215 by 2015 Wrap-up Newsletter

It takes a community to build a co-op, and that's exactly what's happening in McHenry County right now. Our first ownership drive ended at midnight on December 31st with 230 OWNERS! That's 15 more than our goal of 215 and we couldn't be happier!
We would not have come this far without your support. Thank you!

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Now that the Food Shed Co-op has our first 230 owners, we have met the initial threshold for public support, proving that the people of McHenry County really do want a food co-op. Also, with this milestone achieved, we officially move from Organizing, the first stage in our timeline*, into the second stage, Feasibility and Planning. Good news is we are already ahead of schedule for the second stage as many of the key initiative are well under way! We also look forward to executing on our 2015 resolutions that will have us out in the community making new connections, educating, promoting and finding our next 230+ owners. 

*Please note that our timeline is an estimate, the quicker we bring on new owners the quicker we open the doors!

We have an action packed winter planned and the events start this weekend. 
Highlights are listed below. Visit our events page to see the complete list.

Saturday 01/10 from 7-10am Coffee & Conversation - Do you want to learn more about the co-op or meet members of the Food Shed community face to face? Come out to Conscious Cup, grab your morning coffee and chat with us about all things co-op related.

Saturday 01/10 at 6:30pm Food For Change - Do you want to learn more about the cooperative movement? Join us for a free screening of Food For Change at the Woodstock Moose Lodge followed by a short presentation about our cooperative. 

Saturday 01/24 from 9am-noon Volunteer Workshop - Are you interested in getting more involved with Food Shed? Join us at MCC and help map our path forward for 2015. 

Tuesday 01/27 from 6-8pm Shape Woodstock - Do you want to learn new skills that for a healthy start to the new year? Join us at Woodstock North High School for the first of a three part workshop series featuring a culinary presentation followed by breakout sessions for composting, starting seeds, nutrition, and healthy meal planning.

Yours in cooperation, 

Your Food Shed Co-op Board of Directors

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