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Calling for Board of Directors Candidates

Hello fellow SFC members,

We (the SFC board) would like to remind all of you that our second board election will be occurring this fall. Any member can opt to run for a seat on the Board of Directors and we’d like to encourage you to consider contributing your skills to the continued growth of our cooperative community. (Click here for an application.) There are 4 seats open for election this year and the deadline for applications is November 8th. Voting will open the following week and close in early December. Please send applications to the Board at steering@seattlefarmcoop.com by November 8th and a current Board member will confirm receipt of your application.  We would love to see a larger turnout of people interested in serving and guiding the development of this community.

The details: Of course, we ask that you become or are already a member of the Co-Op if you choose to run for the Board of Directors. We also encourage you to attend at least one (if not a couple) board meetings in the interim. Doing so will give you a better idea of how the board works, the time commitment involved and the opportunities we have available for your skills. Not to mention you’ll have all the other board members in one room to grill with any questions! Our board meets twice a month and each board member takes on a separate special project of their choosing to lead.

Thanks to all of you for being members of this thriving community. Even if you aren’t able to consider becoming a part of our Board, the Co-op has a ton of areas in which we could use your help. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact us!

Details from SFC 2014 Annual Members Meeting

Dear Co-op Members,

The Co-op Annual Members Meeting was held October 12, 2014. This was a pivotal meeting for our future as a co-op. As part of the membership meeting a working group was established to determine the feasibility of various scenarios outlined in the minutes. This feasibility analysis is work that will be done between now and January 31st to inform the Board on whether the co-op should remain open for business, and if so, what that would look like. If you could not make it to the meeting, and are interested in being part of this feasibility working group, please send email to steering@seattlefarmcoop.com. This group will be meeting from 6:30 to 8 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of November and December. If you want to be involved in the feasibility analysis but cannot make it to these meetings, please let send us an email and we can add you to a newly-created Google email group that receives announcements from this working group.

In concert with volunteerism for the feasibility working group, we are actively recruiting members to apply for upcoming Board elections. We are looking to increase our board from 6 to 7 members and will have 4 open positions this fall, with the new 2-year terms starting January 1st, 2015. If you are interested in running we ask that you attend 1 or 2 Board meetings to familiarize yourself with how we operate and make sure this will be a good fit. Applications for Board members and a description of the position will be posted here soon.

For more details, click here to view meeting minutes for the SFC 2014 Annual Member Meeting.

Sincerely,

Seattle Farm Co-op Board

Closing of Warehouse and Re-evaluation of Retail Sales

A Letter to Our Member-Owners

The Seattle Farm Co-op Board would like to update its members and retail customers on recent decisions made regarding the retail operations of the Co-op. At this time the Board has decided to close full retail operations of the Seattle Farm Co-op while we assess the feasibility of continued operations and continue to look for a permanent location. The board has established a deadline of January 31st for a go/no go decision for continued retail operations of the Co-op with the option to move forward sooner at Board discretion.

We would also like to emphasize that this hiatus of retail sales will be a busy time for the board who will be weighing the different options and models suggested by our membership for continued operations. Membership support, volunteer contributions and the willingness of new board members to step forward for the upcoming elections will weigh heavily in our evaluations. Please step forward to contribute in any way that you can if your desire is to see the Co-op continue and flourish.

For more details about the future of the Co-op and how you can help, click here to view meeting minutes from the SFC 2014 Annual Member Meeting.

Thank you,
The Seattle Farm Co-op Board of Directors

Help Us Create Our Future

Our Seattle Farm Co-op retail and warehouse space on South Jackson Street has been sold and exhaustive searching has not yet resulted in a new home so, sadly, retail operations of the SFC are suspended for the time being.

