January 2015 - A Letter from Ian Jameson
President of the Board of Directors - Idaho's Bounty Co-op
Dear Idaho's Bounty members,
In the winter of 2006-2007, a group of visionaries got together to lay the foundation for a regional food network in Southern Idaho. Eight years later, thanks to the hard work and commitment on the part of producers, staff and volunteers, 2014 saw that food network facilitate $1 million in sales. Since its inception, Idaho’s Bounty has now sold over $4 million in local food.
Idaho’s Bounty looks a little different in 2014 than it did in 2007, but the differences aren’t what defined the growth in this cooperative. The common goal of a sustainable food system and the steadfast support of its members provided Idaho’s Bounty with the consistent foundation to get where it is today.
Today, five full-time staff work to create a larger market for local food. Our operations are headquartered in Boise, and our board contains members that have been involved since 2007, as well as new faces eager to help build on what the Bounty founders began.
Looking forward, we will maintain our focus on our members and our goal of a sustainable local food system. The other constant will be change, as our history has taught us well.
A cooperative with $1 million in revenues has very different organizational and operational needs than a business with $100,000 in revenues. We intend to maintain and enhance our ongoing presence in the market for food in Idaho. To meet these objectives, we will be undertaking several initiatives in 2015 that will provide our cooperative with the means to continue our work in creating a sustainable food system. These include an expanded branding initiative (currently underway, with the Boise-based marketing firm Oliver Russell providing their services) and a financing campaign (more information to be shared as our regulatory filings are completed).
Our annual meeting on February 21st will outline these initiatives in greater depth, and you are encouraged to come take part in your co-op’s future. We look forward to visiting with you. Thank you for your support.
Until then, enjoy the winter, and have a prosperous new year.
Aquaponics Workshop at Onsen Farm
Friday, January 30, 2015 - Sunday, February 1, 2015
Onsen Farm (near Buhl)
James Loomis of Onsen Farm will conduct a workshop on the basics of aquaponics theory. For more information, please visit the Onsen Farm website
Idaho's Bounty Co-op is now at idahosbounty.coop
Idaho's Bounty Co-op Members,
On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, Idaho's Bounty Co-op made the transition from idahosbounty.org to idahosbounty.coop. We believe that this is an important change in building a strong co-op.
Members and producers - you should find no problem logging in with the same username and password that you have used up until now.
With any transition like this, there will likely be small items that need attention. We expect this transition to occur very well in the next few weeks. However, please do not hesitate to contact me (Jonno) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice anything that needs attention.
Idaho's Bounty Co-op employees' emails and contact information will be kept current on the Staff and Board page.
Thank you and welcome to idahosbounty.coop!
website manager for Idaho's Bounty Co-op