Spring Fever at the Co-op

 

March 22/14 - Maple syrup demonstration with Mustard Seed producer Shawn Groen of Tree to Table Maple Syrup just outside of Dundas in Troy, Ontario.

March 22/14 – Maple syrup demonstration with Mustard Seed producer Shawn Groen of Tree to Table Maple Syrup just outside of Dundas in Troy, Ontario.

Our First Annual General Meeting is coming up!

We’re hosting our first AGM on April 16th, and all members are encouraged to attend. The AGM will include a presentation of our financial reports, ratification of bylaws, and updates on co-op operations. We will also be electing two new Directors. Don’t worry, though, it’s not just all business, this is a party to celebrate our success in opening Hamilton’s only community-owned grocery store! Come celebrate with us.

Please pre-register online by following this link if you plan to attend the AGM. Online registrations can happen through April 15th, and you can also register in-person before the start of the AGM. We will email the AGM package with agenda, financial info, Director nominee bios, etc. closer to the date.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 7-9pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Where: First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St S, Hamilton (south of Main). Parking available, but please walk/cycle/carpool if you can.
What to bring: Your member card & passport (to get stamped).
Who: The AGM is open to everyone, but only member-households can vote.

Board Nominations close April 6th

We are looking for two positive, hard-working, and committed individuals preferably with some board-level experience and a passion for local food and co-operation. We are specifically interested in candidates with the following skills and experience to build on our current strengths:

  1. Financial Management
  2. Producer OR Retail Grocery Experience

Read more about what it means to be a Director of the Co-op on our website. Board nominations from the floor will close at 7pm on April 16, 2014.

Local Food Fund

We are thrilled to launch our Local Food Networks Strategy two-year pilot project thanks to a $117,603 grant from Ontario’s Local Food Fund! The grant covers 50% of the expenses for the two year development phase, with the other 50% coming from The Mustard Seed Co-op budget. This strategy will allow us to undertake parts of co-op vision that otherwise would have been delayed as we establish the business.

Key components of the strategy include:

  • Two full-time positions : Local Food Manager and Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Proactive relationship development with local farmers and producers with a goal to work with 200 by the end of the pilot phase
  • Develop clear and effective communication methods on availability and benefits of local food
  • Help producers gauge and understand consumer demand for broad spectrum of local foods
  • Create and host education sessions, cooking classes, farm tours, and other food culture events
  • Develop, implement, and track strategies for effectively promoting local food with knowledge to be shared with partners and funders
  • Empower members and community to align their purchasing priorities for local by finding and stocking a full spectrum of local grocery products

Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinator

As part of The Mustard Seed’s Local Foods Strategy, we will be hiring a Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator. This individual will be responsible for engaging Co-op members & consumers influencing them to demand and choose more local food. This position will work closely with the Local Food Manager to communicate The Mustard Seed’s relationships with local producers, and share their stories with our membership. These dynamic relationships will be documented, with Best Practices to be shared with partner networks & funders. Interested, or know someone who might be? Read more here.

Save the Date: June 7 – Grand Opening

We are excited that Spring is finally coming, and we look forward to our Grand Opening. Save the date for Saturday, June 7, 2014. It’s going to be a huge celebration of Local Food & Community.

 

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