History of our Co-op

We wanted to develop a producer, worker, consumer co-operative that could grow from the benefits that these groups had to offer by working together. This was a big concept and we needed to start small so we could get started on it at all. We needed to start with growing our local ecological growers, encouraging producers to participate by having secure distribution and a market of mindful eaters, all who want to support the development of a sustainable local food system for everyone.     Paula Anderson

In September 2007…

The first of many community meetings were held by the Community Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN) to discuss local food issues with a wide range of interested community members.
Two main objectives were sought to be addressed:
1. To look at food security/policy issues locally, and
2. To explore concrete ways to make safe, fresh and local food more accessible through a mechanism such as a food co-op

By the Bushel Home Delivery and Sun Root Organics joined…

The newly formed food co-op working group. The co-operative concept was further explored and supported with the help of co-op developer Russ Christianson. Visioning sessions, feasibility studies, and ideas picked up from the Great Lakes Community-Shared Agriculture Conference provided the co-op with some definitive direction and a starting place in making the co-ops’ vision a reality.

In January 2009…

The first producer meetings were held to supply the co-op for the 2009 growing season. The co-op that became to be known as By the Bushel Community Food Co-operative, held its first public meeting on March 30, 2009.  By the Bushel Community Food Co-operative (BTB co-op) was incorporated in April 2009. At our first AGM in November By The Bushel hosted the first formal elections of a seven member Board of Directors, and granted approval of the Co-op’s first by-laws.

After two years of community discussion…

With organizational and volunteer support, by 2009 By The Bushel Community Food Co-op had become fully incorporated.