By DENA EAKLES | Ontario
If you could do one thing to help your community, what would it be?
I have always liked the Chinese proverb, “Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” I think there is something to that. There is also something to the fact that many of us are eating calories with little to no value — another form of hunger.
And then there is the hunger for community, to live among people who care about you and your wellbeing.
All of this thinking has led to researching cooperatives and the possibility of creating one here in Ontario. A food cooperative could allow local farmers and entrepreneurs a chance to sell their wares, help the local economy and bring the possibility of good, reasonably priced, nutritional food into our community. Eventually we could host classes in growing food, cooking and preserving and how to use those weird-looking vegetables growing in organic gardens these days.
Cooperatives have been around for a long time. Electricity came to rural America via the co-op, and many forms of food cooperatives are springing up in small communities like ours with great success.
If you are interested in learning more about cooperatives or have knowledge and an interest in creating one here, you are welcome to attend one of two meetings.
The first will be at the Ontario Public Library at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. The other will be held at the Milk Jug Café at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Suggestions or questions? Feel free to call or email.
• Dena Eakles at 337-4871 or [email protected]
• Laurie Erickson at 337-4651 or [email protected]
• Amanda Leis at 337-4257 or [email protected]
• Staci Pieper at [email protected]