Monday, February 18, 2008
Since our article ran in the Holland Sentinel, we received at least 5 responses from people . We are very excited about this and look forward to being involved with more community members interested in pursuing a healthy, environmentally friendly and local lifestyle.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Our logo is here and it feels so good to have an identity after so many meetings and discussions. It seems to make this vision all the more tangible. Amy and John at Williams Group did a wonderful job and having the work donated by such a professional organization is a real gift! We are getting some response from the community and look forward to progressing Grassroots further each week.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Enjoy the fluffy snowfall!
Friday, September 28, 2007
- II. From Talk to Food: Nine steps to starting a food co-op
- 1. Gather background
- 2. Organize
- 3. Research feasibility
- 4. Review findings and vote to incorporate
- 5. Recruit members
- 6. Planning and financing
- 7. Secure financing
- 8. Begin operations
- 9. Open the doors!
- Currently, we're working on Step 3: Research Feasibility. To be honest, we've been working on step three since June when we began working on the community survey. Since then we have administered the survey (collecting data from over 315 participants!) and have been working on gathering data for our feasibility study. This work is time consuming and, in my opinion, not nearly as much fun as brainstorming what the co-op will look like and what it will carry once the doors are open. Yet it is necessary work. Without it, we cannot show you, the community and future co-op members, that the co-op will succeed when the doors are open.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Please help us by spending a few minutes answering this brief questionnaire. It is important for us to have your input as we plan for the future. When you are finished, please forward this link along to your friends and family that live in the area. As our name implies, we can only accomplish the goal of creating a co-op through a grassroots effort.
Thank you for your time!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
- Good for the Earth: my food is not "made of fossil fuels", as in, they do not travel far to get to my plate. Also, because it does not have to travel as far, the farmers I get food from are using natural and/or organic processes: veggies from the CSA I joined are harvested the day I pick them up (or I harvest them myself) and the meat I eat is either picked up fresh the day it is processed, or frozen fresh for later.
- Good for Me: I have had seasonal allergies for a long time. Eating food grown in our local foodshed means I'm essentially "self-immunizing" by putting some of the local pollens and allergens directly into my body - honey is especially good (perhaps Heather can shed more light on this aspect!).
Also, I was one of those kids raised on processed foods, then college cafeteria food (yuck!). My mother thought corn and potatoes were vegetables and that meatloaf was a staple. Organic...what?!? We did grow our own tomatoes in the summer and boy were they good! I could eat them like apples. Anyway, I digress. What I mean to say is this is also an attempt at becoming healthier and retrain my body to LOVE food that will nourish it and keep it in balance.
- Good for You: By supporting local farmers and growers, my [limited] funds are supporting the local economy, keeping jobs in MI and thereby making our community stronger (we don't want more people leaving Michigan because "the economy is bad" - how many times do you hear that a day!)
So, I want to say "if I can do it, anybody can" because I was certainly not geared for this my whole life, but am excited by the challenge that it presents in my daily life. Looking through recipe books is now more fun than ever! So, I challenge you all to join me in becoming a locavore. Peace, Mandy Creighton