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Our webinar series continues with Stuart Reid of Food Co-op Initiative and Siobain Mitchell of the Assabet Village Co-op, who will walk us through the process of starting a consumer food cooperative. Stuart, Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative, has decades of experience with consumer food co-ops – from owner to board member to co-op developer! Siobain is a consumer owner of the Assabet Village Co-op, a food co-op currently in development in Massachusetts. This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the process of starting a consumer food co-op paired with the on-the-ground experience of what it takes to complete these steps from someone actively in the process. Join us on August 25th from 11am-12:30pm PT/1-2:30pm CT for Steps to Starting a Consumer Food Cooperative!

Siobain Mitchell

Siobain Mitchell was one of the first people recruited to work on establishing a food co-op in Maynard, MA. She became President of the founding Board of Directors in 2013, and served in this role for many years. She has additionally chaired two committees – the By-laws committee and the Finance committee. She is truly inspired by the cooperative business model, and the values and principles that form its basis. Siobain has a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and worked for ten years in mortgage banking as a Loan Underwriter before taking some time off to raise her family. Most recently she has completed a certificate program in Financial Planning at Boston University. 

Stuart Reid

Stuart began his career in grocery as a carry-out and stock clerk for the Windom, Minnesota Hy-Vee store back in 1972, never believing for a minute that he would still be working in the grocery business 40+ years later.  He probably wouldn’t if he hadn’t discovered food co-ops in Minneapolis when he moved there for college. Since then he has volunteered, co-managed, managed, and served on the boards of many food co-ops, worked for the co-op-owned DANCe warehouse, and helped open the Just Food Co-op in Northfield as their first general manager. Stuart has been part of FCI since its earliest years and sees no reason to do anything else.