Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Pretty cool video the the Midwest has created to share some of the WFM acronyms during new store opening training. Here’s the link to that video:https://vimeo.com/user22394449/review/116555290/96daea774e (Just 2 min. long)Paula Miller gets the credit for creating it with some of our team members in the region. It’s a fun, and quick way to introduce new TMs to some of the acronyms.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thanks to Patrick Diller for the following post.
Last week I had the opportunity to put on a live Whole Planet Foundation training event with the amazing Morgan Peretti where we Skyped live with Claire Kelly (Program Manager for WPF in Africa and the Middle East) while she was in Tanzania. We got to hear all about what Claire’s job is, how she got into her work, and many amazing photos and stories about WPF partners and microcredit clients. Steve Wanta, Global Program Director, spoke about the current state of the US programs and new projects that WPF is involved in. Additionally we heard from Genie Bolduc who runs the Team Member Volunteer Program, and Ian Steyaert who is a team member at the global office that went to Kenya last year with WPF. I wanted to thank the many TM’s that tuned in. If you missed it, have no fear, we recorded it! You can view on videofarm by clicking on the link below. Be sure to have your viewing tracked so that you get training credit (MJLC code 1522325)! Thank you to all team members for everything you do to support Whole Planet Foundation!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
We are happy to announce the Midwest Region’s most recent Local Producer Loan recipient, Sawmill Hollow! Located in Missouri Valley, Iowa, Sawmill Hollow is a local family farm that grows organic aronia berries. They can currently be found in the MW region.The organic berry operation is a unique, sixth generation family farm run by Vaughn and Cindy Pittz and their son, Andrew. The Pittz family first planted 207 aronia berry bushes in 1997 and have since expanded the farm to 26 acres and more than 13,000 plants. It is also, according to Iowa State University, the first berry farm in the country. Seeing the health and environmental benefits of the plant, the Pittz Family out to reintroduce the native berry the United States.Sawmill Hollow’s goal is to democratize this native . By helping farmers start their own berry plots, the farm sees itself as a facilitator of healthy, ecologically sound living. In addition to being a high antioxidant fruit according to USDA studies, the berry’s perennial nature preserves nutrient-rich soil from erosion. As a mission, Sawmill Hollow hopes commercial aronia berry sales will help to diversify crops grown on Iowan soil.Proceeds from the Local Producer Loan went to purchase a new walk-in freezer to increase their capacity and support expansion within Whole Foods Market. Their product line now includes frozen berries, powders, concentrate and more.Thanks to everyone for your support of the program, and please let us know if you have any questions!
Monday, March 23, 2015
Our first ever “Out of the Vault” Rare Beer Release took place at Park Lane this past Friday night!Beer Specialist, Waide, gathered our very best beer selections to offer our guestswhich featured every last aged, limited, and rare beer we had in both kegs and bottles...Over 45 guests anxiously lined up for the rare bottle release at our Wine Bar at 5pm.First come, first serve!
Afterwards, the same guests (and more!) lined up for the rare keg tappingsand cheese plate pairing at our New Bar! Growler fills were available after 8pm.We sold over 50 flights!
Our event was a great success with all the HUGE appreciations going to:Beer Specialist, Waide Wilson, for creating such an exciting and successful eventas well as Specialty Team Leader, Brandi Jackson, and the entire Specialty teamour PFDS team for creating a delicious beer pairing andASTL, Wes Pahl, for assisting with setup/breakdown