Nurturing networks of food resilience in Greene county.
Today, downtown has no grocery store, and not a single establishment sells fresh 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, and the option of ownership, co-ops emphasize a collaborative process to direct the organization’s future.
A hundred years ago, Main St. in Catskill had more than a dozen grocers and butchers.
Catskill Hay Farmers NY circa 1910 - 1920
A Catskill Farm on the NY Thruway, circa 1950
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.
With a high priority on serving populations in New York City with organic produce, the small communities in between these large agricultural spaces are often neglected, with the only grocers in town being Price Chopper, Walmart or the local bodega – all of which do not prioritize fresh or local foods.
EAT CO-OP is an attempt to address these local (and global) issues, participating in a replicable model for providing food security, by creating a co-operative grocery space, community kitchen and cafe.
but we need your help !
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 rentals 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 Community Kitchen, will extend commercial kitchen status to farmers who would like to host farm dinners or pop - up dining experiences, while also allowing local caterers, farmers 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.
Kaaterskill Falls, Catskills, 1902
Our goal is to raise $22,222
Kaaterskill Falls, Catskills, 1902
to ensure our first year is a success
for our farmers, workers & users :
Security Deposit = 3 * Rent : $7,000
Liability Insurance : $1,000 - 2,000
Equipment Insurance : $1,000 - 2,000
First month's rent : $1,800
Website & Marketing Costs : $1000
Commercial Freeze Dryer : $6,000
Municipal Administrative Fees : $500
Sign Production : $500 - 1000
Fair Compensation for Labor : $3000
Advertising & Outreach : $500
We hope after our first year that
EAT will be sustained by farmers,
workers, users & community members !
EAT, a Co-operatively owned :
Cafe & deli
Putting local farmers first!
Scale your production!
Nourish yourself !
HOW TO SUPPORT THIS WORK:
or just help spread the word!
Nurturing networks of food resilience in Greene county NY.
EAT Co-op grocery, kitchen + cafe
23 CHURCH ST, CATSKILL NY 12414
319 - 621 - 3101
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