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Calling all those with a common belief in the importance of sustainable and whole foods in our everyday lives!
We are looking to initiate the organization of a food cooperative here in Saint Augustine. We have so many local farmers, artisans, etc., right here in our area...let's establish a community effort to link our
own local producers with the local consumers by way of a unified location more prominent than a weekly market, and help build our community with a focus on that which is homegrown, sustainable, and holistic.
What is a cooperative (co-op)?
A cooperative is an organization voluntarily and equally controlled by its members with the purpose of meeting an agreed upon mutual need.
In our case, the community need is access to locally grown, fresh, whenever possible organic produce and products.
A food co-op operates much like a normal grocery store, except that it is owned and operated by the community customers themselves, helping to bring together local producers with local consumers.
…and the reason: Because we care about what we eat!
Sounds great, doesn't it?
At this point, we are in the starting phase - searching for any and all individuals who are interested in participating in the process that will turn this fantastic idea into a reality. We are looking for all those who are serious and enthusiastic about dedicating their time to help create a local food co-op. Professionals are also needed in the areas of design, marketing, research, education, business, law, and finance who are interested in devoting their areas of expertise.
We are hoping to gather a network of individuals within the community and hold several initial brainstorm and discussion meetings in order to decide on a plan and enact leadership positions to assist in its unfolding.
Please comment, message, post with any suggestions, questions, interest, etc...
We are currently using facebook, craigslist, and email lists to spread the word about this initiative, as well as print advertising around town - so look out for our flyers!
As we gather responses and coordinate interests, we will announce our first meeting date.
Thank you for your interest!