Glad to Co-operate

Hi Everyone, I am looking forward to meeting with you and working with you in the Local Organic Food Co-ops Network!

My name is Joan Brady and I call myself a food system practitioner, someone who lives many aspects of the food system.   I am a farmer and direct marketer working on a small acreage with my family producing for the local market and selling mainly at the farm gate and at farmers’ markets.

For a number of years, I have supported farm and food businesses, coaching in business development and shared marketing venues in Huron County and beyond.  I was privileged to be part of a community abattoir project and have added significant processing, sales and marketing expertise to my skill set.  Recently, I have formed my own consulting firm “Sustainable Futures – Farm and Food Consulting” where I have taken on various roles, reporting, researching and managing projects, facilitating workshops, organizational development, communications and more.  Finally I am an advocate, working to influence policy in support of sustainable futures for farmers and rural communities: locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

I feel honoured to work with the LOFC Network as the “Communications and Events Coordinator”.  It will be great to connect with and support many of you and share your news and the news within the co-operative movement at large. I so appreciate community initiatives where every stakeholder is considered and is committed to achieving success collectively.  I am really looking forward to learning more about the co-operative movement and about the great things happening in the Network and in the province.

I hope to see you all at the 7th LOFC Assembly in February 2016. I was able to attend the 6th LOFC Assembly in February 2015 and enjoyed myself immensely – great food, great company and many opportunities for learning!  I am looking forward to the same kind of energy and passion that made the 6th Assembly such a great event this coming year.  Stay tuned as this is your Assembly and we will be looking for your input when it comes to planning the various sessions. I look forward to working with Sally Miller, Steering Committee chairs Peggy Baillie and Aaron Lawrence and the rest of the LOFC Steering Committee for the next 6 months and hope I get a chance to meet many of you as well.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.  I would be glad to help in any way I can and will be excited to hear your stories.  A favorite quote by Margaret Mead is: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever has! “ I am very glad to be part of this particular group of thoughtful committed citizens and already recognize the great ways you are changing the world one co-op at a time.

Cheers: Joan Brady


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