OWNER’S MANUAL

 

“PLAN V”

DUKE’S CO-OPERATIVE VEGETARIAN EATING CLUB

 

 

Welcome!  You are now one of the proud owners of Plan V, Duke’s Co-op vegetarian eating club.  Although much of the knowledge needed to operate Plan V is passed down orally from old members to new in the course of cooking, cleaning, shopping, and dining, this Owner’s Manual is a way to make available to all members a comprehensive collection of the knowledge and ideas evolving in Plan V.

 

Introduction

 

            Plan V is a new concept for Duke University, similar to groups that exist at many other universities across the country.  Plan V is a cooperatively-run student eating club created in order to provide good vegetarian food for students at Duke, as an alternative to Duke University Food Service meal plans.  The way it’s been:  ovolacto, Sunday Tuesday Thursday, President and Treasurer, shop at PIFC, whole foods and organic, 12 to 24 members, cook 3:45-6 pm, eat at 6 pm, ASDU registered, $40/month

 

What is a co-op?

 

            The idea of a cooperative is that people with a common need can organize together to create their own enterprise to meet that need.  So Plan V is essentially a business that we own, operate, and buy from.  The members do all the necessary work, democratically make all the policy and management decisions, and buy the product—dinner.  In this case, the common need is for good, vegetarian food.  But other bonuses Plan V provides include having greater control over one's meal plan, less bureaucracy, a less expensive meal plan, and a more social dining experience than in the dining halls.

            The United States is a capitalist society, which means that the culture is geared toward preparing people to become wage laborers for corporations.  Attitudes and expectations that are appropriate for life as an “employee” and “consumer” are entirely inappropriate for membership in a  cooperative.  As an employee, you take commands from higher-ups and give commands to subordinates;  in a co-op the members democratically decide the actions that need to be taken, and who shall carry them out.  As an employee or consumer, you live in a state of dependency on corporations for employment, goods, and services;  in a co-op, each member is equally responsible for the success of the enterprise, and they depend on one another.  In a corporation, employees depend on their boss to make sure everyone is doing their job;  in a co-op, each member is responsible for making sure the others carry out their commitments.

            Occasionally members of Plan V slip into “employee” or “consumer” attitudes, and this causes problems.  They assume that those members who seem most on top of things must be “in charge”, so they don’t take responsibility for making sure that the next meal has been planned, that everyone in their cook crew is signed up for a job, or that they themselves are signed up for a job.  They slip into a passive and dependent mode, which means they are not fully carrying their weight in doing all that needs to be done to keep everyone happily fed.

            When someone comes into a new situation with an “employee” attitude, they first try to figure out what the rules of the game are, and then play it to their satisfaction.  What members of a co-op have to keep always in mind is that they are writing the rules;  Plan V works the way it does because the members made it up.  If you want a change, make that up, too.

            Plan V is actually the first student co-op in the Old South.  But student co-ops have been sprouting up around the rest of the country for a hundred years.  The first were eating clubs in Florida and Texas in the 1890s.  The first student housing co-ops were created in Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Toronto and elsewhere as a response to the Great Depression.  During the 50s, 60s and 70s dozens of student co-ops developed from Maine to Kansas and on the West Coast.  In 1968 they formed a network, the North American Students of Cooperation.  They span from co-op eating clubs to a 1500 member housing co-op association.

 

Responsibilities

 

 

            The basic work needed to operate Plan V is shopping, cooking, cleaning, writing up menus, and group decision making.  The best way we found to organize the dinner production was to have each person be a member of a cook-crew for either Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday, and each cook-crew independently responsible for deciding what to cook and dividing up the work (shopping, cooking and cleaning) between its members.  Members that are part time (one or two meals a week) could work on a crew every third meal they ate.

 

 

POSITIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PLAN V MEMBERS

 

A democratic cooperative depends on the full participation and contributions of its members.   Although there are no guidelines dictating "duties" and "chores" for members, a cooperative cannot function without the fulfillment of responsibilities.  Below are a list of various positions of responsibility within PLAN V.  The descriptions after each responsibility are flexible and subject to modification as members find more agreeable and efficient methods.

 

• MEMBERS:    Members are the crux of the group.  Without member participation, PLAN V deteriorates to club or service status. The member is most of all responsible for offering an active mind, voice and hands.  This may include anything from raising concerns, offering opinions and advice, and lending skills

 

• COOK CREWS:   These are the fundamental "family units" of PLAN V.  A cook crew is responsible for planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning up after a meal.  Cook crews thus divide these rotating responsibilities among their crew members according to individual preference.  Where membership is waning, cook crews need to make sure each activity below is executed.  Below is a list of each activity:

   ---PLANNING:     generally the entire crew participates in planning a meal, which may involve browsing through cookbooks, brainstorming, etc.  Different systems:  going around the world, other cook crews, recent meals,

   ---SHOPPING:     usually one shopper is sufficient.  A shopper is also responsible for finding which items (spices, bulk items, etc.) are already available in the PLAN V cabinets.  It is important that a shopper familiarize themselves with  PLAN V buying policies.  Generally, most items are bought at the Durham Food Coop, and thus shoppers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Food Coop as well.

   ---COOKING:     generally, preparing meals requires three or four cooks.  Cookers usually show up (punctually) two hours before mealtime.

   ---CLEANING:  Cleaning includes washing dishes, surfaces, sweeping the floor, and throwing out garbage and compost.  Unpleasant as it is, it is important that cleaners double over as amateur mycologists and dispose of rotting food in the refrigerator.  Also in the interest of sanitation, cleaners need to dry dishes and cookware before storing in cabinets; otherwise the wet dishes support mildew colonies in the warm, stagnant, cabinet air.  Usually two cleaners suffice; cleaning can be facilitated by asking members to pre-wash their dishes in a pot of hot, soap-water.  In the interests of conserving water, cleaners can wash their dishes in pots of hot water.

  

• OFFICERS:   There are certain tasks that not everybody needs to do in Plan V, but which have to be done nevertheless, so we created two officer positions of responsibility for these tasks:

 

President:                       

            The most critical job of the President is to get the club back together again after winter and summer breaks.  This means convening the first meetings of each semester, getting ads in the Chronicle and fliers up.

