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.
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:
- Financial Management
- 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
Save the Date: June 7 – Grand Opening