Mixed Nuts

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Mixed Nuts
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Meeting Information
Place: Queer Community Alliance Center
Time: Sundays @ 7:00pm
Contact Information
Email: mixednutscoop@gmail.com, mixednutsbulk@gmail.com
Signer Information
Signer 1: Alison Gibbs
Signer 2: Elijah Billian
Signer 3: Szal
Advisor Information
Advisor name:
Signer Resources
Group Account Number: 730
Submit a Funding Request
Funding Request Decisions
Student Group Signer Manual

Mixed Nuts is the longest running student group on the Hampshire campus. Currently located in the Enfield housing area, the store hopes to move to a new location in the Barn soon. Since 1972, the co-op has provided cheap, organic, and natural food to the Hampshire community. Mixed Nuts is a storefront and buyers' club enabling members of the community to buy food in bulk. Run entirely by student volunteers without administrative funding, Mixed Nuts is a testament to student dedication. The store offers students the ability to sell homemade goods on consignment. They sell so much ginger brew that in theory no Hampshire student should ever have a tummy ache. Then again, they sell lots of chocolate, too. Add us on Facebook for more information!

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Contents

Events & News

Mixed Nuts will be opening with regular hours for the Spring 2014 semester starting ASAP!! Come visit us in Enfield by the laundry room and stock up on snacks, soda, coffee, grains, etc. etc.
We are also hoping that the new Roos-Rhode House (The Barn) will be ready for us to move into by the end of S14 or the beginning of F14, stay tuned!

Spring 2014 Store Hours

Hours for 2/3-2/16.
These are temporary hours, and will be updated once we are up and running for the semester.

Monday: 12pm-10pm
Tuesday: 12pm-10pm
Wednesday: 12pm-10pm
Thursday: 2pm-10pm
Friday: 12pm-6pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm
Sunday: 2pm-6pm

What's in Store at Mixed Nuts!

This section is updated weekly by the Bulk Manager to keep our lovely customers up to date on our products!
If you would like to suggest a product, please email mixednutsbulk@gmail.com

ICE CREAM

Snow's Bulk Ice Cream for sale by the pound Coffee and Mint Chip, Ice Cream Cones

DRINKS

Maine Root Ginger Beer, Reed's Spiced Apple Ginger Beer, Virgil's: Root Beer, Orange Cream Soda, Cherry Cream Soda & Butterscotch Beer, China Cola, Boxed Tea, Limeade, Equal Exchange Coffee by the pound, Katalyst Kombucha
Coming Soon: Orange Juice & MORE!

SNACKS

Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Granola, Sesame Sticks, Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Annie's Bunny Gummies, Annie's Cheddar Classics Crackers, Newman's Own Microwave Popcorn

DRIED FRUIT

Cranberries, Raisins, Dried Mango, Crystallized Ginger

NUTS

Walnuts, more to come soon as we restock this semester

CHOCOLATEY THINGS

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Dark Chocolate Malt Balls

BAKING SUPPLIES

Rolled Oats, Cane Sugar, Light Brown Sugar, Unbleached All Purpose Flour, Yeast, Chocolate Chips

COOKING SUPPLIES

Bragg's Liquid Aminos, Nutritional Yeast, Fusilli Pasta, Olive Oil

GRAINS AND BEANS AND SUCH

Garbanzo Beans, Black Beans, Pasta, Green Lentils, Quinoa, Short Grain Brown Rice

VEGETABLES

None right now, check out the Farm cooler in the Bridge!

NUMS

Tempeh, Annie's Mac & Cheese

DAIRY AND "DAIRY"

Yogurt, Almond Milk, Cabot Sharp White Cheddar Cheese by the pound
Coming Soon: Milk and Eggs!

CONDIMENTS

Maple Syrup, Jam, Olive Oil

CLEANING SUPPLIES

Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap, Biokleen Laundry Detergent

THINGS

Ball Jars, Mixed Nuts Tee Shirts, Hand Painted Tee Shirts, Slingshot Planners, Handmade Paper goods, Handmade jewelry, Coin purses, Coffee Bag Wallets
Interested in selling hand crafted items, original music, or baked goods on consignment? Contact Elijah (rsb10@hampshire.edu).

