Current Members: 952
Current Goal: 1,000
Since the co-op is a community initiative, we want to take the time to thank community members for contributing their time, skills and passions to the Monadnock Community Market.
Thank you to Jen Risley, who has created our monthly e-newsletters, maintained our website and processed our online membership applications from the beginning.
Jen also served on the Board of Directors of the Co-op and the Monadnock Farm & Community Connection Co-op Committee. She is now working part-time for the co-op, helping with Membership & Marketing Services.
We are so inspired by the turnout to the Monadnock Food Co-op's Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 24th. About 250 community members braved the very dark clouds and joined the celebration at Railroad Square, the future home of the co-op.
Joe Marks, the Co-op's Board President addressed the crowd and thanked the vendors who provided treats for community members to sample. Thank you to Orchard Hill Breadworks, Gemma's Linzers, Merry Meeting Farm and Walpole Creamery for your time and treats.
Mayor Kendall Lane spoke about how the Monadnock Food Co-op fits into the Keene Comprehensive Master Plan. And others, including Dan Scully from Dan Scully Architects, Jack Dugan from Monadnock Economic Development Corp., Molly Lambert from USDA Rural Development, Bonnie Hudspeth the Co-op's original Project Manager and Michael Faber the Co-op's General Manager, shared their gratitude to the many who have contributed their time and talents to bring this project forward.
We look forward to updating you regularly on the progress of the building. Stay tuned for photo updates. In the meantime, please enjoy these photographs from the groundbreaking.
Hopes & Dreams for the Co-opWe continue to collect our community's hopes & dreams for our co-op. Here are just a few - and please feel free to share your own. We will post all of our hopes & dreams to our website soon.
- I dream of a community marketplace with local foods and goods that is inclusive and pays employees a living wage. - Jamie Capach
- Incentivizing local organic production and purchasing -Meg Kidd
- For it to be welcoming and educational -Ruth Venezia
- Clean, delicious smells, colorful displays, bright and inviting! -Paula McQuillan
- Happy, healthy people!
- Homey, rustic and comfortable deli area to hang out. -Kimberly Turk
- True community
Bumper StickersDo you want a free bumper sticker with our new exciting logo? If so, please send us an email with a mailing address and we will send one out to you right away.
Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager
Locally owned. Locally grown. Locally eaten.
Become a MCM Co-op
Member-Owners make a $200 investment
(not an annual membership fee).
Why I Joined the Co-op
I am committed to the health and wealth of my community. I am committed to organic gardening. I joined the co-op many years ago at Earth Day because of my spirited commitment to my community and my innate love and compassion for the natural world, animals and the hard work of family farmers.
~Michelle Davis Tell Us Why You Joined!
|Cooperatives Put People -
and Democracy - to WorkOriginally Posted at Yes! Magazine
Shift Change-Putting Democracy to Work
SHIFT CHANGE - Watch the Preview
, a film by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about life outside the corporate framework, is slated for release in July 2012.
Examining cooperatives in both the United States and Spain, it documents the growing number of employee-owned businesses. At a time when many people are out of work, job security is not easily attainable, and big corporations are increasingly unpopular, cooperatives provide a way for people not only to make a living, but to be invested in their work like never before.
Savor Our Seasons:
By Liza Drew, RD
California produces 83% of the country's strawberries, which means that shipping 1 pound of strawberries to NH uses over 1.5 pounds of fossil fuel. Instead of purchasing strawberries from afar, stock up on local strawberries when they're in season and freeze them or make them into jam to use throughout the year
Try this Recipe:
- Almond Shortcakes with Strawberries and Yogurt Cream
Home Improvement Seminar
Heading for Home & Home Builders and Remodelers Association of SWNH
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.Stonewall Farm, Keene
This seminar is aimed at those who are selling, buying or renovating their homes. Three panelists will share their expertise: Edie Fifield, an EcoBroker with Better Homes and Gardens, The Masiello Group in Keene; Earl Horn, owner and operator of Threshold Home Inspection; Gretchen Tilson, the sole proprietor of The Shire Energy Efficiency Consulting. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. Register today
The Secret Gardens of Keene
Cheshire Housing Trust
Saturday, June 23 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ashuelot River Park & Various Locations
Tickets, Garden Market & Plant Sale at Ashuelot Park. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 on June 23, children under 12 free. Rain or Shine. For more information: 603-357-7603; cheshirehousingtrust.org
International Day of CooperativesSaturday, July 7
Since 1923, the International Co-operative Alliance has celebrated the International Day of Co-operatives on the first Saturday in July. Beginning in 1992, the United Nations adopted the celebration and in subsequent years encouraged governments and international agencies to, "consider fully the potential of co-operatives for contributing to the solution of economic, social and environmental problems." This year, the International Day of Co-operatives theme is "Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World" - a conscious link to the theme of the 2012 International Year of Co-ops. For more information, visit: www.copac.coop/idc
Local Food Growers Tour
Monadnock Rotary Club
Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The 2012 Monadnock Rotary Local Food Growers Tour is a tour of food-growing farms and gardens in Dublin, Fitzwilliam,Hancock, Greenfield, Harrisville, Nelson, Peterborough and Temple, NH. Events include farm and garden tours and farming demonstrations.
Participating farms confirmed as of June 2, 2012 include: Amor Fati Farm and Mill, Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm, Dancing Dog Farm, Farmer John's Plot, Handdrawn Farm, Mayplace Garden, Oxbow Farm, Rosaly's Garden, Sunnyfield Farm, The Cornucopia Project, The Peterborough Community Garden and Tracie's Farm. Tickets: $10 for an individual/$20 for a carload. Stay updated.
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, August 21
Pizza Night Fundraiser for the Orchard Hill Breadworks, Alstead
Monadnock Food Co-op
Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, enjoy photos from last year's Orchard Hill Pizza Night