With a time line and financial plan in place, the group working to form the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-op will hold a public reception and information session. The event will be Friday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at the PRIDE office on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga.
With a time line and financial plan in place, the group working to form the Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-op will hold a public reception and information session.
The event will be Friday, March 14, at 6 p.m. at the PRIDE office on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga.
The TNFC steering committee is hard at work on several organizational steps toward making a food co-op a reality in Ticonderoga,” Sharon Reynolds said. “We have filed our name at the New York State Department of State to obtain our legal status and anticipate a response soon. The next steps will be to produce the by-laws, which we have already drafted, and other documents before we nominate and vote on the TNFC board of directors.
“In the last few months we have produced a realistic time line for the completion of the many requirements needed to form a food co-op, developed a financial plan and we have created the ‘story’ to be told in the marketing materials that we will share,” she said.
The co-op steering committee has also selected six possible logos for the store. The winning logo is to be selected by online voting.
“We’re asking people to cast their vote in determining the logo that will best represent our co-op,” Reynolds said. “Please take your time viewing each logo, keeping in mind that you may need to scroll down to view both the black & white as well as the color versions. Upon viewing all six entries, you will be asked to select your top logo choice and submit it along with your Email address.”
Votes can be cast at www.facebook.com/ticonderogacoop All votes should be in by Friday, March 7.
The committee said the logo must be professional, eye-catching and legible; must promote the mission of Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-op; must look good in color or black and white; and must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.
There is strong support for the establishment of a food cooperative in Ticonderoga.
A community survey conducted by volunteers studying a possible co-op last fall found 100 percent of those asked support the creation of a cooperative store.
The survey also found 87 percent mostly/sometimes purchase organic or local foods, 30 percent rarely/never buy organic and 7 percent always buy organic and local food.
It also indicated 77 percent are interested in membership in a local co-op, 22 percent maybe and 1 percent is not interested in membership.
The full survey can be viewed at www.ticfoodcoop.blogspot.com.
The Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-op mission statement reads: “Our mission is to create and support a community-owned co-op that believes in the importance of healthy living, sustainability and offering locally produced products. We are committed to providing high quality goods and services at affordable prices through member-participation and employment opportunities.”
Ticonderoga officials turned their attention to the possible creation of a food co-op after failing to generate interest from large grocery chains in locating in the community.
A food cooperative or food co-op is a grocery store owned, organized and operated by members. Since decisions about how to run a cooperative are not made by outside shareholders, cooperatives often exhibit a high degree of social responsibility with an emphasis on local, natural foods.
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