We are a group of regular folks working hard to open a community-owned grocery store in McHenry County, IL and we hope you will join us!
In March, 2021 the Food Shed Co-op developed a Sustainability Statement to strengthen our Mission and Values. We believe it emphasizes the thoughts and intentions of our ownership.
Food Shed Co-op Sustainability Statement
Taking care of our land and community is at the heart of the Food Shed Co-op‘s Mission and Core Values. As we thoughtfully design and build our future member-owned cooperative, we are dedicated to exploring and incorporating environmental best practices in all that we do. Our goal of growing a resilient and sustainable business is intertwined with our commitment to connecting with and preserving the vitality of the places and people beyond our walls. At the Food Shed Co-op, sustainability means protecting our environment, supporting local, sustainable farms and businesses, and creating an equitable and enjoyable place to work for generations to come.
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Our timeline has been updated! Click on the image below for a full size timeline.
Our next steps are to GROW OUR OWNERSHIP to 1200 owners by early July, 2021! If you are an owner - you can help us by participating in our ONE-for-ONE campaign.
What is ONE-for-ONE?
Simply put, if EVERY current Food Shed owner found just ONE MORE owner we would reach the 1200 owner mark quickly! It's not hard - we just need you to STEP UP and find one more owner - ONE-for-ONE will get us to our 1200 owner goal quickly! Once we hit 1200 owners we can start our Community Investment Campaign - and then it's on to the BUILDING stage!
First the good news!
In December, 2020, the Food Shed Co-op purchased land for your grocery store at the corners of RT 14 and Lake Shore Drive in southwest Woodstock, IL - just a few minutes north of Crystal Lake! With the location in place, our next step is to get to 1200 owners as fast as we can! The timeline above shows us reaching 1200 owners in July, 2021! If we can reach that goal your grocery store will open in the Fall of 2022!
The idea was first hatched between a few friends in a conversation about improving the resilience of our community. Many conversations and phone calls later, in March 2013, a group of a few dozen people gathered on a cold winter evening and made the collective decision to do whatever it takes to open a community-owned grocery store in McHenry County. They organized a steering team, surveyed the community and pulled together a mailing list of people who like the idea of opening a food co-op. Since that first meeting, there have been many, many more.
In January of 2014, the McHenry County Food Cooperative (d/b/a Food Shed Co-op) was incorporated under Illinois Cooperative Law. Soon after incorporation, we celebrated our birthday on Earth Day and started to sell ownership shares in the co-op. The first board of directors was elected by our owners in October of 2014. We are continually reading, networking, hosting guest speakers, taking field trips to visit food co-ops and attending workshops, webinars and conferences to learn more about cooperatives. We are hard a work, spreading that knowledge to our community through events, movie screenings, webinars and workshops. Our success to date includes:
- participation in more than 250 events
- winning a USDA LFPP Grant
- completion of a market study in which consultants, specialists in cooperatives and the natural foods grocery industry, determined that we have what it takes to be successful
- reaching 500 owners in near record time which helped us win the Food Coop Initiative Seed Grant as one of the top food coop startups in the country!
Our owners and volunteers continue working every day to spread the word about the many benefits of a community-owned grocery store and our ownership numbers continue to GROW daily.
It is CRITICAL for us to reach our goal of 1200 owners! If you are an owner, take part in our ONE-for-ONE campaign and find ONE MORE OWNER! If you are NOT YET an owner, sign up now to become a Founding Owner!