Mixed Nuts is the longest running student group on the Hampshire campus. 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 items 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!
Events & News
We have re-opened in our new space in the Roos-Rohde House!! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
The Roos-Rohde House is often filled with a friendly and mostly quite atmosphere that is perfect for studying. There are also lots of great events including live music, art openings, and hopefully DivIII receptions too. If you are interested in having an event at the RRH, contact the Roos-Rohde HouseKeepers at email@example.com. Please leave at least 2 weeks between your request and your event.
stay posted for spring 2016 semester hours!
Mixed Nuts Cooperative is a student run, volunteer-based collective that aims to promote equality, respect, honesty, and responsibility within the context of food systems and amongst cooperatives. We make all of our decisions based on consensus in order to be efficient, inclusive, and successful. We provide healthy, socially conscious, affo rdable, tasty food to the Hampshire College community. We intentionally source our products from vendors we ideologically support, such as local businesses, other cooperatives, and fair trade organizations. We dedicate ourselves to serving the greater Hampshire community, including students, faculty, staff, families, neighbors, alumni, and the occasional groundhog. Mixed Nuts Co-op also seeks to build relationships with outside cooperatives and other organizations. We strive to educate the larger Hampshire community and ourselves about food sources, who we are as a cooperative, and what it takes to run a small business.
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! not yet updated for fall 2015
If you would like to suggest a product, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bart’s Ice Cream for sale by the pound (chocolate raspberry chunk and vegan raspberry sorbet), Ice Cream Cones
- Maine Root Ginger Beer and sarsparilla and root beer, Virgil’s Orange Cream Soda and Black Cherry Cream Soda & Butterscotch Beer, celestial seasonings Boxed Tea (green, black, peppermint and more), Limeade, orange-mango juice, Equal Exchange Coffee by the pound or by the cup, katalyst kombucha in many flavors
- Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, red hot blues corn tortilla chips, Sesame Sticks (garlic, cheddar), Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Yogurt Covered Raisins, dollar bags of many of our bulk snack items!
- dried cherries, Raisins, Dried Mango, Crystallized Ginger, banana chips, dried apple, dried pineapple, dried apricots, dried papaya
- mixed nuts, sunflower seeds
- Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, dark chocolate toffee almonds, chocolate chips, dark chocolate malt balls, equal exchange chocolate bars
- Rolled Oats, Cane Sugar, Unbleached All Purpose Flour, whole wheat flour, Chocolate Chips, baking cocoa
- Nutritional Yeast, penne Pasta
GRAINS AND BEANS AND SUCH
- Garbanzo Beans, Black Beans, Pasta, Green Lentils, rice
- None right now, check out the Farm cooler in the Bridge!
- bagels, tempeh, Annie’s Mac & Cheese
DAIRY AND “DAIRY”
- sidehill farm Yogurt (plain, vanilla and maple in single-serve and larger sizes), almond breeze Almond Milk and silk soymilk, Cream Cheese, Vegan Cream Cheese, milk from Mayval farm in Westhampton
- hummus, Hampshire Farm Maple Syrup!
- Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap, biokleen laundry detergent (bring your own jar!)
- mason Jars, Mixed Nuts Tee Shirts, Hand Painted Tee Shirts, Slingshot Planners, Handmade Paper goods, Handmade jewelry, Coin purses, Coffee Bag Wallets, handmade mugs, knitted goods
- Interested in selling hand crafted items or original music on consignment? Contact email@example.com .
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 2015, changes coming soon!
|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)|
|1 lb coffee||No longer sells per lb coffee||$10.95|
|Endangered Species Choc. Bar vs. Equal Exchange Choc. BAr||$3.49||$3.25|
|Tostitos vs Garden of Eatn’ Chips||$3.99 9oz||$3.25 8.1ox|
|Cabot Cheddar Cheese 8oz||$4.79||???|
|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|
|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|
|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
Mixed Nuts is a fully functioning cooperative and membership is an excellent way to gain knowledge and experience with one model of cooperative management and particularly with consensus decision making and management practices. Mixed Nuts is a community of people who are devoted to working together to sustain a functioning business and therefor requires a great deal of commitment, dedication, and accountability as described in the below sections. We also have a ton of fun! Being a member of Mixed Nuts is a great way to meet people who are dedicated and excited about cooperatives, food, and community.
