We’re looking for YOUR feedback!

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Fall is just around the corner, and it is a great time for new projects and continued learning. We are always working to improve The Mustard Seed, and make it the place to go for local groceries in Hamilton. To do this, we require yearly feedback from you, our members, customers, and friends! We would LOVE it if you would fill out this survey, and provide us with some tangible feedback as we aim to make improvements to your community grocery store.

There are 22 questions in total and the survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Also, it is anonymous, so feel free to be candid in your responses! Please share this link with anyone who has an interest in The Mustard Seed, as we are curious about all of your experiences, perceptions, and suggestions! We received over 1000 responses last year as we were preparing to open the store, so we’d love to match that response this year!

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Thanks so much for your time!

And the Winner is…The Mustard Seed!

The Mustard Seed wins the National Co-op Challenge!

A huge thank you to all our members and supporters for helping us rise to the top in the National Co-op Challenge! We had the most votes of any co-op in our region. We already received our $25,000 cheque from The Co-operators Insurance, the co-op that organizes this annual contest to help emerging and expanding co-ops.  What are we going to do with all that money? Well, right now we have a whole lot of refrigeration, and lighting, and kitchen equipment to buy. This extra boost has allowed us to buy more energy-efficient equipment, which will save us money and the planet’s resources in the years ahead. It also helps us open our doors sooner and keep costs lower for our members.

An amazing team of Volunteers!

We could not have won the National Co-op Challenge without an amazing group of volunteers.  In particular, we would like to thank everyone involved in making this video – even if you didn’t make it into this 90-second version.  In particular, thanks to our production team of Board member Sarah Botham (producer/writer), Jonathon & Ashleigh Patterson (filming/editing), and Jenn Friesen (narrator) from our Membership Action Team for volunteering hundreds of hours to create a very professional video!

What is the National Co-op Challenge?

NatCoopChallengeThe National Co-op Challenge was created in 2012 to engage Canadians in supporting emerging and expanding co-ops across Canada.  Funded by The Co-operators, the format reflects co-ops’ commitment to democratic control of their organizations by their members.  The sixteen finalists chosen from amongst the national applicants each created a short video to share how their co-operative can impact their community. After a month-long online voting period, two co-ops in each region win $25,000, enabling them to expand their businesses.

+ A $25,000 Grant from the Hamilton Future Fund!

Not only were we recognized nationally, we were also recognized in our community from the Hamilton Future Fund with a $25,000 grant! The mission of the Hamilton Future Fund is:

To preserve and manage a permanent, self-sustaining fund (the Hamilton Future Fund) as a lasting legacy for current and future generations of Hamiltonians to enjoy economic prosperity, enhanced social fabric, and enhanced community life.

We are very thankful that the Board of Governors has recognized our vision for social change with this grant! As an engine for local food & agricultural development, we believe The Mustard Seed will pay back to the community with this innovative capital many times over.

We are very excited to have received these two grants, and look forward to all that this will bring in the months ahead!

Vote for us in the National Co-op Challenge!

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Screen shot of Jenn Friesen – The Mustard Seed video was filmed in a variety of locations all across Hamilton

The Mustard Seed has been named as a finalist in The National Co-op Challenge, a national social media contest created by The Co-operators, with $200,000 in prize money to be won. Anyone with a Facebook account or email address can vote between now and October 18, 2013.  Two finalists in each of four regions across Canada will take home $25,000. We hope our local community will help The Mustard Seed Co-op rise to the top!

The Mustard Seed is a community-owned grocery store that offers a bountiful selection of wholesome foods, prioritizes local producers, and creates an educational environment which nurtures the relationship between people and the food they eat. We can’t wait to open our doors before the end of 2013!

Watch & Vote!

Watch our 90-second video and vote for The Mustard Seed! Then please share with your friends, family, colleagues – anyone you think would be excited about The Mustard Seed opening in Hamilton! We have a strong chance of winning $25,000 so please VOTE today!NatCoopChallenge

Follow this link to the National Co-op Challenge / Co-operators Facebook app

If you don’t have a Facebook account, click here to go to the voting microsite. Note: you can vote for The Mustard Seed in the Ontario region. After that, please pick a co-op from the Atlantic & Pacific regions as well. You must select 3 videos (1 from each region) in order to validate your vote. This helps give more exposure to other co-ops.

Membership means Ownership

Once you vote, check out our website for details on the benefits of membership, how you can invest for impact through the Co-op, and our next steps towards opening.  Are you Interested in volunteering? There are many ways to get involved.

A Big Thanks to our Production Team!

We could not have become a finalist in the National Co-op Challenge without an amazing group of community volunteers supporting us.  In particular, we would like to thank everyone involved in making this video – even if you didn’t make it into this 90-second version.  In particular, thanks to our production team of Board member Sarah Botham (producer/writer), Jonathon & Ashleigh Patterson (filming/editing), and Jenn Friesen (narrator) from our Membership Action Team for volunteering hundreds of hours to create a very professional video!

About the National Co-op Challenge

The National Co-op Challenge was created in 2012 to engage Canadians in supporting emerging and expanding co-ops across Canada.  Funded by The Co-operators, the format reflects co-ops’ commitment to democratic control of their organizations by their members.  The sixteen finalists chosen from amongst the national applicants each created a short video to share how their co-operative can impact their community. Two co-ops in each region will each win $25,000, enabling them to expand their businesses.  Good luck to everyone involved in the National Co-op Challenge!

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