            Other administrative tasks include:

            Do any necessary negotiation with the head of Auxiliary Services regarding members’ refunds on their DUFS contracts.

            Get an East Campus Center key from Dallas Burnette, and reserve the times Plan V will be using the ECC.

            Reserve kitchen and dining space from the Union Facilities Committee.

            Register Plan V as a voluntary student organization with ASDU.

            Make any budget requests to ASDU.

            Place an ad in the Blue Devil’s Advocate.

            Organize a table at the beginning of the year at the Potpourri of Student Life.

            Place an entry in the Frosh Orientation Guide.

            Submit members names to the Head of Auxiliary Services and DUFS for refund.

            Recruit a faculty associate when needed.

 

TREASURER:

 

Smaller cook crews may require some doubling up of responsibilities.  Shopping usually requires the least effort and can be rotated within a crew.  Other one-time responsibilities, which generally depend on volunteerism of enthusiastic PLAN V'ers, include end of the year clean-ups, inventory, recruitment, literature assembly (like this), and whatever the hell comes to mind that needs some doing.

 

Members: ...

Exceptional Circumstances.  If for some reason you can't make your cook crew, find someone from another crew to switch with, and fill them in on what arrangements your cook crew has made.  If you can't attend a dinner, then you can request the cook crew to set aside a late-plate for you, or make up your missed dinner by inviting a guest to a later meal (be sure to tell that night's cook crew so they know of the extra demand).  If you are going to be absent for an extended period of time, arrange in advance to have your board bill reduced by that amount.

 

Cook Crews: ...

           

Treasurer: ...

           

Food Policy

 

            When students asked the head of DUFS to switch from Styrofoam dishware to paper, he said he couldn’t because it would cost more.  Whenever there is a separation of management from consumer as in DUFS, the only ethical concern the manager feels mandated to deal with is cost.  In the case of co-ops like Plan V, the consumers are the owners and managers, and so our decisions can reflect the full spectrum of our human interests.

            Although the basic “ground rule” of Plan V is that it serves vegetarian food, this still leaves many choices we must make.  The following are some of the usual issues that arise:

 

•Will we have milk and eggs?  Milk and eggs are good sources of protein and some minerals, are important in the aesthetics of numerous dishes, and are a part of mainstream diet.  While in principle it is possible to obtain them without harm to animals, in practice they involve factory farming and the slaughter of males.  Grain is fed to livestock which would more efficiently feed people directly.

 

•Should we buy food at a supermarket, Wellspring, the Food Co-op?  Issues involve prices, wasteful packaging, the diversion of profits to capitalists, support of a community economy, and the kind of products available.

 

•Will we have refined products or whole products, in our grains, pasta, flour, and sweeteners?  Refined foods are part of the mainstream diet, and in some cases may be aesthetically preferred.  But refining removes many nutrients (in fact thiamin was discovered when white rice became available to the Chinese masses and they suffered an epidemic of deficiency diseases).  In “enriched” foods some of these are added back, but other components that are left out, such as fiber, and selenium, are discovered to have important nutritional value.

 

•Do we buy organic or chemically grown foods?  Organic foods are usually, though not always, more expensive than chemically grown food.  But organic food is free of pesticide residues, does not contribute to contamination of ecosystems, and its purchase helps develop the sustainable agricultural sector.

 

•Do we stick to staples or have more deluxe dishes?  Pleasure is a culturally contended issue, and some people prefer to eat austerely, while others like to make a feast.  While not a cause of great strife within Plan V, the issue enters in more subtle decisions about meal planning.

 

•Do we honor different boycotts?  Different groups call for boycotts of certain products because of ecological, labor, health, or political concerns.  Even without organized boycotts, what we buy affects other people’s well being and the environment.  Some of the issues include:  exploitation of farmworkers; diversion of agriculture in third world countries from growing food for their people to growing food for sale to the first world;  destruction of rainforest for export agriculture;  killing of dolphins in fishing;  profiting the economic strength of tyrannies  (e.g. Chile, S.Africa).

 

•What health concerns should we deal with, e.g. fat, protein, aluminum, salt, macrobiotic, etc.?  Many mainstream culinary practices have been found or are suspected of causing disease.  Known hazards are high dietary fat, and low fiber.  Aluminum from cookware has been suspect in several neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s.  See Nutrition for more on this.

 

•Should we buy only produce that is in season, or grown locally?  Incredible as it may seem, plants, which is where Plan V’s food comes from, are tied in their growth patterns to the seasons, so that getting certain foods out of season requires more technological intervention, with its attendant problems.  Technology includes canning, shipping food from the southern hemisphere, hydroponic gardening, and cold storage.  Storing and shipping food requires more pesticide and energy use.  Buying food that is not grown locally entails the same costs.

 

• Do we buy in bulk or in packaging?  Packaging is a large part of the solid waste problem.  Sometimes it is convenient but sometimes it is only part of marketing.  Only the Food Co-op has much available in bulk. 

 

            In DUFS, it is impossible to steer its food policy from mainstream American dietary habits.  In Plan V we can do as we please.  But even in Plan V, the mainstream still has the power of habit.  Also, our institutions do not make information about all these various consequences of food choices available to us, so we have to dig in order to raise these issues.

            The Quaker idea behind consensus is that each person can have a piece of the truth.  So if your desires regarding food buying conflict with what is done in Plan V, it is very important that you raise the issue with the group.  When someone makes a proposal that may seem way out, it is important not to rush to judgement, but to put some care into investigating the factual validity, or moral importance of what they are saying.  Most concerns can be accommodated by being more thoughtful in purchasing or cooking, or adding diversity to what Plan V cooks (e.g. a vegan alternative dish).  Some issues, however, may require in depth discussion or changes in cherished habits.  A willingness to deal with such issues will greatly enrich what you get out of Plan V.

 

 

Finances

 

            Plan V is financially independent of Food Service.  The money to buy the food comes directly from the members.  Members on DUFS can get a refund from their meal contract.  In 1989 the members got $5.25 per meal they ate with Plan V refunded from their DUFS contract, which amounted to $220 for the semester. 

