April 2015 Meeting

Sunday, April 26 at Newark Natural Foods in their new location:

230 E. Main Street, Suite 209
Newark, Delaware 19711
11:00AM: Tour of the new location of Newark Natural Foods
12:00PM: Delicious lunch in the community room
1-4PM: MAFCA meeting
– Clay Whitney of Cabot Creamery Co-op
– Representative from the Delaware Food Bank
– Panel Discussion: Representatives from Newark Natural Foods
and other food co-ops will discuss various aspects of co-op expansion

Fall 2014 Meeting

Our fall 2014 regional food co-operative meeting was at the Flatbush Food Co-op
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Flatbush Food Co-op
1415 Cortelyou Road (bet. Rugby & Marlborough Roads)

♦ 11am: tour of the Flatbush Food Co-op
(1415 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY, between Rugby & Marlborough Roads)

♦ 12 noon: a free delicious lunch across the street at Marlborough Gardens
(386 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226)

Meeting (also at Marlborough Gardens)
♦ 1:00: Welcome, introductions, financial report, etc
♦ 1:30: Speaker from Sierra Club on fracking
♦ 2:00: General discussion on outreach & marketing: bring your questions and ideas!
♦ 3:00: Speaker from the Flatbush Food Coop
♦ 3:30: Short updates from other co-ops

Not just for MAFCA members–this meeting is for all food cooperatives or those interested in
starting a food cooperative–we are here to help you!

Spring 2014 Meeting

The next MAFCA meeting will be at the Greenbelt Co-op Supermarket and Pharmacy at 121 Centerway in Greenbelt, MD 20770.

Here is the schedule for the day:

    11:00 am: Tour of the store.
    12:00 pm: Lunch
    1:00 – 4:00 pm: Meeting (agenda to be decided)

Did You Know:

    Greenbelt is a public cooperative community founded in the New Deal Era. Greenbelt was one of three “green” towns planned in 1935 under the United States Resettlement Administration. It was planned as a self-sufficient cooperative community that would ease the local housing shortage and create much needed jobs after the Great Depression.

Fall 2013 MAFCA Meeting

Cooperative Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa.
Participation: Connecting Our Co-ops and Communities
November 2, 2013
Co-ops are growing. Participation can be a driving force for cooperatives. At this Cooperative Cafe* we will explore why growth matters and how, as leaders, we can harness the power of participation to help move our co-ops forward.

The Cooperative Cafe is a format for focused conversations that advance our thinking, build shared understanding and create alignment. The day is highly interactive with brief presentations and guided exchanges that offer co-op leaders a how-to for cultivating similar involvement in their local communities.

Joining the Cooperative Cafe also benefits your regular board meetings and retreats by advancing a strategic framework for envisioning the co-op’s role in your local community and beyond. The Cooperative Cafe is for everyone involved in creating and sustaining a development culture at your co-op. If you have not attended the Cooperative Cafe, now is the perfect opportunity to take part in a conversation about the impact greater participation has in your community. If you already attended in 2012 or 2013, come back for a new theme, different questions, and fresh conversations.

When: November 2, 2013
The event will run from 9:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m. with light breakfast and mixer activities beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Where: The Brossman Center – Benbow Hall
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia — 215-248-7339

Costs: There is a modest cost of $45 per person, thanks to sponsorship by National Cooperative Grocers Association. Light breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. You are responsible for your travel expenses.

For more information about this event, please contact Mark Goehring, MarkGoehring@cdsconsulting.coop

MAFCA Meeting Saturday March 16, 2013 will be in Doylestown, PA

Hi Folks, the next Mid-Atlantic Food Coop Alliance meeting will be hosted by Doylestown Food Co-op on March 16, 2013. Google map to Doylestown. As Doylestown is a start-up initiative there will be no store tour.

The day will begin at 11:00AM with a tour of The Market at Delaware Valley College, along with its community garden & educational program. ADDRESS: 2100 Lower State Road, Doylestown PA 18901.

After lunch (which will be at the Market), the MAFCA business meeting will be held at Cornerstone Health & Fitness, 847 Easton Road, Route 611, Doylestown PA 18901.
Stay tuned for more info!

Speakers: Will be announced here.

Program: Will be announced here.

MAFCA Meeting October 20, 2012 Takoma Park

Hi Folks, the Mid-Atlantic Food Coop Alliance meeting will be hosted by Takoma Park Silver Spring Food Co-op in Takoma Park Md on October 20, 2012.

There will be a store tour at 11:00MA.

Lunch will be at noon, and the meeting will be held at Historic Takoma, across the street from the Co-op.

Speakers: Jeffrey Farbman, Senior Program Associate at the Wallace Center at Winrock International, will speak on Food Hubs and the NGFN collaboration with the Wallace Center. This research will be valuable in the development of local food infrastructure that will better support what Food Co-ops are developing in our own market areas.

Program: David Walker the Board President will reprise his powerpoint presentation given to City Council on the expansion plans and proposals for the Takoma Park store location.


MAFCA Meeting, July 15, 2012

DATE: Sunday, July 15, 2012
LOCATION: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 43rd & Woodland Ave, Philadelphia

11:00 am – Tour of Mariposa Food Coop, 4824 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA (http://www.mariposa.coop/)

Noon – Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – MAFCA Business Meeting, including:

Presentations by Mariposa Food Co-op & Ann Karlen, Executive Director of Fair Food Philly

Proposed MAFCA By-laws

MAFCA Steering Committee Elections

Buyers Meeting

Wrap Up & Adjourn

The meeting will be held at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 43rd & Woodland Av, Philadelphia, PA.
Tours of Mariposa Food Co-op will be available at 11 AM.
The address is 4824 Baltimore Ave.
Lunch (at noon) and the meeting (1-4 PM) will be at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 43rd & Woodland Ave..

MAP for July15 mtg