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EAT CO-OP : A Community Grocery, Kitchen & Cafe

Fiscal Host: Earth Arts

Nurturing networks of food resilience in Greene county.

Today's Balance
$6,752.73
Estimated Annual Budget
$9,826
Year One Security
$11,111
per year

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Goal
Co-op Grocery Membership

This membership guarantees 5% off all co-op purchases for life ! Not to mention special deals & offers throughout the year, and the option to vote ... Read more

$5,579.82 USD of $22,222 USD raised (25%)

$111.11 USD

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Co-op Kitchen Membership Deposit

This membership deposit enables us to rent our commercial kitchen space to the public, serving farmers, caterers and makers alike! Your donation wi... Read more

$111.11 USD of $22,222 USD / year raised (1%)

$111.11 USD / year

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Farmer Store Front Rental

LIMITED: 30 LEFT OUT OF 30

Are you a farmer who would like to sell in Catskill? We are offering the first 30 farms a flat rate rental fee of $111.11 / month to sell as much p... Read more

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Deborah Kristal

$1,111.11 USD since Jan 2023

2
Berta Willisch

$611.11 USD since Mar 2023

3
Guest

$555.55 USD since Jan 2023

4
Meghan Coughlin

$200 USD since Jan 2023

5
Daniel Nevers

$191.11 USD since Mar 2023

6
Will Canine

$111.11 USD since Jan 2023

7
Ryan Staake

$111.11 USD since Jan 2023

8
Sam McDermott

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

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Brad Horner

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

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Chris Blauberg

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

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Blythe

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

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Kira G

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

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Alyson

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

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Guest

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

15
Dave Snyder

$111.11 USD since Feb 2023

Organizations

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FORK'N FOOD

$111.11 USD since Apr 2023

EAT CO-OP : A Community Grocery, Kitchen & Cafe is all of us

Our contributors 72

Thank you for supporting EAT CO-OP : A Community Grocery, Kitchen & Cafe.

Deborah Kristal

$1,111 USD

Berta Willisch

Co-op Grocery Membership

$611 USD

Guest

sponsor

$556 USD

Meghan Coughlin

$200 USD

Daniel Nevers

Co-op Grocery Membership

$191 USD

Will Canine

Co-op Grocery Membership

$111 USD

Ryan Staake

Co-op Grocery Membership

$111 USD

Sam McDermott

Co-op Grocery Membership

$111 USD

Brad Horner

Co-op Grocery Membership

$111 USD

Chris Blauberg

Co-op Grocery Membership

$111 USD

Blythe

Co-op Grocery Membership

$111 USD

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Today’s balance

$6,752.73 USD

Total raised

$8,329.23 USD

Total disbursed

$1,576.50 USD

Estimated annual budget

$9,825.53 USD

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News from EAT CO-OP : A Community Grocery, Kitchen & Cafe

Updates on our activities and progress.

Grand Opening this Saturday !!

Hello Friends ! 💚 We’re so excited to announce we’ll be opening for *EVERYONE* this Saturday #earthday ~ 4/22 | 1-8 (or late?) at 23 Church st, here in Catskill! Members, stop by and pick up your member cards, and if you’re not a member ye...
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Published on April 17, 2023 by Earth Arts

Almost Open !

Hello friends! 🌱 We’ve made lots of progress in this last week! We’ve installed a freezer filled with delicious pasture raised organic meats by @sleepinglionfarm , we’ve stocked our fridge with spinach, eggs and onions from @rollinghillorg...
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Published on April 8, 2023 by Earth Arts

🌱❤️ Sneak Peek Meet & Greet ! ❤️🌱

Hi Friends! 🌱 Tomorrow evening we are inviting all members and farmers for a sneak peek meet and greet!! Come check out the space and meet the local farmers, growers and makers that your membership will be supporting — from 6-8 pm. Bring a...
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Published on March 27, 2023 by Earth Arts

About


Help us bring fresh produce to Catskill, NY!