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To get the refunds, we submit to Joe Pietrantoni (head of Auxiliary Services) a list of the members of Plan V, indicating how many meals they will be having, which is certified by the President, Treasurer, and Faculty Associate of Plan V.  Then the administration begins the paperwork of issuing refunds, which after a few weeks are sent to the address of whoever paid for the DUFS contract (student or parent).  If anyone drops out of Plan V mid-semester, we have to notify Pietrantoni, and they will lose the refund for  the time after they stopped eating with Plan V.

            If any money is left over at the end of the semester, after having paid all our bills, the membership can choose to do whatever it wishes with it.  Usually a certain fraction is rebated to each member according to the amount they paid, while the rest is used for buying new equipment, and leaving some money for starting up at the beginning of the next semester.  Last semester we decided to charge ourselves a one time fee of $10 to buy the necessary pots and pans.  Plan V is  requesting $307 from ASDU to cover equipment and cookbook costs;  whether or not we get it will affect what we need to do for capitalization this year.

 

Governance

 

            Plan V is intentionally non-hierarchical-- there is no head honcho who runs it;  we all do it together.  For maximum consideration of each person's needs, we have made decisions by mutual agreement, i.e. consensus, rather than having a majority overrule the minority.  That way, we make decisions the way a group of friends usually decides things, rather than how a political group does.  There are two distinct positions of responsibility we decided on: the President and Treasurer.  The President is responsible for dealing with the administration and for starting the group up at the beginning of the year.  Jonathan Kimmelman volunteered for this last year.  The Treasurer handles finances, receiving payments, disbursing cash for shopping, issuing rebates, and maintaining an inventory of equipment.  Plan V has its own bank account at NCNB.  We need to pick a new Treasurer for this year.

 

Consensus

 

Nutrition

 

            Sound vegetarian nutrition is pretty simple:  the bulk of one's calories and protein should come from whole grains (rice, wheat, corn, millet) and legumes (beans, peas, lentils, tofu, tempeh, etc) with possible dairy supplements;  for getting vitamins and minerals one should get plenty of vegetables and fruits.  Some vegetarian recipes lack the grain/legume complements and are deficient in protein (e.g. a potato centered dish), so care should be taken to make a balance of dishes.  Refined products (white rice, white sugar, white flour) have had major components of the nutrients removed, and are not suitable staples for vegetarian diets. 

            The latest research finds that fat (oils and solid) is a main contributor to heart disease, stroke and bowl and breast cancers, so keeping the fat down is a very good thing.  Most cheeses have enormous quantities of fat.   Low fat (1/2%) cottage cheese is a great food, and where possible, lowfat versions of mozzarella, milk and other dairy should be used.  Most quantities of oils given in the recipe books Plan V uses can be cut by 1/2 to 2/3 without any problem.

 

How to Plan Meals

 

 

Sanitation

 

            In spite of all the wonders of medical science, people can still give each other diseases and be poisoned by rotten food.  If you have a cold, the flu, or intestinal flu, you should find a substitute if you are on cook crew, out of consideration to others who you can infect through food preparation.  If you have mononucleosis or hepatitis A, not only should you never handle the group’s food, but you should bring your own dinnerware and utensils to eat with, since these are much more serious diseases, transmitted mainly through saliva, and more difficult to sterilize from the dinnerware.  This is a standard hygiene policy for student eating co-ops.  In general, be sure to thoroughly clean dishes and cookware.

            By not handling meat, you eliminate most hazards of contamination from food.  When plants and dairy become contaminated from decay, you can usually see and smell it.  It may go without saying, but you should not use moldy products, because molds produce a variety of toxic chemicals, including neurotoxins and carcinogens, especially aspergillus, which grows on grains, corn, and peanuts.  The only other health hazard is from pesticide residues on foods.  Always wash vegetables before using them, buying organic when feasible.

 

 

COOK-CREW TIPS

 

1.  Planning a Meal—This is best done one week in advance, by the whole cook crew gathering 15 min. before dinner is served and deciding what the menu will be, and who will do shopping, cooking, and cleaning.  Rotation of jobs is good so that everyone gains the knowledge for each part of the operation.

•A basic ground rule for the crew should be:  unless you arrange to shop or clean, the crew expects you to be cooking.  If you will be absent that day, it is your responsibility to find a substitute from another crew.

•Recipe books are in the right cupboard.  Multiply the amounts of ingredients to the numbers you need.  Be sure there is a protein source in a main dish (legumes, tofu, or dairy)—tofu can often be added to a sauce or dish if protein is lacking in the recipe.

•Be sure to make a non-dairy alternative when the main dish is dairy.  This can be done by substituting soy cheese or tofu for cheese, or leaving the eggs out of one batch, or just making a different dish.

•A typical meal includes:  a “main” dish or combination, vegetables, green salad, dessert.

 

2.  Shopping—The best source for groceries is the Durham Food Co-op, 512 Broad Street, 286-1511. 

•Shopping takes around an hour, sometimes more, so best to start before 2:30 on the day of the crew.

•Be careful to note if the recipe calls for beans; these need to start soaking the day before.

•The Treasurer should give you a budgetary target;  try to stay under it if you can, but it’s not absolute;  if you are way under it, think of goodies you can get to spice up the meal—fruits, dessert, wild stuff.

•When you go to check out at the Co-op, tell the checker this is for Plan V;  ask for the ledger notebook, and record the purchase amount, sign and date it; the checker should leave a note of the amount in the cash register, but bring the receipt back to the Treasurer.

•Buy in bulk rather than in small packages where possible.  It’s best to get whole grains rather than white, with flour, rice, pasta, bread.  If it’s not too much more money, try to get the organic alternative.

•You can buy just the amount of spices you need from the bulk jars.

•For health, buy the lowest fat versions of dairy items you can—milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream.

•Leave the groceries in the kitchen, with the shopping list or menu sheet.

 

3.  Cooking—It takes about 2 1/4 hours to cook, though sometime much less.  Try to be on time, so as to be fair to the others on the crew.

•Memorize the combinations of the locks on the cupboards so you can open them.  We have lost equipment, so we need to keep them locked, unfortunately.

