Sustainable Food Leaders Converge at Seattle’s “HUB” for Social Innovation
Seattle, Washington April 7, 2012 – The HUB Seattle will host student food leaders from across the Northwest for CoFED’s weekend convergence on April 7, 2012.
The HUB Seattle, a collaborative workspace for social entrepreneurs, has partnered with CoFED to host a one day meet-up with food activists from across the Pacific Northwest of the USA and Canada. CoFED – the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, is a national cooperative network and training program committed to empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses.
CoFED provides retreats and resources, including regional organizers, to support and network student groups as they open and operate food co-ops on their campuses. Student food cooperatives working with CoFED in the Pacific Northwest will be arriving from as far as Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR to share resources, offer project support and connect to the greater food justice movement in the region.
“Our mission is to cultivate a more sustainable, community-oriented culture through college campuses. This pertains not only to individual campus communities, but the relationships among student groups elsewhere working in solidarity. It is crucial for groups in this movement to remember that we cannot build a sustainable food system in isolation. I’m inspired each day by the work these groups, and I am so excited to bring the students together to energize each others work on their campuses and in their communities,” says Amy Hess, CoFED’s Northwest Regional Organizer based in Vancouver, BC.
Anna Isaacs, CoFED’s Northwest Regional Organizer based in Olympia, WA adds that “the partnership between CoFED and the HUB Seattle is a perfect example of the culture of collaboration and exchange that can amplify the efforts of groups working toward social innovation.”
In the fall of 2010, CoFED launched nationally with support from Launch Committee members such as author Michael Pollan, 350.org founder Bill McKibben, and Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel. Since then, CoFED teams have raised over $110,000 for cooperative enterprises on over a dozen campuses.
This event will bring together the Northwest regional network of student organizers from the food justice and cooperative movements. The event is titled: Pacific Northwest Student Food Co-op Gathering (hosted by CoFED).