All are welcome at the community-owned Belfast Co-op’s 38th Annual Meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 at the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave (Route 3) in Belfast. From 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., the community will have the opportunity to meet several local farmers and producers, including Polly Shyka of Village Farm in Freedom; Marada Cook of Crown ‘o Maine Organic Cooperative in North Vassalboro; Chris Roberts of The Juice Cellar in Belfast, Lindsey Schortz of Let Them Eat Cake bakery in Belfast, Kate McAleer of Bixby & Co. in Belfast; Kaia Harper of PlantLab in Belfast, and Jessica Farrar of the ME Water Buffalo Co. in Appleton.
The business part of the meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. and includes an opportunity to meet this year’s nine candidates vying for five seats on the Board of Directors. The election closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. Co-op member-owners are encouraged to read the Annual Report in preparation. Annual Reports, election ballots, and candidate information are available in-store, and online at: http://belfast.coop.
The business meeting will end at 3:30 p.m., after which light fare will be served, provided by Chef Jason Paul from The Gothic in Belfast, Salika from Laan-Xang cafe in Belfast, and Sue Coolbeth of Suecakes in Belfast, along with the Belfast Co-op Deli. Attendees are encouraged to share their culinary talents by bringing a voluntary potluck dessert.
At 4:30 p.m., guest speaker Ted Quaday, who became the Maine Organic Farmers And Gardeners Association (MOFGA) new Executive Director last October, will discuss the importance of buying local. An organic food advocate, Quaday has dedicated the past 15 years to working for family farms and sustainable agriculture. He is a former program director at Farm Aid, where he worked with family farm and good food advocacy organizations throughout the country.
Community members are encouraged to attend any portion of the meeting they wish. A basket of Belfast Co-op goodies will be raffled off to one lucky attendee. A snow date is set for the following Sunday, March 30, same time and place.
The community-owned Belfast Co-op, open 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, is located at 123 High Street in downtown Belfast. All are welcome. For more information, visit: http://belfast.coop and/or phone (207) 338-2532.