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Urban farmers, the Gypsy Farm Bus needs your help!

From: Katherine C.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:24 PM

Hello Friends,

The Gypsy Farm Bus needs your help!

What is the Gypsy Farm Bus you may wonder? In short, it is a start-up social enterprise designed to help urban and small family farmers aggregate and sell produce (and hand crafted goods) in the community via a school bus that has been converted into a mobile farmers market.

Here’s the exciting news: we will introduce the bus to the community at the upcoming Denver County Fair. Since we are just starting up, we have not fully fleshed out our business structure or lined up producer members for our cooperative. And this is where we need your help…

First and foremost, in order to fully showcase the Gypsy Farm Bus at the Denver County Fair, we need to stock the bus with fresh produce and handmade goods. We will not be able to sell items until we’ve jumped through all the business development and licensing hoops and hurdles. So for this event, will you help us stock the bus by donating a bushel of fresh produce? After the Denver County Fair we will donate all the fruits and vegetables we received to Produce for Pantries, a fabulous program which stocks our community’s food banks with fresh, healthy food. As compensation we can offer passes to the Denver County Fair for the first 25 farmers who donate a bushel of produce for the event (thank you, DCF for the passes)! If you would like to donate produce, please contact [address removed].

Secondly, we need your help to develop the cooperative business structure for the bus. To ensure that we create an innovative, democratic business structure that helps all boats rise, we need lots of input, ideas and general creativity (things we know are found in abundance within this circle). As a first step, please use this link to answer 10 quick questions that will help us move forward with a cooperative: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3XH96NJ.

Finally, would you please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your urban farmer contacts?

With gratitude,

The Gypsy Farm Bus

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[address removed]

www.gypsyfarmbus.com (under construction)

 

 

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