When supporting local is more important than ever

During the journey of this project, we've had many of our member-owned businesses step up to support our efforts.  Whether it was donating gift cards, design services, food and snacks, beers, printing services, artwork, or professional services, to name a few, we feel it is time to recognize our member-owned businesses during this time of crisis.

(If you're a member-owner and would like your business listed here, please send us an email at oshkoshfoodcoop.com so we can add you.)

Food and Beverage:

Carrot and Kale- Closed, but you can buy a gift card

Boerson Farm  2020 CSA shares open.

BAR 430 – Carry-out with limited menu. 

Bare Bones Brewery   Open for carry-outs.  Check facebook page for hours.

Becket's   Carry-out & delivery 

Caramel Crisp Cafe  Carry-out & delivery, plus $20 decorate your own cookie kits

Fifth Ward Brewing    Open nightly for beer-on-the-run such as growlers and crowlers.  Check facebook page for hours.

Foxtail Brewing  Buy some merch!

JSA Coffee Roasters   Online and curbside ordering

Manila Resto  Carry-out & delivery

Olden Organics  Online ordering of a variety of local products with home delivery

Planet Perk   Carry-out & delivery

Pilora's Cafe    Online ordering 

Poco Pizza   Online ordering with home delivery

Ruby Owl Tap Room  Carry-out

South of the Border- Offering delivery

Thunderbird Bakery  Online ordering with home delivery beginning again April 9

Uncle Mike's Maple Syrup  Available at local groceries or send him a message

Vines and Rushes Winery  Food, wine, and gift cards available for pick-up 

Wagner Market  Groceries, beer and wine, with a new grocery concierge service!

West End Pizza  Delivery or carry-out 

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2020 Bylaws and Articles Amendments

Proposed Amendments to Oshkosh Food Co-op Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

To be voted on at the Virtual Annual Membership Meeting, April 8, 2020   

As the we transition from a start-up conceptual entity to an operational business, the following recommended amendments would allow the Co-op to better protect the interests of our member-owners through increased flexibility to: further membership, raise funds, better define roles and responsibilities of leadership and staff, and provide needed governance safeguards.

All amendments and restatements are at the suggestion of our attorneys at Dorsey & Whitney, Dave Swanson and Dan Lenhardt, who are specialists in Cooperative Law and Cooperative governing documents.  They also reflect many of the suggested best practices of Columinate and other professional Cooperative organizations that have done extensive bylaws studies in an effort to modernize the documents throughout the industry.

Any questions in advance of the meeting can be sent to oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com

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2020 Board Candidates

We are very excited to announce this year's Oshkosh Food Co-op slate of candidates!

Each year, three board positions are open for election. Board members hold positions for three-year terms, and elections are held in the first half of every year. One additional board slot is open this year due to two board members leaving their terms early (due to professional opportunities).

2020 Board of Directors Candidate Slate

Please click the links below to read the nomination statement that each of the outstanding candidates has prepared as you consider your vote!

You will have the opportunity to vote for up to four candidates.

Who is eligible to vote: Every primary member (each member household gets one vote) that became a member on or before February 17, 2020 is eligible to vote in the Board of Directors election.

How to cast your vote: 

  • Primary members can also vote online! An email will be sent to each eligible primary member. Online elections will close at midnight on April 1, 2020. Additional instructions will be included in the email.  If you fail to receive a link, please let us know.
  • Through the mail.  Since our Annual Meeting was postponed to a virtual meeting, we are unable to hold in person voting. If you would like a paper ballot mailed to you, please let us know.

 If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com

 Thanks in advance for using your voice in this very important Co-op process.


Why March 31 Matters

We've had many awesome milestones along the way to opening our member-owned grocery store. 

From conducting our feasibility study at our first 100 members, to launching our search for a location at 750, we are getting closer and closer to making this store a reality.

Why is March 31 an important date for us?

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2020 Board of Directors Nominations Open!

