FOOD CO-OP is the first feature-length documentary by American born, Paris-based director Tom Boothe. Founded in 1973 by a group of committed neighbors to provide affordable and healthy food, the film highlights how the Park Slope Food Co-Op in Brooklyn is the most successful supermarket and makes more money per square foot than any other grocery store in New York City.
The secret to its’ more than 40 years of success is grounded in its cooperative approach, whereby all 17,000 members, regardless of age, gender, culture and socio-economic background, have to contribute three hours of work per month. The film illustrates how this economic and collaborative model allows for lower labor costs which translate into the co-op charging lower prices. With greater buying power bringing in more members who are happier and eating healthier while uniting communities, the Park Slope Food Co-Op has become an inspirational model for Europeans for positive and sustainable change. As the daily newspaper El Pais Spain has noted, Boothe’s film is “the film that makes supermarkets.”
5:30 - 6:30 PM: Networking Reception
6:30 - 7:50 PM: Film Screening
$10 - ISSP Members
Wine, drinks and healthy and sustainable hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Joe Holtz, General Manager, Park Slope Food Co-Op
Joe Holtz was born in and grew up in Brooklyn. Joe and about nine other Brooklynites co-founded the Park Slope Food Co-op (PSFC) in February 1973. In 1975 he was hired as the PSFC’s first paid staff with the title General Coordinator. In the mid-1990’s he was named the Co-op’s first General Manager and now coordinates, in collaboration with five other General Coordinators, a paid staff of about 75. Currently, there are about 17,100 active members/owners. The goals of the PSFC have always included having the members/owners provide good food at low prices through working together. The Co-op makes a great effort to buy as much food as possible from local growing areas. The sales volume of PSFC was over $58,000,000 last year. The dollar value of the groceries that the co-op purchased to sell to its members last year was over $48,000,000.
Liz Carollo, Assistant Director, Greenmarket/GrowNYC
Liz Carollo is the Assistant Director for over 50 Greenmarkets throughout New York City. In this role, Liz plans and oversees at-market activities and events, partnering with various NYC health and wellness-focused organizations to engage customers and enhance the marketplace each week. She also liaises with the press, manages seasonal staff, develops Greenmarket's marketing materials, as well as coordinates Greenmarket's social media efforts and encourages farmers to get connected on social media to increase their reach and better connect with their customers. Liz received an MPA from NYU Wagner and is a graduate of the Coro Public Policy program. In her free time, Liz likes to cook for friends and read southern fiction.