farmer down the
street works everyday to feed our community.
Whether it is apples in September, butternut squash in December
or strawberries in May; each month is a great opportunity to
encourage children, and their families, to eat more produce.
Eating more produce, coupled with regular activity may be their
best defensive against obesity.
Trust Your Source is the Co-op’s project to promote awareness of food grown or produced within the Klamath/North Coast
Bioregion of California and whose producers use “Sustainable
Sustainable production methods
include the following prinicples:
- Reduce or eliminate synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
- Avoid the use of hormones, antibiotics, and genetic engineering.
- Conserve soil and water.
- Provide safe and fair working conditions for on-farm labor.
- Provide healthy and humane care for livestock.
- Protect and enhance wildlife habitat and biodiversity on working farm landscapes.
- Reduce food-related energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation, recycling, minimal packaging, and local sales.
The Klamath/North Coast Bioregion, as defined by the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System, includes all of Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Mendocino, and Lake counties; plus parts of Siskiyou, Shasta, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa Counties.
Going beyond organic certification or “buy local” campaigns, regional sustainability integrates economic, social, and environmental considerations, and rewards local farmers, both conventional and organic, who employ ecological practices.
Whether it’s organic lettuce from Orleans, Tofu Shop tofu from Arcata or the Co-op’s own table wines from Mendocino County, the Trust Your Source logo indicates that the product is not only locally produced but sustainably produced as well. If you see a product on our shelves that should be labeled as Trust Your Source please let us know.
Download a brochure here (PDF).
If you would like your business to be profiled in our Trust Your Source program, fill out the Trust Your Source Application.
Protecting Food Locally
Food advocacy at the national level is extremely important. Most of what we consume comes from out of the area, so we rely on federal regulations to protect our food. Additionally, legislation at the county level affects our local food supply. As members of the community, it is our responsibility to make certain that development does not overtake viable farmland.
One way to protect the ability to feed ourselves locally is to get involved in the Humboldt County General Plan Update. Be informed. Read the current draft of the plan here. You can also read the Health Impact Assessment, co-authored by Human Impact Partners, Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Branch, and the Humboldt Partnership for Active Living (HumPAL) which informs the General Plan Update. You can also get involved with the Healthy Humboldt Coalition and/or the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).
*If you know of other organizations working on the General Plan Update in regards to food security, please let us know and we will post them here. Contact Melanie Bettenhausen at (707) 826-8670 ext. 132.
The North Coast Cooperative recognizes both the potential health and environmental hazards associated with Genetically Engineered (GE) foods and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our food chain. A Genetically Modified Organism is an organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering (1). Working outside of the confines of natural possibilities, these alterations leave a risk of unknown consequences to the ecosystem and public health.
The North Coast Cooperative believes that at this time the best way to avoid GE and GMO products is to consume only certified organic food. We call upon regulatory agencies to support thorough testing and strict labeling standards for GMO products. Education and information regarding food safety is a responsibility the North Coast Cooperative accepts and embraces. There are resources available throughout the store, as well as on our web site to stay informed regarding controversial technologies and practices.
(1) As defined by the American Heritage Medical Dictionary.
Humboldt Community for Activity and Nutrition (Humboldt CAN) is a collaboration of local businesses, non-profit agencies, and individuals committed to building a unified movement towards increasing physical activity, healthy eating and active and public transportation. Humboldt CAN's mission is to improve the quality of life for residents by fostering a healthy, engaged community.
The North Coast Co-op has been a proud member of Humboldt CAN since the collaborative began working together in January 2008 and continues to support its work through Humboldt CAN's bi-monthly Tea & Talk series.
Tea & Talk Series
Humboldt CAN will be presenting a speaker each month on topics related to physical activity, nutrition, and transportation. Tea, coffee and healthy breakfast snacks will be provided at all sessions. All sessions are free and will take place at the Community Wellness Center at 908 7th Street, Eureka.
Next Tea & Talk:
Getting Active at Work
May 17, 2013 from 8:30am to 9:30 am
If you would like more information about Humboldt CAN or the Tea & Talk Series, or would like to join the email list, please contact Melanie Bettenhausen at (707) 826-8670 ext. 132.
Tea & Talk Links
Often times after a Tea & Talk session, there are requests for links to documents referenced by panelists.
These documents are not a complete reflection of what was presented at the Tea & Talk session, rather they are extras that came out of the session. Emails are sent to participants who request these links, but they are also hosted here:
Food and Beverage Policy and Practice in the Workplace
March 15, 2013
"The Power of Habit:
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business"
by Charles Duhigg
Consumption of artificially and sugar-sweetened beverages and incident type 2 diabetes in the Etude Epidémiologique auprès des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l'Education Nationale–European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort
Flavored Milk; Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk and 17 Additional Dairy Products
Transportation Planning for Optimal Health
January 18, 2013
"Talking in Public about Growth and Development"
Do's and Don'ts for Talking in public
about growth and development.
"How to Talk about Cycling to a Conservative"
"Warnings from a Flabby Mouse"
NY Times article which goes into our model of
looking upstream to inform our work.
"Transportation, Health, and Equity" Webinar Series
Putting prevention to work and using walking and
biking to promote public health.
Based on the honor system, participants will pledge to incorporate local ingredients into their diet, at a challenge level that is comfortable for them, for the month of September. Taking the challenge is free, fun and easy!
Download Essential Challenge Information (printable pdf)
|We make it easy by labeling local products throughout our stores, and providing local producer profiles through our Trust Your Source program that detail the practices and values of the people who grow and produce our food.
Learn more about our local label.
Read about the differences between the local label and our Trust Your Source program on p. 9 of the May 2012 Co-op News.
View our Trust Your Source local producer profiles.
Kick off the Challenge with our free local food fair! Learn more.
Celebrate the conclusion of the Challenge with a free, community potluck. Please bring a local dish to share. Learn more.
Sign up for the Challenge in Stores during the month of August, the Challenge takes place in September.
Questions? Call (707) 822-5947/ Arcata or (707) 443-6027/ Eureka
LOCAL FOOD MONTH CALENDAR
Click HERE to download a printable PDF version of the
local food month calendar, courtesy of the Humboldt Chapter of the Community Alliance with
Family Farmers (CAFF). You can also follow them on Facebook here and get invites to farm tours, crop mobs and other opporutnities to volunteer, enjoy good food and hang out with local farmers.