Co-op Cause

BriarPatch Co-op’s donation program to generate more support for our community.

The Co-op CAUSE program allows you to donate easily at checkout to a community endeavor aligned with the Co-op’s Ends Policies. Together we can raise a substantial amount for these causes by focusing attention on a given project for several weeks.

As you check out, just ask the cashier to round up your total payment to the nearest dollar or more. The amount over and above the purchase total — 100 percent of it — will be donated to the designated project.

FEBRUARY / MARCH RECIPIENT: Nevada City Winter Farmer’s Market

This year marks the Nevada City Farmers Market’s 10th season, and they’ll be celebrating their 10th anniversary in July 2017. To commemorate this milestone,
they are piloting their first winter market on the first Saturday of every month, December through May, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Robinson Plaza at the bottom of Union Street in downtown Nevada City. The mission of the market has many facets: to enhance the quality of life and economic resilience of our community by providing access to high quality, locally grown products; to support regional, sustainable producers through direct access to consumers; to create a community meeting place; and to foster consumer education. The winter market will not only allow them to expand their mission year-round, but will also broaden the organization’s capacity to meet these goals and invigorate our local food culture.farmers-market

By rounding up to the nearest dollar at the cash register, you can help create more opportunities for local producers to grow and sell during the “off season.” You will also provide consumers with direct access to high-quality, locally-grown produce (including low-income folks who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and support the administrative and infrastructure costs that make a healthy market possible. Some of these costs include insurance to protect the market and its vendors; CDFA fees; permitting fees; management salaries; advertising to get the word out about the new winter hours and location; and supplies to keep the market/EBT booth running. In addition to introducing the new winter market, the organization is in the process of developing advocacy programs to support our local farmers and ranchers.

The success of the 2017 Winter Market could lead to a year-round market, a presence that has long been needed in the Nevada City area. The Nevada City Farmers Market thanks everyone who has helped them to thrive over the last 10 years. They hope you will continue to support their growth and vision of a vibrant food culture in Nevada County.

 

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Donation Cycles

Donation cycles for each group will last two months, coinciding with issues of the Vine newsletter, so you can read about groups receiving donations those months.

2017 Recipient Groups

December/January – Hospitality House

February/March – Nevada City Winter Farmers Market

April/May – Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release

June/July – Neighborhood Center of the Arts

August/September – NEO, New Events and Opportunities (for youth)

October/November – Nevada County Grown

December/January – Divine Spark