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Welcome our new Board member!
Alison Trow grew up in Walpole and graduated from UNH in 2010. She and her boyfriend, Mike, own a house in Alstead with their many pets including a dog, cat, 2 parrots, and some reptiles. Alison has always been involved in the community, starting to volunteer at a young age as a Girl Scout. She's passionate about shopping locally and supporting the people and businesses in her community. She hopes that having a co-op locally will help reduce our carbon footprint and will encourage everyone to eat and live healthy lives.
October is National Co-op month and we’re celebrating by holding a Harvest Dinner fundraiser! Hosted at the Bellows Walpole Inn in Walpole Village, the dinner will feature local producers from NH and VT in a spectacular 5 course meal. From the pumpkin soup to the bread to the cream for your coffee and everything in between, it's all here, grown right in our own backyard!
That's what the Great River Co-op is about; keeping it local and supporting our community. By creating a community owned cooperative market whose focus is promoting our local producers and connecting them to the community. Together, we can build awareness for local healthy foods that nourish and strengthen our community. We will provide jobs, we will provide education, we will keep our investments local. But it can't happen without you. This is a co-op. It's not a private enterprise. It's owned and run by the member-owners. It requires you to get involved at some level in order to become a reality.
Now is the time to step up. If you aren't a member, please join over 500 of your friends and neighbors and become a member now. If you are already a member, please like us on Facebook and share the posts. It's amazing how that helps get the word out. Also consider purchasing more shares to become a voting member, getting your friends to join, and/or joining a committee or our the board. We want and need member-owner input in order to bring this community store to life.
Join us in National Celebration of Co-op Month in October
This October, The Great River Food Co-op is joining over 30,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month, recognizing the many ways co-operatives help to build stronger communities and more resilient local economies. For 2016, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International has identified “Co-operatives Build” as the theme for the month, spotlighting the advantages co-ops offer to their members and the communities in which they live and work.
Locally, we’ll be celebrating Co-op Month with a Harvest Dinner on October 16th. Held at the Bellows Walpole Inn, the dinner will feature as many local ingredients as possible. Like our Facebook page for updates as we finalize details, and please consider helping out with the event. We would love your support!
You may have seen a version of this sentiment recently on the internet:
“When you shop local, you are not helping a CEO buy a third home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, or a little boy buy a team jersey. You are helping mom and dad put food on the table.”
We’re not sure who said it first, but this message resonates with us. And, while we have no particular issue with third homes, the concept of keeping your dollars closer to the home you have here is a large part of why we are working so hard to build a co-op in our area. The Great River Co-op will be a hub that supports local farmers and producers first, with a commitment to doing our best to source local products. Money spent at the Co-op will stay in our community.
We’ve recently updated our market study, and it continues to support the plans for our Route 12 location next to Pinnacle View in Walpole.
The next critical step before moving forward with plans and construction is to increase our member-owners to 1000. This is our goal by the end of the year to prove to lenders that we will have a base of shoppers when the doors open. We are currently just over halfway there, and we need your help!
Here’s how you can help make it happen!
It's your store. If you believe in shopping local and supporting your neighbors, please help us spread the word.
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