Thank you to all who stopped and filled out a Sustainability Survey during the Grand Opening at the Co-op last weekend. I really appreciated your questions and comments about sustainability issues.
From the surveys and conversations I had with many of you, I have a better understanding of what people value and hope for in the Co-op in addressing sustainability. I spoke with many people who stated that local produce, GMO labeling, and composting were especially important issues to them.
Not only is the Monadnock Food Co-op named the “Startup Co-op of the Year” by the Food Co-op Initiative, but it is also dedicated to sustainability and serving its community’s needs. In my research, I will look for ways a food co-op can become more sustainable, and with your thoughts and values in mind, I will prioritize these ideas and recommend the best next steps forward for the Co-op.
Sustainability can mean a lot of different things for people. For me, sustainability at the Monadnock Food Co-op reflects the community’s needs and addresses the most important issues in the local environment. In the food sector, sustainability can address a number of issues, such as the way that the food is produced, how the animals, farmers, and producers are treated, and how the product is handled, presented, and sold to the customer.
The model of a food co-op is different from a conventional store in that the member-owners and the community decide how to address these issues. The Monadnock Food Co-op is a great place for us all to convene and create our future- one that values good food, good practices, and a strong community. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.