Hopefully you all (except for our newest members) have this in your diary – a members’ event not to be missed!!
The first part of this session will be the Annual Meeting where we receive reports from the Directors on last year’s finances and activities, and then elect a new group of Directors to take us through to 2017.
We have 2 new nominations for the Directors and would welcome some more. If you have experience in project management, business development, sales, marketing, volunteering, press and communications, fund raising or secretarial skills we could use your help!! Of course you may have other experiences and skills, the list is not exhaustive. If you are interested please contact us and we’ll give you some more information and a nominations form!! Contact email@example.com
The second part of the session is our Members Meeting. There are two important items on the agenda and we are really hoping for a good discussion on both.
Future plans – where are we going at Go Local Food.
As you know we have spent a lot of time and effort this year looking at how to grow the co-op to make us financially sustainable. We have been helped in this by various external consultants through a grant from BIG Potential (a Lottery grant). There have been two considerations:
Firstly what would growth look like and how much would it cost.
Secondly how do we raise investment for growth. The latter is where discussion of a community share issue came in.
We now have some results that we need to share and discuss!
All year round offer?
Last year Go Local Food decided to improve our member offer by introducing:
– 2 share sizes, small and standard, a 50 week supply and collection points
It’s time to review the all year offer. A supply for 50 weeks of the year means that we must ‘buy in’ veg during the hungry gap. We agreed that we would ‘buy in’ seasonal, organic veg from as local a supplier as we could find. This hasn’t been as easy as we thought it would be. Some people have told us they have been unhappy with the quality of the veg we are able to ‘buy in’, some people have suggested returning to a collection every 2 weeks during hungry gaps and some people have suggested that we return to a share of the veg that we grow i.e we don’t ‘buy in’. We’re sure there are many more views to weigh up too, each with their own consequences. There’s plenty to debate – and we hope you’ll be there to join in and let us know what you think!
We’ll also look at what are we growing this year. Ian will give us an update on what’s growing – and maybe what’s not!!
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 25th. Please bring some food to share – cakes/biscuits/ snacks really help to keep us going. We’ll make sure there’s tea/coffee and such to drink
Crop share collection is from the field either Friday evening or Saturday after the meeting