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JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER


2021: The Co-op Board’s New Year’s Resolution


The New Year’s Eve fireworks displayed on TV and heard in our local area captured perfectly the feelings of hope and excitement of your Food Co-op board as we prepare for the opening of our Co-op Grocery early this year.

Shopping at the Co-op Grocery will be a terrific experience!  We’ll be the friendliest, most welcoming grocery you’ve ever been in.  And the physical store is a gorgeous addition to our community.  We’ll have amazing products, including healthy, affordable options for all.  We know you’ll LOVE shopping at the Co-op Grocery and so will we!!

2021 will be a momentous year for our Co-op Grocery.  Awesome co-op owners have devoted thousands of hours of volunteer work and invested millions of dollars to make this dream of a community-owned grocery store a wonderful reality for Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas.

Our New Year’s Resolution to you is to never forget WHY this Co-op came into being and to always strive to work collaboratively with the Co-op general manager and staff to ensure that the Co-op achieves its Ends.



One habit of highly effective boards is to “Always start with the End in mind”. Many corporations focus primarily on being profitable and enriching their investors.  Financial strength is vital for a business to survive, but our Co-op will always work to balance the triple goals of People, Planet and Profits.

So, what are the Co-op’s Ends or goals?  Here are the key points.

Because we exist, our area will have a community-owned Grocery Co-op that fosters:
  • Inclusive Community:  A vibrant community that is resilient, well connected and inclusive, with a Co-op that welcomes ALL to gather, enjoy healthy food and conversation while promoting physical, mental and social well-being.
  • Focus on LOCAL Producers:  Successful and sustainable farms and producers as well as educated consumers that recognize the value and benefits of locally sourced foods and products.
  • Environmental Sustainability:  A model for sustainable environmental stewardship.
  • Financial Strength:  A community-owned business that is strong, profitable and successful; fairly compensates and cares for employees and suppliers; honors its volunteers; and upholds its commitments.
We can’t wait to shop with you at the Fredericksburg Food Co-op.

Your Co-op Board:  Angie Noll, Els Van Wingerden, Gerald Anderson, Jonathan Stevens, Kathy Carmine, Lonnie Williams, Michael Spragins, Rich Larochelle, Valerie Setzer

RECORD OWNER GROWTH IN 2020!


The Fredericksburg Food Co-op was thrilled to welcome 386 new owner-investors in 2020!  This is the YEAR of the Co-op for our incredible Fredericksburg community.  We're very excited to be opening our Co-op grocery early this year.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN 

Every household or business which joins before the Co-op opens its doors will be honored on the FOUNDING OWNERS WALL.  Start 2021 strong.  Be part of this Year of the Co-op.  Join us today!

We're beyond grateful to all who have already become owners!
 
BECOME A FOUNDING OWNER!

UPDATE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER


MOVING TOWARD OPENING DAY

 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 6:00-7:00 PM

ONLINE - REGISTER HERE

Join the Food Co-op's awesome general manager, Chris Roland, online for the latest news and progress toward the 2021 opening of the store! 
REGISTER FOR GM UPDATE

JANUARY EVENTS

 
ALL ARE WELCOME!
 

Friday, January 8, MOVING TOWARD OPENING DAY, 6-7 pm, ONLINE.  GM Chris Roland will give an update on the exciting progress being made as we move closer to opening day.   Click here to register.
 
Monday, January 11 & 25, CO-OP BOARD MEETING, 7-9 pm, ONLINE.  All are welcome to attend our board meetings.  Please email us at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com if you plan to attend a meeting.
 
Tuesday, January 12, TRADITIONAL JEWISH COOKING, 6-7 pm, ONLINE.  Food Co-op owner and volunteer Adam Schwartz shares traditional Jewish recipes from his grandmother.  Whether this food is new or familiar to you, we pledge to make it an entertaining experience.  Click here to register.
 
Thursday, January 14, FOOD CO-OP BOOK GROUP, 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm, ONLINE.  In January, the Book Group will discuss the documentary film about regenerative agriculture, Kiss the Ground.   Email Linda at fxbgfoodcoop@gmail.com to participate.
 
Monday, January 18, MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY: NEW YEAR: NEW APPROACH, 7-8 pm, ONLINE.  The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on your health journey and set goals for the future. However, many of us consider the number on the scale as the only measure of success and feel that depriving ourselves of the foods that we love is the only way to achieve our goals. Join Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Faye Krause as she shares a different approach and leave with a NEW and sustainable plan for 2021.  Click here to register.
 
Visit the Food Co-op YouTube channel to see videos of past events!
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Watch the video of Family Heirloom Seeds: Saving Stories, Preserving Biodiversity, with garden expert extraordinaire Ira Wallace.
JOIN THE FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP!
Our mailing address is:
Fredericksburg Food Co-op
PO Box 1398
Fredericksburg, VA 22402

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