•You may need to poke around the cabinets to find the utensils or food stuffs you need.  Creativity may be needed in adopting our equipment to the needs at hand.

•Get any large amounts of water you need to boil heating right away, since it takes a long time on the burners.

•Find out what will take the longest to cook and begin working on that.  Look for times when you will be waiting on one thing to work on another.  Pie crusts should always be started first.  Watch out for any scheduling conflicts with different dishes using the oven.  You may need to get creative in shuffling items on the stove and oven for complex meals.

•Fill up the pitchers with water and refrigerate.

•The large, thin pots can easily burn food on the bottom (a REAL bummer), so keep the heat lower, stir often, and watch closely.

•Look in the fridge for any left-overs you can use.

•Many recipes call for much more oil (unhealthy to eat much of) than you need, so try making due with less oil.

•Wash all produce.

•Chopping vegetables can be a major bottleneck if you do it one slice at a time;  usually it is good enough to just put the whole amount on the chopping board and chop at it till the pieces are small enough.

•Spinach is full of dirt, and needs to be washed out by a bath, not a shower:  break off the apices, fill a bowl and dunk the leaves, pull them out, and look at the water to see if there is grit.  Repeat until no more grit comes out.

•To use garlic, squish a clove lightly with the side of a knife blade—then you can pull off the paper;  squish it further and then dice it.

•Pour away the water that beans are soaking in, and refill with fresh water to cook them.  This is the secret to reducing our contribution to the greenhouse effect.

•Never cook with tap hot water—it is likely to have lead contamination from solder in the heater.

 

4.  Serving—Just a few hints:  Check to make sure everything is out of the oven, and don’t forget things you may have been chilling in the fridge, e.g. water pitchers, ice cream.

•The serving utensils are kept in the metal box in the cabinet.

 

5.  Cleaning Up—The dish rack is in the lower left cabinet, with all the cleaning supplies.

•Thorough cleaning is critical in protecting our health.  Mono and hepatitis-A can spread through contaminated dishes.  Clean and rinse with hot water and scrub everything thoroughly.

•A workable system: wipe off dishes into compost pile; put the big pot in the right sink to hold the soapy water; one person washes the dishes and puts them in the left sink; a second person rinses and puts them in the dish rack; towel drying is not necessary except for plates.

•Don’t throw out plastic utensils or containers that are reusable.

•Food scraps can be returned to nature (composted) by scattering them in the bushes across the lawn, never by the house (it attracts rodents and roaches).

•Check the refrigerator for ancient moldy left-overs and compost them too.

•Put things away in their labeled place, or the next cook crew will be confounded.

•Wipe the serving table, the kitchen table, the counters and the stove.  Sweep the floor, too.  We can be fined for leaving any mess.

•Rinse out the dish towels and drape them to dry in the cupboards.

It is very important to lock all the cabinets when done.  The locks need to be spun to lock them.

 

NOW THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN COOKING, TAKE A MOMENT, RELAX, AND ENJOY!  YOU ARE EMBARKING ON A MOST ANCIENT HUMAN CREATIVE PROCESS.  BEFORE YOU ARE THINGS THAT CAME OUT OF THE GROUND.  IN A COUPLE OF HOURS, YOU WILL HAVE MADE THEM INTO A FEAST.

 

Outreach

 

The Story of Plan V

 

            Plan V was organized by Lee Altenberg, a postdoc in Zoology, Spring semester 1989.  As an undergrad he had lived in Lothlorien, a vegetarian co-op house of 57 students at UC Berkeley, and as a grad student, at Synergy and Columbae Co-ops at Stanford.  He had wanted to start a vegetarian co-op ever since arriving at Duke in Fall 1987, but could not find a facility.  Rob Clough of Epworth told him about the East Campus Center’s kitchen in Fall 1988, and he looked into getting it for a vegetarian co-op eating club.  The administration waffled on letting it be used, because it questioned the condition of the kitchen, but they eventually o.k.’d it. 

            Lee recruited interest from the circles he knew—the Student Activist Co-operative, ECOS, Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Vegetarian Club, and advertised on campus.  Lee originally thought of naming it “Plan G” since DUFS had Plans A-F, but Art Clemente suggested “Plan V” for “vegetarian”.  Two co-op alums from Brown U., Bruce and Karen Baker, responded to a flier Lee put up at the Durham Food co-op, and they cooked lasagna for the organizational meeting at which about 20 people showed up.  The first dinner was cooked at Gilbert Addoms (as permission for the East Campus Center hadn’t yet been given).  After that it was in ECC.  The first semester’s membership stabilized at 14.

            The most famous dinner was when a storm knocked out the power for the whole campus.  The quiches had just been put in the oven.  The cook crew took them out, poured the custard back in a bowl, and trucked it and the crusts over to Lee’s apartment to bake.  They picked up wine, French bread and candles at the market.  Nobody could study anyway in the darkness, so people just hung out.  Finally, by 8 o’clock or so, the dinner was ready, and the power came back on.  But people turned all the lights off, and everyone sat down to an elegant candlelight dinner.  For the last meal of the semester, the last day of classes, Plan V had a “bread baking study break” open to the campus.  They started baking bread at 7pm, using the “sponge method” of the Tassajara Bread Book, with people studying while the bread was rising, and at 1am, 8 loaves of bread came steaming out of the oven, and people feasted and said sentimental good-byes.

            In the fall of 1989, we recruited at the “Potpourri of Student Life” and Plan V increased its membership to 24.  At the organizational meeting people were rearing to go, and the first dinner was that week.  Bruce the Treasurer had left, and nobody else was enthusiastic about doing it, and it was a much bigger job now.  So the members decided to give compensation in the form of free board to the Treasurer.  Steering committee.  Compost proposal.  The number dropped to about 20 in Spring semester, with some going to Beaufort or doing sports.  For some reason, Tuesday crew had problems getting its act together, and one day, no one showed up.  So the rest ordered pizza from Pizza Peddlers.  The show must go on.

            At the end of Spring 1990, enough members were going to be around over summer that they decided to continue Plan V through the summer.  They were able to recruit several friends as new members, and even some American Dance Festival students.

