CoFED, the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, is gearing up for their second national event to train students to run successful sustainable food businesses on campuses nationwide.
As the UN declares 2012 the Year of the Cooperative, students across the nation are mobilizing and calling on young people to “occupy your plate” as a next step to build towards a more just and democratic society.
Through CoFED’s “boot camp” in sustainable social entrepreneurship, more than 70 young people will gain the skills to create ethically-sourced, student-run local storefronts and cafés on college campuses throughout the US and Canada. Students receive training on both food justice and business skills; including strategic marketing and planning, market and financial analysis, management and other critical tools to launch successful democratic enterprises. Speakers at the event will include People’s Grocery Executive Director Nikki Henderson, Green Festival Founder Kevin Danaher and Moosewood Collective Cookbook Author Mollie Katzen.