Earth Month – Re-use Those Bags

April 22 is Earth Day, and we’re celebrating all month! Last April, our shoppers re-used 5,000 shopping bags, and this month we’re aiming to double it – bring in your bags from home or buy one of our cool black canvas “Local” bags.

Our Spring Highway Cleanup will be on Saturday, April 23. If you’re interested in helping us clean up our adopted stretch of Highway 95, meet at the front of the store at 1 pm and we’ll start walking north, picking up litter.

Through Neighborhood Forest, we also donated trees to plant, to each kid at Stonebridge Elementary.

Neighborhood Forest gives free trees to schoolchildren every Earth Day.  Founded in 2010 in the Twin Cities, the organization gives away saplings (6-12 inches in size) at primary schools through sponsorships from individuals and socially conscious businesses.local bags2

Since its founding, Neighborhood Forest has reached over 20,000 children who have helped plant over 10,000 trees across the Twin Cities area and in five other states. This year the organization plans to give away more than 8000 trees to kids during Earth Week (April 18-22).

This year, River Market Community Co-op has partnered with Neighborhood Forest to sponsor free trees for children at Stonebridge Elementary in Stillwater. Some of the organization’s other sponsors include Lakewinds Food Co-op, Seward Community Co-op, Mississippi Market and Peace Coffee.

To learn more about Neighborhood Forest’s free tree program, please visit