 

Future Visions

 

Greater co-op movement, cohesiveness-community building of group, living group, exclusive use of a kitchen, better kitchen, full meal plan, compost heap, garden, chickens, bread baking crew, outreach, expanding self sufficiency, NASCO membership, seeding co-ops at nearby U’s, non-student members, increasing member diversity, getting active in PIFC—sustainer shift, etc., getting in Duke U. literature

 

VEGETARIANISM:

   

     The reasons for eating meals without meat are widely varied, but I will try to condense them here.

     1) BIOCENTRISM

         Animals have inherent rights to fend for themselves in a natural, non human-centered world, and they should not be subjected to factories where they have sometimes very limited movement and where they live only to get "beefed up" for slaughter.  This particular view does allow that humans who naturally hunt and kill animals in "the wild" for food are within their  proper natural place.  It is only unnatural "factory farming" which is unnecessarily cruel that a biocentrist objects to.  If it wasn't for large-scale factory farming the types of cows and chickens we see today would not even exist.  They have been bred strictly to suit human desires, and this is clearly an alteration of natural evolution.

   

 2) COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS / AMIMALS' RIGHTS

          Strict believers of this view hold that all killing of animal life is unnecessary and cruel in itself, whether it be in slaughterhouses or in the jungle.  A trip to a slaughterhouse (possible Plan V field trip? - who said we didn't know how to have fun?) would quickly convert many to this view.   The ability of animals to live free from the threat of being confined in a cage for life or from being blown away by a rifle is  the primary consideration.  Meat is murder, basically.

     3)  ENVIRONMENTAL / WORLD HUNGER IMPACT

         A meat-centered diet is very inefficient in terms of land usage and an  overwhelming amount of grains and soybeans grown in the developed nations goes for animal feed instead of human food.  The return on that investment in grain is very low, with the animals yielding in the products no more than a small fraction of the nutrients they consume ("Vegetarian Question and Answer," Animal's Agenda, October 1986).   A lot of beef also comes from Central America, where the cattle industry has been involved in the wholesale destruction of tropical rain forests.  Huge tracts of rainforest are cleared by bulldozers to make way for grazing pasture for cattle  which is then sold to the United States.   Rainforests are a key factor in world ecology and are being destroyed simply for cheap burgers. ("You Are What You Eat," Animals' Agenda, March 1986).This is why there have been recent protests against such fast-food giants as Burger King, which has been buying large quantities of cheap, Central American beef.

 

     4)  HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

         We've all heard the warnings about the dangers of eating too much fatty red meat.  But few have considered total vegetarianism as the healthiest  option.  But, according to some, "a vegetarian diet based on vegetables, grains and fruits is the optimal plan for nourishing the human body.  This program provides ample nutrients while keeping the cholesterol intake nil, total fat consumption low, and protein ingestion adequate but modest . . . Countless studies have shown that vegetarians - vegans [non-dairy eaters] in particular - have lower blood pressures, lower cholesterol levels, and less obesity than comparable omnivores.  There is less incidence of heart disease, kidney failure, adult-onset diabetes and several types of cancer (breast and colon in particular) among vegetarians; and the life expectancy of vegetarian groups studied - Seventh Day Adventists, Trappist monks and others - is generally graced with precious extra time" ("Healthy and Humane", Animals' Agenda, July/August 1986).

     Of course, any vegetarian diet must be planned to ensure proper nourishment and balance of foods.  A vegetarian diet of twinkies and potato chips won't quite cut it.  So the menu manager should have at least a minimal knowledge of food balancing in a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet.  For instance, over-reliance on dairy products could spell trouble health-wise.  Some vegetarians have gone a step further and eat a vegan (pronounced vee-gun) diet which excludes dairy products.  Soybean products, such as soy milk, are a good, healthy substitute for most dairy products.  The vegan diet is also based on different views - from  the health perspective to the animal rights perspective which points out that many cows that produce milk and chickens that produce eggs live horrid lives in small, disease-ridden pens.  And that's no fun. 

   

                DECISION MAKING AND CONSENSUS

Don't be afraid to have workshops on decision making.  The process will work much better if it is well understood.

(The following is lifted from the 1978 edition of Living In Syn, which, in turn, lifted it from the now-dufunct Stanford manual called Organize)

    

No matter what the process, it is important that everyone in the group knows exactly how the decisions are made.  Once they are made it is invaluable to have someone repeat the decision to the group so everyone really knows what has been decided.  It's not a bad idea to write down decisions, nor is it bad to have a minute of silence so everyone can think over the decision after it's made and see if they still feel good about it.

 

CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING does not mean that everyone thinks the decision is the best possible one or even that it will work.  What it means is that in coming to the decision, no one felt that her/his position was misunderstood or that it wasn't given a proper hearing.  It also means that the final decision doesn't violate a member's fundamental moral standards because if it did they would be obligated to block consensus.  Consensus only works if there is a high level of shared assumptions and if the people involved understand the process and are willing to accept decisions they don't necessarily find to be the best because they trust in the collective judgement of the group and they believe that everyone has heard and understood their reservations.

     Voting is a means of choosing one alternative from several.  Consensus building, on the other hand, is the process of synthesizing elements together.  It is ideally the synthesizing of the ideas of every member of the group into one decision.  We see it as a higher level decision-making process than voting.  By higher level we mean not only that it will achieve better solutions, it will also promote the psycho-social growth of group members and of the group as a whole.

      Voting implies a certain model of human nature.  People are seen as antagonistic.  It is a win/lose model.  Some people inevitably lose and sulk away until their next chance to get back at the winners and become winners themselves.  Voting is based on the will of the majority, or whatever fraction is chosen.  It is in essence a quantitative mode . . .

     Consensus is based on a different theory of human nature.  People can work together.  People can bridge distances and synthesize contradictory ideas.  People are able to peacefully talk out their differences and reach mutually satisfactory positions.  It is the opposite of voting because it is qualitative.  One person's strongly held beliefs can sway the entire group.  No ideas are lost.  Each member's input is valued as possible solutions.

