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March 2 – Friends & Farmers Membership Campaign Kickoff

(Friends & Farmers Press Release)

Friends & Farmers Cooperative, which is working to open a member-owned cooperative store that will specialize in local, sustainably-produced products, will begin taking members on March 2 at its Membership Kickoff Celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County.

Founding members will help build a store that will stock produce and products grown and prepared right here in Happy Valley, promote real food, and serve as the central hub of the local food economy. Simply stated, it’s a store that will feed our community.

The Kickoff Celebration on March 2 is a free event that will feature live music, speakers (including Mayor Elizabeth Goreham), kids activities, food, and door prizes. Community members will be able to invest as members or, for those new to the campaign, learn more. The event will take place from 3-6 p.m. A timeline of the afternoon (people are encouraged to drop in when they want) and details on how to RSVP will be available at www.friendsandfarmers.coop soon.

Membership in Friends & Farmers pertains to a household, with the member-owner receiving one vote at membership meetings and a year-end patronage dividend of net profits and up to three additional household members receiving all other member benefits, including special members-only promotions and discounts.

The equity investment can be made one of three ways:

  1. One lump sum payment of $300
  2. Three annual installments of $100 (plus a $10/year administrative fee). Members are entitled to all membership benefits with the first installment.
  3. Ten annual installments of $30 (This extended payment plan is for members with limited incomes and may include members older than 65, students, members eligible for SNAP benefits, and anyone else who applies to join on this installment plan and meets certain eligibility requirements outlined by the Board of Directors.) Members are entitled to all membership benefits with the first installment.

With their investments, community members will help build a store that exists for the betterment of their community. They will own a piece of a revolution. At Friends & Farmers, you aren’t a customer, you’re an owner.

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  • Authorization # 1013425 had completed the following major task: Completeness Review on 2/11/2014.
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“Could you please send me a copy of the minutes from the July 2013 meeting of the Energy Conservation Policy Advisory Council, along with any associated reports and other documents? Thanks very much.”

Email from Erik Foley-DeFiore:

“There usually are not minutes from these meetings and Rob Cooper would have any reports or associated documents.  The committee is focused on reducing energy usage on our campuses but is just advisory.  The real work is done by OPP energy engineers and tech service employees.”

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