project leader
Laurel C
Vance Avenue
(Vance area and Downtown)
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the project

The Green Machine, a fresh produce grocery store on wheels, was set up as an interim step in eventually starting a food cooperative.  There is no fresh produce grocery store for Vance and downtown.  Our project is opening a cooperative grocery store in the area. The cooperative model is important because the money made just goes back into the community, ultimately aiding in revitalization of this area.

the steps

We are currently working on a small area market study to use in drafting an effective business plan to aid in funding opportunities.  Next we will build the structure of the cooperative, hashing out what it takes to become a member and who will hold board positions.  Then we will prepare the physical space.

why we're doing it

The Vance Avenue Collaborative came together in an effort to save public housing projects in Memphis.  Through their meetings, some important issues were identified, the most important of which is food security. The Green Machine, a fresh produce grocery store on wheels, was set up to help this problem while we work on a more permanent solution, a grocery cooperative.  This area lacks access to fresh food.  Our store will be accessible by bus and on foot.


Currently we are looking to staff this project for six months.  Ultimately, we would like to hire at least one person full time.

SUBTOTAL = $2,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $60

RAISED = $13.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $0.60
less 3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $0.36

Revised Budget, 11/12/14

This money will go to our first outreach staff, Vance Resident Veyshon Hall, who has been heading up our project in the Vance area working to gain

input for what produce is wanted and how the neighborhood would like to interact with us.


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This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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