So I (Yahya) started the first little bit of what will be a month of roadtrippin' with Lauryl.
I left Greensboro on Thursday, driving deeper and deeper into the heart of the south. The stillness of the landscape, almost as a witness to the histories (sic) here, of pain and subjugation, resistance, survival, and a quiet anticipation of hope. There were many deep breaths, and many hours of windshield mind sorts of meditation.
One week until our fellowship begins! Across the county five young cooperative leaders are gearing up for a year long adventure. Each of them has a distinctive set of skills that qualify them to work with college students, of all ages and backgrounds, as they organize cooperative food ventures on their campuses. Some have worked in well-established college coops, others have worked to build their own food enterprises and some come from nationally recognized non-profits. Some faces you will recognize, some you will know, others will be new. But each one is amazing and here for you! Are you ready? Meet CoFED's first ever Regional Organizer Fellows!
CoFED unites people who believe in a better future through cooperatives, sustainable food and agriculture, as well as student empowerment. We work to train, connect, and inspiregize college students to start and improve student-run food cooperatives. This fulfilling and challenging work could not be done without the commitment and passions of a stellar group of individuals - our Regional Organizers.
Co-Cycle began their 2013 summer tour in early June. They started down the West coast from Seattle, winding their way down to Portland, Oregon where Michelle Weeks and Charlotte Cadieux stopped by Food For Thought at Portland State University to chat with collective members Thom Ericksn and Travis West.
CoFED family and friends, I am writing to you today to share some important news.
Meet Rebecca Cariati, CoFED's Interim Program Developer: Food Access and Job Training!
Discovering a love of food through the Bay Area’s farmers, producers, markets, and restaurants, Anthony’s goal is to spread his culinary passion to others.
"Everything I've learned about co-ops and starting a co-op I learned from other co-ops and co-opers."
Zach Zeilman, CoFED Student Board Member, Northeast Representative
"Only with a crew can you win a regatta and only with the motivated, brilliant individuals and student teams that comprise CoFED can you build an international student movement..."
In the month of June, CoFED staff and student Board members are hosting a membership drive in order to build student membership in the organization! Many of our staff members are recent grads from the very teams they now serve, and our student Board members are working in the teams that are part of the network. Together, they are attempting to serve their regions as facilitators of solidarity and support networks. They want CoFED’s foundation to be built from and for member teams! Your teams’ buy-in ensures that CoFED will be a member and movement driven organization! Our goal is to obtain membership pledges from 10 teams by June 30th for the 2013-2014 school year.