November 2014 Newsletter

There are so many great and exciting things happening at The Food Shed Co-op these days they are becoming hard to count. As an example we are up to almost 130 owners and gaining between 5 – 10 new owners weekly. This rate of growth was pointed out in an article published on November 10 in McHenry County Living magazine entitled The Food Shed Co-op: Your StoreBoard member Scott Brix wrote this article, which received many hits and reached upwards of 3000 people. Besides that here is a taste of the progress being made towards opening Your Store:
  • The market study we have been talking about for months is now underway. The results of this will provide data and information to help us narrow down our location, determine store size and help quantify the amount of money and owners that are required to open. We expect to get the results of this in the next month and communicate key findings soon after that. We were able to hire a consultant and get this going as a result of winning a USDA grant recently specifically for this purpose;
  • Our first annual Food Shed Co-op Owners meeting was held October 22nd at the Woodstock Library. Approximately fifty owners were present and elected our first Board of Directors;
  • Our first ever Food Shed Co-op Board of Directors meeting was held November 13. Board members and officers are listed here.

FUN FUN FUN - Holiday Party 

  • Save the date of Thursday night, December 11 for our first Food Shed Holiday party. You won’t want to miss this event so watch your inbox later this week for full details.

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JOIN JOIN JOIN

Our friends at Crystal Lake Brewing have donated a free growler of beer and a t-shirt which we will raffle off at the end of the month. Join during the month of November for your chance to win this fabulous prize!

While we are excited about the progress we have made, we still have a long way to go. If you have not become an Owner please do so now to help us reach our immediate goal of 215 owners by the start of the New Year. If you are a Founding Owner, please pass this email on and “Tell” your story about why you think ownership is important. Remember too that we have an easy payment plan in case that helps your cash flow.

(If you are already an Owner, please consider forwarding this message to someone who may want to join you in supporting Food Shed.)

Food Shed Crumbs - for thought
By Donovan C. Wilkin, Ph.D. 

My breakfast today consisted of a bowl of raisin bran with rice milk, a serving of blueberries, and a banana.  In terms of promoting my long-term health, this meal does a good job.  In terms of promoting the long-term health of the planet, it sucks. 

The blueberries came from Chile.  The banana came from China.  The rice for the rice milk came from  . . . . click here to read more

If Don's words resonate with you Become a Food Shed Co-op Owner and cast a vote for community, local food choice and reduced carbon footprint.

215by2015_P2_Giveaway_FB.jpgAs if community, choice and food security aren't enough, to sweeten the deal, our friends at Crystal Lake Brewing have donated a free growler of beer and a t-shirt which we will raffle off at the end of the month. Join during the month of November for your chance to win this fabulous prize!


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