Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community

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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)
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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 (, 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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November Update

General Membership Meeting
Thursday December 12
6:30-8:30 pm
Bowdoin St Health Center
(230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester)
Update on planning the new store on Bowdoin St
First Look at Architect Sketches
Committee Work

We are looking for legal, business plan writing and
fundraising support.–let us know if you can help

Thanks to everyone who joined the Dorchester Community Food Coop in October in honor of Co-op Month! We surpassed our goal, and currently have 309 household member-owners! This is great news as we approach funders for building our new store on Bowdoin St. Of course–we still need to keep building our membership, and our next goal is to hit 400 members by the beginning of the Winter Farmers Market in January! Help us spread the word, and forward this email to a friend or neighbor who may be interested in joining. You are our best ambassadors! Looking for a great holiday gift for a Dorchester friend or relative? Give a membership to the Dorchester Community Food Co-op–the gift that keeps on giving! To join–go to our website and make a full or installment payment on the $100 equity share.   If you have paid an installment payment in the past year–now would be an excellent time to make your next payment. You can do that on the same “Join Now” page. Click HERE

Outreach Committee begins monthly meetings
Our outreach committee has begun meeting on the first Monday of the month. Next meeting: Monday December 2, 7pm at the Eastern Bank Community Room at Ashmont Station Please contact Lynn Murray (,our outreach and education coordinator, for information. All are welcome to join this committee and join in this important work!

Building our membership and beginning our Major Fundraising Campaign is only a part of our current momentum. Recent activities are:

  • We are currently meeting with architects to plan and design the new building on Bowdoin Street that will house the co-op. We will be bringing early sketches to our general meeting on December 12
  • Our Fresh Fridays series on the site of the new Co-op was very successful with more than 500 people attending—many new to our co-op project.
  • The third season of the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market will open on Sunday January 5 at 12 noon at the Codman Square Health Center.
  • We celebrated Food Day on October 24 in partnership with the Bowdoin St. Health Center by showing “A Place at the Table”, an excellent documentary on hunger in America.

Thanks for your ongoing help in building the food co-op!
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