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We are in Phase Two
of creating Solano County’s first food co-op!
What is next? How can we, as a community, establish a co-op?
With our recent incorporation, we have entered into Stage II of the food co-op development process and are working towards establishing a retail location, but do not have one yet. Are you interested in becoming an owner, learning more about our progress, and discovering how food co-ops get established? If so, we invite you to sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Facebook, send us an email or become an owner! See below:.
Download our OWNERSHIP APPLICATION
(Keep in mind this document is meant to be folded in half lengthwise, otherwise it is a little confusing!)
Read our BY-LAWS
(This gives you information about what it means to be an owner of Cultivate Community Food Co-op.)
Learn more about our ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
(This is the paperwork we filed with the State of California to become incorporated.)
We don’t beat around the bok choy! We need seed money!
While donations are different than owner shares, they both support growing the capital needed to open our store. If you would like to make a donation please send a check to:
Cultivate Community Food Co-op
P.O. Box 94
Benicia, CA 94510
If you would like your donation to be tax deductible, visit this webpage for more information.
Thank you for your consideration!
What you can do to help right now…
Take part in our simple, 10-question market study
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We don’t have a retail location yet, but we are on the way to establishing one. Right now we are in first stage of the food co-op development process and will soon be recruiting owners. (Learn more about the stages to creating a food co-op.)
For far too long the needs of people searching for healthy, sustainable food choices have been underserved in our area. Community members have been trying to get Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods to come. They were not interested. This is great news for Cultivate Community Food Co-op because with our co-op WE can make our own food choices.
A food co-op is a local, member-owned, socially responsible grocery store that offers special benefits (such as discounts and voting rights regarding operations) to owners who buy a share in the business. According to Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), it’s an autonomous association of people who voluntarily unite to meet common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.
We will have applications for ownership when our ownership drive begins. Please add your name to our email list and we will be sure to be in contact with you.
Email us and include “Email List” in the subject line.
Cultivate Community Food Co-op will be a community-owned, for-profit business governed and guided by a member-elected board. As a member-owner . . .
- you will receive financial benefits when you support the co-op with your food dollars;
- you can vote in the co-op’s in the annual election for its board of directors;
- you can run for a board position;
- you support a business dedicated to strengthening our local food system;
- your participation strengthens other co-ops throughout California; and,
- you become part of a network of food co-ops across the country and around the world.
By becoming an owner you support . . .
- a stronger local economy — you money circulates closer to home;
- a business that is accountable to those it serves, governed and guided by a member-elected board;
- a stable, reliable market for local farmers and producers;
- environmentally sound and sustainable agricultural practices;
- humane animal husbandry;
- a vision of a more sustainable economy with a just and equitable future for food producers; and,
- making food issues visible in an effort to bring food security and safety to all.