     Consensus has one other valuable aspect.  The goal of every decision making process is not just to decide on a solution, but to carry out that plan of action.  Without subsequent action decisions are totally hollow.  This is often overlooked . . . It has been shown that a person's commitment to any decision is in proportion to their sense of ownership or investment in that decision.  Consensus attempts to develop investment from all members of a group, not just a majority . . .

     There are a number of real potential problems with a consensus model of decision making.  Achieving consensus should never be covert or assumed.  Consensus must always be checked in a direct manner.  Otherwise it can become much more repressive than voting. 

      Consensus clearly takes more time than a simple vote.  But the added time can be viewed in relation to the increased understanding each member of the group will have about the issue and the increased probability of the decision being carried out . . .

     Most deadlocked situations are mixed up with a set of emotions . . . The group must learn to deal with all levels of conflict, personal as well as ideological.  If this does not happen, then those unaddressed feelings will continually block progress . . . So as a last resort, safety mechanism, the

collective should establish a back-up decision making method if consensus cannot be reached in some pre-determined length of time.

 

APPENDIX

 

MEMBERS: 

 

Spring 1989:   “The Co-op Pioneers”.  Lee Altenberg, Bruce Baker and Karen Nelson, Rebecca K. Brindley, Paul J. Ferraro, Jennifer Johns, Jonathan Kimmelman, Roberta Miller, Ashok Gopal Parameswaran, Kristin Rowles, Susan E. Saenger, Catherine M. Stickler, Shawn Thompson, Lalitha Vadlamani, Amy Verreault.  Officers:  President, Lee Altenberg;  Treasurer, Bruce Baker.

 

Autumn 1989:  Shilpa Agarwal, Chris Albee, Lee Altenberg, Peter Arrozola, Pam Berkowitz, Kristen Blann, Laurence Blumenthal, Hope Creal, Melody Davis, Ellen Dunne, Paul Ferraro, Troy Fiesinger, David Hibbett, Allan Hollander, Ruth Holsinger, David Horgan, Curt Jennewine, Jonathan Kimmelman, Katarina Lent, Lisa Misol, Gloria Mshelia, Angie Newton, Kristin Rowles, Margie Stude, Amy Verreault, Matt Welker.  Officers:  President:  Jonathan Kimmelman;  Treasurer:  Paul Ferraro.

 

Spring 1990:  Chris Albee, Lee Altenberg, Pam Berkowitz, Kristen Blann, Laurence Blumenthal, Hope Creal, Melody Davis, Ellen Dunne, Paul Ferraro, Troy Fiesinger, Allan Hollander, David Horgan, Curt Jennewine, Jonathan Kimmelman, Katarina Lent, Lisa Misol, Angie Newton, Kristin Rowles, Matt Welker.  Officers:  President:  Jonathan Kimmelman;  Treasurer:  Paul Ferraro.

 

Summer 1990:  Lee Altenberg, Hope Creal, Allan Hollander, Selden Holt, Amandeep Singh Jawa, Jonathan Kimmelman, Amy Levitin (ADF), Mike Ling, Eric Macklin, Leigh Morgan, Angie Newton, Jamie O’Brien, Connie Pearcy, Kristin Rowles.                               

 

Faculty Associate: Prof. Devendra Garg, 223 Engn., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering 684-2832

 

DUKE RESOURCES:

Dallas Burnette              East Campus Center, 684-3611 x270 :  Reserving East Campus Center

Bill Griffiths                  Vice President, Duke, 684-3737:  Fate of East Campus Center

Homai McDowell          Student Activities Office, 684-2163: Mail, registering, support

Joe Pietrantoni              Auxiliary Services, 028 Union, 684-3640: DUFS Refunds

Jon Rosenzweig            ASDU Student Organizations Committee, 684-6403, -7006(h): funding

Tommy Semans             ASDU President, 684-6403, 286-0163 (h): support

Mujeeb Shah-Kahn       Union Facilities Committee: Allocating East Campus Center

Harold Tinsley               Facilities 6843611:  Maintenance of East Campus Center

 

OFF CAMPUS RESOURCES:

People's Intergalactic Food Conspiracy Number 1, 812 Broad, 286-1511:  Groceries

Goodwill, 930 E. Main, 683-2511:  Used kitchen ware

Salvation Army, 310 E. Main, 682-2313:  Used kitchen ware

Nearly New Shoppe, 615 Douglas, 286-4597:  Used kitchen ware

NCNB Bank, Lakewood Shopping Center, 682-0341:  Plan V Checking Account

 

Other Co-op Organizations:

Mountain Warehouse Co-op, 682-9234

Weaver Street Market Co-op, P.O. Box 937, Carrboro, NC 27510

Self-Help Credit Union, 413 E. Chapel Hill, Durham, 683-3016

Judith Cook, Madison Co-op alumna, Chesson Realty, 3508 University Dr., 489-5876

Susan Levy, North Carolina Land Trust, 107 E. Parrish St., 27701, 687-2789

National Cooperative Bank, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202)745-4600

North American Students of Cooperation, P.O. Box 7715, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (313) 663-0889

 

 

ASDU BY-LAWS OF "PLAN V"

 

1.  PURPOSE

                          

Plan V is organized as a mutual benefit organization to enable members of the Duke University community to cooperatively provide themselves with a vegetarian meal plan.  Moreover, Plan V is an educational institution for students to learn about vegetarian cooking, issues, and resources, and to develop skills in cooperation and self-management.

 

 

2.  MEMBERSHIP

 

A)  Membership in Plan V is open to any member of the Duke community.

 

B)  All labor for the meal service, including cooking, shopping, and cleaning, is provided by the membership in an equitable manner.

 

C)  Membership in good standing in Plan V will require that the member fulfill his or her work obligations and pay the membership fees.

 

3.  DECISION MAKING

 

A)  All decisions made by Plan V will be made by agreement of the membership, including policies on the extent and content of the meal service, the election of officers, the use of funds, the labor and membership fee requirements and evaluation of their fulfillment, and these By-Laws. 

 

B)  Each member may at any time place a new proposal before the membership. 

 

C)  The membership may delegate discretionary powers to its members as it sees fit. 

 

D)  A majority of the membership shall constitute the required quorum for making decisions on Plan V policies.

