Eat Local Grey Bruce has been supported by a number of individuals and enterprises.
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) support our intern positions through their Greenjobs program.
Growing Forward II supported our initial business study and plan.
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) promoted Eat Local Grey Bruce by co-funding two internships under its Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative.
The County of Grey 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.
An anonymous supporter purchased a high-quality refrigerated delivery vehicle for our use.
Producer members raised enough start-up financing to cover legal costs and fees for incorporation and business start-up and for renting the warehouse.
Board directors are all volunteers who dedicate time above and beyond to make Eat Local happen.
Staff put in countless hours to make Eat Local Grey Bruce a success.
Partners & Friends
Our start-up was supported by a number of individuals and enterprises.
- Simon Farla provided design, marketing advice (with help from Sonja), and sweat equity because he believes in what we are doing.
- Fresh City Farms and On The Road Organics Co-op supported us with practical information and training;
- Pfenning’s Organic & More supported us with lots of advice and training;
- Eat Local Sudbury Co-op , West End Food Co-op and Ontario Natural Food Coop openly shared their policies, bylaws, and strategies. Hail to collaboration among co-ops! You have set a gold standard!
- The Ontario Co-operative Association and the Local Ontario Food Coop (LOFC) network has supported us through advice, contacts, and materials.
- Business Enterprise Centre – Owen Sound and Area has supported us with information.
- Customer members helped us with networking and fantastic ideas including the purchase of a refrigeration unit for our walk-in freezer at wholesale price, which saved us many thousand of dollars!
Lots of community members have provided encouragement that was vital for the board and team. So far, all labor that went into Eat Local Grey Bruce relied on volunteerism and the hope to receive minimal compensation through member bonds.
Over time, Eat Local Grey Bruce will build community partnerships, strengthen communication between consumers and producers, and offer education on food-related issues. But first, we need to focus on setting up a financially stable distribution system!