Introducing the $20/week campaign

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At our recent AGM we shared highlights from our first year in business.  One of the most exciting things is that we’re very close to financial sustainability.  So we issued a challenge: make the Co-op your first stop for local, wholesome food so that we can achieve our vision of a vibrant local food system.

If every member spends just $20/week at The Mustard Seed, we will reach financial sustainability.

We know it can be difficult to change habits like where we get groceries, but many members have already made the Co-op their primary grocer.  Would you join them?

Start with buying just $20 in food each week at your Co-op. $20 a week can get you a good selection of local, wholesome foods. Need proof? Check out the image below to see four different suggestions on what you can get for $20.

It’s your store, so please support us. Make the Co-op your go-to source for local, wholesome foods. Come in regularly to find the best products from our region’s producers, many you’ll only find at the Co-op. You may be surprised just how affordable our grocery staples are!

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Think you’re up for the challenge? Or maybe you’re one of our shoppers that has already been spending way over $20/week? Click on the button below to show your support.

JOIN THE $20/WEEK CHALLENGE! (click here)

Local Bounty Boxes

We launched the Local Bounty Box last fall, and it has become tremendously popular.  Starting at just $19.99, you get a full week’s fresh fruits and vegetables – most from Ontario even in winter!  The LBB gives you great value, convenience, and variety.  You can order it each week, so there’s no long-term commitment.  It’s the perfect way to enjoy fresh local produce and support your Co-op at the same time.  So if you haven’t yet, give the Local Bounty Box a try this week.

PRE-ORDER A LOCAL BOUNTY BOX!

We’re Hiring!

We are adding capacity to our hardworking staff team with a new job posting:

  • Retail Sales Clerk with Produce Focus – Part Time

If you know someone who loves local food and vibrant community, and has skills in the produce department, please send them to our website: http://mustardseed.coop/jobpostings/  This posting closes next Friday, March 27th.

Engage Your Co-op through Volunteering

Our Co-op was built by volunteers, and these opportunities continue. We’ve launched a new Volunteer Program with a pilot phase for the first six months of 2015.  Volunteers are trained in store operations such as stocking shelves, receiving inventory, and packing Local Bounty Boxes. These volunteers are offered regular, scheduled shifts to match their availability (which could be once a month, once a week, etc.). For every ten hours in-store, volunteers receive a 20% discount voucher for use at The Mustard Seed! Check the website for more information.  The next volunteer training is Monday, March 23rd. http://mustardseed.coop/volunteer

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Calling all Local Producers!

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This photo is from Church Hill Farms, one of our Pork producers

We are in full swing planning out this season, and we want to make sure we include as many Local Producers and Growers as possible. If you, or someone you know is growing great produce, we want to make sure we know about it! Our list is pretty extensive already, but we want to make sure that all Farmers that are interested in supplying to the Mustard Seed Coop have that chance. Please email Damian direct at sourcing@mustardseed.coop to ensure you are on our contact list. Thanks everyone!

Important Change to Membership Fee Reimbursement

The Board recently revised the Co-op membership structure in line with our by-law 2.13. Effective January 19th, membership fees are now non-refundable. For members who joined prior to that date we are offering an 8-week opt-in window following AGM 2015 to retain their right to reimbursement.

Why are we doing this? Our former membership structure created a large liability on our balance sheet—all member fees were actually debt because they could potentially be claimed back.  If memberships are non-refundable, they become an asset of the Co-op and improve our financial stability as a business.

We also found that most members did not think of their membership fee as a loan, but rather as a one-time investment in the Co-op – for which we are very thankful. So that this change does not negatively impact members who do think of their membership fee as a loan, we are offering members the opportunity to exercise the right to future reimbursement by signing an opt-in form.

The Membership Fee Right-to-Reimbursement form is available at the Co-op. Members who want to opt in must fill it out and return it to staff to file. You can also print the opt-in form (click to download the form), fill it out, and email back to the Board (opt-in@mustardseed.coop). It needs to be signed, as it represents your legal request to continue your right to reimbursement. The 8-week opt-in window closes April 20th, after which all fees are non-refundable.

The Mustard Seed is now over 1,800 members strong, and we truly appreciate every member’s contribution to the Co-op! Thank you for being part of building Hamilton’s local food culture.