The Mustard Seed Co-op launched our membership drive last week at Hamilton’s Central Library. A diverse crowd of over 300 eager Hamilton-area residents gathered, united by their common passion for local food. After one week, 175 households have joined the Co-op by buying a $100 membership. An additional $25,000 has been loaned to the Co-op so far by members. The time is right, Hamilton is definitely ready for The Mustard Seed.
The spirit of cooperation was evident throughout the evening, with dozens of volunteers from various Action Teams working together to make every aspect of the event connect. There was plenty of local cheese, hundreds of cupcakes, and hip “Beet the System” t-shirts for sale. New members took home striking “Founding Member” cards and tiny mustard seedlings!
Join + Share
Our ambitious goal is to have 400 members by the end of 2012 – so join today! You can win a beautiful local food gift basket: simply refer the most members by December 31st and you will win this excellent selection valued at $100.
Looking for a unique and meaningful Christmas present that will create lasting change? Give a Co-op membership to someone you love (please indicate that it is a gift on the membership form and we will send a special message to the recipient).
Are you a blogger? Highlight The Mustard Seed in your blog, let us know, and each month we will draw from recent bloggers for a free t-shirt.
Do you like hosting parties? Host a membership info night; we will come to share about the Co-op with your friends and sign up new members. There are so many ways to get the word out, so be creative!
Invest in Your Co-op
The overwhelming response to The Mustard Seed crystallizes our commitment to making local, organic, and wholesome food readily available. However, in order to move forward we need approximately $450,000 in capitalization funds. The Co-op offers competitive returns on loans of $1,000 or more. Investing in the Co-op allows you to align your values with your finances, strengthening our local economy and our local food system while building a business committed to community development.
Together, we can change our food system, improve our health, and establish a viable non-profit business benefiting our local economy. Tell everyone you can. Share your passion for local food, and we’ll realize this dream even sooner than we thought possible. And once again, thank you to everyone for making the Launch Party such an amazing experience!