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New Inland Empire Organic Produce Co-op Meetup Group! [Sep. 24th, 2007|06:18 pm]
thrive_survive
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http://organic.meetup.com/100/

Please join the new organic produce co-op group. The first meetup is scheduled on October 27th (after the Raw Spirit Festival and Rawktober Celebration. Please be sure to rsvp.
The group will meet weekly, on Saturdays, at 12 noon at Brookside park in Redlands. Each week we will all contribute $20.25 to the purchase of fresh, organic produce, and the following week we will divide it amongst the participants and collect money for the next purchase, which will be divided at the following meetup. For the first meetup, since there won't be any produce to divide, we will just introduce ourselves and Alexis will collect the money. Please see the IEOP page for details. I hope to see you there!

From now on, the lj group will function mostly as a means to get the word out about our group, but the meetup group will be our major tool for organizing and communication.
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Shall We Start A Meetup Group? [Sep. 24th, 2007|03:26 pm]
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I think it would be easier to organize this co-op if we start a meetup group, but I am hesitant to do so because the meetup website charges $12 a month to organizers. I used to me the organizer of the san Bernardino County Raw Food Meetup Group on meetup, but I didn't like paying $144 a year for meetup fees.

If everyone doesn't mind chipping in an extra dollar a month for meetup fees, I think this would be the best way to organize the co-op.

I would like to have at least 10 participants who have made a commitment to participate on a regular basis. If we have that many, we can buy fresh organic produce every week. Or would you rather do it bi-weekly?

If we have 10 people, and each person contributes $20 a week, we will have $200 a week to spend on produce. That means we can get a large variety of produce (we have to buy by the case, so more money means more cases and more variety).

If once week a month, everyone chips in $1 to help with meetup fees, things will be much easier for everyone.

What do you think?
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Organic produce interest list [Sep. 22nd, 2007|12:46 am]
daniraw

I'm Danielle and I am interested in the following:

pineapple
green beans
broccoli
green cabbage
celery
cucumber
sugar snap peas
kale
green leaf lettuce
red leaf lettuce
shitake mushrooms
golden delicious apples
strawberry
grapes
medjul dates
red seedless grapes
green grapes
lemon
lime
mangos
cantaloupe
honeydew
oranges
nectarines

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Please Introduce Yourself [Sep. 22nd, 2007|12:16 am]
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Welcome to the group. Please introduce yourself and let us know what types of produce you are most interested in. Please be sure to click "join this community", so I can keep track of how many people want to participate.
Please be aware that the list of produce is what they have available today, and depending on the number or participants and the amount of money we collect, we may be able to buy only a few things from the list each week. So think about what you can use most when you list three items you are most interested in. If we get lots of participants, we can buy more crates and have a wider variety of produce.

The way it will probably work to begin with, is we will all get together and someone will collect funds from everyone. Then I (or whomever is designated) will use the money to buy whatever organic produce we can afford and makes the most sense to divide among the participants. Since prices change daily, and the number of participants will affect the purchase, it makes more sense to do it this way than to try to plan an order in advance. Once we get about 10 members, let's plan to get together at a park. Ideally, I would like to do this every week, but lets see how it goes. If you have suggestions, please feel free to share here.
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how exciting [Sep. 21st, 2007|07:22 pm]

dustinashe
Hello my name is Everett,this is great news. I am interested in all of it.
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Benefits of Organic Over Conventionally Grown [Sep. 21st, 2007|01:18 pm]
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There is a really good article explaining the benefits of organic produce compared to conventionally grown on the organic Trade Association web site. It appears to be quite comprehensive. Check it out.

http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits/nutrition.html

And another:
http://sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=682
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Introduction [Sep. 21st, 2007|01:02 pm]
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Dear Health Seeker,

A local produce wholesaler in Redlands has opened to the public and is able to get organic produce for us. They also have conventionally grown produce. If anyone is interested in a co-op purchase, we can buy in bulk and split the produce among the participants. Prices change every day. I have today's prices, but that won't do us much good since they can change dramatically and unexpectedly. I think we should start sort of an organic produce co-op group. We can each contribute say $20, then the person organizing it can buy whatever is priced best and can be most easily used by everyone in the group. Then we can gather at a designated place each week, or every two weeks and split up the produce. Once a week would be ideal, because we can all get a steady flow of fresh, organic produce.

Here is a current list of the items available in organic. This list doesn't include potatoes, turnips and a few other roots.
Please look at this list, and let me know if you are interested in participating. We have to buy by the case, so we can't get everything on the list. The number of items we actually get will depend on the number of participants and the amount of money we contribute. The best choices are probably dark leafy greens, and some of the fruit, like apples and berries because everyone can use those.
If you are interested, please join this community, introduce yourself, and let us know which items you are most interested in. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

red pear
pineapple
green beans
broccoli
green cabbage
red cabbage
baby carrots peeled
table carrots
cauliflower
celery
cucumber
parsely
italian parsley
italian pears
sugar snap peas
kale
argugula
butterleaf lettuce
green leaf lettuce
red leaf lettuce
romain hearts
spring mix
shitake mushrooms
oyster mushrooms
onions
fuji apples
gala apples
golden delicious apples
granny smith apples
black berry
blue berry
raspberry
strawberry
grapes
medjul dates
black figs
red seedless grapes
green grapes
kiwi
lemon
lime
mangos
cantaloupe
honeydew
oranges
nectarines
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