GroCo • Owner • Spotlight: Michael Schwabe

"I have belonged to other Co-ops like PCA, Badgerland co-op, Equity Feed and Fuel co-op, and Equity livestock. They all were created by people that banned together to get a better price and save money."

 

This is Owner #295, Michael Schwabe, a dedicated volunteer of many organizations including the Gro Co! We sat down to learn a little about him to find out his thoughts on becoming an Owner.

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GroCo • Owner • Spotlight: Eric Compas

"Our interest is in sustainability and alternative food systems. We'd like a store that will better listen to our needs (reducing plastics) and better support our local farmers and food systems."

 

This is Owner #535, Dr. Eric Compas, a current professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater! We sat down to learn a little about him and his wife Lori to find out their thoughts on becoming an Owner.

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GroCo • Owner • Spotlight - Alex Ostermann

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"I may not still be in Whitewater when the GroCo officially opens, but I still care deeply about how what I do today will effect future students to come."

 

This is Owner #465, Alex Ostermann, a current student at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater! We sat down to learn a little about him and find out his thoughts on becoming an Owner.

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GroCo • Owner • Spotlight: Krista Mikulski

"I really love the grass roots effort of building a grocery store together with my neighbors, and being able to choose what WE believe is in Whitewater's best interest."

 

This is Owner #159, Krista Mikulski, supervisor at UPS and laser engraving extraordinaire! We sat down to learn a little about her and find out her thoughts on becoming an Owner.

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Gratitude, Abundance, and Cooperation: Mindsets Make the Difference

This Thanksgiving season, I have been meditating on gratitude and the idea of living a grateful life. Grateful living -- or choosing to be mindful of the abundance around us --  has a way of positively impacting our personal lives, our community, and the world. Grateful living is the act of looking around at all we have and everything we are and thinking, “This is enough. I am enough.” When we realize that we have enough and we are enough, we can turn our attention outside of ourselves and connect with others. Through these connections, powerful things can happen. 

Over the past three years of working to develop a cooperative grocery store in our small Wisconsin town, I have had many moments of deep gratitude for connections with others. People I only knew by face or name have become close colleagues and trusted partners. Strangers have become friends. Bonds have been forged between businesses, people, schools, and organizations. Without connecting, cooperation would be nonexistent. And it’s only through cooperation that we can experience the power of being greater than the sum of our parts.

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GroCo • Owner • Spotlight: Karen McCulloch

                                                     

"Being married into a farming family, I look to support our local farmers and makers whenever possible."

 

This is Owner #171, Karen McCulloch, owner of KMA Jewelry and one of the owners of The Book Teller! We sat down to learn a little about her and find out her thoughts on becoming an Owner.

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President's Report Fall 2019

Whitewater Grocery Co.
President’s Report September 23, 2019

 

Dear GroCo Owners and Board Members,

I respectfully submit the following report to you, updating you on the progress of the GroCo and the hard work being done by our many volunteers. It has been a busy summer in Whitewater and we are only getting busier as the school year is getting underway. I want to take this time to give a giant THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who have continued to work hard to propel us forward. You give so much of your time when there is so little time available and it does not go unnoticed. Thank you.

We are gearing up for our Annual Meeting on October 10 and are very excited to update our Owners on our progress while we look ahead to what’s next. Your Board, along with super-volunteer Vicki, met on a recent Sunday evening to plan our presentation. We have a lot to share and we’re looking forward to an exciting night. The evening will kick off with delicious food, followed by a book talk by Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants. Then we will deliver your annual update and conduct board business. I am anticipating an exciting evening with a lot of Owners present! 

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Hitting 800 by the end of the year

Hitting 800 by the end of the year means we can begin our search for a General Manager, get closer to nailing down a site for the store, and do a final market study to ensure what we're building works best for our Owners and the community. 

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Local Vendor Spotlight: Wood Street Bakery

Our sixth vendor for our Local Vendor Spotlights isWood Street Bakery out of Whitewater. If you frequent the Whitewater City Market, you've undoubtedly had their delicious baked goods. Thanks for these wonderful answers, Therese McKenzie and @JimMcKenzie!

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Cookbook

Since Whitewater Grocery Co. is all about bringing healthy food options to our community, it seems only natural to involve our members in creating a cookbook!

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Local Vendor Spotlight: Sunny Brook Farm

Our fifth local vendor spotlight is Sunny Brook Farm out of Whitewater. Here's Karl's As to our Qs:

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