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There are lots of great reasons to become a member-owner of Good Egg Food Co-op — fresh and healthy foods, an economic engine for Durand, support for local farmers — but just how does one sign up?

Well, signing up online has just gotten easier. Good Egg Food Co-op’s online membership payment options are expanding to include two more: pay by installment or buy a full membership, all online! Joining by PayPal is smooth and secure — you don’t need an account, just a credit card. Then, send in or email your Membership Agreement which can be read here and downloaded here (PDF). Our address is Good Egg Food Co-op, P.O. Box 208, Durand, WI 54736.

We can’t wait to meet our 100 members and open our store — so become a member-owner today!

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If you are experiencing problems making a payment, or would like a paper brochure sent to you, please email us at goodeggfoodcoop@gmail.com or contact us on the form below.

January 15th, 2014 Interim Board Meeting Minutes

Date: January 15, 2014

Meeting at Waumandee State Bank, Durand, WI

Meeting called to order by President Andy Hayden at 6:40 p.m.

 

Attendance:

            Board: Andy Hayden, Barrett Johanneson, Bill Hoeser

            Absent: Knelly Dettinger, Jake Dettinger

            Other: Sheila Castleberg, Jean Accola   

 

Secretary’s Report:

             Minutes from December 11, 2013 meeting approved.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

            Approved, as follows:

            Balance at Waumandee State Bank–$3038.78

            Balance at Westconsin Credit Union (money market account)– $1590.45

            Balance at Westconsin Credit Union (savings account)– $5.00

            Paypal account–$28.83

 

Old Business:

            Bills/Expenses

            #1-Check to the Survey Research Center has yet to be sent.

            #4-The Tracfone purchase is pending. Suggestion made to check into a model with double minutes for life. Barrett will visit Verizon location for details.

            Banking

            #1-No banking business was reported.

            Membership

            #1-No new members to be approved this month. 

            #2-Payment was received on the balance of a previously approved membership.

            #3-A discussion followed on the idea of appealing to co-op supporters as potential members through letters, especially in the Pepin/Stockholm area.

            #4-Media strategy was discussed, including free media, print, radio, online–plus one-on-one contact ideas.

            #5-Wabasha may hold potential for new members and has a new radio station which could provide an avenue for outreach.

            Phase One

            #1-It was the consensus of those present to make contacting Mr. Slowinski a priority before the next meeting. Bill and Barrett will be available to travel and/or meet with him.

#2-In order to set operational and administrative priorities, the importance of a walk-through of the building (assessing its feasibility as a storefront) was stressed.

            Communication

            #1-A spreadsheet with listings of advertising media in the area, including the media contact person and ad rate sheet availability, was handed out by the secretary.

            #2-Taking a fresh look at the informational hand-outs was suggested to shake out new ideas, identify goals for 2014, look for new partners and means to raise funds.

            #3-A lengthy discussion followed on the best method to inform the general public about GEFC and reach potential members–such as:

                        –an interesting story submitted to the local print media, for example: signing of the lease for the storefront (with picture) or “meet a local producer for GEFC”

                        –informative article about what a co-op is/does, what it brings to the community

                        –involving other co-ops, as support and possible fundraising partners

                        –a mini town hall meeting, possibly with the surprise unveiling of the future storefront with a photoshop portfolio showing what it can/will look like, door prizes, refreshments and sign-up of new members

            #4-“The Morsel”, Menomonie Market newsletter, was mentioned as an effective and inexpensive advertising possibility for GEFC.

                       

            Future Business

            #1-Contacting Heidi Stewart,Director/Health Officer of the Pepin County Health Department was brought up for discussion. There is a possibility of a greenhouse partnership with her and GEFC.

            #2-Investigating other communities was suggested–looking for events/opportunities to inform about GEFC and sign new members (for example: upcoming business expos, such as Mondovi’s).

            #3-The City and County need to be contacted regarding their ideas and plans for the future, and possibilities for partnering with GEFC.

