Kamloops Public Market Cooperative wants your input

This is your lucky day!

The Kamloops Public Market Cooperative has created a survey to collect input about what activities potential users of the facility can see themselves involved with.

Please take three minutes to consider the survey and submit your answer. We are in concept stage and are excited to understand more about what Kamloopsians see in their future.

Thank you in advance for your participation, there are no wrong answers!

We will close the survey in 2 weeks on December 28th.

Click here for survey.

Kamloops Public Market Cooperative officially Incorporated

August 20, 2018 marks the date the Kamloops Public Market Cooperative was incorporated in British Columbia. This formalization will enable the group to organize, open a bank account and accept membership applications.

The Kamloops Public Market Cooperative story

The Kamloops Public Market Cooperative was born from a dream of a few visitors to the Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee Washington.  The organization's tagline, "Where Community Meets" captured the imagination of these folks and the conceptualization completed to date seeks to transport this vision to Kamloops.

Dieter Dudy, Rick Duggan and Gregg Lindros sat together on Dudy's porch sometime during the summer of 2017 lamenting the loss of a similar project due to lack of capital startup funds and wondered if another model would have better success.  After some research, they determined a cooperative model may well be the solution and set out to work within this framework.  As a director for a local credit union (a financial cooperative), the fourth member, Daphane Nelson, heard about the project and asked if there was any way to help.  The four of them have been meeting regularly since February 2018 and were recently joined by a fifth, Sina Miotti.

As defined by the BC Cooperative Association, cooperatives take an ethical, sustainable approach to business by considering not only the economic impacts of their activities, but also their social/cultural and environmental impacts.  This resonates with the group as the Kamloops Public Market Cooperative intends to be more than a marketplace for goods and services.  The vision is to reinstall the confluence of the rivers as a community-gathering place for Kamloopsians while providing commerce activities to support local businesses.

The Kamloops Public Market Cooperative is in the process of incorporating as a community service cooperative which is similar to a non-profit society, except that membership in the cooperative pledges, per the 7 Cooperative Principles, that members benefit from ownership.  Once incorporated, a planned cooperative membership drive in Fall 2018 will prove a good indication of public support for the project both philosophically and financially and the group will progress from there. 

"From 4 to 40" summarizes our group's intent to grow and we are reaching out to the community for support and assistance.  For more information on the project, or to find out how to get involved, a free blue-sky session will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 1pm to 3pm at the Noble Pig.  If you are interested in attending, please register at https://kamloopspublicmarket.brownpapertickets.com/

The Importance of Public Markets

This news story from a Lehigh Valley (PA) blog eloquently describes the importance of Public Markets....

As we discovered in our post ‘Great Places and Where to Find Them,’ not all great public spaces are parks.  With the recent opening of the Easton Public Market, this truth is made clear.  This being so, it seems high time we explored one of the most exciting forms of public space, the public market.

Public markets are in many ways, a fundamental building block of societal complexity.  They are the original public spaces. Public markets have been bringing people together from the ancient Roman Forum to today’s Pikes Place Market.  As soon as hunter-gatherers abandoned their nomadic lifestyle and came together in settled society, human kind has had public markets.  Before we had parks and city squares we had markets.  So it is no surprise that they are so valued by our communities today.  The Project for Public Spaces has shown that public markets have a transformative affect on the cities they call home.   PPS demonstrates that public markets link and stimulate rural and urban economies, promote public health, revitalize downtowns, create active public space, and bring together people of diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.  With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the world’s leading public markets.

Check out the rest of the story at:
https://thewaterfront.com/3773-2

 

The KPM is possible, check out Pybus Market in Wenatchee

The Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee in north-central Washington state is a year-round seven day a week public market with a similar population size to Kamloops. 

Check out the Pybus Public Market website and watch their intro video:
http://www.pybuspublicmarket.org/about-us

Here's a great profile of the Pybus Market from the Seattle Refined blog:
http://seattlerefined.com/travel/the-secrets-of-wenatchees-pybus-market