Hampstore Price Comparison (NOT YET UPDATED)

Save money! Support student businesses! Food co-ops! Organic food! Cheap food! Enjoy Mixed Nuts!
This list had yet to be updated for 2014, changes coming soon!

ltem Hampstore Mixed Nuts
Reed's Sodas & Other Soda $1.89 $1.50
Yerba Mate Tea Bags $6.99 16 bags $3.15 18 bags
Stash Tea $3.89 20 bags $3.15 18 bags (organic)
Kombucha 16oz $4.19 $3.00
1 lb coffee No longer sells per lb coffee $10.95
Endangered Species Choc. Bar vs. Equal Exchange Choc. BAr $3.49 $3.25
Ice Cream $5.49/pint $4.00/lb
Tostitos vs Garden of Eatn' Chips $3.99 9oz $3.25 8.1ox
Cabot Cheddar Cheese 8oz $4.79  ???
Almonds 3oz $2.99  ???
Pistacios 2.5oz $2.99  ???
Yogurt Covered Pretzels 3.5oz $2.69  ???
Chocolate Covered Pretzels 3oz $2.69  ???
Sesame Stix 4oz $2.69  ???
Chocolate Raisins 4oz $2.69  ???
Banana Chips 5.5oz $2.99  ????
Sesame Cracker Mix 7oz $2.99  ????
Annie's Mac & Cheese $2.99 $2.25
Pasta 16oz $2.69 $2.60
Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar vs. Braggs ACV $2.09 16oz $3.25 16oz organic
Peanut Butter 16oz $9.59  ???
Berio Olive Oil vs. Equal Exchange Olive Oil $4.69 8.4 fl oz $13.65 16.1 oz organic
Butter 1lb $5.79  ???
Flour 2lbs $2.19  ????
White Sugar 1lb $1.89 $1.55
Brown Sugar $2.69 1lb $5.45 1.5lb organic
Quick Oats $4.79 18oz $2.65 16oz
Dr. Bronner's Bars $4.49  ???
Laundry Detergent $10.99 50 fl oz $3.00 16 fl oz

Membership and CEL

With the recent implementation of Hampshire’s new Campus Engaged Learning Program (CEL-1), the Mixed Nuts Co-op received a great influx of first year students’ interest and participation. This influx, although appreciated, created new difficulties for the Mixed Nuts community. This co-op aims to foster a community of committed and invested students who are truly interested in Mixed Nuts as well as Hampshire as a whole. Because of this, a new set of guidelines have been drawn out for not only CEL-1 participants, but all co-op members. Mixed Nuts feels as though these guidelines only reinforce the ideals behind the CEL program and support active community involvement.

Deadlines

Each semester following Hampfest there will be four training sessions for new members organized at different times throughout the following week. Within these four sessions, each person hoping to become a part of Mixed Nuts should be able to find time to be trained. These four sessions will be the only training times for that semester, and are required for any new member. In addition to these four training sessions, towards the beginning of each semester the entire Mixed Nuts community will have a facilitation workshop and co-op retreat. This will promote community interaction while clarifying all of the regulations and basic structure of the co-op.

Time Commitments

In order to become a part of the Mixed Nuts community, each individual must be able to dedicate a full semester to the co-op. While a full year of involvement is encouraged, the group understands that with every semester comes new responsibilities, and the required 40 hours for CEL-1 sign-off can be completed in a single term. We do hope, however, that many of our participants will integrate themselves with our community and continue to be an active Mixed Nuts member after their CEL is completed. <r> During one’s involvement at Mixed Nuts, each member is expected to maintain weekly shifts in the store and to attend the weekly meeting. The weekly meeting is extremely important and is the primary way through which all members stay informed and active in the co-op. This is the one place where members congregate to share new ideas and progress about Mixed Nuts, as well as interact with the group as a whole. In order to be considered and active member of Mixed Nuts, and consequently fulfill CEL-1 hours, members must attend all meetings each semester. With Mixed Nuts running solely as a student co-op, this is necessary. Students hoping to get CEL-1 credit from their involvment with Mixed Nuts are required to join and participate in at least one subcommittee.

