Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op - Ke

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Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op
Ke-ondaatiziying Conference 2014
“How Will We Sustain Ourselves?”
The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-operative
aims to strengthen food security
by encouraging diverse local food
production, thereby enhancing
overall rural sustainability.
We strive to foster a thriving local food
community by:
- cultivating & facilitating
farmer-consumer relationships;
- promoting the enjoyment of naturally
grown, fairly priced, healthy food; and
- providing education & resources
regarding environmentally sensitive
agriculture
CLFC 2014 Strategic Plan
Goal #1:
Increase visibility &
accessibility of local
foods available for
purchase
ONLINE FARMERS MARKET
• Founded August 2013
• Based on 2011 Feasibility Study
• To build on Locavore Program
• Further develop area agriculture
• To increase supply of local food
• Ideally create opportunities for
Food entrepreneurs, and create jobs
• Over 85 Members before 1st order cycle
December 2, 2103
Consultant suggested 130 members to start
Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op
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Year-round
Convenient: access anywhere
Access multiple producers
Order what you want, when
YOU are an owner
Order Saturday-Monday
Pick up Tuesdays
See what is available from home
Consumers
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$25 Lifetime Membership Fee
Shop from multiple producers from
home, work, or phone
One convenient weekly pick up
Choose which producers to support
Pay 10% fee towards operations
(insurance, staff wages)
Current payment types are
electronic money transfer, cash or
cheque. Paypal & Visa/Mastercard
in future.
PProducers
• $50 Lifetime Membership Fee
• Wholesale volume sales at close to
retail prices
• One weekly drop off
• Set their own product prices
• Pay 5% of sales towards operation
costs
• Retain ownership of product
• Choose when and how much to sell
Goal #2
To educate our community &
surrounding area about the
benefits of eating locally
• Events: Rec Centre Winter
Wellness, Dryden Hospital
Wellness, Children’s Resource
Centre, Highschool Envirodays
• Newsletters
• Website
• Social Media (Facebook/Twitter)
Goal #3:
To increase the amount
Of NWO food purchased
Locally
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Over $130,000 in sales in 9 months
Other Immediate Benefits
Producers from Emo, Kenora, Tbay
5 producers now using local flour
Food Safety Handling Workshop
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Encouraged volunteering
• Resulting trained producers
Increased consumer confidence
430 members, over 40 producers
What’s Next?
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Greenhouse Project
Increased Marketing and Member
Engagement Opportunities
through a grant from the Cooperators Development Fund
Regional Food Mapping &
Distribution
Community Greenhouse
Now: increase supply of local food
Educate: school tours & workshops
Rent plots to members
Central place to share skills
Invest in future producers
Do you live in a community that
could benefit from a service like
ours?
Are their products being produced or
harvested you could market?
How might payment work in your
community?
Any Questions?
Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op
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