By Ryan McGreal
Published May 11, 2012
A group of citizens is developing a concept for a community-owned grocery store in downtown Hamilton. Called The Mustard Seed, the organization is studying the feasibility of launching a cooperatively-owned grocery store. According to their news release:
The Mustard Seed community grocery anticipates incorporating a variety of elements including a focus on local producers, stocking natural and organic foods, a cooperative ownership model, and nurturing a thriving urban food culture.
With an online survey, they hope to assess local demand and solicit feedback on the co-op model they are developing.
Momentum for a co-operative downtown grocery store has been building. The proposal to lure a grocery store downtown with a public incentive cast light on the issue of downtown Hamilton's "food desert" and the potential for a new grocery store to improve livability in the core.
According to Mustard Seed member Emma Cubitt, last week's On The Cusp event further galvanized the organizers to action. "Coming out of that discussion about how we need momentum on local initiatives, we've really stepped up the pace on developing concepts for a downtown community-owned grocery."
2012 is also the International Year of Cooperatives, tying Hamilton to a larger global movement.
For more information or to get involved, you can contact Graham Cubitt, Mustard Seed Steering Committee Co-Chair, at 905-546-7348 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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