Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community

Food Co-op December Update

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Happy Holidays from the Dorchester Community Food Co-op! 

Only 2 more members needed to meet year end goal!
We are eager to meet our membership goal of 200 household members by the beginning of 2013. We are really close–if you haven’t joined yet now would be a great time! We just added an on-line payment option for signing up for a member equity share. The $100 fee can be paid in full or in installments. To pay on line, visit the Coop Website

The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market Kickoff is on January 6! The market will run for 12 weeks on Sunday afternoons from 12-4pm at the Codman Square Great Hall (6 Norfolk St.)
For information about vendors and special events click HERE.

Great turnout for Co-op Holiday Party/Annual Meeting
More than 60 Food Co-op members and supporters gathered at Restaurante Cesaria on Bowdoin Street to share delicious Cape Verdean food and celebrate the accomplishments of the Food Coop organizing this past year. Highlights include:

  • Completion of two successful pilot projects: the first Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market and the summer “Fresh Fridays” series
  • Raised more than $50,000 in grants and corporate donations to support feasibility work, pilot projects and capacity building
  • Beginning professional Market &Site Analysis and Financial Feasibility Studies this month
  • Working with Dorchester Bay EDC on development plans
  • Continue to attend neighborhood meetings and house parties across Dorchester
  • Incorporated as a community owned and worker owned Cooperative Corporation
  • Co-op receives Mayor Menino’s 2012 Green Sustainable Food Leadership Award
  • Recognition of our work in the US Conference of Mayor’s Hunger and Homelessness Report
  • Co-op hires part time staff to coordinate project management, outreach and member organizing and pilot project development

Co-op Featured in Boston Globe Op Ed
Read the terrific Op Ed about the Dorchester Community Food Co-op in the Boston Globe. (Saturday, Dec 22). The print headline was: “Seeds for a Dorchester Co-op” which I like a lot better!

What’s Next?
By the end of February we will have completed our feasibility study. This will allow us to enter into a more advanced stage of planning for the new co-op. In the meantime, we are planning a new push to increase our membership. If you are interested in hosting a house party, or would like someone to come speak to your church group or other organization, please contact Outreach and Membership Organizer Lynn Murray: klynnmurray@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed
The Dorchester Community Food Coop needs volunteers for outreach, planning and preparing for events, and at the Winter Farmers’ Market. To volunteer for general co-op work, please contact Project Manager Jenny Silverman: silverman.jen@gmail.com


The development of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op is made possible by the generous support of the Boston Impact Initiative, Trefler Foundation, Food Coop Initiative, Cooperative Fund of New England, Green Dorchester, Boston Public Health Commission, Mayor Menino’s Office of Food Initiatives, and residents, businesses and organizations throughout Dorchester and beyond.

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