We’re trying to put farmers, workers, and local consumers first— by creating a community owned, cooperatively run— grocery store, commercial kitchen & cafe. EAT — it’s basically Everything All Together.

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A hundred years ago, Main St. Catskill had more than a dozen grocers and butchers.


Today, downtown has no grocery store, and not a single establishment specializes in fresh or local produce. Though many new businesses are moving to capitalize on the revitalization of Upstate New York, few are addressing the striking realities of generational de-industrialization, gentrification, economic struggle and lack of food access.


Co-operative Food Stores, or “Food Co-ops” offer an alternative model to the conventional grocery store standard. Empowering workers and consumers with the power to vote, co-ops emphasize a collaborative process directed by worker-owners and consumers, who have the option to own a share of the company.

In upstate New York, where organic farms surround small towns, it is somehow nearly impossible to find markets which actually sell local groceries to local consumers. Prioritizing New York City's demand for organic produce, the communities in between these large agricultural spaces are often neglected. Today, Catskill's grocers are Price Chopper, Walmart or the local Stewart’s gas station -– none of which prioritize fresh or local foods.

EAT Co-op is an attempt to address these local (and global) issues, by participating in a replicable model for providing food security. A co-operatively owned community grocer, kitchen & cafe, EAT will prioritize the needs of farmers, workers & consumers while giving back to local regenerative agricultural projects.

But we need your help ~


Mission & Vision : 

EAT is a small scale co-operative & communally owned grocery store, providing fresh, local or organic foods to main street, while also highlighting and giving back to regional regenerative farm projects, by offering commercial kitchen rental and cafe access to farmers and makers. 

We will also offer a variety of CSA and sliding scale payment models, that prioritize local farmers & consumers alike. We will process any unsold produce for value added products, like jams or canned goods-- offering a menu of soups, smoothies, and nourishing snacks to highlight local and seasonal foods, while securing a year round farmer's market for local growers to sell their produce directly to the community. Our Kitchen, will extend commercial kitchen status to farmers who would like to host farm dinners or pop - up dining experiences, while also allowing local farmers, caterers, or chefs to scale their professional food production. Finally, we will prioritize equitable pay for all of our employees, and commit profits to funding local regenerative land projects, with a focus on BIPOC Farm & Nature access.

 
Our goal is to raise $22,222 to ensure our first year is a success :

1. Securing our space : Deposit = 3 * Rent ( 7,000 )
2. Liability Insurance : 1,000 - 2,000
3. Equipment Insurance : 1,000 - 2,000
4. First month's rent : 1,800
5. Website Development, Printing & Marketing Costs : 1000
1. Commercial Freeze Dryer : 6,000
2. County / Municipal Administrative Fees : 300 - 700
(Certificate of Occupancy, Commercial Kitchen Certification, Garbage Collection etc.)
3. Sign Production : 500 - 1000
4. Fair Compensation for Labor  : 3000
5. Advertising & Outreach : 500


EAT would be a fiscally sponsored Earth Arts initiative under our 501(c) 3 until 2024, when it will become a separately established not for profit organization. EAT is a small scale co-operative & communally owned local grocery store, providing fresh and dried local or organic foods to main street, while also highlighting and giving back to regional regenerative farm projects, by offering commercial kitchen rentals and cafe access to farmers.

Values 👍
  • Provide nutritious, naturally grown local food to the Catskill community.
  • Provide an outlet for farmers, growers & makers to sell their wares directly.
  • Provide education on sustainability, social justice and workers’ rights within the food system.
  • Create a nourishing space for building community, wellness and healing.
  • Offer Fair compensation for labor.
  • Promote Environmental sustainability.
  • Practice Racial & Social Justice.
  • Keep it local!
  • Inclusivity for all!
  • Cultivate joy!


Committee :
  1. Claudia Nagy  (Co-Founder & Executive Director)
  2. Gabriel Kristal (Co-Founder & Accountant)


Our team