By COLlive reporter
A new food cooperative is putting roots down in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and it might be kosher too.
The Lefferts Community Food Co-Op, located at 324 Empire Blvd (between Nostrand and Rogers) is on a mission to sell sustainable, nutritious food at a good value and to encourage healthy food practices.
Like other consumer led food distribution outlets, this will be a member-worker cooperative, where only those who contribute to its workforce can shop at the store and make executive decisions.
“This is a very unique opportunity for Jewish residents to get in on the ground floor of this new food co op, particularly now as development is underway,” Yaakova Babinet told COLlive.com.
“A Kosher Committee is currently being set up to address the needs/wants of Jewish members/customers and they are looking for people to assist them with this,” said Babinet, owner of Wholey Grains in Crown Heights, a bakery which uses freshly milled organic whole grain flour.
Products that will be available in the store will very much depend on what members agree to stock.
Babinet says that by joining, Kosher observant residents of the neighborhood can “have a say as to what products are available in the Co-Op. A main focus will be local and very fresh produce but the aim is to provide a full service store with one stop shopping.”
Requirements to join is to volunteer two hours and 45 minutes every four weeks to work in the store and a one-time membership investment that is refundable (or donated) upon leaving the food co-op. Qualifying low income membership investment is $25.
People involved in the co-op say that items can be 20% cheaper than in other markets. This is for two reasons: the food co-op does not make a profit from selling groceries to its members and member work contributes substantially to reduce labor costs.
Members of its inaugural board are Camille Acey, Deborah Brinkley, Karen Oh, Cameron Page, Barbara Rogers, Barent Roth and Laura Stadler. They said that current members of the neighboring Park Slope Food Co-Op can do their shifts at the new food co-op.
They are also looking for people with some of the following skills: print and web design, programming (web and database), bookkeeping, marketing, writing, construction, painting, carpentry, retail and business experience, illustrators or muralists, among others.
To become a member or for more info, visit leffertsfoodcoop.org