April Newsletter


Happy spring Member-Owners!
We hope all of you are getting a head start on yard work and gardening!
Coming Up

Member Meeting

On Thursday, April 26th, join us after work at City Hall at 5:30pm for a membership meeting. We’ll be discussing all the upcoming events for the summer, including Buy Local Week and the Food Stamped Challenge, along with our timeline for opening, volunteer needs, and some surprises!

Website News

In April the Co-op will be launching a new website! The website will be more interactive with everything you need to know about the Co-op. We’ll keep you updated on when the existing site will be down due to the transfer.

You Can Help!

If you’re part of a community club or organization that the Co-op could present to, call or email SaraBeth to set it up. We’re always looking for ways to reach out into the community and let people know who we are and why this is the right time for a Co-op!

We are up to 556 members but need to keep growing! Tell your friends, neighbors, and co- workers why Columbus needs a Co-op and how they can join. Each month we have a new flyer for the upcoming Food for Thought film. If you can take a flyer to work, church, or pass along to another organization, contact SaraBeth and she will get a flyer to you.


Food for Thought Film Series

Thanks to all of you who attended “The World According to Monsanto” at YES Cinema on March 20. If you’d like more information about issues raised in the film, please visit http://organicconsumers.org. The film series is a great way to engage the community in conversations about concerns we all face with the future of our food.

Join us on Wednesday, April 18th at the Bartholomew Co. Public Library for “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” (83 min) Program will begin at 6:30pm in the Red Room. Admission is FREE.
About the film: 
Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.


Member Loan Program

We have almost reached our $200,000 goal of member loans and have begun lease negotiations for the building at 315 6th Street. THANK YOU to all the members who have loaned. If you have committed a loan, but have not closed yet, please contact SaraBeth to set up an appointment.

Making a loan to the Co-op is a way to invest your savings locally in your community, and help the Columbus Co-op build the capital needed to open and sustain the store through the first few years of operation. Visit the “Invest” page of the website for information about rates and terms, or contact SaraBeth to request a member loan packet and answer any questions you have. 812-343-3588 or info@columbusmarket.coop. The sooner we secure the funds needed to begin work on the building, the sooner we can open! Now is the time to invest in the Co-op with new jobs and residents coming to downtown!

Up & Coming, Up & Running Co-op Conference

Community Outreach Coordinator, SaraBeth Drybread and Board President and Vice President, Michael Greven and Carla Barrett attended the Co-op Conference in Bloomington March 8-10. They met fellow start-up cooperatives from all over the country, including Alaska, Virginia, and New Mexico. 2012 is “The Year of Cooperatives” and we are popping up across the nation! The Columbus group attended several different sessions and were able to bring back a wealth of knowledge to the board and committees. Last Saturday, board members and many volunteers met to revise the business plan and develop a new timeline, with guidance and materials provided by a new Co-op in Harrisonburg, VA. If you’re ever in that area, stop by the Friendly City Food Co-op and say thanks! They truly practice Cooperative Principle #6 – Cooperation Among Cooperatives.

Our Mission:

The Columbus Cooperative Grocery & Market will serve and strengthen the community by providing wholesome foods and products while practicing and encouraging sustainability.

Cooperatively Owned – Community Focused

SaraBeth Drybread, Community Outreach Coordinator 

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