This June, CoFed’s regional organizers are hosting two week-long summer retreats to train and empower the next generation of campus food cooperative leaders. CoFed is a national training program and research institute for students interested in creating ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run sustainable food storefronts and cafés on college campuses. If you’re a college student and you would like to learn all about how to establish a new food co-op at your campus, retreats will be held in California and New York. Application deadline for the East Coast CoFed Retreat is June 1st:
The East Coast CoFed Retreat
Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent (mid-upstate), NY
June 19–25, 2011
The West Coast CoFed Retreat
Orella Stewardship Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
June 11–17, 2011
CoFed, is trying to reach students interested in food sustainability, food sovereignty, and food justice to come to our West and East Coast retreats this summer to find ways of bringing more student control into their campus food systems.
This summer, college teams from all over the country will converge on our East and West Coast retreats in mid-June to create or expand a student-run, cooperative, sustainable food businesses on their campuses. CoFed, provides support to students interested in food sustainability, food sovereignty and food justice in their endeavors to bring more democracy into their campus food systems. Each retreat will host programing all day, including professional development, business and organizing skills, and yummy sustainable food. We will be bringing in prominent figures within the local food and co-op worlds to give workshops. The East Coast retreat will be getting a visit by Bill McKibben!
Why do you want to come?
• To launch a student food co-op!
• Skill building
• Professional development
• Learn about other projects and build on your own
• Yummy sustainable ethical Food
• A beautiful natural landscape
The application can be found here >. The cost for the week-long retreat is $250 per person. If this is beyond your means, please contact a regional organizer as we give scholarships on a case by case basis. Scholarship form can be found here >.
For more information: www.cofed.org.