Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community


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Volunteer Opportunities with the Dorchester Community Food Co-op

We have lots to do this summer–and we know that many of you are looking for opportunities to get involved in the co-op. Volunteering is a great way to meet your neighbors, and help us build our community owned co-op market. Years from now you will take great pride in saying “I helped build this” Here is how you can help this summer and beyond

Fresh Fridays
We are gearing up for our summer Community Supported Cafe during the month of August. Fresh Fridays will take place August 1, August 8, August 15 and August 22. Click HERE to learn more about the 2014 season of Fresh Fridays. 

For each week we need:

1 or 2 people (with vehicles) to shop for Fresh Fridays food–involves going to local markets and picking up some donated produce at local farms in Dorchester and Milton. Shopping will require some daytime availability during the week before the Friday event. Detailed shopping lists and funds for shopping will be provided.

1 person who can pick up 6 high top tables at Rent-all in Dorchester on Friday afternoon and return them on Saturday morning. These will fit in a regular size car (not a Cooper mini!)

8 people to help staff each event–4 to set up and serve from 5-7pm, and 4 to serve and clean up from 6:30-8:30 pm

1 person to take home the tablecloths from Fresh Fridays and wash them (requires a washer and dryer)

If you would like to help do any of these for one week or more, please send an email to silverman.jen@gmail.com and indicate which week and which task you would like to help with.

General Co-op Volunteers

Outreach: Volunteers who can staff co-op information tables at the Ashmont Farmers Market on Friday afternoons, the Codman Square Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, and the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market on late Thursday afternoons. We will also be tabling at the Circle the City event on Blue Hill Ave on September 28, and other public events during the summer and fall. Tabling is a great way of letting people know about the co-op. There will be a training session for outreach volunteers in July. Interested? Send an email to klynnmurray@gmail.com

Graphic designer who can help design leaflets and fliers for co-op events
More volunteer opportunities will be posted in future updates!


The development of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op has been made possible by the generous support of the Boston Impact Initiative, Boston Public Health Commission, Cabot Foundation, Cooperative Fund of New England, Food Coop Initiative, Green Dorchester, Kendall Foundation, Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives, Millennium Ten Initiative, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, the Boston Foundation, Trefler Foundation, Vela Foundation, and residents, businesses and organizations throughout Dorchester and beyond.


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Puppet Making for the Dorchester Day Parade

This Saturday May 17
Come Help Make Giant Veggie Puppets for the
Dorchester Day Parade

This year Co-op members will march with giant vegetable puppets in the Dorchester Day Parade. Come help make the puppets–adults and kids alike! No experience necessary.
If the weather is nice–we will be making puppets at the Ashmont Hill Yard sale from 12-2pm at the corner of Harley and Roslin Sts
If it is raining: Puppet making will be at the ADSL Field House at Town Field in Fields Corner (1565 Dorchester Ave) from 1:30-3:30
Call 617-272-5917 if you are not sure where we are!

June 1
March with the  Food Co-op in
the Dorchester Day Parade
 

Information about where to meet will come. Interested in marching with us? send email to silverman.jen@gmail.com


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It takes a neighborhood to build a co-op!

We have come to the end of our wonderful Winter Farmer’s Market!  Thank you all for supporting season three of this local initiative!  As we move into spring and our summer programming, we are excited about continuing the work of building our membership. As we all know, our growing membership is the evidence to our funders and building partners that this project has community support. 

To this end, we are excited to announce the “It Takes a Neighborhood to Build a Co-op” Spring Membership Drive!   From April 1 until Dorchester Day in June, we are asking each member to recruit one member (or more) into the Co-op.  Once you do this, you and the person you recruit will both  be entered into a raffle to win exciting prizes!  Currently we have 342 member households. Help us reach 500 by June!  Together, we can do this!

Not a member yet? If you join now you will also be entered in the membership raffle. Click HERE for more details about the co-op. To join on line–just look for the Join Now column on the right hand side of this page!

A sampling of raffle prizes include gift certificates to:

  • The Blarney Stone Restaurant
  • Sea Breeze Mexican Grill
  • Ashmont Grill
  • Flat Black Cafe
  • Savin Hill Yoga
  • Stitch House
  • Museum of Science
  • Ashmont Cycles 
  • More prizes are being added! 
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Rules of the Raffle:

Any Co-op member who refers a new member is entered into the raffle
(Referring member and new member must both have a $25 minimum installment payment)

Any person who becomes a member is entered into the raffle
($25 minimum installment payment)

A Co-op member may be entered into the raffle as many times as they refer a new member
(increasing your odds of winning a prize!)

The drawing will occur in June on Dorchester Day—members can only win one prize, and drawing will continue until all prizes are distributed.
 

Happy recruiting and let’s build this Co-op!

Jenny Silverman (Project Manager) and Lynn Murray (Education and Outreach Organizer)
For more information: contact silverman.jen@gmail.com or klynnmurray@gmail.com


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General Meeting This Tuesday, Feb 11 at 7PM

Our general membership meeting will take place this Tuesday February 11 from 7-8:30 pm.

We will meet at Kit Clark Senior Services in Fields Corner at 1500 Dorchester Avenue.

This is an important meeting, as the Co-op Board is working on:

  • New developments on site location
  • Developing the business plan for the co-op
  • Setting up a member loan and equity investment program to raise capital
  • Planning the “program” for the new store (which departments should we be including?)
  • Reaching our membership goal of 400 households by the end of March (we are at 325!)

A number of crucial decisions will have to be made in the next two months, and we want to be sure our members have a voice in our decision making process. Please come if you can.  We will report back to those who cannot make the meeting.

See you there! 


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Winter Farmers Market Sunday January 5

Sunday January 5th we will be hosting the first Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market of the season at the Great Hall in Codman Square, (6 Norfolk St). The market will run every Sunday afternoon from 12-4pm from January 5th-March 30th. This is the third year we have hosted the winter market and we’re excited to kick off this season with:

Remember you can use your SNAP EBT cards at the market and get up to $10 of farm fresh food for free!

The vendors at the market this year include:


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December Update

Thanks to all who came out to our General Meeting on December 12.  The Board presented an update on the progress of the food co-op development, including reports from the newly formed action committees. We have been working on fundraising, building plans, exploring partnerships for the coop “complex”, and working on the program for the store–departments, affordability programs, and sourcing partnerships,

In 2014 we will be holding general meetings every other month: the next meeting will be Tuesday evening February 4–exact time and location will come. The various action committees will also be choosing regular meeting times and we hope that more members will get involved in the planning.

JOIN THE CO-OP before the end of the YEAR!
Join before the end of 2013 and receive a $5 gift coupon for the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market!(Offer expires December 31, 2013, $25 minimum installment  payment)
To join–go to our  website and make a full or installment payment on the $100 equity share.  To pay by check, download membership application and mail to PO Box 240231, Dorchester, MA 02124)

Our next outreach committee meeting will be on Monday January 6, 7pm at the Eastern Bank Community Room at Ashmont Station Please contact Lynn Murray (klynnmurray@gmail.com), our outreach and education coordinator, for information. All are welcome to join this committee and build our membership.

Thanks for your ongoing help in building the food co-op! We have made tremendous progress in 2013, bringing us closer to building a community owned store and food hub  that will provide affordable, local, natural and organic food for our community.

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