Dear Oshkosh Food Co-op Members,

This is the official notice of openings for the Oshkosh Food Co-op Board of Directors!

This is an incredible opportunity to become involved in a meaningful community project with a team of passionate and dedicated individuals. It's all hands on deck as we continue our capital campaign, design our store and hire our general manager.

All member-owners are eligible to run. Those with skills in grant writing, finance, human resources, and cultural inclusion are strongly encouraged to throw their hat in the ring.

Interested candidates are welcome to attend an info session:

Wednesday January 15th 7-8 pm   Blue Door Consulting  50 W.6th Street, Oshkosh 

Saturday January 18th Noon-1 pm  Maple Pub at Menominee Nation Arena

If you are interested in running for the board, please:

Questions can be directed to oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com

 

 


A Legacy of Potato Sausage and the Oshkosh Food Co-op

Born in 1920, my Grandmother, Violet Scheuermann, saw some huge changes in the food system during her lifetime. Bakeries, local grocery stores and meat markets dotted the corners of the west side where she grew up.   Post World War II, she witnessed (and enjoyed) the processed food boom of the 1950's that helped her feed her family while she worked as a lunch lady at Oshkosh West High School.  Jell-O pudding, anyone?

As the corner bakeries disappeared, larger grocery chains came into Oshkosh, like the larger food store on the corner of Sawyer and Porter where a gas station now sits.    More produce was flown in from across the country (and world) while the backyard "victory" gardens of her adolescence were few and far between.  

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Hiring: Project Manager

We are currently seeking an individual dedicated to managing the project until the General Manager is hired and on-boarded, or until the Board otherwise decides the position is no longer needed. The immediate focus and need will be to coordinate our capital campaign.

Please review the complete job description here.

To apply, submit your resume to oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com. The application deadline is 1/14/2020.

 


Green Bay Packers vs. Oshkosh Food Co-op

As we gear up for another Packers season, it’s sometimes fun to reflect on the history of the team. For 100 years, The Packers have called Green Bay, Wisconsin, a town with a population of just over 100,000 people, home. Despite pressures to move to bigger markets that contain more people who could call themselves fans, The Green Bay Packers have remained loyal to the community that gave them life.

Why are The Green Bay Packers so loyal to Green Bay? Is it because the team is called The Green Bay Packers? No, that’s not it. The name in front of the team could easily change (think of the Cleveland, then Los Angeles, then St. Louis, then again Los Angeles Rams). Keeping up with the name changes of these teams can be as difficult as keeping up with the Kardashians. A name of a team can easily be changed when the owner decides to move the team from one city to another.

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If you build it..

Over a decade ago, my wife and I picked up the farming bug while working for a young couple that was creating a small farm on an island off the coast of Panama.  More than a few far-fetched ideas rattled around our heads during long afternoon beach walks that followed humid mornings of planting, harvesting and tending animals.  Neither of us grew up in agriculture or had any formal ag training, but a dream of a farm kept growing in us the more time we spent with our hands in the soil.

Months later we returned north, more excited than ever to learn about sustainable agriculture.  We followed a familiar path; first, researching and reading all manner of farm books, then visiting farms and talking with growers.  A couple of years went by and it seemed like we might never get a chance to put all our research into practice, until one day the phone rang and our journey became a lot more real.  An opportunity to care-take a farm in exchange for rent landed on our doorstep.  A seed order was submitted and a delivery date for chicks was set!

 

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Co-op Offers Options to Shop Local and Invest Local

The buzz of our member-owned grocery store continues!  Chances are you've been hearing about our upcoming Capital Campaign.  Part of this will involve member loans, an exclusive offering available to Oshkosh Food Co-op members only.  

Member loans allow Co-op members to earn interest on this investment in your own community while providing the Co-op with funding that is typically less costly and more flexible than traditional bank financing. This can allow Co-ops to launch faster. Sounds nice, right?

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