July 2015 Hudson Grocery Cooperative Newsletter
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Laurie Bergren (left) with HGC Director Marina Onken (right).

Red, White & Blue HGC Owner Drive was a Success

HGC hosted another successful ownership drive on July 28 at the Postmark Grille. The evening started with a delicious red, white and blue burger special then about 40 people enjoyed a social with networking and good conversation. This was followed by a presentation by HGC President, Don Kirkpatrick, with update on HGC’s efforts to open a community-owned, locally sources grocery store in Hudson.
Laurie Bergren was the winner of the evening’s drawing for a free HGC ownership, which was generously donated by Co-op owner Hans Friese.

Genie Ebertz at an exhibit with her horse sculpture Wheely. This piece will also be shown at an exhibit in Madison later this summer.

Genie Ebertz

Genie is a native of Argentina but has lived in Hudson for the past 20 years, so she calls Hudson her home. She is an artist and a Landscape Designer. Her art studio, Caminito, is on county Road A just outside of Hudson – this is where she creates her art and also teaches pottery and painting classes. Genie also enjoys playing tennis and all things having to do with nature.
Why did you decide to become an owner of HGC?
I always loved the idea and rare concept of knowing where you food comes from.
Why do you think it's important for the Hudson area to have a grocery cooperative?
Hudson is a great town, but having a local co-op will make it even better! We shouldn't have to drive miles away in order to get quality food.
What value can a local co-op have on people of all ages?
The co-op model in which everyone is an owner makes people take pride, from the youngest members to the oldest, we all must eat, and food from a co-op is better way to do it.
Why is it important for current owners to recruit others now?
It is important to recruit so no effort goes in vain. There seems to be a momentum and as we recruit, it becomes more real and more people are going to get on board. So many of us want to see this happen, and the faster people get on board, the faster it will be built. We want our co-op!

Thank you to the volunteers who staffed the HGC booth at the RiverFest Concert on July 23. (l-r) Jennifer Holt, Liz Kaldun-Buchholz, Laura Butler and Don Kirkpatrick.

HGC Director Marina Onken Suggests Book

If learning about the American food system is of interest to you, here is a book to add to your reading list.
Mark Bittman is known for serving up amazing recipes with a healthy side of social commentary. The New York Times columnist and bestselling author recently released a new book, A Bone To Pick (Wiley/The Associated Press) that explores the deeply rooted problems he sees in our corporate food system. Bittman doesn't mince words, he believes the corporate food system is broken.
At once inspiring, enraging, and enlightening, A Bone to Pick is an essential resource for every reader eager to understand not only the complexities inherent in the American food system, but also the many opportunities that exist to improve it.

Buck Malick, Lily Jorgenson, Travis, Cecilia, Ella and Arianna Thibault
Other volunteers not pictured John Hoggatt, Genie Eberz, Randy Smith and Jacki Bradham.

Call for Candidates for the Hudson Grocery Cooperative Board of Directors

Are you an owner who is looking to become more involved and feel you have much to offer the HGC? Consider running for the Board of Directors!
As a Director you will have the satisfaction of serving a growing organization that serves the community with healthy products and education. You will have a voice in the shaping of the future of the co-op while working with a group of people who share a commitment to a democratic process and a sustainable local economy.
The owners of Hudson Grocery Cooperative will elect the new members of the Board of Directors at the annual owner meeting to be held in November. There are four Director seats open this year, and any co-op owner can apply to serve as a Director. Our volunteer Board is made up of 7 to 9 co-op owners just like you who each serve 3-year terms. Directors commit to attending regular and special meetings prepared to share ideas, they serve on committees, pursue educational opportunities, assure adherence to the co-op board policies, and most importantly, keep us moving toward our goal! 
If you are interested in running for the board there is an application process that includes an orientation that will provide information on what we do and will allow you to ask questions of current Directors. 
Still need to learn more about the role of HGC Director? Please consider attending the August or September Board meetings. You may also contact any sitting Director or drop us a line with any questions at
The Director election information packet and application will be posted on our website in August. 
Thanks for your consideration to serve in this important role!

