Lots happening in 2013! Hope you'll read through and click through to find out more about it.
In this newsletter
So much is happening in our community through the Doylestown Food Co-op. We’ve got fundraisers to bring our community together while we earn money for our marketing and membership campaigns and support our local businesses. And we are stepping up our educational efforts through events like “Food for Thought” Book Club, TedX Viewing Party and town halls. Here’s what’s on the calendar: Come join us for one or all!
Jules Fundraiser – January 27th Join us anytime from 4 - 8:00.
Food For Thought Book Club – February 12th - 6:30 to 8:00 We're reading The Town That Food Saved by Ben Hewitt. The Doylestown Bookshop is offering a 20% discount for books purchased for the Food For Thought Book Club.
TedXManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” Viewing Party – Saturday February 16th . This is a full day of talks broken into three sessions exploring the state of our food system and our progress toward sustainability. You don't need to attend the entire event! Come and go as you please. The session will run from 10 until 5:15 so there will be plenty of opportunity to drop in.
Hickory Kitchen Fundraiser – Sunday, February 24th .
Mike Markowitz is hosting an all day event from 9am thru 7pm. It allows a time frame for all to participate…whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner…eat in or take out. He will donate 20% of the net sales to the co op. So make a date with your friends to join us there!
Local Lanes 2013 – Winter Bowling fun – Sunday, March 10th - 3:00 - 5:00
Pot luck, bowling, and lots of fun!
2013 – Is this our year?
by Lisa White, Co-op Member and Board Chair
In May of 2011, the Doylestown Food Co-op launched its membership drive. Today we have 200 families who have expressed a commitment to a brick and mortar store, 192 of them already making an equity investment totaling more than $50,000 to take ownership in their co-op.
We’ve known from our beginning that food co-ops generally take 3 – 5 years from conception to opening. Most co-ops are built through the efforts of volunteers. We raise money to pay for marketing materials and outreach which helps to build membership. That membership is critical to raise equity, solidify commitment to our future store, and develop a base from which to raise critical capital.
We are working on doing a better job of engaging our membership and reaching out into our community to let you know what we are all about. What are we doing?
- Educating our community about why we believe eating locally and thoughtfully and supporting our extensive community of farmers is important. We are doing this through events and town hall meetings of which we will keep you apprised. The Town Hall Meeting presentation on Genetically Engineered foods was extremely informative and we plan to make parts of that available via youtube.
- Enhancing our newly designed website to make resources easier to find
- Holding a Food for Thought book club to encourage more people to learn about our food system and have robust discussion
- Collaborating with the County Theater to bring a series of movies about our food system to our community (more on that soon!)
- Sharing recipes that are seasonal and healthy
- Holding house parties that bring people together in relaxed and friendly ways to share knowledge and interest about our co-op, and
- Investigating ways to get local food to our community sooner rather than later.
So join us! And be a part of this incredible effort!
On December 5, 2012, we sent out a survey asking about either your Co-op experience or what you were looking for in a co-op. This survey, conducted for our co-op was created by Jennifer Conway, a graduate student at the American University of Paris (and, by chance, a former Doylestown resident) who is completing a Master's thesis on food cooperatives and the cooperative movement. She was excited to learn about the Doylestown Food Co-op and asked us if we would be willing to participate as a case study for this project. We gratefully accepted! We look forward to learning what she has learned from your participation and hope those of you who planned to, but have not yet participated, will do so. Following are thanks from Jennifer!
Thanks and Update by Jennifer Conway
Thank you to everyone who took time to fill out the survey last month. CONGRATULATIONS to the $25 certificate drawing winners: Karen Tartaglia and Allyson McCann.
Also, thank you to everyone with whom I spoke over the phone! It was great having the opportunity to learn more about the co-op, and your insights will certainly play a big role in my thesis.
There are a number of people I still have not had the chance to speak with — and I will be following up with you over the next few weeks. I’m currently consolidating all the great data you’ve provided thus far — and am looking forward to sharing my thesis with the Doylestown Food Co-op in the upcoming months.
If you are not a member, and would like to take the survey, you can find it online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dfcnm.
If you are a member, and you would like to take the survey, you can find it online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DFCIM.
Happy New Year! Jennifer
This Month's Recipe
Our Eco-System Benefits
OUR ECO-SYSTEM BENEFITS — You can save LOTS of money by patronizing our eco-system partners — maybe even enough to pay for your equity… and it puts more dollars back into our local economy. Want to know which local businesses participate?