  • note: due to varying schedules, exceptions can be made if class schedules do not allow one to be present at the meetings. If at possible, however, meetings must be attended.

Place a Bulk Order

Email mixednutsbulk@gmail.com for a copy of the catalog!

  1. Look through the catalog and choose the products you'd like to order.
  2. Send an email to mixednutsbulk@gmail.com with a list of the products, including Name of Product, Product Code, UNFI Code and Price.
  3. Recieve a confirmation reply from the Bulk Manager.
  4. Pick up your items in store! The full amount of payment is due at the time you pick up your items.

Orders that come in before 7pm on Thursday will come in the following Monday.
If you have any questions, please email mixednutsbulk@gmail.com

Student Group Ordering at Mixed Nuts

To Order with a Fund Transfer at Mixed Nuts:

Come into the store during regular business hours and give the following information to one of our lovely employees:

  • Your name
  • The name of at least one of the signers for your student group
  • Your group account number

Then:

  1. Grab all the food you want!
  2. Inform an employee what you pick so they can prepare an itemized receipt.
  3. Dont't forget to ask for a copy (you need one!)
  4. Make sure you complete the fund transfer with the CLA

Upfront payment with Reimbursement:

  1. Make your purchase as if it were for yourself
  2. Ask for an itemized receipt when you go to pay for your products
  3. Take the receipt to the CLA and file for a reimbursement


Download and print an RFP (Request For Payment) form here: RFP Form
Instructions to follow for completing an RFP here: RFP Instructions
For more info, visit the CLA page on this process

Committees

To be in good standing (and get CEL credit!) every member of Mixed Nuts must be a member of a committee. To contact a committee, email the first person listed.

New Products

  • Ali Gibbs

Ordering

  • Ali Gibbs
  • Szal
  • Phoenix

Events and Extensions

  • Maya Sause
  • David Meehan

Consignment

  • Elijah Billian

Interior Management

  • Szal
  • Nora
  • Hannah
  • Izzy

Publicity and Outreach

Responsible for maintaining the Hampedia page, postering for events, increasing campus and social media presence, spreading customer base, advertising new products, getting Mixed Nuts involved with other clubs, co-ops, and community endeavors.

  • Rachel Rosenberg
  • Izzy

Barn

Responsible for working with Rehamping to transition Mixed Nuts into the new Roos-Rhode House!

  • Ali Gibbs
  • David Meehan

Staff Relations and Accountability

  • Mika Hernandez
  • Blake Flessas
  • Phoenix Wyatt

Finances

  • Szal
  • Josia

Organizational

  • Sarah Schwemberger
  • Mika Hernandez
  • Ali Gibbs

A Brief History (1972-1996)

Mixed Nuts Food Cooperative wasn't Hampshire's first food co-op. Hampshire's first food co-op, "Bob's Food Co-op," only lasted two months. Bob McNitt started his co-op with two purposes in mind: to make consumer goods available to the Hampshire community at low cost, and to set up a model for a larger co-op (Fleisher, 1971). He ran the co-op out of his dorm room in Dakin. Unfortunately, because Bob's "personal beliefs" prevented him from using paper to hang up posters advertising the co-op, nobody knew about it. Bob opened the co-op in October, 1971, and by that December only 21 people had joined, resulting in "economic disaster" (Fleisher, 1971).

Mixed Nuts is Born in Donut 3

The following spring, a group of students began making plans for a larger food co-op. However, because over a hundred students were living at UMass (some of the mods had not yet been built), and because of the "propensity of all Hampshire projects to die," there was a lot of skepticism surrounding the formation of a co-op (Climax, 1972). Nevertheless, in September of 1972, with the help of a $600 start-up fund from Community Council, a food co-op organized out of doughnut three in Greenwich House. In early October, the co-op adopted the name "Mixed Nuts Food Cooperative," and by early November it had 300 members (Climax, 1972).

