Greetings Allegany Harvest Cooperative Market Member-Owners and Supporters,
For those of you who were unable to attend Wednesday’s annual member-owner meeting, I wanted to take a moment to share with you my closing statement. It follows:
Eat Healthy. Buy Local. Build Community. This is our slogan. It can be easy to eat healthy. It can be easy to buy local. But to do both is not always easy but it is a choice and it can build community.
This is why I have chosen to volunteer 10-15 hours every week until December 21, 2013. This is why I have chosen to shop here before going to other stores…replacing my old favorite brands with new ones, building our menus around what is available.
These are my choices, but not everyone is able and/or willing to make similar choices and that is OK, and nothing to apologize for.
Over the past year I have realized just how diverse this area is when it comes to food. I realize now that meeting all of these diverse preferences is impossible for a small local store like ours. I realize now that there are only 100 of us member-owners remaining…OR I could say…
I realize now that there are STILL 100 of us who are choosing to be committed to our slogan, Eat Healthy. Buy Local. Build Community.
Now that we have a clearer picture of the weekly sales we must make (increase from $2,400 to $4,000) our membership responsibilities and opportunities, as well as our consistent volunteer needs, I’m better able to share with you that on October 9th (our next board meeting) we will use our September sales and volunteer reports to decide to
move forward with seeking a part time manager, or
move forward with closing our doors on December 21, 2013.
Whichever decision we choose as a board requires a great deal of work. Whichever decision we choose as a board will have to be responded to with peace so that we can all continue to work on building our Allegany community.
If you have any questions or ideas for outside funding sources for this kind of community business please e-mail me at email@example.com.
President of Allegany Harvest Cooperative Market