Local residents organizing fresh food co-op

October 20, 2012 by  

If residents of Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace neighborhood are successful, the community will soon have another local source of fresh produce.

A small group of eight dedicated people has been formed to create the Windsor Terrace Kensington Food Co-op – an idea that one of the founding members, Jack O’Connell, said had been casually discussed for years. He said:

“The community is ready to take this idea on.”

Though the co-op is still in the formative stage, residents will get their first ‘official’ introduction to the project at a meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm. The gathering will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1511 10th Avenue. Organizers are looking to hear from their neighbors as to what items the co-op should sell and possible store locations.

This past June, O’Connell and others met with the members of the Park Slope Food Co-op – an established, successful community grocer – to get tips for getting their project underway. What O’Connell and others learned was that community engagement and support is the key to success.

In an effort to promote the co-op and the upcoming meeting with Windsor Terrace residents, organizers have an impressive email list of over 80 names. O’Connell said all options regarding the logistics of the project will be up for discussion at the meeting, from a storefront operation to a weekly farmers’ market.

Grassroots endeavors like a locally-run food co-op also offer an opportunity for other businesses, from area gardeners with vegetables to sell to the neighborhood print company that can produce advertising flyers. However, as O’Connell likes to point out, the co-op’s primary purpose is to improve the number of fresh food options that are reasonably priced for area residents.