A Newcomer to the Garden: Three-lined Potato Beetle

The three-lined potato beetle decided to take up residence in the garden this year. Given it’s name, you would assume these rather pretty flying beetles would prefer to eat potato leaves. Not so in my garden. Apparently they like anything in the nightshade family; potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants; but given a choice, they will happily homestead on tomatillo plants.
At first, I didn’t think they were doing any harm. There was no obvious sign of leaf gnawing or dark spots. I guess I should have looked closer… on the underside of the leaves. What the Heck is That!?! Lined up all around on the underside leaf edge were these REALLY disgusting looking... slugs. No way was I touching those, even with gloves on! So I very gingerly loped off the leaves into a clear produce/bulk bag (reuse and recycle!), tightly tied the bag, put it in the hottest part of the yard, in full sun, on concrete, and hoped they would return to ash… quickly. These were NOT going into the compost.
After a little research, I’m glad I didn’t touch them. It turns out the young offspring have a very disgusting defense/survival mechanism. They poop on themselves and scientists call this a “fecal shield”. Well, that certainly answers the ugliness question. I don’t usually have a problem dealing with fecal matter (I’ve changed many diapers without the aid of gloves and a full-face mask), but these things brought a sustained, 42 or 43 facial muscle activated, “eewwww, gross” expression that I hope is not permanently etched into this aging face. So the next question is how to get rid of them, because if left unchecked they will decimate not only the tomatillos, but possibly all of my nightshade family plants.
Step one - Getting rid of the adults
They fly, so they can be difficult to eradicate. We had the same problem with the iridescent Japanese Beetle a couple years ago. Knocking them into a bowl of soapy water took care of them, then we realized the chickens liked them, so we just knocked them into a bowl of water and let the chickens pick them out and eat them. Not so with this beetle. The chickens won’t eat them so squishing them individually is the option. They take a bit of pressure to squish. Or you can try the soapy water method, but I have had more of them fly away than in the bowl.
Step Two - Inspecting the underside of the leaves
Look for orange colored “eggs” near leaf veins and run a thumb across them to squish.
Step Three - Fecal Shield stage
I will only employ the leaf removal/bag method for this stage. Trust me, this is a really disgusting stage.
Step Four - Spray
If you have the little buggers in fecal shield stage, spraying them may not be effective. After all, they are covered in poo. It may be best to hand pick and remove all stages before spraying. Once I am relatively sure I have eradicated all stages, I use a homemade concoction, and so far so good.
These pretty little beetles want to go forth and multiply. They lay up to 1500 eggs and can produce three generations in one summer. They can also overwinter in the soil. It seems gardening on any scale is not for the faint of heart. It’s a jungle out there with danger lurking under every leaf.

Welcome New HGC Owners:

320 Julie Harper-Wylie
321 Cayla Holland
322 Janelle & Phil Dixon
323 Gail Hoggatt
324 Heidi Singerhouse

Hudson Grocery Co-op
324 Members
as of 7/14/15

HGC Ownership Challenge!!!

We’ve reached an important goal of 300 owners (currently at 324) and we are grateful to all who have taken the important step of joining. But this also means that we need to move toward the next goal: 1,000 owners to open our doors!
What if every household was able to convince two or three neighbors, family members, and friends to join as well?  What if we could do that this summer? We would have 1,000 owners and could be well on our way to opening the doors of the Hudson Grocery Cooperative!

Host an HGC Home Party

As owners of the Co-op, we all have a real stake in the progress and success of this project, and YOU are an important and powerful tool in the goal to build our ownership base. Gathering people together around a common table to discuss an important issue is a great way to grow the Co-op – and we need your help to host an HGC home party.
Let us know if the idea of hosting a gathering of friends and neighbors is something you can do to help grow the co-op. We suggest a potluck for minimal stress to the host, but you are free to make this event yours – however you wish – perhaps a backyard BBQ, wine and cheese tasting, a spring garden salsa supper, or a recipe exchange?
A Co-op ambassador will attend your party to make a brief presentation, answer questions and handle the registration process for anyone interested in joining the co-op at your party. HGC will send you a party-planning guide to help make your event easy and fun.
Email us at to get started! A board member will contact you with all the information that you’ll need.
Thank you for helping to grow our community! The more quickly we can grow HGC’s ownership base, the faster we’ll be able to open our doors.

HGC Board Training

One important aspect of serving as a Director on the Board of HGC is on-going education and training. Each Director commits to training as part of their role of serving as a Director. Training includes Board retreats, reviewing the literature and attending various conferences. Education topics include Board governance as well learning more about starting and sustaining a grocery cooperative. 
To this end we recently added a Learning Session to each of our Board meetings. This time allows for the Directors to discuss a specific article, a recently attended training, or discuss specific topics in greater depth than the actual Board meeting will allow. The Learning Session begins at 6 p.m. prior to each Board Meeting.
We also work directly with two consulting co-ops - Food Co-op Initiative and CDS Consulting Co-op. An upcoming training offered by CDS will have a number of our Directors attending. This training, the annual Cooperative Board Leadership 101 - Foundations of Board Leadership training will be held in September. Each year HGC sends a group of Directors to CBL 101 that, according to CDS Consulting Co-op, “provides a strong foundation for directors by covering these topics: Cooperative principles, values and history, legal roles and responsibilities, cooperative governance, financial understanding using the balance sheet.”

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Bug Spray for Plants

1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
2 cups fresh mint leaves (or 20 drops peppermint essential oil)
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
1 gallon container (an empty vinegar jug works)
Spray bottle

Place onion, garlic, mint leaves and cayenne pepper in a blender and pulverize. Allow mixture to stand for a couple hours. Strain with a fine mesh strainer. (wear gloves… this stuff can make your hands stinky for a while and the cayenne can make for an unpleasant experience.)
Add the liquid to a one-gallon container. Add soap and enough water to make one gallon. Cap and shake. Uncap and pour into a spray bottle. Mark both containers. Spray on plants in the morning or evening once or twice a week and after heavy rains.
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