            Action Plan

            #1-A six point plan of action was decided upon:

                        1) Meet with Mr. Slowinski ASAP

                        2) Contact the City and County

                        3) Speak to Heidi Stewart

                        4) Undertake outreach to membership/potential membership

                        5) Plan a mini town hall meeting

                        6) Formulate and begin a media campaign

 

Motion made to adjourn, seconded and passed.  Meeting adjourned by President Andy Hayden at 8:17 p.m.

 

Meetings are set for the first Wednesday of every month.

Next meeting:  February 5, 2014–6:30pm @ Waumandee State Bank

 

Minutes respectfully admitted,

Sheila Castleberg

Interim Secretary

December 11th, 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting of Good Egg Food Co-op         

 

Date December 11, 2013

 

Meeting at Waumandee State Bank, Durand, WI

 

Previous to the official meeting:

A presentation and dialogue with Tara Kadow, board president for the River Market Community Co-op in Stillwater took place from 6:30 pm to 8:00pm, with questions from the board and other attending members.  Extended notes on the discussion of  policy governance, membership and board qualities, assistance from other co-operatives, Stillwater’s market operations, community feedback and ideas on finding and using individual strengths (utilizing the program Strengthsfinder 2.0), plus other topics are available to interested parties. 

  

Meeting called to order by President Andy Hayden at 8:09 p.m.

 

Attendance:

            Board: Andy Hayden, Barrett Johanneson, Bill Hoeser

            Absent: Knelly Dettinger, Jake Dettinger

            Other: Sheila Castleberg, Jean Accola   

 

Secretary’s Report:  Minutes from November 13, 2013–approved.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

            Balance at Waumandee State Bank–$3038.73

            Deposits to Westconsin Credit Union (money market account)– $1590.32

            Balance at Westconsin Credit Union (savings account)– $5.00

            Paypal account–$28.83

 

Old Business:

            Bills/Expenses

            #1-Denise Parks of the Survey Research Center has confirmed that the $80 balance was for custom work and was within the estimates of the survey. The check for the balance has been issued, as pre-approved.

            #2-Postage purchase was deferred due to postage donation.

            #3-The post office box has been renewed for one year.

            #4-The Tracfone desired for GEFC use is out-of-stock at this time, but will be available and purchased shortly, as pre-approved.

 

            Banking

            #1-No banking business was reported.

           

             Membership

            #1-Approval of two new memberships as follows: Sally & Don Weisenbeck, Amy Sue Karshbaum & Eric Schlosser

            #2-GEFC now has 20 member-owners.

 

            Phase One (Buyers Club)

            #1-No official Phase one business was reported, although there was discussion on prioritizing contact with David Slowinski, along with an inspection of Mr. Slowinski’s building in the near future.

           

            Communication

            #1-Welcome letters to member-owners have been sent.

            #2-A sympathy card will be sent to the family of Cheryl Brantner, due to the passing of her husband, Steve and a card of encouragement will be sent to Mary Maier-Abel and Steve Abel due to losing access to the family farm. The cards were signed by those present.          

            #3-The secretary will send an email meeting reminder to all board members.

 

            Promotions, Marketing and Advertising

            #1-Individual reports on advertising, marketing and promotional materials are tabled until the next meeting.

            #2-Bill volunteered to work on the GEFC logo.

            #3-Lauren Langworthy of Blue Ox Farm and Larisa Shewczyk of Clever Owl were mentioned as good contacts in graphic arts and marketing, respectively. Both have been supportive of GEFC and could possibly have much to offer.

 

            Research and Planning

            #1-A series of informational handouts were prepared by Barrett.Those attending were given the opportunity to mark which handouts they were interested in reading and analyzing for the January meeting. The focus will be on evaluating GEFC’s progress and goals.  Board members decided to offer input and feedback via email prior to the January meeting to make more effecient use of that meeting time.

  

Motion made to adjourn, seconded and passed.  Meeting adjourned by President Andy Hayden at 9:10 p.m.

