Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eating Vegan Workshop

The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) conducted a workshop for co-op members about Vegan Eating on January 12th. We covered a number of subjects, including the AWC’s mission, reasons for eating vegan, the basics of vegan nutrition, and tips for shopping for vegan food at the co-op. We plan to offer the workshop again, so if you would like to attend please be on the lookout for an announcement.

Links to our handouts are attached here:


This four-pager addresses vegan sources of protein, calcium, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin D3. Disclaimer: we are not doctors or nutritionists. In this handout we share our understanding of our nutritional needs and list resources that offer more definitive and detailed information.

Replacement and Transitional Foods

If you’re looking for ways to replace specific animal products in your diet, this is a good place to start. We list vegan analogs for dairy milk, eggs, butter, yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, a variety of cheeses and meats, stuffed pasta, and chocolate. Many products include a description of where to find them in the coop.

Vegan Staples

A list of products we use often, including several vegan breads and a number of sweeteners.

Non-Vegan “Hidden” Ingredients Short List

The ingredient lists on food products can be pretty impenetrable. This handout notes some ingredients to keep an eye out for that may not jump out as non-vegan, like L-Cystine and casein.

Our Favorite Vegan Products at the Co-Op

Each member of the AWC listed some of our favorite vegan foods to buy at the co-op. Delicacies include So Delicious Coconut Milk Cookie Dough Frozen Dessert, Artisan Tofurkey Chik’n and Apple Sausage, and Regal Vegan Faux Gras.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack Ideas

So you want to eat more vegan foods – but which ones? Here are seven pages of inspiration for every meal, complete with recipes.

Piper, on behalf of the Animal Welfare Committee

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Member Squad Application - and overview if you missed today's session!

Hello PSFC members!

Thank you to the folks who joined Piper and me this afternoon to hear about what the Animal Welfare Committee's work entails and how to apply for the Animal Welfare Squad as your co-op workshift.

The application to join the committee is HERE

All applications are due by 4/20 and we are hoping to meet with candidates who are a good fit during our 5/5 meeting (7-8:30pm) if possible.

If you were NOT able to join us this afternoon and are interested in joining the committee, please review the following points before applying. 

  • Please know our mission before applying.  The Animal Welfare Committee provides transparent animal welfare information about the co-op’s products.  Please take a look at the info sheets we produce.  This is a large part of what this committee's work is...and what the new members will be researching and creating as well!  Research involves calling PSFC vendors (farmers) and asking them questions about the welfare of the animals they raise.  Research can also include using external sources to provide transparent information about broader issues (e.g. animal testing information).  
  • You must be able to attend Monday C week squad meetings from 7-8:30pm without missing more than two to three in a calendar year.
  • Squad work is flexible based on current projects.  There is the opportunity to log additional co-op workshifts either to share with your co-op household members or to bank and use in future months when you might have less time for extra projects.  All squad members are required to log the 2.75 hours required to be a co-op member per cycle.

  • Areas we cover
Animal testing as it relates to personal care and household products

Farmed animal welfare (currently laying hens, cow and goat dairy, turkeys during Thanksgiving season and in the future chicken, pigs, cow/beef, etc.)

  • We are currently seeking two new members and have identified a need for the following skills.  The application will give you space to explain any experience you have in these areas or other relevant experience that would benefit the committee:
- Design (graphic design or layout for info sheets)
- Publicity (social media, print media, tabling - spreading news of squad's work)
- Branding (to make our deliverables easily identifiable)
- Journalism (ability to get transparent info and communicate it in a succinct way)

  • Apply online!  All applications will be done online.  Our committee communicates largely via email and Google Drive when not meeting so a comfort level (or a willingness to get comfortable with!) both would be great!  
Please include any relevant experience in the areas of skill sets we’re looking for

Please include any experience you believe is relevant to the squad’s work

AWC will post the due date of the applications and when we’ll be calling people in for interviews

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!  If you have any questions, please don't hestiate to email us at

Jesse, on behalf of the Animal Welfare Committee

Sunday, March 9, 2014

4/6 - Join the Animal Welfare Committee Session! (or just learn about us!)

Whether you want to learn what the Animal Welfare Committee does or you'd like to join the committee, this workshop is for you!  Please join us for an overview of what the committee does for the Park Slope Food Co-Op membership!  

If you'd like to join the squad, we'll be reviewing what skill sets we're looking for and letting you know how to apply!  If you can't make it and you'd like to join the squad, please keep an eye out here (or @psfcanimals on twitter) as we'll be hosting the online application on this blog.

Jesse, on behalf of the Animal Welfare Committee

Thursday, December 12, 2013

RSVP for the January 12 Vegan Eating Workshop!

Are you interested in vegan eating?

In the New Year, many Coop members will resolve to change their eating habits. In recent years, there has been an increased interest in vegan eating, with people like Bill Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres touting the benefits of their plant-based diets. Growing evidence shows that vegan diets have positive impacts on human health and are better for the planet.

Whether you want to commit to a vegan diet or start eating more plant foods, this workshop will help.

Join us Sunday, January 12, at 12:00 p.m. in the PSFC's upstairs meeting room for an introduction to vegan eating. We will discuss recipes, shopping staples, and basic nutrition.

Space is limited. Please RSVP now to reserve your seat.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11/23/13 Turkey Guide Now Available at Coop!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Animal Welfare Committee's 2013 Turkey Guide is here! We contacted the Coop's turkey vendors and interviewed them about the conditions their birds live in, then organized the information in a handy chart for members.

The Guide also explains the labels commonly found on meat products, like free-range and pasture-raised, and describes the festive turkey alternatives that the Coop carries.

The Turkey Guide is laminated next to the turkeys, and take-home versions are also available there. You can find a larger version of the Guide online by clicking on the AWC Guides tab at the top of this page, and then clicking on Buying Turkeys at the Coop.

Piper on behalf of the Animal Welfare Committee

Monday, September 23, 2013

09/23/13 Dairy Milk Guide Now Available from AWC

Our new milk guide is here! The Members' Guide to Coop Milk provides a wealth of information about the welfare of the cows and goats who produce the milk sold at the coop, along with definitions of the terms on dairy product labels like "Pasture-Raised" and "All Natural."

Like all our guides, the milk guide is organized in an easy-to-read chart. You can find it laminated near the dairy case at the coop.

Piper on behalf of the Animal Welfare Committee

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

08/26/2013 Squad Update

This meeting the squad checked in our work calendar for the remainder of 2013.

What will we be doing for the rest of 2013? 

  • The Milk Guide is done and will be posted to the blog shortly.  The laminated version is already up in the co-op!  
  • We'll be starting the Chicken Guide next 
  •  We're considering whether we have the bandwith to commit to a seasonal Turkey Guide, as we did last year

Some items are already in our pipeline for 2014:

  • A workshop for those interested in eating vegan - this was a request from our co-op membership when we hosted the committee info sessions last year.  Scheduled tenatatively for January 2014, we'll be gathering resources for the "Interested in Eating Vegan?" workshop

  • Beef Guide - we're slated to start the Beef Guide in 2014

We also discussed a Communication Checklist for the information guides we produce.  When we come out with  a new info guide, we want you to know!  So we brainstormed the ways we can get that information in front of your face - the Linewaiters' Gazette, Twitter, this blog, etc.  We're trying to expand our communication to the membership so if you have an idea, please let us know in the comments!

Jesse on behalf of the Animal Welfare Committee