Kensington Community Food Co-op is 75% of the way to its membership goalAugust 11, 2016 Category: Column, People, Short
“Around the Corner” is a PhillyCAM show that offers local social impact leaders the opportunity to share what impact their work is having on the Philadelphia area.
It takes a ton of time, conversation, people and money to open a cooperative business. Just ask Kensington Community Food Co-op.
Discussions about opening a member-owned food cooperative in the neighborhood began in 2008, according to KCFC President Holly Logan, and a formal board was formed two years later. The org now has over 750 member-owners to date — about 75 percent of its 1,000-person goal.
Though Logan won’t give an estimate for when the business will open, she did share lessons about how KCFC goes about recruiting member-owners — it’s a conversation, not an argument — and why it’s so essential to get community folks on board in her Around the Corner interview with Generocity Editor Julie Zeglen.
PhillyCAM is Comcast channel 66/966 HD/967 and Verizon FIOS channel 29/30 in Philadelphia.
P.S. Be sure to check out the next Kensington Gardens pop-up beer garden event at KCFC’s future home this Saturday, Aug. 13.