 

Next Meeting–January 8, 2013–6:30pm @ Waumandee State Bank

 

Minutes respectfully admitted,

Sheila Castleberg

Interim Secretary

November 13, 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting of Good Egg Food Co-op         

 

Date November 13, 2013

 

Meeting at Waumandee State Bank, Durand, WI

Meeting called to order by President Andy Hayden at 6:36 p.m.

 

Attendance:

            Board: Andy Hayden, Barrett Johanneson

            Absent: Knelly Dettinger, Jake Dettinger

            Other: Sheila Castleberg, Bill Hoeser, Joe Castleberg     

 

Secretary’s Report:  Minutes from October 9, 2013–approved.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Due to Jake’s absence at this meeting, balances for accounts are pending. Approval was given to partial report as follows:

            Balance at Waumandee State Bank–$3269.08

            Deposits to Westconsin Credit Union (money market account)–$480.00, balance pending.

            Balance at Westconsin Credit Union (savings account)–balance pending

            Paypal account–$28.83

 

Note: All motions made, seconded and passed at this meeting occurred via telephone conference with Knelly.

 

Old Business:

            Bills/Expenses

            #1-A motion was made for pre-approval of $80.00 payment to UW-River Falls Survey Research Center, when the issue is resolved. Motion seconded and passed.

            #2-A motion was made for pre-approval of $46.00 for 100 stamps, purchased when needed.  Motion seconded and passed.

            #3-A motion was made asking for $130.00 for the post office box. Motion seconded and passed.

            #4-A motion was made asking for $35.00 to purchase a Tracfone with time and minutes. This cellphone would be used for GEFC business and communications. Motion seconded and passed.

 

            Banking

            #1-The link between Paypal and GEFC’s Westconsin Credit Union account has not yet taken place.

            #2-Jolee Glampe is now the holder of the mailbox key and checkbook. She has been informed that data collection, sales reports and stats reports will not be required at this time, pending opening of the store.

 

            Membership

            #1-Motion made, seconded and passed to approve new members as follows: Matt Buvala, Tim Carlisle, Doug and Stephanie Peterson, Chris Kees-Winkler

            #2-Motion made, seconded and passed to approve new interim board member, Bill Hoeser. 

            #3-Discussion followed on ways to reach more potential member/owners.

 

            Phase One (Buyers Club)

            #1-David Slowinski, owner of the vacant blue building, has been contacted and the building is available. He is willing to negotiate with GEFC and come to Durand for a meeting.

            #2-A discussion followed about various squarefootage and layout designs, and potential changes that might be needed to the structure, inside and out. Possible signage and facade enhancement could be discussed with the City of Durand.

 

            Communication

            #1-Welcome letters to member-owners are still pending.  A revised version of the Welcome letter was read and approved, with minor changes suggested.

            #2-Various ideas for flat inserts to the Welcome letter were presented–stickers, magnets, etc–with more research needed on costs.

            #3-A recap of the Durand Business Expo was given and the need for promotional items was emphasized as a way to extend the reach of GEFC.

            #4-Tara Kadow, board president for the River Market Community Co-op in Stillwater will speak at the December GEFC board meeting.  A Save the Date/Invitation regarding her talk will be included in the Welcome letters going out in November.

            #5-Along with the Annual Meeting letter will be a reminder about proxy voting and a form for members to sign regarding the same.      

 

            Promotions, Marketing and Advertising

            #1-During this portion of the meeting, many ideas for promotional items were presented. Barrett brought the results of his research on magnets and pens. It was decided that each person would do more research on an area of interest:

            Barrett–textiles (tote bags, aprons, tee shirts, etc.)

            Sheila–print and radio advertising and promotion

            Andy–printing needs, stickers and decals

            Joe–Menomonie Market catalog (with their permission)

            #2-Doing a telephone outreach to the very first meeting attendees was brought up as a promotional idea. 

 

Motion made to adjourn, seconded and passed.  Meeting adjourned by President Andy Hayden at 8:14 p.m.

