Thanks to Hunger Mountain Coop and their Cooperative Community Fund, MoCo was awarded grant funds that will go towards our feasibility and site analyses.
My name is Peter Christie and I recently became Chair of the newly formed Board of Directors of the Morrisville Food Co-op, known as MOCO.
As many of you know in 2011 a group of dedicated volunteers began working on bringing a food Co-op in Morrisville from a concept to a reality, driven by a clear mission:
“To create a community-owned market committed to the health and well-being of people, emphasizing local and organic products and supporting a dynamic community, accessible to all”
This initial task force, working with the Town, commissioned a feasibility study which confirmed strong support and interest in a Co-op. They held awareness events and, very importantly began our Pledge Drive ( 361 pledges to date). By this summer enough progress had been made that the Task Force decided a preliminary Board of Directors should be formed consisting of some Task Force members and other community members. That Board is now in place, and the legal structures of a Co-op have been put in place. The initial Board members are as listed below.
We held our first meeting in July and we meet the first and third Tuesday of each month. Anyone is welcome to attend those meetings. Check with a Board member for the exact start time and locale for each meeting.
The formation of a substantial and sustainable Co-op is no small task. We have received tremendous support from the community by pledges and donations and are well on the way to our initial goal of 500 pledges. The Board is not going to invite people to become members and call in their pledges until we are confident we have done enough planning work to have a reasonable level of confidence that we can form a successful Coop. As we have studied other Coops and the literature, it has become clear this is a marathon and not a sprint. Careful planning is key to success.
So be patient! Your support by pledging is an essential first step. It will take time to bring the concept to reality. We will keep you informed of progress from time to time – or do contact a Board member at any time. In the meantime, keep up to date on the latest MoCo news through our blog or email us directly at email@example.com
Chair, MoCo Board
MoCo Board Members
|Jack Pickett<firstname.lastname@example.org>||Peter Merrill<email@example.com>|
|Susan Titterton<firstname.lastname@example.org>||Cheryl Hartt<email@example.com>|
|Susanna Keefer<firstname.lastname@example.org>||Davis Koier <email@example.com>|
|Tim Sargent<firstname.lastname@example.org>||Jackie Cassino<email@example.com>|
In case you’ve been wondering how the pledge drive is going…well, what do you think about 379 pledges?
We think…nice! Maybe we’ll hit 400 before the end of the month.
Great day to hang out in downtown Mo’ville and talk up the co-op! Many new pledges, many new people to talk to about the co-op. Help us keep the momentum going… tell your friends and neighbors. Our FAQs tab and more about MoCo are right there under the logo at top of the page.