 

 

4.  REDUCTIONS IN DUKE UNIVERSITY FOOD SERVICE CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS. 

 

A)  Under the agreement made with Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services, Joe Pietrantoni, members of Plan V in good standing shall be eligible to receive a reduction in their Duke University Food Service contract requirements at the base rate of the price of the "all-you-can-eat" meal service in the Blue-and-White Room.  For Spring semester, 1989, at the DUFS price of $5.25, and the current service level of Plan V (3 dinners per week), the amount of the reduction for the 14 week Spring 1989 semester shall be $220.50.

 

 

B)  The names of members of Plan V in good standing seeking reduction in their DUFS contract requirement will be certified by the Treasurer, President, and Faculty Associate of Plan V and submitted to DUFS or the appropriate office, and the amount of the reduction refunded by the Bursar's Office.

 

C)  Any member whose work or financial obligations to Plan V go unfulfilled for over two weeks will lose their Plan V membership.  The Treasurer or President will then submit their name and the date that membership was revoked to DUFS.  Their DUFS contract reduction will then be prorated to the number of weeks they were members in good standing of Plan V.

 

 

5.  OFFICERS

 

A)  The following officers shall be elected by the membership:  President, Treasurer, and Faculty Associate.

 

B)  Duties:

 

                           1)  President:  Starting-up the club after any interim break in its operation, and certifying membership in good standing for DUFS contract reductions.

                           2)  Treasurer:  Collection of member fees, disbursing of funds, maintaining an inventory of the assets of Plan V, accounting and all related financial responsibilities, reporting the financial status of Plan V to the membership, and certifying membership in good standing for DUFS contract reductions.  The books and records of Plan V may be examined upon request.

                           3)  Faculty Associate:  Certifying membership in good standing for DUFS contract reductions.

 

 

Agreement with Auxiliary Services on

DUFS Contract Reductions for Plan V members

 

1.  Membership in good standing in Plan V will require that the member fulfill his or her work obligations and pay the membership fee.

 

2.  The work obligation to Plan V consists of working one day per week doing rotations on the jobs of cooking, shopping, and clean-up.

 

 

3.  The membership fee for the current Plan V service level of three dinners per week is currently set at $40 per month.

 

4.  Members of Plan V in good standing shall be eligible to receive a reduction in their Duke University Food Service contract requirements at the base rate of the price of the "all-you-can-eat" meal service in the Blue-and-White Room.  At the current DUFS price of $5.25, and the current service level of Plan V (3 dinners per week), the amount of the reduction for the 14 week Spring 1989 semester shall be $220.50.

 

5.  The names of members of Plan V in good standing seeking reduction in their DUFS contract requirement will be certified by the Treasurer, President, and Faculty Associate of Plan V and submitted to DUFS or the appropriate office, and the amount of the reduction refunded by the Bursar's Office.

 

6.  Any member whose work or financial obligations to Plan V go unfulfilled for over two weeks will lose their Plan V membership.  The Treasurer or President will then submit their name and the date that membership was revoked to DUFS.  Their DUFS contract reduction will then be prorated to the number of weeks they were members in good standing of Plan V.

 

To:                         Joe Pietrantoni, Asst. Vice President, Auxiliaries

From:                    Plan V Eating Club

Date:                      September 29, 1989

 

Re:                         Member Certification for DUFS Refunds for Fall Semester 1989

 

                                Attached is the list of members in good standing of Plan V who are requesting refunds from their DUFS contracts at the agreed to rate of the price of an all-you-can-eat dinner in the Blue and White Room (currently $5.50) per dinner they eat with Plan V. 

                                There are now three levels of meal plan with Plan V:  1, 2, and 3 dinners per week.  Plan V will operate Fall Semester from September 3 to December 7, for a total of 14 weeks.  Hence the amounts for the refunds are:  $77 for one dinner/week members, $154 for two dinner/week members, and $231 for three dinner/week members.

 

One dinner/week:  $77 refund:

                                Margaret Stude, Robert Biswas.

 

Two dinners/week:  $154 refund:

                                Ellen Dunne, Kama Kramer, Hope Creal, David Horgan, Curt Hennewine, Chris Albee, Peter Arrazola.

 

Three dinners/week:  $231 refund:

                                Martha Ruth Hoslinger, Shilpa Agarwal, Gloria Mshelia, Matt Welker, Pam Berkowitz, Kirsten Blann, Amy Verreault, Troy Riesinger, Melody Davis.

 

 

 

PLAN V Inventory 10/89

 

EQUIPMENT:

 

3 gallon pot                                                                                    16.00

2 gallon pot                                                                                    24.99

2 woks                                                                                                 7.00

baking pans                                                                                       3.77

sauce pot                                                                                             8.36

casserole pan                                                                                     2.63

serving bowl                                                                                     6.97

4 pie tins                                                                                            4.58

rolling pin                                                                                         3.00

2 knives                                                                                           12.58

large spoon                                                                                        2.69

spatula                                                                                                 1.49

grater                                                                                                   2.99

egg beater                                                                                           2.77

rubber spatulas                                                                                  1.77

peeler                                                                                                   1.78

ladle                                                                                                        .50

15 plates                                                                                          14.05

15 glasses                                                                                          9.40

silverware                                                                                           9.00

pitcher                                                                                                 3.55

2 towels                                                                                              3.93

4 potholders                                                                                      2.05

thermometer                                                                                      1.99

cutting board                                                                                     6.75

storage containers                                                                           3.13

scourer                                                                                                   .97

6 padlocks                                                                                       15.00

screw eyes                                                                                          1.38

2 sharpening stones                                                                        4.28

dishrack                                                                                              1.50

 

Sum:                                                                                                180.85

Tax:                                                                                                      5.44

Total:                                                           186.29

 

COOKBOOKS:

 

Vegetarian Epicure I                                                                        8.96

Vegetarian Epicure II                                                                    10.95

Moosewood Cookbook                                                                  9.95

Enchanted Broccoli Forest                                                          11.95

Laurel's Kitchen                                                                             19.95

Recipes for a Small Planet                                                             1.31

Tassajara Bread Book                                                                      9.95

 

Sum:                                                                                                  73.02

Tax:                                                                                                      3.65

Total:                                                             76.67

 

PUBLICITY- fliers                                          30.00

 

CLUB LITERATURE                                        15.00

 

BUDGET REQUEST TOTAL                          $307.96

 

(Only the funding for cookbook purchases was approved by the ASDU Program Committee.)

