2019 AGM in Review
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the 4th AGM of Eat Local Grey Bruce. The event drew in close to 50 consumers, producers, staff and supporters. We welcomed our newest board members Katherine Ngui (Aster Lane Bread) as our Treasurer and Jo Keenan (Mojo Feel Good Foods).
Amy Stein was greatly appreciated for lending us her financial expertise, working with the audit community to get our accounting books balanced. It was gritty, hyper-detailed work, but has provided Eat Local with a solid foundation for moving forward. Total income for 2018 is $396,814.00 which is up about 7% from 2017. Our net loss for 2018 is $8,834.00 compared to the 2017 net loss of $28,198.00. A big step in the right direction.
Thanks was also extended to the Eat Local volunteers and pickup hosts. Eat Local could not succeed if it weren’t for all the time and energy these people have devoted.
Another highlight at the event was the generous donation from Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association (GBACA) of $10,000.00! The GBACA have been promoting food and farming here in Grey-Bruce since 2007 with such initiatives as the Grey-Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Map. Unfortunately, GBACA has come to the end of its life and graciously decided to donate their remaining funds to Eat Local.
An official letter of recognition and appreciation was given to the instigator of Eat Local, Thorsten Arnold, who’s vision and hard work planted the seeds of what has now grown into a very exciting cooperative food hub.
Victoria Serda of Step Four consulting in Saugeen Shores gave an inspiring talk about community engagement in the urgent context of climate change. The AGM ended with a important reminder by Victoria Serda, who opened up participants’ minds to opportunities for citizen engagement in education, farm experiences, and fun food events.