Each semester following Hampfest there are four training sessions for new members at different times throughout the subsequent week. Everyone hoping to become a part of Mixed Nuts should find time to be trained, which will allow for their continued membership throughout the semester. 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 workshop and co-op retreat. This will promote community interaction while clarifying all of the regulations and basic structure of the co-op. This retreat is also a vital part of membership and all efforts are made from all sides to enable all co-op members to attend.
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. We do hope, however, that many of our participants will integrate themselves with our community and continue to be active Mixed Nuts members.
During one’s involvement at Mixed Nuts, each member is expected to work weekly shifts in the store and to attend our weekly meetings. The weekly meeting is extremely important because it 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, members must attend all meetings each semester with exception for extenuating circumstances. With Mixed Nuts running solely as a student co-op, this is necessary.
Mixed Nuts functions through committees, small groups of Mixed Nuts members, who work to complete various tasks such as bulk ordering, staff management, publicity, and finances (see committees section below for more details). All Mixed Nuts members are strongly encouraged to be part of one or more committee of their own choosing to distribute the labor and get everyone more engaged. Students hoping to get CEL-1 credit from their involvement 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the most up-to-date catalog and more detailed information and instructions, or download below!
- Look through the catalog and choose the products you’d like to order.
- Send an email to email@example.com with a list of the products, including Name of Product, Product Code, UNFI Code and Price.
- Recieve a confirmation reply from the Bulk Manager.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Grab all the food you want!
- Inform an employee what you pick so they can prepare an itemized receipt.
- Dont’t forget to ask for a copy (you need one!)
- Make sure you complete the fund transfer with the CLA
Upfront payment with Reimbursement:
- Make your purchase as if it were for yourself
- Ask for an itemized receipt when you go to pay for your products
- 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
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.
Orders bulk orders for the store and personal orders for people. Also orders products from other local vendors.
- Owen A-C
Events and Extensions
In charge of planning events. Every student group needs to have one each semester.
- Sarah Schwemberger
- Matthew Hecking
Responsible for the upkeep and management of the consignment corner in the store, a space where students or community members have the opportunity to sell their hand-made goods (anything but food). People on this committee are also responsible for logging new sellers, updating the consignment google doc with seller’s information and paying sellers at the end of every month (but only if items were sold within that month) Consignment committee meets on a need-to-meet basis. To learn how to sell on consignment click here
- Jolie Simpson
- Gaelyn Lindauer
Organizes physical insides of store, manages cleaning schedules and procedures.
- Matt Hecking
Responsible for maintaining the Hampedia page, postering for events, increasing campus and social media presence, spreading customer base, advertising new products, updating our Facebook page, and posting events to the Daily Digest.
- Rosalinda Cummings
- Owen Aptekar-Cassels
Connects with communities outside of Mixed Nuts and Hampshire. Also connects with other student groups, and co-ops in town.
Staff Relations and Accountability
Works to facilitate community engagement within the co-op (such as orientation), provide a safe-space for any members experiencing any form of difficulty within the group, and ensure respectful and meaningful dialogue.
The finances committee is responsible for helping Mixed Nuts keep track of money and plan how to use it, and for keeping the POS system working well. When the store is open, people on the finances committee do cashout (count and remove money from register) and backup the POS system once or twice a week each. The committee keeps in touch with the CLA/business office about our balance and billing. We also meet once every two weeks.
- Josia DeChiara
- Rosalinda Cummings
In charge of keeping everything organized. Sends out weekly meeting and to-do’s of the week reminders.
A Brief History (1972-1996), written by Kelly Keenan in Spring of 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.
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
A collection of Mixed Nuts’ best moments. If you have pictures you’d like to add, please send them to email@example.com!