On May 5, 2018, over 30 organizers from 12 Start-Up Food Co-ops across New England & New York gathered for the Neighboring Food Co-op Association’s (NFCA) Third Northeast Start-Up Workshop Day, organized in collaboration with our partners at Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) and hosted by the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH. Special thanks to Jacqueline Hannah of FCI for helping us put together a rockin’ day of peer learning, case studies, and workshops, and for sharing her experience and expertise. Thanks to the Start-Up co-operators who presented case studies/lessons learned: Siobain Mitchell from Assabet Village Co-op Market, and Nick Landry from Granite City Grocery.
Thanks also to our friends Cooperative Development Foundation, Dorsey & Whitney LLP & Equal Exchange for supporting the next generation of food co-ops springing up in the Northeast, and to the awesome staff at Monadnock Food Co-op for lunch. Three cheers to the Start-Up Food Co-op organizers who are working hard to empower people to build more healthy, just and sustainable communities, together!
Below are resources from the day. Please consider these for internal use by NFCA Member Start-Ups and not for public distribution.
- Board of Directors Guidelines, Assabet Village Co-op Market
- Board of Directors Application Packet, Assabet Village Co-op Market
- Capital Campaign Workbook: https://www.fci.coop/resource-library/
- Food Co-op Initiative website: http://www.fci.coop/
This presentation from NFCA’s 2018 Start-up Workshop Day covers how to find, attract, and create a strong founding Board of Directors AND retain Board Members for the long haul. Presenter: Siobain Mitchell, Board President, Assabet Village Co-op Market (Maynard, MA)