We always love to put faces together with phone voices or e-mail names. Please stop by even for a few minutes at table #50 in the second Social and Political Action tent, right opposite the food vendors, and just at that corner.
We are also doing presentations in the SPA speakers tent:
Friday 12 noon-1 pm and Sunday 9-10 AM
Come to one or both if you can, thanks.
THANKS to all who made the day successful!
Cooperative Maine has a table at this indoor festival on the Saturday nearest to Earth Day each year.
Festival is Sat. April 27 from 11-4 in the Student Recreation & Fitness Center, Hilltop Road, Univ. of Maine campus.
We need a minimum of one, preferably two, and sometime three “co-op friendly” people to greet folks with questions.
No special expertise needed, just passion for cooperatives.
Busiest times are 12-2, when we need extra hands.
Sign up here: <http://doodle.com/sa5yztm4xhhbdbtr>
Co-op Maine’s “Annual Meeting”
a time and place where we actually get to see each other face to face!
Potluck if you can, or food court just nearby.
Approx. 4-6 PM, after festival, in Totman Room, Memorial Hall
(Campus Map: <umaine.edu/locator/>)
Printable versions: <http://umaine.edu/locator/printable-campus-maps/>
The sign on the door will say that the room is reserved for the “Philosophy Department”, but it is reserved for us.
Co-ops: New Directions, Common Roots presentation
1/14/13 6:30pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St, downtown Belfast
On Monday, January 14 at 6:30pm in the Belfast Free Library, at 106 High St in downtown Belfast, join the Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) and the Belfast Co-op for a free presentation with Rob Brown, who will give an overview of the variety of co-ops that exist in Maine, the U.S., and across the globe. His talk will examine how cooperatives improve economic and community development, and provide practical information on how individuals can join together to start new co-ops.
Co-ops come in many shapes and sizes but, at root, are business enterprises formed by groups of people who voluntarily develop, jointly own and democratically control the enterprise to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs.
While many area residents are familiar with the Belfast Co-op, they are likely unaware of the larger cooperative community, of which it is a part. According to Brown, “the cooperative enterprise sector nationally is comprised of over 29,000 businesses with over 2 million jobs, 130 million members, $652 billion in annual sales and assets of $3 trillion. Perhaps more than any other policy innovation, cooperative enterprises hold the greatest potential to simultaneously advance economic opportunity, social justice and environmental sustainability, offering fresh thinking beyond the traditional prescriptions of the left and right that usually accompany our country and state’s stale economic debates.” And, he adds, “A lot of people talk about sustainability, but there can be no sustainability without broadly shared prosperity. Economic insecurity is the greatest threat to sustainability. Therefore, sustainability initiatives must be built, first and foremost, on an understanding of what the community members economic needs are, and a plan to address them.”
Brown works for the Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), the Northeast’s center for cooperative business education, training and technical assistance. CDI’s mission is to build a cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks in diverse communities in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. He Lives in Liberty and works with CDI’s Resident Owned Communities Program, which works with mobile home park residents throughout Maine and New England to form an affordable housing cooperative and buy and manage the parks where they live.
For more information about CDI’s work, visit: cdi.coop. For additional information about this event, email Belfast Co-op’s education coordinator, Kate Harris, at kate @ belfast.coop, or call the Co-op at (207) 338-2532.
Courtesy of: Rob Brown, sailing in Belfast Harbor
Co-op Maine was invited to participate. Deborah Hawkins and Jane Livingston represented CM.
Deb, globe, Jane
Jane, Gloria, and friends
Jane and friend
This just in from MOFGA:
View entire message online, HERE. It also included these links to obituaries for Russell:
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association announces, with great sadness, the death of its beloved leader Russell Libby, following a long struggle with cancer. He passed away peacefully among his family at his home this morning in Mt. Vernon, Maine. He was 56.
Portland Food Co-op has a position opening
Contract Position: Business Plan Project Manager
Deadline is November 12th.
“Building a Stable Economy Right in Your Own Community”
Two different dates, locations, and presenters, for your convenience:
6:30 – 8:00pm Thursday, November 1, 2012
with Deborah Hawkins
at the Bangor Public Library
Lecture Hall, 145 Harlow St.
6:30 – 8:00pm Monday, November 5, 2012
with Paul Sheridan, co sponsored with the Belfast Co-op Store
at the Belfast Free Library
Abbott Room, 106 High St.
Contact: Kate Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org or (207)338-2532
There will be a brief presentation about the principles and types of cooperative enterprises and how cooperatives anchor a vibrant, sustainable, local economy.
This will be followed by plenty of discussion, based on the interests and needs of those attending.
Please bring your friends, and neighbors! Those with any specialized experiences in cooperation are also encouraged to attend, so you might lend your support during the Q&A and network with potential cooperators.
News of the Blue Hill Co-op. Wishing the best of luck to them! Read all about it in the Bangor Daily News story, below!
Blue Hill Co-op looks to buy land to move, expand
BLUE HILL, Maine — A local retail grocery cooperative has taken an initial step to move its business to another, larger local site.
Mia Strong of Sedgwick, president of the Blue Hill Co-op’s board, said Wednesday that the co-op has acquired a two-year option to purchase a five-and-a-half-acre parcel on South Street in Blue Hill, where routes 172 and 175 lead toward Sedgwick and Brooklin. The property currently is undeveloped, she said.
The main reason for the move, if the co-op ends up acquiring the property, would be to have more space, Strong said. She did not disclose what the purchase price is expected to be.