    By 1978, Mixed Nuts had become the major food supplier for more than half the campus. Since its beginning, the coop had been run on a completely pre-order basis. Dairy products and vegetables came once a week, and staples such as grains, nuts, flour, and oil came once a month. However, the rise in membership made the pre-order system difficult--the co-op suffered from tension, long delays, losses due to spoilage, and a poor distribution system in doughnut three which was considered a fire hazard (Mixed Nuts, 1978). Therefore, over the summer of 1978, the co-op financed and built, on a volunteer basis, a walk-in cooler. Physical Plant provided plumbers and electricians to make other improvements, and in the Fall of 1978 Mixed Nuts received additional funds from Community Council towards the purchase of essential items such as weighing scales, cash registers, and shelves. These items enabled Mixed Nuts to operate its store and distribution system more efficiently.

    For the next nine years, Mixed Nuts remained in doughnut three. During that period, membership ranged from 200-500 people. Depending on the makeup and initiative of its members and managers, the kinds of items sold by co-op varied. At times, the co-op was strictly organic--at other times, it sold a mix of organic and non-organic goods. The co-op often attempted to sell meat, although this only worked when there was a willing manager with a car who could drive to a local farm to pick up fresh chicken, or when there were enough members who wanted meat to justify ordering it through a distributor. Produce and dairy products were distributed every Thursday, and the co-op held regular store hours for people to buy grains and other non-perishables.

First Eviction

Over the summer of 1987, the Hampshire administration decided to evict Mixed Nuts from its Greenwich home. The reason for the eviction was a problematic cockroach infestation in Greenwich--however, the co-op had been unaware that it was in danger of eviction--"Last year, members of the co-op had a meeting with Sue Alexander, then dean of students, about the roach situation. No words about eviction were raised in that meeting (Mixed Nuts newsletter, 1987).

    Frustration, distrust, and misunderstanding between students and administrators plagued the eviction and relocation of Mixed Nuts. The administration promised co-op that it would be completely set up in a new store in Prescott by September 1 (Mixed Nuts letter, 1987). However, as the end of September drew near, co-op still had no permanent location. A letter to Mixed Nuts from Dean of Students Trey Williams, entitled "Let's Clear the Air," expressed concern over the level of student resentment over a perceived lack of administrative commitment towards relocating the co-op--"This process is moving along as fast as possible at this point and its pace has nothing whatsoever to do with our level of commitment towards making this move work for everyone involved (Williams, 1987). Trey also reported in his letter that the school had purchased a 10'x35' insulated storage unit as a new store for co-op, and that the Prescott Tavern would be made avalable to the co-op each Thursday for distribution. However, the "storage unit," really just a huge metal box, had no electricity, refrigeration, heat, or windows.

    November came, and the co-op still did not have a working store. At this point, the co-op began to suffer severe financial losses due to food spoilage and extra paid hours for managers. On the brighter side, the Hampshire community rallied around co-op during this crisis. Members volunteered extra time each Thursday to help make distribution run smoothly in the tavern. On November 1, 1987, Mixed Nuts sent an open letter to the community asking for help and support (" ... we're still cold and in the dark, and our food is spoiling ... "). On November 10, Mixed Nuts received a reply from Peter Gluckler, assistant to President Adele Simmons, expressing Adele's concern over the co-op problem ("I am writing for Adele because she is traveling once again. I know that students often view her absences with cynicism...Anyway, she supports the co-op"). Finally, in December, the "container" was equipped with heat, electricity, and a walk-in refrigerator. The co-op was able to set up a permanent space. As The Permanent Press, Hampshire's newspaper of the time, described it, "Co-op store opens, masses rejoice ... our metal box is now a cute little store" (Hochheiser, 1987).

