Patchwork Alliance

Multi-Stakeholder Cooperative

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A Platform for a
New Food Economy

Core Owner Services

Profit Sharing -- discounts, perks & profit distributions

One Share = One vote 

Open Books
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Consumer Services

  • Education & Facilitation towards the creation of strong Neighborhood Food Hubs & Buyers Pools  

  • Access Program

  • Free Admission to Patchwork Events

You do not need to be an Owner to Shop.  Register to Shop

Producer Services

  • Education & Facilitation towards the creation of strong Aggregation Networks and Sellers' Pools.

  • Free Admission to Patchwork Events
  • Producer Profile in the Online Market
  • Access to Vendor Space at Patchwork Popups​ and other Events
  • Free Admission to Patchwork Events

You don't need to be an Owner to sell. Producers also pay a commission on sales.

Learn more about Selling

Worker Benefits

  • Power over worker conditions

  • Fair Share of income

  • Open Bookeeping

  • Horizontal decision-making

  • Direct relationship with Producers and Consumers

  • Free Admission to Patchwork Events

Participate as a Consumer

  • Shop from our Producers

  • Join the Quilting Club roundtables

  • Self Organize on the Neighborhood level 

  • Create Buying Pools and do collective crop planning with our Producers

  • Participate in dialogue with Producers to understand and affect local food access issues 

Consumers can also be Producers.  Buy and sell at the same time!  

Participate as a Producer 

  • Sell through Patchwork

  • Self Organize with Producers of like product lines & geographical proximity

    • Aggregation Networks​

    • Sellers Pools

  • Offer fair prices to your consumers

  • Participate in dialogue with Consumers to understand and affect local food access issues 

  • Join the Quilting Club roundtables

Producers can also be Consumers.  Buy and sell at the same time!

Participate as a Worker

  • Aggregation, Packing, Distribution, Marketing, Admin, and Payment Processing

  • Join the Quilting Club roundtables

  • Develop the cooperative through education & facilitation to form 

    • Aggregation Networks​

    • Collective Crop Planning processes

    • Multi-vendor Storefronts 

    • Neighborhood Food Hubs

Workers can also be Producers and Consumers

Ownership Shares

All Ownership Types are a

One-time $200 stake.

Pay with a payment plan:

$5.56/month for 36 months

$10/month for 20 months

$100/year for 2 years

$67/year for 3 years

Or pay in full

Note to Owners -- to start shopping you will need to register in the online market website (after purchasing ownership here). 

 

Quilting Club is our way of honing in on actionable initiatives we can implement for a safe, secure, accessible, and resilient food system in our region.  The content we have planned says a lot about what we want to work on as a cooperative.

Patchwork Quilting Club & Events

  • Patchwork Pop-up
    Sun, May 22
    Asheville
    Good people, good food, good times
  • Quilting Club -- Neighborhood Food Hubs
    Sun, May 29
    Leicester
    What's a Neighborhood Food Hub? What are the Food System Patterns we can incorporate into a hub? We'll explore both social and physical Neighborhood-scale Food Systems Infrastructure.
  • Quilting Club -- Towards a Food Systems Pattern Language
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 11
    Online, link coming soon
    What's a Pattern Language? What patterns do we need to design and implement in order to achieve an empowered local food system in our region?
  • Patchwork Pop-up
    Sun, Jun 19
    Asheville
    Good people, good food, good times
  • Quilting Club: Aggregation & Distribution Networks
    Sun, Jun 26
    Location is TBD
    Food distribution businesses make sure to keep aware of the "last mile" of food distribution. This part of getting food it it's final consumer is usually the most expensive part. In this session, we'll talk all things moving food.
  • Patchwork Annual Meeting 2022
    Sun, Jun 26
    Location is TBD
    We'll conduct the annual Report to Owners, and conduct any decision making and voting process needed.
  • Quilting Club -- Producer Groups, Guilds & Pools
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    When we're thinking about a local and regional food system that can feed us when s%i* hits the fan, what does that look like? What are the caloric needs of our region. How many people would we have to feed?
  • Quilting Club -- Retailers, Grocers & Local Food
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Why is it that most retailers (even those that believe in local food have a lot of CA organic on their shelves? Don't they believe in local food? We'll explore these questions and work towards solutions. We invite retailers and grocers to participate in this discussion alongside consumers.
  • Quilting Club -- Cooperatives within Cooperatives
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    It seems a tool in our path to a viable food system is cooperatives. Let's talk about how Patchwork is set up to host and nourish cooperatives within cooperatives. And explore all the possibilities to create and connect.
  • Quilting Club -- Multi-vendor Storefronts
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Imagine cooperatively owned multi-vendor storefronts in every neighborhood. Aside from having a place to stock product week-round, producer and consumers can benefit greatly to make storefronts where producers sell direct to consumer while sharing marketing and operations.
  • Trust
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    It's that essential thing, that fundamental thing, that thing without which we may never see the ideal of "community" we've been striving for. In this session, we'll talk all things Trust. What is it? How does it play out? How could/should we expand our boundaries of trust?
  • Neighborhood Food Processing & Storages
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    An essential part of a neighborhood food hub is the abliity to pack, process, and store the surpluses of the season.
  • Shared-Risk Contract Growing = Partnership Growing
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Shared-risk growing is growing in Partnership. Why is sharing the risk of food production important? How do we establish contract grows with neighborhood groups, retailers, and grocers? We'll talk about forms of sharing risk and ways we can start to plan and implement partnership growing.
  • Responsiblity
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    When we're talking about reshaping how we do the business of food and farming, we're talking about responsibility. What are the responsibilities in our food system? Who carries them, and how should/could we shift them in order to make for a more viable system?
  • Prices, Prices, Prices!
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Well this is a tough topic. But one we need to talk about. We'll explore the reasons prices are the way they are. And come up with possible solutions to directly affect Food access and affordability issues.
  • Home-Kitchen Economics / Production Economics
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    As a consumer-producer cooperative we have a job to create dialogue about the costs and true value of eating and producing. Our aim in this session is to create understanding of the economic forces at play in the choices we make in buying and producing food.
  • Quilting Club -- Towards a Food Systems Pattern Language
    Mon, Apr 18
    Online, link coming soon
    What's a Pattern Language? What patterns do we need to design and implement in order to achieve an empowered local food system in our region?