If you couldn't make it here is what we covered:
*Membership: We nearly doubled our membership. We added over 145 new owners to our growing co-op community for a grand total of #305 OWNERS!! If we can double again this year to #600 we will begin looking for store locations.
*Community Connections: We now have a grand total of 17 local partnerships, making it more convenient for you to support local agriculture and small-town businesses.
*Publicity: The co-op received tons of publicity - Check out all the newspaper articles tracking our growth: Co-op Doubles in Size, Hires First Staff, Johnson Begins Work for Elk River Area Food Co-op, Food Co-op Puts Emphasis on Buying Local, Co-op Doubles Membership, Meets Goals
*Outreach: We held 5 house parties, 3 Meet & Greets, attended over 15 Elk River Farmers Markets and set up for 6+ special community events in order to build visibility in our community.
*Marketing: We hired our first staff! Alyssa Johnson helped us build awareness by designing, updating and maintaining our online social media and web presence. We also printed over 500 newly designed brochures, 1,000+ business cards, printed over 250 community flyers and distributed 50 yard signs.
*Education: One of the co-op's core principles is health education and awareness. In 2016-2017 we hosted 7 community classes and continue to offer amazing opportunities to learn with like-minded individuals. Check out our calendar to see what classes are coming up next.
*Training: Our board of directors and staff had the chance to attend multiple trainings at the local, regional and national level. This allowed us to learn ways to better serve our community and grow with the changing competitive market!