Sugar Beet Cooperative is on the verge of signing a 10-year lease at 820 Madison St. and is launching its fundraising campaign this Saturday, March 1 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St.
Cheryl Munoz, Sugar Beet co-founder, said the member meeting will run 4-5 p.m. She said the group aims to raise approximately $1.6 million and has already secured $200,000 from five members in the last month.
The March Market event also will include previews for the One Earth Film Festival from 3 to 5 p.m., a selection of local vendors for a farmers market, and a seed-starting workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m. There is a $10 fee for the workshop.
The member meeting will update co-op members about the prospective future site and give details about the build-out of the new location.
Munoz said the group already has roughly 250 members and $60,000 in Community Bank in membership fees.
She said the co-op will follow strong product-sourcing guidelines to ensure that products do not include genetically modified organisms, has reduced packaging, and produce is sustainably grown.
"People want to know that what they're buying parallels with their values," she said.
More information about the event is available at Sugar Beet's website, http://www.sugarbeetcoop.com.