Food Co-op

There was great turnout at the Portland Food Co-op's community forum -- about 100 people crowded into the downstairs of the Williston West Church.

The panel (Emily Graham, a co-op steering committee member; David Siegfried, another steering committee member, and a former Boston Co-op employee; Scott Cooper, co-manager of the Rising Tide Cooperative in Damariscotta; and John Bliss, of the Broadturn Farm in Scarborough) didn't discuss anything "new" -- at least for people who have been following the issue.

BUT it will be very interesting to hear the results of the survey they distributed among forum attendees, especially if there were previouly uninvolved people in the audience. The survey asks several questions about what types of food/goods people would likely buy at a storefront food cooperative, how much money they spend on groceries per week, etc. It also asks respondants to rate several factors in terms of how they influence purchasing patterns: sustainable farming, local production, organic, fair trade, taste, price, quality. I hope the co-op shares the results with the general public.

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