We are so grateful to our member-owners and all our customers for supporting the SFC feed and seed store.  We still need your support during this hiatus.  We’re all needed to participate in the discussion and to volunteer to do the work needed to sustain our Co-op.  You can help us in a number of very important ways:

1. Consider serving on the SFC Board of Directors for the next term beginning in January 2015.  Elections are coming up soon!  Any member can run for a seat on the Board of Directors and we’d like to encourage you to consider contributing your skills to the continued growth of our cooperative community.  (Click here for an application.) There are 4 seats open for election this year and the deadline for applications is November 8th.  Voting will open the following week and close in early December.  Please send applications to the Board at steering@seattlefarmcoop.com by November 8th and a current Board member will confirm receipt of your application.

Requirements: You must be an existing Co-op member, or become a member, if you choose to run for a seat on the Board of directors.  Additionally, you should attend one or two Board meetings between now and elections so you have a realistic idea of how the Board works and the time commitment involved.  This will be a good opportunity to ask questions, as well.

2. Volunteer as an “Interim Director” and work with the current board of directors between now and the January elections.  This is a great way to determine if board membership is right for you while providing much needed help to the Co-op.

3. Join the SFC Feasibility Study Group.  This group of volunteers will be digging up valuable information that will be used to determine feasibility of future retail operations for the Co-op, as discussed at the Annual Member Meeting on October 12th. (Click here to view meeting minutes from the SFC 2014 Annual Member Meeting.)

4. Attend a Board meeting.  Any member is invited to attend Board meetings.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your Co-op.  In addition to the roles mentioned above, we have other tasks that members can take on which will contribute to the future success of the Co-op in meaningful ways. The Board of Directors meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30pm in SE Seattle.  The next meeting is Tuesday, November 4th.  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP in advance by sending an email to steering@seattlefarmcoop.com so we can send you location directions and so we know how many to expect. 

For more information on anything related to the Co-op, please send email to info@seattlefarmcoop.com.

Thank you,
The Seattle Farm Co-op Board of Directors

We urgently need your help in finding a new home for the Seattle Farm Coop

STILL SEARCHING FOR WAREHOUSE SPACE – NEED YOUR HELP !

Dear Members and Friends of the Seattle Farm Co-op,

As you may know, our current landlord will be developing the property into a condominium project, which poses a logistical issue for our farm co-op — where will we go next? The co-op board is continuing to ask for your help in finding our next space. The board has been actively looking but we’ve not yet been successful. Rents are high and word of mouth will probably be our best bet.

A short list of estimated specifications (revised) can be found below. Additional details are included on the publicly shared Google document here.

Many thanks for your help and support,
Seattle Farm Co-op Board of Directors

Target Location: Easy access to freeways (I-90/I-5). We prefer to be within the city limits but are open to areas close to Seattle City limits.

Budget: $1000 to $2500

Desired Space: We need between 1500 and 4000 SF (more if it fits within the budget!) but are flexible about the configuration. Zoning must be commercial.

Interior Building/Warehouse: We need indoor space but can also be creative with outdoor space, as we’ve been at our current location. Garage door access or loading docks required, as well as a bathroom and some office/meeting space.

Exterior Warehouse Space & Lot: Customer parking, loading/delivery space, and a space to store straw and hay are necessities.

Our Volunteers Are Our Success. Volunteer at the Co-op!

The Seattle Farm Co-op is run by member-owners like you and me! We’ve added more open hours and would love some help with assisting customers, pricing, stocking, cleaning, unloading deliveries, and taking inventory.  Volunteering is a fun way to learn more about your Co-op, meet other members, share knowledge and talk urban farming. There’s always more than enough to do and we can’t do it all without your help!

We’d especially like to get a few people trained for regularly scheduled sales shifts so we can open the doors for business every day of the week and stay open longer each day. Even one three hour shift per month is a huge help, whether it’s working with our wonderful warehouse manager, or running your own shift (either alone or with a friend!) With each shift, you’ll earn a discount coupon for 18% off your already discounted member price for any one item. Working 9 hours per month will get you a coupon for an additional 18% off one entire shopping trip!

Please email volunteer@seattlefarmcoop.com if you’re interested and as always, let us know if you have any questions.

Happy Farming!