Get behind the co-op |

Get behind the co-op

Dear Editor:I would like to thank all the community members that came to Carbondale Town Hall last night to learn more and support the Carbondale Community Food Co-op! We saw community members from Aspen to Glenwood was an amazing turn out!We would also like to thank the entertainers who came out to support us, Mazri Nar belly dancing troupe and Jammin’ Jim Juggler! They contributed to such a fun family and community event.That said, there were some folks that came out looking for more of a presentation and who had some direct questions for us; on that note I would like to take the opportunity to address those questions more widely.The Carbondale Community Food Co-op is working to raise $500,000 – this goes to opening inventory $150,000, $150,000 for equipment (freezers, fridges, cash registers, scales, shelving, carts, etc.). Additionally, a healthy business model includes 3 to 6 months of operating costs (payroll, utilities, rent, etc.). There is a commercial kitchen to outfit and other building improvements needed. We feel that $500,000 is an attainable goal especially given the community support we have seen so far. If 1,000 member shares are sold ($200 individual or $250 family) over the summer, we will have $200,000 in member equity. Grants are available for green building improvements and other related things, but I want to remind the community that if you want to have a food co-op, it is a community asset and it takes your trust in the process and participation!We look forward to building this project with the community and hope to see you all on June 9 for our spring fundraiser!If anyone has questions, please feel free to call Jess Jacobson at 963-5609 or e-mail bugandtrees@msn.comThanks again for all your continued support!Jess JacobsonCarbondale Community Food Co-op

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