Minutes From The 1/23 Meeting

The following are the minutes from the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene co-op’s first open meeting:

Clinton Hill/Fort Greene Co-op Committee

Meeting Minutes: Wednesday, January 23, 2008
7 p.m.
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church

Present: DK Holland, Kathryn Zarczynski
Others Present: Tisch James, Meredith Almeida


  • Meeting called to order by DK at 7:10. Group was assembled in a semi-circle. Approx 45 neighbors in attendance.
  • Discussion of two co-op types: Working and Dues Paying. A poll reflected most members wanted a working coop yet a few wanted a due paying. Some attendees wondered if a hybrid approach would be possible. There was a discussion of the two options. DK stated that the Park Slope food co-op would only be able to assist if the new co-op declared itself committed to becoming a working co-op since that’s what they are.
  • General census of which kind of kind of co-op people are most interested in starting.
    Consensus is with working co-op.
  • Presentation of price comparison between Park Slope Food Co-op prices and Fresh Direct prices showed costs were about 50% higher with Fresh Direct. DK stated that the Park Slope Food Co-op only marked up items 20%, meaning that Fresh Direct may mark up items as much as 70%.
  • Discussion of what we will need going forward: Membership growth, capital and other funding, physical location and a lease.
  • Discussion of timeline. It was agreed we would aim for a year at the latest.
  • 8 p.m., DK moved that the group split into subcommittees, with each subcommittee having at least 2 current members from the Park Slope Food Coop so they could inform the others of how PSFC works.
  • The group divided into three subcommittees: Outreach/Membership, Business/Finance, Location/Lease

Future Business:

  • Scheduled next meeting for 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 (date was later changed to Feb. 7) with reported anticipated from each group.

Minutes submitted by Scott Lamb


5 responses to “Minutes From The 1/23 Meeting

  1. I would suggest that you find another way to list the attendees at a meeting. It is insulting to just list a few people and not everyone. It seems as though only those listed were important.

  2. Insulting and Depressing. If Cliff hadn’t objected I would have assumed that there were but four people at the meeting and that there is approximately no one actually interested in getting a food coop started in Fort Greene.

  3. In fairness to the poster, the 4 listed are listed as committee members, and it does mention 45 neighbors in attendance. Sounds pretty good for just gettin’ started!

  4. I should have addressed this earlier, sorry to leave it so long. I understand Cliff’s point, but not listing everyone in attendance certainly wasn’t intended to make some people seem more important. At the time of the posting, I didn’t have the full list of attendees. It also seems awkward to include every name — listing just the names of the speakers was a quick decision, and I apologize to anyone who was offended. We’ll be putting up minutes from the March 6 meeting shortly — any ideas on how best to handle this issue?

  5. Much work has begun on more clearly defining our governing structure, which will wind up making it easier to know how and what to communicate in the meeting notes.

    Thanks for raising the point…it’s being worked on!