Friends & Farmers Cooperative – Stuff’s Happening!

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Friends & Farmers Cooperative E-Newsletter – March 25, 2013 Edition:

Friends & Farmers, a group of community members working to strengthen the local food economy through the creation of a member-owned grocery store, needs your feedback. We’re conducting a survey about your shopping habits and your opinions regarding bringing a cooperative food market to State College.

We know—you’re continually asked to fill out surveys. But this one is crucial to the formative stages of the co-op. The survey is part of a feasibility study currently underway through the Keystone Development Center, which is offering its services free of charge thanks to a grant supporting cooperatives that benefit rural communities.

The survey will glean important details that will direct our next steps. Please take the time to fill it out (less than three minutes), and encourage your friends to do the same—our goal is 500 respondents.

Please fill the survey out today.

The study is one of several initiatives that have kept us busy these past few months. In fact, we’re celebrating two big milestones:

We’re incorporated!

Thanks to a huge assist from the Rural Economic Development Clinic (REDC) at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, we’ve incorporated as a subchapter T Cooperative. The incorporation, along with the creation of our bylaws, are important steps toward our success.

We’ve launched a website!

Local web design firm Concepcion Design developed our new website. Visit FriendsAndFarmers.coop for a primer on how our co-op works, a look at our talented, dedicated team, and ways to stay in touch. You can also show your love by making a donation or ordering one of our popular t-shirts. Be sure to check back soon—we’ll be adding a blog with member profiles, recipes, and more.

Here are 2 easy ways to keep the momentum going and help right now:

RSVP to our incorporation potluck on April 16

We’ve made a lot of progress, and we’re eager to fill you in. Join the conversation while sharing some local food and picking up some Friends & Farmers merchandise at the State College Borough Building Community Room, 243 South Allen St. We’ll also feature a kids’ activity.

Click on the link here to sign up and note your dish. Please note: due to the room’s capacity we must limit RSVPs to the first 100. Please check the RSVP tally before adding your name.

Spread the word.

Subscribe to our newsletter on our website.

Join our Street Team and help with outreach by emailing info@friendsandfarmers.coop.

Together we can transform our community with a resource that will strengthen our families, neighbors, economy, and environment. Whether you’re motivated by consumer choice or a passion for local farms, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you to make this store a reality.

As one of our volunteers stated, “To me, this is what life is all about: Not what you obtain individually, but what you create together.”

Sincerely,

Friends & Farmers Board of Directors

For more on Friends & Farmers Co-op developments, check out Michele Marchetti’s latest essay at StateCollege.com 

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