Interest in starting a Fishtown food co-op

derekkenney's picture

Hi all,

For awhile I've been saying to myself "it would be great if there were a co-op around here". When Kristi and I lived in W. Philly we were members of Mariposa food co-op. I love the idea of a co-op. It's generally less expensive, more socially just product offerings, grows the local economy, and it's a way to develop a sense of community.

I was looking into joining Weaver's Way (another great co-op), and then thought why not see if there is enough interest amongst neighbors in Fishtown to form a working group to look into starting our own co-op.

There would be a lot of planning and discussion that would need to happen. One of the biggest questions in my mind is how to work with Greens Grow. I wouldn't want to impede on Mary's work. I love that place. I imagine we could work out a great arrangement where produce was being supplied to the co-op.

Anyhow, would people be interested in getting together and talking about starting a working group for forming a co-op? Lets throw some dates and ideas out there and see what works.

In the interim I highly suggest reading How To Start A Co-op.

Cheers,
Derek Kenney

lauraska's picture

There is a group of people

There is a group of people in East Kensington who are starting a food co-op. They have already started the process, and it will probably be very close to Fishtown, so maybe you should check in with them, first.

derekkenney's picture

Oh that is awesome. Do you

Oh that is awesome. Do you have any contact info for the co-op group?

lauraska's picture

Derek, check your PMs.

Derek, check your PMs.

2014 susquehanna's picture

Another Hippie, Fantastic

Another Hippie, Fantastic

dan's picture

I think a food co-op would

I think a food co-op would be great.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

fantastic idea! one of the

fantastic idea! one of the things I miss most about west philly is the mariposa food co-op. and the fact that there is a local CSA in Greensgrow would work to the benefit of each, much like the partnership between Mariposa and Mill Creek Farm.

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2014 susquehanna

2014 susquehanna wrote:

Another Hippie, Fantastic

How come you never see a hippie start a hygiene product co-op?

2014 susquehanna's picture

First you people welcomed

First you people welcomed the blacks, then the homosexuals and now it's the hippies with their commie co-ops and dog parks. What next, Peruvian flute bands?

tudor's picture

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rot

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You wrote:

fantastic idea! one of the things I miss most about west philly is the mariposa food co-op. and the fact that there is a local CSA in Greensgrow would work to the benefit of each, much like the partnership between Mariposa and Mill Creek Farm.


Also, you may have already thought to do this but tell Mariposa and Mill Creek Farm about your interest in doing this too and maybe you can buy stuff with/from them.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

tudor

tudor wrote:
Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You wrote:

fantastic idea! one of the things I miss most about west philly is the mariposa food co-op. and the fact that there is a local CSA in Greensgrow would work to the benefit of each, much like the partnership between Mariposa and Mill Creek Farm.


Also, you may have already thought to do this but tell Mariposa and Mill Creek Farm about your interest in doing this too and maybe you can buy stuff with/from them.

I actually have to go back to Mariposa to get my deposit back. I will ask if they have any interest in advising a neighborhood in need of starting their own co-op.

actually! http://www.mariposa.coop/?cat=24

and look, they already have Greensgrow listed. lots of good info on starting your own co-op on their website too.

george's picture

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lauraska's picture

There really is a group

There really is a group that's already started the process. I swear! They exist! I think they are being advised by people from Weaver's Way and they've already had conversations with Greensgrow. They are following the plan that was linked in an earlier post, entitled How to Start a Food Co-op. Seems kind of silly to duplicate their efforts, especially since I'm sure they'd love to have more help from folks in the neighborhood.

jason's picture

please post more info if you

please post more info if you get it. my family would be VERY interested in this

2014 susquehanna's picture

Jeff Carpineta said

Jeff Carpineta said something about doing this. I'll find out what's happening and post something

jason's picture

oh yeah! he DID mention that

oh yeah! he DID mention that before. Didn't register

roma258's picture

Yeah, should hook up with

Yeah, should hook up with the East Kenzo people. I know there are some Fishtowners involved in that group as well and I think they're pretty far along. I imagine a storefront on Frankford wouldn't be too expensive, especially if you get NKCDC on board. Good luck!

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

can someone offer a newbie

can someone offer a newbie some contacts or somewhere to get more information about this. I see all this mention of "Jeff Carpineta" and "the East Kensington" people as if it's a big secret being kept for a certain clique of people. I know that's not the case

roma258's picture

dan

Don't forget about the secret handshake.

Trixie's picture

Definately - very

Definately - very interested! The waiting lists for other co-ops in the city are too long!

lauraska's picture

roma258 wrote:dan

roma258 wrote:

Don't forget about the secret handshake.

C'mon Roma, you and I both know they make you do way worse than a handshake to get into that clique.

Lighterthief's picture

lauraska wrote:...they make

lauraska wrote:

...they make you do way worse than a handshake to get into that clique.

LOL! one must beware the "othersiders"

dan's picture

lauraska wrote:C'mon Roma,

lauraska wrote:

C'mon Roma, you and I both know they make you do way worse than a handshake to get into that clique.

First you have to perform a savage beatdown on a corporate farmer.

Then you roll dice, and that's the number of leaders you have to cook a gluten-free Vegan dinner for.

lauraska's picture

dan wrote:lauraska

dan wrote:
lauraska wrote:

C'mon Roma, you and I both know they make you do way worse than a handshake to get into that clique.

First you have to perform a savage beatdown on a corporate farmer.

Then you roll dice, and that's the number of leaders you have to cook a gluten-free Vegan dinner for.

Close, but you didn't get the final, super secret test. You just identified yourself as an OUTSIDER, Dan!

dan's picture

I didn't want to mention the

I didn't want to mention the super-secret final test, because it's just too cruel.
But here it is...

For three straight months you have to listen to Mike McGrath's "You Bet Your Garden".