Yoni and Amelia trudging through the snow

Megan and Jordyn enjoy the day at the Nature Center









Last weekend was extremely busy for those of us working with The Campus Beet. The weekend started off with an interactive presentation Friday (and an awesome dance party) where we explored organizing tools,power mapping, ways to connect in a g roup, and the slow food movement. Yoni also told us his story about starting a cooperative food market on the UC Berkley campus, and becoming a founder of CoFed. He has a very inspiring story!

Saturday The Campus Beet met at the Gibbs House to start off a day of hard core Campus Beet organizing. Yoni helped us go through our game-plan using a chart created by Cofed to assess what stage schools are at in their push for a cooperative cafe and what steps need to be taken. This gave our group the chance to reflect on what we have accomplished and what specific areas we need to work on. Yoni also helped The Campus Beet with specific areas like a business model and grant writing. Cofed has resources and links to successful outlines of both that we can follow.

During the workshop we took the time to break off into a larger number of committees that will meet separately than the general meeting. This will hopefully help with narrowing down on specific tasks and goals. Our committees are now public relations, menu planning, business planning, fund raising/grants, and event planning.

The day was long but highly productive.  We even created a Google docs page so Campus Beet members can easily share information with each other.  Awesome use of technology!

The Campus Beet ended the weekend with a trip to the Maple Sugar Festival at the nature center on Sunday. Yoni got to experience the beautiful Michigan woods, delicious maple syrup, and also the cold winter.

Our group had a great few days of planning, working, and bonding. We are now more prepared to take on all of the tasks we need to get done in the next few months, including the upcoming April 8th event- which is coming up soon! Thanks Yoni for leading us through the cafe planning process. We will be working hard!


About The Campus Beet

The Campus Beet is a registered student organization at Western Michigan University trying to organize and develop a student-run sustainable cafe. We aim to source more local and organic food and serve more vegetarian, vegan, gluten free meals while building a space for student art, music and culture. We have weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7PM in the Bernhard Center dining room if you would like to help.
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