We thank the Big Carrot for support through their Carrot Cash grant (ongoing). Carrot Cash has rewarded us for creating marketing material that highlight the benefits of a local food distribution system.
We thank AAFC for their Greenjobs program. Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) supported our intern positions for Hannah, Beining, and Kendall. We also thank all three interns, who have grown up and beyond during the early days of the coop.
We thank Growing Forward II for supporting us with an initial business study and plan. A solid business plan has focused all work that was built upon it.
We thank Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for promoting Eat Local Grey Bruce with co-funding two internships under its Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative.
We thank the County of Grey and the dissolved Grey County Chefs Forum. The County once supported the Chef’s Forum with cooling infrastructure, which upon their resolution the Chefs Forum passed along to Eat Local Grey Bruce. The value of the chest freezer and two large commercial fridges is approximately $7000. In addition, the Chefs Forum donated their remaining funds of $2400 to Eat Local. We are very grateful for their support, which significantly helped us by lowering our startup costs.
We thank an anonymous supporter who has purchased a high-quality refrigerated delivery vehicle for our use. We could not have started without you, and your trust humbles us.
Customer members have helped us with networking and fantastic ideas. For example, we purchased a refrigeration unit for our walk-in freezer at wholesale price through a member – which saved us many thousand of dollars!
We thank producer members who have raised enough start-up financing to cover legal costs and fees for incorporation and business start-up and for renting the warehouse.
We thank our board members – all volunteers who dedicate time above and beyond to make Eat Local happen.
We thank all staff involved in start-up preparations, who have put in countless hours without secure income, in expectation of a moderate member bond and carrying the full risk of failure.