Wild Root Market Now a Member of Cooperative Grocer Network
We've taken another big step toward making our store a reality by joining the Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN) which is a nonprofit association whose mission is to strengthen retail food co-ops by creating an online community of cooperators who can develop and share their best resources and practices.
The CGN community of board and staff from North American food cooperatives interacts using web-based discussion groups and contributes various resources to an online library—much of which is shared with the public in order to promote the understanding and development of a cooperative economy.
In addition, CGN publishes a bimonthly trade magazine for food co-ops, Cooperative Grocer.
Our membership in this organization will provide crucial contacts and resources as we move into the third stage of development: Implementation. From store design, to fundraising, to hiring key staff, CGN offers substantial resources that will help us navigate all the key steps that are still ahead of us.
Sow What? Event Debuts July 13
Wild Root Market and Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin are partnering to provide an event on July 13th that will bring in experts to guide twenty 9th and 10th grade girls from Racine, Kenosha, S. Milwaukee/Oak Creek and Franklin in an exploration of local and global food issues. Ultimately, the girls will be taking their discoveries of the day back to their communities and initiating action to make a sustainable difference around a food or land issue of their choice.
Here are some of the topics the girls will be learning about:
Beneficial insects and responsible pest management
Local / Wisconsin grown foods
Farming (organic, conventional, unconventional)
Master Gardener program
Each girl will also receive a "take action bag" that will contain information and contact details about individuals and organizations willing to partner with them or provide opportunities for the next part of their journey -- making a difference in their own communities around a land or food issue. If you or your organization can provide materials for these bags, please contact Rose Nelson for more information.
July 13, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trefoil Oaks Program Center
3901 First Street, Kenosha WI
This program is a great fit for Wild Root Market because it introduces these students to several key aspects of our mission:
To promote a more sustainable community where resources are not depleted, polluted or destroyed
To support our local agricultural community by promoting locally produced goods and services which keeps money in our local economy
To provide education, training and information that fosters an active and thriving local community
We envision our partnership with Girl Scouts of Southeastern Wisconsin to be a sustainable relationship that will provide future learning and growth opportunities for children of all ages.
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