 

Next Meeting–December 11, 2013–6:30pm @ Waumandee State Bank

 

Minutes respectfully admitted,

Sheila Castleberg

Interim Secretary

October 10th Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting of Good Egg Food Co-op         

Date October 9, 2013

Meeting at Waumandee State Bank, Durand, WI

Meeting called to order by President Andy Hayden at 6:33 p.m.

Attendance:

            Board: Andy Hayden, Jake Dettinger, Barrett Johanneson

            Absent: Knelly Dettinger

            Other: Sheila Castleberg, Bill Hoeser, Joe Castleberg     

 

Secretary’s Report:  Minutes from Aug. 14, 2013–motion to accept, seconded and passed. Motion approved.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Balance of $4376.54 at Waumandee State Bank, approved.

                             Balance of $975.13 at Westconsin Credit Union (money market account), approved.

                             Balance of $5.00 at Westconsin Credit Union (savings account), approved.

                             Balance of $28.83–Paypal, online payments, approved.

Old Business:

            Bills/Expenses

            #1-The final bill total from UW-River Falls Survey Research Center has not yet been resolved.

            #2-Postage was purchased in the amount of $55.20 for the membership mailing. Note for future mailings of tri-fold paper: an envelope must be used for proper handling by mail carriers.

            #3-The billing issue with Stumpf Printing/Durand Publishing has been resolved. $98.82 for invoice total plus late charges is owed. Motion to pay the total plus late charges, seconded and passed. Motion approved.

 

            Banking

            #1-Paypal has sent information for link between GEFC Westconsin Credit Union account and Paypal online account. This linkage should take place in the next week. The money will stay in the Paypal account for the time being.

            #2-Jake has agreed to collect account balances for GEFC accounts and deliver the treasurer’s report at meetings. The login information has been provided to him for access to these accounts.

            #3-Jolee Glampe has been asked to resume her role of checkbook holder. She has also been contacted about assuming other tasks regarding collecting sales reports, statistical reports and other data collection for the store, when opened.

            #4-A proposal for a “pre-approved estimated purchases” plan was introduced, to set a range of funds for expenses and/or purchases for necessary items as they occur. Any board member could ask the checkbook holder to release a check for purchase, with these purchases reviewed and finalized at following meetings. Motion to accept this proposal, seconded and passed. Motion approved.

 

            Membership

            #1-Motion made, seconded and passed to approve new members as follows: Jake and Knelly Dettinger, Dave and Laurie Bauer, Jennifer Daggett-Peterson

            #2-Barrett introduced two recruits for potential interim board: Bill Hoeser, Sheila Castleberg.

            #3-Discussion follows on the need for volunteers for various tasks regarding the Co-op and the board.

 

            Phase One (Buyers Club)

            #1-Although Tracey Sterry, VP and Branch Manager at Waumandee State Bank, has received approval to allow changes to the MHSmith area in the bank basement and a list of proposed conditions by GEFC had been drafted for submission, it has been determined that the MHSmith space will not be feasible due to flooring issues.

            #2-A discussion followed regarding the advantages/disadvantages of the vacant blue building across from the Accola Gallery. Cynthia Thomas (DNR) has contacted GEFC member Jean Accola with ideas on dealing with this building and its buried gas tank issue. Jake will have his father contact the owner of the building (David Slowinski, of Chippewa Falls) about rent. Other concerns regarding zoning, utilities, etc. were talked about along with ideas about usability of the space and lot. Jake will work out a possible floor plan.

            #3-Barrett gave a report on his procurement of shelving, produce displays, commercial kitchen equipment, office equipment and credit card terminals. He has contacts for equipment upkeep and repair.  Reimbursing Barrett for his expenses was proposed and approved. Barrett will put pics of the equipment on the GEFC Facebook page.

            #4-Attorney David Sparer has advised that more information on volunteer staffing is needed. How they will be treated by the IRS may be an issue. He recommends that GEFC provide a “Volunteer Agreement” for the volunteer staff to sign. More details about this agreement and its wording are needed.