Life in The Trailer

After suffering through almost an entire semester of uncertainty about its future, Mixed Nuts was relieved to be finally settled in the metal box, which came to be known as "the Trailer." However, co-op was far from satisfied with the Trailer. Although Thursday distribution took place in the Tavern, the trailer was put to heavy use by the co-op. As a store, it was far too small. There was no room for expansion--there wasn't even any running water (Flippo, 1993). Even before the co-op was settled into the Trailer, the manager's collective wrote a proposal to relocate co-op, permanently, into the Prescott Tavern. A few years later, another proposal was written, this time requesting that full use of the tavern be turned over to Mixed Nuts and Stone Soup (a student collective that sold soup and bread to the community at lunchtime). Both proposals were rejected, primarily because the Marriott Corporation had a contract to operate a grill/restaurant in the Tavern.

    In 1992, Marriott left the Tavern. With the departure of Marriott, the only groups who consistently used the Tavern were the Prescott House Office and TEAC: the Tavern Entertainment and Activities Committee. Most of the time, however, the Tavern was empty, and closed.

    In February, 1993, the Mixed Nuts Manager's Collective distributed a survey to all student mailboxes. The survey asked for student opinions on a potential co-op move into the Tavern. 355 surveys were returned; 322 were in favor of the move, 8 were aginst it, and 5 had mixed feelings (Flippo et al, 1993). Most concerns with and objections to a potential move had to do with the fact that the Tavern would have to become smoke free in order to comply with Amherst health regulations. Other people feared that Mixed Nuts would "take over" the Tavern. However,the general student attitude toward a move seemed positive. Another proposal was written.

    In the new proposal, the managers' collective expressed its confidence that the project would be successful, based on the success Mixed Nuts had had in the past--"Mixed Nuts is one of the only student organizations that is self-sustaining and probably has been ever since Hampshire opened. Mixed Nuts has a history of very reliable, competent managers. That history is no different today. This plan is being born out of Mixed Nuts and its successful operation" (Flippo et al, 1993). Over the summer of 1993, after seven years of business in a "metal storage container," the co-op was granted permission to move into the Tavern.

A Move into the Tavern

The move into the Tavern was a big undertaking for Mixed Nuts--probably its biggest project to date. There were endless tasks, mainly in construction, to be completed, such as renovating the old Tavern dishroom into a main store area, painting, building shelves, cleaning, and constructing a new walk-in refrigerator. Once again, the community rallied around co-op. Many of the construction and cleaning tasks were completed by members and managers. Mixed Nuts worked closely with Physical Plant, the administration, and Prescott House. Funds were received from Community Council, COCD, and the Dean of Students Office. Additional donations were made by members; there was even one anonymous donation of $300! Mixed Nuts asked for, and received, donations of shelves, bulk bins, a cash register, and other supplies, from other area co-ops. However, the biggest fund raiser and community support builder for the move was an auction that was held in November of 1993...Mixed Nuts was open for business in the Tavern by January, 1994...(p.1-5)

    As of Spring, 1996, Mixed Nuts had approximately 250-300 working members, although more than 400 people used the coop on a semi-regular basis. Mixed Nuts offered more products, was open more hours, and was more space, than ever before. Settling into its new space was, at times, difficult for Mixed Nuts--more products, hours, and space required more maintenance and work. However, the Tavern was the most permanent and secure home a co-op could ever want. As Hampshire completed its 26th year, Mixed Nuts was in its 24th. By far, Mixed Nuts is the oldest, largest, and most independent student organization at Hampshire. If its future is as successful as its past, then it is safe to predict that as long as a cooperative community exists at Hampshire, Mixed Nuts will be there to feed it. (p.8)

Written by Kelly Keenan, Hampshire College, Spring, 1996

Photo Gallery

A collection of Mixed Nuts' best moments. If you have pictures you'd like to add, please send them to mixednutscoop@gmail.com!

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Some delicious Snow's Ice Cream at Mixed Nuts!


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We've got a cute unofficial mascot named Dakota


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Peppermint Mocha ingredients, come try one today!


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Some of our products, circa 2011.


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