Events Calendar

2018 Co-op Month Events!

10/18 7 pm: USM Gorham, Bailey Hall, 16 University Way

There is My Home: Film Screening and Panel

There is My Home tells the story of two Somali refugees who came to Lewiston in the mid-2000s.  One of those refugees, Batula Ismail, is now an owner of New Roots Cooperative Farm and she will present at the film to talk about New Roots and how their cooperative has helped them pursue their dream of having a farm in Maine.  The other woman profiled Hawa Ibrahim, farms with Cultivating Community and is starting a new cooperative farm as well. This film screening is a part of the Making Migration Visible Series. Sponsored by the USM Food Studies.

10/20, 12-4 pm in the Belfast Co-op parking lot, 123 High St. Belfast

Isuken Co-op Food Truck at Belfast Co-op

The Belfast Co-op is proud to host Lewiston’s own Isuken Co-op.  Taste Authentic food by the nation’s first Somali Bantu farm-to-table cooperative food truck. Share in their exciting cooperative story in honor of Cooperative Month.  Isuken is a worker-owned cooperative with the five members sharing equally in the responsibilities and rewards of the business.

“Isuken means unity in our language and our goal with Isuken has united us,” says Isnina Ibrahim, president and worker-owner of the cooperative. “We can do more together as a co-op, we can accomplish anything.”  Isuken Co-op cultivates much of their food and has relationships with local growers and producers in the region. The Somali Bantu have traditionally farmed and fed their community and country, and are now growing and cooking for their American neighbors.  We have our own food traditions that I want to share with a culture that has never tried it,” says Isaac Garrow, worker-owner and Operations Manager for Isuken Co-op., Facebook @isukencoop

10/20 12-3 pm at Good Tern Co-op, 750 Main St. Rockland

Good Tern Co-op 1st Annual Community Bash

We are excited to announce that we are having our 1st Annual Community Bash in the expansive, new parking lot on October 20 from 12-3. There will be lots of live music from our talented co-op musicians, food from some of our vendors, bagels, and drinks. There will also be a kids' area with face painting, apple bobbing, etc. Everyone is welcome, especially non-members so please invite your friends, as we will have membership discounts and coupons. If anyone would like to earn their monthly discount for November, it's also a great opportunity to volunteer either setting up, serving food or drinks, playing with kids or cleaning up. Hope to see you there!

10/25 1 pm: USM Portland,  303 Payson Smith Hall, 96 Falmouth St.

There is My Home: Film Screening and Panel

See description above

10/25, 7-9pm, at Local Sprouts Cooperative, 649 Congress St. Portland

Workshop on Worker-owned Cooperatives

Worker-owned co-ops are a powerful tool to grow economic democracy, worker control, and community wealth. Through this workshop, people will hear about inspiring examples of worker-owned co-ops in Maine and beyond, and learn how they can start up a worker-owned cooperative or convert an existing business into a co-op. We will also talk together about the potential for more worker-owned co-ops in Portland.  Presented by Jonah Fertig-Bird, Director of Cooperative Food Systems at the Cooperative Development Institute. A Co-founder of Local Sprouts Cooperative and Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative, Jonah now focuses on working with immigrant and refugee co-ops in the food system, particularly in Lewiston. He is a former Democracy at Work Institute Worker co-op fellow and a current BALLE Local Economy Fellow.

Sponsored and organized by the Education Committee of the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America.

10/27, 9 am- 2 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church, 2 Dresden Ave, Gardiner

Maine ROC Co-op Month Celebration 2018

Maine ROCs (Resident Owned Communities) Come Celebrate with us!

Join us for a day of networking and partnerships!

Morning agenda: ROC USA State of the Union, ROC Maine- State of the Union, Partnerships for Maine ROC Residents!  Coffee and Muffins provided for breakfast. Pizza for lunch- bring a side, salad or dessert if you are able! Afternoon will be time to mingle, network and some fun!

Kindly RSVP by October 23rd

10/30,  Time TBA, 198 Blake St. Lewiston,

Community Art Opening with Raise Op Housing Co-op and Healthy Neighborhoods

Healthy Neighborhoods is hosting a Community Art Opening on October 30th, where we will reveal a series of artwork installations developed by residents and organizations in the neighborhood.  This project was created through a survey of over 75 residents about what kind of artwork they wanted to see in the neighborhood green space located at 198 Blake Street. This project is funded by Healthy Neighborhoods and has been a collaborative effort between the Raise-Op Housing Cooperative, Goodwill New England Take2, Lots to Gardens, Root Cellar, Childhood Partnership for Protecting Children, Community Concepts Inc., and Healthy Androscoggin.

11/1, 10am-4pm USM, Abromson Community Education Center, Portland Campus

Selling Up:  Business Succession in Maine’s Food Based Economy

Selling a food-based business while maintaining its essential character and role in the local food economy is no small task. It's never too early to start planning! Come learn from Maine experts and food-based business owners, farmers, and fishermen who have successfully transitioned their businesses, be it to their employees, their children, or to unrelated buyers. Choose from break-out sessions on worker ownership models, legal and financial considerations, family dynamics, and more.

Cooperative Development Institute’s Rob Brown will be one of the keynote speakers with Bonnie Rukin from Slow Money Maine, and Co-op owners Susanne Ward (Rock City Coffee) and Merrit Carey (Maine Aquaculture Co-op & Tenants Harbor Lobster Co-op) will be panelists

Co-sponsored by the USM Food Studies Program, Cooperative Development Institute, Rosemont Market and Bakery, CEI, Maine Farmland Trust, and Land for Good.

Free, Registration is required.

11/10 8:30am-4:30pm, University of Maine Augusta

Our Community, Our Economy: Economic Democracy for Maine

“What would it look like if we had an economy that put people and environment before corporate profits?”On Saturday, November 10 we will gather together to create a new vision for democracy and Maine ’s economy. “Our Community, Our Economy: Economic Democracy for Maine” is a conference that will include a wide-ranging discussion of issues working toward the ideals and ideas of Economic Democracy. Moving from broad visions, we will develop practical actions and strategies.
Registration required.