           

            Communication

            #1-Welcome letters to member-owners are still pending. Sheila will work on this with Barrett.

            #2-The co-op to co-op letter, especially the version for co-ops other than food co-ops, is still being written. (The food co-op version is a form letter.) Hopefully, this letter will bring in membership from other co-ops and generate a media piece or photo opportunity.

            #3-The first member newsletter was discussed along with ideas for the title and contents. Emailing the newsletter was decided.          

 

            Promotions, Marketing and Advertising

            #1-Promotional and advertising items need to be researched and priced. Many suggestions for these items were brought up including: tote-style grocery bags in multiple sizes, refrigerator magnets, pens, T-shirts, aprons, hats, bumper-stickers, decals and egg cozies. Places suggested for advertising were: WRDN, NPR, 2nd Opinion, with emphasis on free advertising, if possible and where the best ad output could be attained.

            #2-Branching out during pre-meetings was brought up, with the Village Inn as a possibility.

 

            New Business

            #1 Possible participation in the Durand Business Expo on October 17,2013  was discussed.

 

Next Meeting–November 13, 2013–6:30pm @ Waumandee State Bank

 

Motion made to adjourn, seconded and passed.  Meeting adjourned by President Andy Hayden at 8:38 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully admitted,

Sheila Castleberg

Interim Secretary

Vote for Good Egg Food Co-op in V1’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll!

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Just click on the badge above and it will take you to Volume One’s reader poll.  You will find Good Egg Food Co-op listed as an option in the following categories:  Best Wellness Business  and Best Health-related Business (non-hospital) in the Shopping & Spending category.  Also, under Best Kept Secret in the Chomping & Chugging category.  Thank you for your votes!

Update:  Good Egg Food Co-op has also been added to the “Biggest Thing We Should Make Happen Soon” category under the Ranting & Raving section.   We hope you agree!  Please keep on voting for us!  Thank you!

Be a Good Egg! Join Today!

It’s very simple.

Simply, click here to view our membership brochure where you can learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Good Egg Food Co-op.   Simply print off this brochure, fill out the application, sign it, and mail it and a check or money order to:  Good Egg Food Co-op, PO Box 208, Durand, WI 54736.

OR, you can pay via Pay Pal.  Currently, we can only offer you the Payment Plan option via Pay Pal.  Your first payment will be  $30.00 ($25.00 towards your membership share and a $5.00 processing fee).

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Be sure to check out our membership agreement before you sign.  Our by-laws and business plan are also available for your perusal on this website.  You can either pay the full amount or go with our affordable payment plan.  Please email us at goodeggfoodcoop@gmail.com if the payment plan is, for any reason, out of your budget.  We’ll be happy to work out a payment plan that works for you.

The board of directors will approve your membership at one of it’s monthly meetings..  Then, we’ll send you a welcome package once you are approved.  Thank you for supporting Good Egg Food Co-op by becoming one it’s owners.  Each member-owner who joins helps us get one step closer to opening the store and towards a healthier, more resilient community.   Thank you for helping us get closer to that mutually beneficial goal!

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JOIN: Become a member-owner today!

It’s very simple.

Simply, click here to view our membership brochure where you can learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Good Egg Food Co-op.   Simply print off this form, fill it out, sign it, and mail in a check or money order to:  Good Egg Food Co-op, PO Box 208, Durand, WI 54736.

Be sure to check out our membership agreement before you sign.  Our by-laws and business plan are also available for you perusal on this website.  You can either pay the full amount or go with our affordable payment plan.  Please email us at goodeggfoodcoop@gmail.com if the payment plan is, for any reason, out of your budget.  We’ll be happy to work out a payment plan that works for you.

The board of directors will approve your membership at one of it’s monthly meetings..  Then, we’ll send you a welcome package once you are approved.  Thank you for supporting Good Egg Food Co-op by becoming one it’s owners.  Each member-owner who joins helps us get one step closer to opening the store and towards a healthier, more resilient community.   Thank you for helping us get closer to that mutually beneficial goal!