 

PLAN V INVENTORY   8/90

 

Quantity                                      Description                                                    

Security of the 1st World:

2                Combination Lock:  #1

4                Combination Lock:  #2

 

Cookware:

1 ea.         Baking Pans, steel, sm, med, lg.

1                Bowl, stainless stl, lg

1                Callender

1                Cast Iron Skillet (large)

1                Ceramic Casserole Pot w/ 2 lids

1 2/2        Cutting board, wooden

2                Loaf pans

8                Pie pans, steel

3                Pie pans, aluminum

3                Pitchers, plastic, w/ lids

1                Pot, aluminum

1                Pot, Cu Bottom, shallow

1                Pot, Cu Bottom,  medium

1                Pot, Stnls steel, 4 gal. w/ lid

1                Sauce Pot, Cu Bottom (1 cup)

1                Skillet, Stnls steel, med.

1                Steamer

1                Teflon Pot w/ lid

2                Woks, sm

1                Wok ring

 

Utensils:

1                Bottle opener/ Cork screw

1                Box, metal, for utensils

1                Can Opener

1                Eggbeater

1                Grater, multiplex

4                Knives, (cutlery), stnls steel

1                Knife sharpener

1                Knife sharpener, stone (unassembled)

2                Ladles

1                Measuring cup, glass, 8 cups

1                Measuring cup, plastic trasnparent, 2 cups

1                Measuring cup, plastic, 4 cups

1 ea.         Measuring cups, stnls steel,  1/8,  1/4 cup

                  Measuring spoons:

5                     1 Tbsp

2                     1 Tsp

2                     1/2  Tsp

1                     1/4  Tsp

1                     1/8  Tsp

1                Pealer

1                Rolling pin, wooden

4                Serving spoons, plastic

4                Serving spoons, steel

1                Spatula, plastic

1                Spatula, rubber

1                Spatula, steel

1                Tongs

1                Wooden spoon

 

Mechanized Americana:

1                Cuisenart including:  2 rotar blades,

                  2 grater blades, 2 slicer blades,

                  various assorted parts...

1                Machine with matching eggbeaters

 

Dining items:

18             Bowls, ceramic to plastic to wooden

24             Glasses, generally plastic

23             Plates, ceramic

47             Fork(s), stnlss stl

48             Knives, stnlss stl

44             Spoons, stnlss stl

 

Plastic Storage/ Misc.:

1                Brush (paint)

1                Container, medium "tupperware"

2                Containers w/ lids, bucket size

1                Container w/out lid, transparent, 1.5 liter

1                Drying rack

   Misclellaneous bottles, lids, caps, plastic containers

   for bulk buying at coöp.

1                Role of masking tape

 

Library:

   Assorted index-card recipes

   Book o' Whole Meals

   PIFC literature/ Plan V literature

   Cuisinart operator manual

   Cuisinart recipes

   Diet for a Small Planet

   Enchanted Broccoli Forest

   Laurel's Kitchen

   Moosewood Cookbook

   Vegetarian Epicure

   Vegetarian Epicure, pt. 2

 

 

Compost Pile and Herb Garden Proposal

 

To:                         Kieth Stewart, Facilities Planning and Management

From :      Plan V Co-op Eating Club, East Campus Center

Date:                      November 19, 1989

 

                  Plan V generates a modest amount of food scraps in its cooking operations in the East Campus Center.  We are aware of the growing solid waste disposal problem in the Durham area and in general, and wish find a more ecologically responsible use of our food scraps.  Therefore we would like to build a compost pile nearby for them.  The pile will consist of a 3' wide, 3' high circle of welded wire into which the food scraps, leaves, and soil will be mixed.  The welded wire will allow entry of oxygen and thus keep the pile aerobic and quick-decomposing.  If the pile needs to be turned, this is easily accomplished by pulling up the wire, placing next to the pile,  and loading the pile back in.  Because no permanent structure is proposed, if the pile become problematic it can quickly be disposed of.

                  The location which appears to be the most unobtrusive is at the end of hedge which goes behind the East Campus Center (see diagram).  It is hidden by hedges, out of the way of the lawn mowers, and over 100 feet from the nearest building.

                  To complete the nutrient cycle of the compost, we wish to plant a small herb garden near the East Campus Center (see diagram).  The garden would be a 5' by 10' French raised bed, to grow some of the herbs we use in cooking.

                  Please call or write Dr. Lee Altenberg, Dept. of Zoology, 383-5327, regarding approval of this proposal.  We wish to proceed by February 12, 1990 if possible.

 

 

P.R. Materials

 

From the Residential Life “Programming Menu”, under the “Gastronomics” section:

 

Vegetarian Dining.  Students desiring more than the vegetarian options available to them under DUFS plans A-F have created “Plan V”, a co-operative eating club in the East Campus Center.   Members take turns planning and cooking vegetarian dinners together.  DUFS rebates are available to members.  The Student Activities Office has information about how to join. 

 

From the Blue Devil’s Advocate:

            Plan V differs from DUFS meal Plans A through F in a big way:  Plan V is a student-run eating club created to bring gourmet vegetarian dining to Duke.  Plan V is run democratically by its members, who chose its menus and cooperative do the cooking, shopping, and cleaning.  Members’ DUFS contracts are reduced by $5.25 for every meal that they eat with Plan V, while Plan V dinners cost members about $3.  The club dines under chandelier in the East Campus Center, and is as much a social group as it is a meal plan.  Plan V gives its members knowledge of vegetarian cooking, nutrition, and resources.  Contact Jonathan Kimmelman.

From ASDU Recognition Request:

                  Members of Plan V will cooperatively provide themselves a vegetarian meal plan.  All labor and management will be perfored by the members.  Choice of food, menus, vendors, and all Plan V policies will be democratically decided by the members.  Plan V will be an educational institution for students to learn about vegetarian cooking, diet, issues and resources.

 

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