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Planning for cooperative food market for Amherst continues

— A group working toward establishing a cooperative grocery store with locally grown food meets Tuesday evening.

The open steering committee for the Amherst Community Market will be held at the Amherst Room at Jones Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will include updates and discussion about the project’s progress and ways to do more outreach to the community.

The market is proposed as a worker- and consumer-owned cooperative that will have an assortment of sustainably raised food items. Organizers recently secured a fiscal sponsorship from the Cooperative Fund of New England, which will coordinate an effort to raise $20,000 by the end of this summer to pay for a market and feasibility study.

A time line for the food cooperative indicates a business plan may not be done until February 2014 and a site secured until January 2015.

For information about the project, send an email to amherstcommunitymarket@gmail.com.

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