Symbiosis: Local food Co-op in Collingwood?

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Well things are moving along at a steady pace here on the farm.  We’ve had lots of visitors in the past few days to see the seedlings in the greenhouse and the turkeys and chickens running around outside.

I wanted to let people know about an upcoming meeting on the topic of how to start a local food co-op in Collingwood.

Local food co-op: How do we get started in Collingwood?

For consumers, producers, growers and organizers.

As more people become aware of the importance of environmentally and socially responsible products, local food co-ops are sprouting up across Ontario. Like never before people are becoming aware of how buying locally impacts their community: it creates jobs, provides a strong social network, a sense of place, as well as, healthy and quality food products.
This meeting is for a proposed local food co-op at 65 Simcoe Street, in a renovated former newspaper building.  The proposed co-op would be in a neighbourhood surrounded by performing and visual arts, the local newspaper, library and museum.  It will bring like-minded people together by creating a strong social network and will make Collingwood a provincial leader for progressive thinking.
Everybody can be involved- potential co-op members, producers/growers or organizers. All are welcome to join us for an informative evening on Wednesday, April 11th at 5:30pm at the Collingwood Library in the Community room on the third floor.
Agenda
5:30 – Meet and greet. Refreshments will be provided.
6:00 – Presentation by Hannah¹s Renglich, of Ontario Natural Food Co-op ­
What is a co-op? Other business models for local food. An overview of current local food and farming co-ops. Who is doing what around the province?
7:00 – Round table discussion ­ Establishing a vision for local foods in Collingwood and the surrounding area. Who are our providers and consumers? How can each best be served? Where to go from here?

For more information contact
Gillian Fairley, Small Business Enterprise Centre ­ 
gfairley@collingwood.ca 705-446-3355
OR
Anke Lex – 
ankelex@gmail.com 705-445-5764

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