Muskoka Community Shows Resounding Support for Local Food Co-op
Muskoka, ON (March 24, 2014) – On Thursday, March 20, Muskoka spoke loud and clear about the need for good, local food access in our region.
The membership launch of the Muskoka North Good Food Co-op filled the Algonquin Theatre to capacity with people eager to learn more about Muskoka’s first community-owned grocery store & community food centre.
More than 180 family memberships were sold that night representing almost 520 good food enthusiasts from Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Sprucedale, Utterson, Port Sydney, Port Carling, Dwight, Dorset, Novar, Emsdale, Baysville, Burk’s Falls, Kearney, Katrine, McDougall, Rosseau, and Toronto.
Membership sales have continued online at the MNGFC’s registration website http://muskokanorthfood.com.
“You know the saying ‘if you build it, they will come’? We now have to say ‘we must build it, because they are coming’!” says Annmarie Boehm-Tapley, Chair of the MNGF
C Board of Directors. “The viewpoint from the stage looking out at over 400 people was daunting, to say the least. The realization that every one of those people was fully engaged and hanging on every word from our speakers was inspiring. Our neighbours want a change and we are bringing that change to them.”
Boehm-Tapley spoke of the importance of having good food available in our community, followed by a presentation on the co-operative model from MNGFC Board Advisor, Kelli Ebbs. Four guest speakers – Kelly Haywood from Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, Ray Jarvis from ReMax North Country Realty, Dr. Shane Williams from Williams Cardiology and Wellness Medical Centre, and Virginia Hastings from Starshine Video Productions – extolled the economic and health benefits of having a sustainable, affordable local food source.
The Muskoka North Good Food Co-op is in the process of securing further funding and building partnerships. Details are being finalized on a building to house a sustainable, affordable local food centre in Huntsville’s West end. The Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges the support of its Advisory Committee and the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce.
Muskoka North Good Food Co-op plans to open its doors in the Fall 2014. Future events will be posted on their Facebook page.