(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – After successfully completing a $1.6 million-dollar capital campaign and growing its ownership base to more than 1300 member-owners, the Oshkosh Food Co-op has begun a national search for their store’s General Manager.
“We know that hiring the right General Manager is a key component of helping make our store a success,” said Melissa Weyland, Oshkosh Food Co-op Board Secretary and Hiring Committee Chair. “We feel the dedication of our hiring team, the successful track record of our organization and the attractiveness of living in Northeastern Wisconsin will bring some strong candidates into the process.”Read more
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:
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
West End Pizza Delivery or carry-outRead more
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 email@example.comRead more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for using your voice in this very important Co-op process.
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?Read more
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:
- Review the candidate packet.
- Complete the self nomination statement and email it to us by February 2.
- Candidates are highly encouraged to attend a board meeting before the annual meeting. Check out the upcoming meeting times here.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com
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.Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is 1/14/2020.
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.Read more
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!