May 2023 Member Mixer Potluck

The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious, and the conversation was lively at our May Member Mixer Potluck. Member-owners met in Washington Park in Cedar Falls on Wednesday the 24th. It was so nice to enjoy some spring outdoor time sharing a meal together. The Membership Committee hopes to host more picnics this summer. Stay tuned!

Mom’s Rhubarb Cake

Grab some rhubarb from your yard or at a local farmers market and make this cake!

This cake was served at our May Member Mixer Potluck. The baker made it with gluten-free flour and it was wonderful!

This is a must-try recipe. Enjoy!

Message from the Board – May 2023

The Board is planning in-person meetings for member-owners this summer. We will share information about the many sites we have studied for feasibility and current status. We take this work seriously and we are grateful for the tenacity of this board, committees, volunteers and the community at large.

Watch for details about these important meetings in your email, future Garlic Press editions, and on social media.

Jodie Huegerich,
Board President
Rooted Carrot Co-op

Earth Week Clean Up

A huge thank you to those who came out in threatening weather to help clean up at Gateway Park. The rain waited until we were finished, and it was a nice chance to build relationships while doing something worthwhile for the community. Thanks to the City of Cedar Falls for coordinating city-wide projects for Earth Week. 

Wellness Fair at Aldrich Elementary

The Rooted Carrot Co-op membership team participated in the Aldrich Elementary School Wellness Fair Friday evening. We shared information about the Co-op and our goal to enhance the health and well-being of the greater Cedar Valley. Students spun the wheel, performed a wellness-related task, and won prizes! Our spinning wheel got quite a workout! Thanks to those who organized this outstanding event. It was a lot of fun!

If your business, school, or civic group is hosting a similar event, please let us know! The Rooted Carrot Co-op wants to be there! Email details to: membership@rootedcarrot.coop .

CAPS Students Develop Student Membership Program

Cedar Falls High School CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) students Colby, Ella, and Natasia gave a 5 minute pitch about their project, the Rooted Carrot, at CAPS Demo Day! We are excited to be working with them to launch a new student membership for college students.

After selecting the Rooted Carrot for their client project, the students started researching the Rooted Carrot and the reasons current member-owners joined using both an in-person and electronic survey. While researching other co-ops, they found several that offered student memberships. They worked with the board to explore this option for the Rooted Carrot, and we are currently finalizing the details. Their next step will be reaching out to the colleges, educating and generating excitement among the students.

Learn more about the Cedar Falls High School CAPS program here!  https://www.cedarvalleycaps.org/cfcaps

May Potluck

Join your co-op friends for a Potluck! 

When? Wednesday, May 24 at 6 p.m.

Where? Washington Park in Cedar Falls

Bring a friend, a dish to share, your own plates, tableware, and cup. Drinking water will be available. If poor weather is imminent, watch social media for any changes. 

Message from the Board – April 2023

The Rooted Carrot Co-op is very similar to running a small business. There is a lot of behind the scenes work happening. Check out what our committees have been up to below. Do you want to get involved? Fill out the volunteer form or email info@rootedcarrot.coop

Capital Campaign

The Capital Campaign team is currently organizing behind the scenes. They are ready to actively launch Phase 2 of the campaign when a site is secured. 

Communications/Membership

The Communication & Membership Committee has been working to increase membership with a new member drive through early April. We have also been seeking opportunities to share the story of the co-op at community events, hosting member potlucks, staying active on social media, and planning spring & summer member mixers. Committee members include Melanie Drake, Melinda Doyle, Sean Williams, Suzanne Riehl, Lisa Nelson, Marci Kemp, Laura Campbell, and Christy Pospisil.Continue reading

Spring Kayak Float!

Join Crawdaddy Outdoors and your co-op friends for a kayak float on Saturday, April 29th. We will finalize the details soon. Watch our social media, check our website, or email membership@rootedcarrot.coop by April 22 for more details and a link to register for this event.

2023 Membership Drive – March

New members who joined in February received tickets to the Maple Syrup Festival at Hartman Reserve. What a great way to support the nature center, a valuable asset to our community, AND invest in something new that will add value to the Cedar Valley in the future!

In March, new members will receive a curated selection of local products, purchased from our Community Partners. The first assortment includes chocolates from Stam, 12oz of special coffee from Cottonwood Canyon, and a $5 gift certificate to Hansen’s Dairy Store, all “served” on  a platter you can use for the next Member Mixer Potluck!

Here is the link to join!

Thanks to those who are engaging with our social media posts. Keep up the good work!!