Chris Maher, General Manager
BriarPatch is supporting the Food for Change film with a donation of $5000, to be paid in two years. As one of very few cooperatives in our region, it is a challenge to communicate what co-ops are all about. People in our community, especially younger people, are unfamiliar with the concept and history. As natural and organic foods become increasingly popular and large grocery chains carry more of them, communicating the value of our food co-ops is increasingly important.
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Sharon Murphy, General Manager
We initially chose to invest $1,000 in the co-op documentary Food For Change as it reflects our Board ENDS Statement “… to create a healthy community including, but not limited to, a healthy regional food system.” However, we recently increased that commitment to a total of $5,000 invested over two years as we will also use the film for our staff classes and public presentations on co-op history.We have a new independent and very comfy local theater, the Zinema. Our first effort at sponsoring a couple films for the public on food issues was well received, and we look forward to hosting Food for Change.
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Dave Finet, General Manager
We’re contributing $1500 in support of the Food for Change documentary based on the suggestion in the funding plan and because we understand the importance of getting the story of the history of co-ops out so that people will realize how powerful a tool economic cooperation can be in times like these.
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Allie Mentzer, Marketing Manager
It is our hope that Steve Alves’ beautifully crafted film will generate new enthusiasm for the cooperative model. We will be contributing $6,000 over the next two years to the completion of the film. As Food for Change will reveal, co-ops are at their strongest during economically or environmentally unsettled times like these. Now is a crucial time to share the co-operative model broadly, so that together we can nourish our families and reinvigorate our local economies. Co-operators are problem solvers. Food for Change will remind us all of that simple, glorious fact. Many thanks to Steve Alves, his production team and Franklin Community Co-op for telling our story. We’ll be contributing as much cash as we can. If you’d like to do the same, please invest now.
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David Lippman, General Manager
It’s important to understand the values of co-ops that preceded us. That’s why we’re investing in this movie. We are a direct offspring of the so-called “old wave” of the 1970s, whose story this movie tells. In our early years, we received tremendous help and support from Associated Cooperatives, who understood that our new, natural foods co-op was a kindred spirit. They supported us, nurtured us, and helped us to succeed. Food For Change honors their legacy and the continuum of cooperative principles which has driven cooperative movements through the last two centuries.
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Erbin Crowell, Executive Director
2012 will be an immense opportunity for our food co-ops to tell our story. The United Nations’ International Year of Co-ops is an unprecedented occasion for us to communicate our difference and present our vision for a healthy, just and sustainable food system, rooted in co-operation.
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Interviews with Co-op Historian David Thompson.
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Co-ops and the Environment
Co-ops and Local Economies
Building a Better Soceity
Co-ops in the 1960s and 1970s
2012 – Year of the Cooperatives
Co-Producer Rob Hagelstein gives update on ramp-up of production and editing. Marketing Manager Allie Mentzer reports on Food For Change Director Steve Alves’ keynote speech to the Linden Hills Co-op’s annual member meeting. Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, reports on Steve’s presentation of the film at the NFCA member meeting.
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Director Steve Alves provides update on 38 new co-op contributors. Interview clips released of eminent co-op historian David Thompson. Dave Finet, General Manager of East Lansing Food Co-op, explains why the film needs the support of the food co-op community. John Bryan, Director of Marketing at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, says why his co-op is investing in the film and how they plan to use it. Dan Gillotte, General Manager of Wheatsville Food Co-op, tells why his co-op is sponsoring Food For Change in line with the project’s funding plan.
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Director Steve Alves describes plan for film’s release. Sharon Murphy, General Manager of Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, Minnesota, tells why her co-op is motivated to sponsor the film. Allie Menzter, Marketing Manager of the Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota, says co-ops need education effort to explain difference between co-ops and big box competitors. Chris Maher, General Manager of the Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley, California, explains the need for a movie like Food For Change to explain to members and the general public about the cooperative business model.
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