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LOCAL FOOD CO-OP TO HOST ORGANIC PLANT SALE & FARM TO TABLE BRUNCH

ROCK FALLS  – A new option for local food in the lower Chippewa Valley is welcoming Spring with a big event this Saturday (May 11).  For anyone that’s a foodie, gardener, or has a mother, the First Annual Sweet Mother Plant Sale will be held 12 minutes south of Eau Claire at Special Treat Farm in Rock Falls.

The Sale is a compilation of organic heirloom garden transplants and culinary herbs and annuals, sourced by small, local organic growers. The Sweets will be created by local artisanal bakers, while an a la carte farm-to-table brunch will be created by guest chef, Jennifer Daggett-Peterson of the Village Inn Café in Durand, sourced from mostly local ingredients!

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Good Egg Food Coop, which hopes to open a store soon in downtown Durand.

“It is our goal that the Good Egg be a multi stake owner cooperative that will really connect Chippewa Valley producers with their own local market,” says Joe Castleberg, board member.

The Good Egg currently has a database of over 90 local producers creating top quality local, organic products and has plans to offer membership at the event for the first time!

“I am so proud to host The Sweet Mother Plant Sale at our farm.  This event is just what the Chippewa Valley needs to showcase our products and get great plant material into the hands of local organic gardeners,” commented Knelly Dettinger, owner of Special Treat Farm in Rock Falls.

If you are looking for a unique even to celebrate Spring, Mother’s Day, or just need some hard to find heirloom tomatoes for your new garden, check out the Sweet Mother Plant Sale, SATURDAY MAY 11, 10am – 2pm Special Treat Farm!

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Good Egg Food Co-op and UW-River Falls Team Up to Survey Local Farmers

By early April, local farmers should expect a survey in their mailbox as a research project is launched by Good Egg Food Co-op in conjunction with Dr. David Trechter at the UW-River Falls Survey Research Center.

“We have personally selected each farmer and producer who will receive a survey,” said Good Egg Food Co-op survey chairman, Joe Castleberg. “It’s vital that producers receiving a survey complete it and mail it back so our advisers and volunteers can continue our plan to stock local foods on opening day.”

Good Egg Food Co-op is a member-owned organization with a goal to open a retail grocery store in Durand in 2013, selling local, organic, and natural foods. The start-up co-operative is taking advantage of new Wisconsin law and will vest multiple stakeholders to have a say in the business– producers, consumers, and workers.

“I have spoken to a few farmers in our area and they all are glad to hear that there is a group trying to get this project off the ground,” said Andy Hayden, chairman of Good Egg’s interim board of directors and a local farmer planning to sell eggs at the co-op. According to Hayden, farmers are excited to have an additional outlet for sales and for “just being able to share their products with more people in the area.”

Farmers and other producers were selected to be surveyed as the co-op’s mission is to serve local members. Co-op membership will be available by summer, and producers will have their own membership class and seats on the board of directors.

Knelly Dettinger of Special Treat Farm, Rock Falls, produces pasture-raised chickens, eggs, and heirloom vegetables. She also serves as an interim board member and has closely overseen the survey’s details. “The producer survey will give small farms like ours an outlet to make their niche crops and value-added products known and available to a new market — their own immediate one,” Dettinger said.

“We feel a food co-op in Durand is a natural partner with the local producers,” said Geoffrey Black of Avodah Farm, a diversified farm and CSA located near Arkansaw. “The more farmers and other folks are able to make a living at home on their land rather than commuting to jobs outside our community, the stronger the community is.”

The survey is as much about community outreach as it is about learning information and economic development.

“The survey will also give us a great starting point with some of the farmers and producers we may not have had time to reach out to until this point,” said Castleberg. “It’s very important that any farmer who wants to start working with us mails the survey back. We’re hoping we’ll manage to catch them before they get busy in the field.”wheelbarrow

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