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2016 AGM scheduled for April 23rd

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Our AGM has been scheduled for , April 23rd, at the Holiday Inn, Truro.

The doors will open at 6:30 pm. Call to order at 7:00 pm.


6:30 pm Doors open

7:00 pm Call to open meeting

  •  Welcome address and adoption of the agenda
  •  Previous minutes
  •  President’s update on activities
  •  Financial report
  •  Special presentations
  •  Break as needed
  •  Reaffirmation and nominations of directors (and elections if necessary)

Director nominations from the floor are welcomed

  • All adult members willing to actively participate are eligible and encouraged to seek nomination for up to a three year term
  • Committee volunteers do not need to be directors and can attend directors meeting provided they sign our code of conduct documents

Q & A

8:30pm AGM closes (anticipated time)


For more information or to RSVP please contact: Edna Foster, Meeting Chair, at emf@nncweb.ca or 902-661-4366.

2015 AGM Scheduled for April 28th

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The details of our 2015 AGM have been released. Please read the details of the event on our events page.

February 28th, 2015 is CSA Signup Day!

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You can buy a share of local grass fed beef through GRUp…

Beef Market Share deliveries (including bone broth), are arranged using pre-existing food safe transportation, Fridays in Amherst, Saturdays in Tatamagouche, River John and New Glasgow  and ~ monthly to Truro, Enfield, Halifax, Dartmouth and Tantallon by special arrangement.”

Any one wanting to sign up can do so by email info@grassrootsupcoop.ca , or phoning or texting 9022973573

About CSA Signup Day

CSA Sign-Up Day is a day for all of us who share a passion for good, clean, fair food to work together to encourage citizens to invest in a Community Support Agriculture (CSA) share. Check out the link below to read more about it, and sign up for a CSA share today! (Or on Saturday) J


Every year the Ecology Action Centre updates their list of CSAs that operate across the province- it looks like this:


2014 AGM Details are finalized

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The 2014 Annual General Meeting AGM for our co-operative is scheduled for Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 5 pm at the Tatamagouche Centre in Tatamagouche.

Guest speaker Yuri Montanholi, Assistant Professor Department of Plant and Animal Sciences, Dalhousie Universtiy (Beef Research Chair) has volunteered to talk on ‘Beef Research in the Maritimes’ immediately following registration.

We hope to start the business meeting proper by 5:40 pm.

Director nominations will be finalized at the meeting and we hope to vote (members only) at 6:15 pm leaving enough time for additional questions and suggestions before the GM foods Speaker tour at 7 pm, also at the Tatamagouche Centre.

If you have a “New Business” item, or director nomination letting us know (info@grassrootsupcoop.ca) by 7:30 on Tuesday the 22nd.

Member update packets will be available at the meeting and sent out by preferably electronically (to save costs) after the meeting to those who request the same.

Just Us Coffee and Tea (and cooked Linden Leas beef snacks) will be available.
Offer a ride, need a ride: let us know too.
You can RSVP to let us know you’re coming.

We hope to see you there!

2014 AGM – We need your input

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We have two options for this year’s AGM.  We need your help to ensure we plan a session that works for most people. Please provide your input below to help us plan the event.  We will confirm the date and time next week.


Tatamagouch – Sunday April 27th at 5pm at the Tatamagouch Centre.  This meeting time will precede a presentation on GMO/GE Foods & Health and provides an opportunity to attend both.


Truro – Monday April 28th at 7pm at the Perennia building, Innovation Park.

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Genetically Engineered Foods & Your Health

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Interested in learning more about the impacts of genetic engineering on our food? Join Dr. Thierry Vrain and Mr. Tony Mitra for a presentation and discussion about the concerns of GE foods and how you can take action.

Sunday April 27, 2014
Tatamagouch Centre

GE GMO 11x17 Posters FINAL V11_small-1 (2)

What are we eating?

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The conversation is growing around our food and how it affects our health. There are many anecdotal accounts of food as medicine. In a recent Tedx talk Dr. Katherine Reid discusses her experience and journey in looking at the direct link between food and autism.

Dr. Reid takes us on an intriguing journey of diet changes that diminished her daughter’s autistic behaviors. She reveals an association between a common ingredient in the Western diet and many chronic illnesses that plague a number of countries. Dr. Reid tells the story that lead to her founding Unblind My Mind.

By participating and investing in Grass Roots Up Cooperative, you can be a part of ensuring, sustainable, local food, grown from the natural bounty and grass advantage remains part of the food system in Nova Scotia. You can be part of positive and lasting food security for all.

Investments made prior to the end of Feb may qualify for Equity Tax Credit, so if you were already thinking about joining us and  investing, now is a great time!

Equity Tax Credit extended* for new investment in GRUp

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“I am pleased to inform you that your request for an extension of the lapse date for Grass Roots Up Cooperative Limited’s Certificate of Registration under the Nova Scotia Equity Tax Credit Act has been granted”   This was received from Maureen MacDonald, Nova Scotia Department of Finance.

This means that all new eligible investments made in GRUp (between March 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014) will be considered for the 35% tax credit as part of the ETC approved share offering of Grass Roots Up Co-Operative Limited. These are to be used to purchase a “maintained productive interest in a herd of grazing cattle” – the  “herd share”.

It is important to note
(1) Only NEW SHARE purchases by eligible investors qualify for the 35% tax credit . (Generally eligibility for rebate is  NS income tax filers, 19 and over who have paid income taxes in the last 3 years or will this year or the next 7 years)
(2) The sole reason for investment must not be to get a tax rebate…if you qualify ETC  is a beneficial incentive.
(3) If share purchases ($1/share) are made before March 2014 the NS Dept. of Finance mails out tax receipts for use with 2013 income tax filings.
Receipts for share purchases made between January 1,2014 and February 28, 2014 can be used for 2013 or 2014 tax year returns.
(4) Please see the Department of Finance web site for full explanations. 
(5) and confirm with your tax advisor on 
    (a) whether you qualify 
    (b) comparison to charitable donations and 
    (c) the differences between  ETCs and other investments such as CEDIFs (we are not a CEDIF).

For details on membership and subscription please read the information about how to Join Us.

ETC Certification document and extension letter for reference.

Beefmobile and Just Us will be at AGM

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Reminder that our AGM takes place on Thursday April 25th at 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 7PM.

Sunrise Merchantile, Tatamagouche, NS

The Beefmobile will be present at the general meeting with Interac/credit on board and in the name of co-operation we will be serving Just Us coffee/tea and Scotsburn cream… so bring your own mug!

British Journal of Nutrition: Grass fed Beef can change blood chemistry in as little as four weeks

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Not all beef is alike.  Scientific studies are validating the anecdotal evidence that Linden Leas customers have been sharing with us for years.

The following study shows that in as little as four weeks changing red meat consumption to that with the healthy fat profiles of the beef marketed in NS by our only quality endorsed member farm Linden Leas, will make a significant difference for the better to the long chain omega 3 fatty acid balance in the platelets in human blood.


British Journal of Nutrition / Volume 105 / Issue 01 / January 2011

Red meat from animals offered a grass diet increases plasma and platelet n-3 PUFA in healthy consumers