“It’s a very tight squeeze,” Strong said of the co-op’s current, half-acre leased location on the corner of Ellsworth Road and Main Street. The community market and cafe’s parking lot is cramped and often full, and restricted space inside the building limits the amount of merchandise they can keep in stock, which, in turn, affects the co-op’s purchasing power when it buys in bulk.
“We just need more space,” Strong said.
Strong said a consultant has suggested that the co-op could move into an 8,000 square-foot building, but no plans have been drawn up. More research needs to be done to determine what a new co-op store might look like or include, she said.
The existing co-op already has a cafe and a prepared food counter along with its sections of bulk foods, fresh local produce, cosmetic and wellness items and other grocery merchandise — much of which is organic and produced in Maine. If it had more space, the co-op could host a weekly farmer’s market or sell grain for raising chickens, she said. The larger lot might even allow for more of a campus setting, where other services such as yoga or holistic health treatments could be offered, Strong said.
The co-op’s membership has been growing, Strong said, which reflects a growing demand for organically grown food and natural products.
“We really are in a hub of the local food movement,” the board president said.
Strong said the co-op is a for-profit entity, not a nonprofit organization, so it cannot accept tax-deductible donations. She said the board is looking into whether it can partner with a nonprofit organization with a mission that is compatible with the co-op’s purpose and could act as a fiscal sponsor for a capital campaign the co-op likely would have to mount to raise funds to buy the South Street property and then to build on it.
“We have a long road ahead,” Strong said.
Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.
LINK to full story:
Come out to hear some of Cooperative Maine’s “M.V.P.s” on
Thursday , Oct. 11th, 2012
talk titled: COOPERATIVE ECONOMY AND CAPITALIST CRISIS
with Deborah Hawkins, and Michael Howard, (Cooperative Maine members)
12:30-1:45 P.M., Bangor Room, Memorial Union (bldg.)
University of Maine, Orono
for more info, contact:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
SOME CO-OP EVENTS IN MAINE DURING CO-OP MONTH (October):
Please circulate this around to your own contacts, and cross-post, or give our web address: <cooperativemaine.org>
For more information about all events, contact: Larry Dansinger, Cooperative Maine, (207) 525-7776 or email@example.com.
October 6-8 and October 8-11: International conference on cooperative development and democratic economic strategies, “Imagine 2012,” to be held October 6-8 in Quebec City, Quebec. Followed by the International Summit of Cooperatives, October 8-11. Several representatives of Maine cooperatives are expected to attend. See at http://www.imagine2012.coop/ and http://www.2012intlsummit.coop for details.
October 11: “Cooperative Economy and Capitalist Crisis” talk by Deborah Hawkins and Michael Howard, U/Maine, Orono, 12:30 PM, Bangor Lounge, Memorial Union, U/Maine, Orono. Call Michael Howard, (207) 581-3860 for details.
October 14-20: Credit unions in Maine are celebrating Credit Union Week (October 14-20) and Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 18th. We will be highlighting co-ops as part of our Credit Union Week materials and noting Cooperative Maine. Contact Jon Paradise, Maine Credit Union League, JParadise@mainecul.org.
October 17: “Co-ops: Community, Democracy, and Local Economy,” one-hour presentation, then discussion, 7-8:30pm, Skowhegan Free Public Library, 9 Elm St., Skowhegan. Transition Skowhegan October meeting. Contact Jim Murphy, Cooperative Maine: firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 18: Good Tern Co-op is co-sponsoring a film and discussion with the Rockland Public Library, titled “I Am,” 6:30 PM, Public Library, Rockland. The film offers an inspiring message about the importance of human connection and love. Contact: Teisha Jones, Good Tern Co-op, email@example.com or (207) 594-8822.
October 20: Member Appreciation Day at Good Tern Co-op, 9 AM-6 PM, 750 Main St., Rockland. Farmers and producers will offer samples, give demonstrations, and participate in discussions about cooperatives and the local economy. Contact: Teisha Jones, Good Tern Co-op, firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 594-8822. Good Tern is also observing”National Bulk Week” beginning on October 20th, promoting purchases in bulk that reduce packaging, and “Non-GMO Month” throughout October to emphasize it’s commitment to selling only foods that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).
October 21: “Concert for Cooperatives” performance w/Emma’s Revolution, 7 PM, First Congregational Church, 22 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill. Contact: Eileen, Blue Hill Co-op, (207) 441-2785 or email@example.com.
October 21 “Civilizing the Economy” film shown (about cooperatives in Italy and how they affect the local and national economy), 7 PM, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St., #100, Bangor. Call (207) 942-9343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 24: ”Envision” (radio blog interview program) features a discussion with Jane Livingston on starting and strengthening cooperatives and practicing cooperative economics, 8 PM, by tuning in to http://blogtalkradio.com/envision-this. Also available for listening later via the archive.
October 25: “Creating Worker Co-ops in Our Community” presentation and discussion, 1-7 PM, at Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland. Local Sprouts is a worker-owned community café. Contact: Jonah Fertig, Local Sprouts, email@example.com or http://www.localsproutscooperative.com
November 1: “Building a Stable Economy Right in Your Own Community” presentation/discussion, 6:30 PM, Public Library, Bangor. Deborah Hawkins, Cooperative Maine, firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 5: “Building a Stable Economy Right in Your Own Community” presentation/discussion w/Paul Sheridan of Cooperative Maine, 6:30 PM, Free Library, Belfast, sponsored by the Belfast Food Co-op. Contact Kate Harris, email@example.com or (207) 338-2532.