Hello Deeply Rooted community,
I hope this message finds you well and in peace.
(smiles) “It’s always deeper than that…” -Dazmonique Carr, Deeply Rooted Produce
Registration for our focus group closes Next Thursday, February 28th. Register here to share your opinion and/or contact us if you have any questions. Please leave a message if you call is not answered so that your phone call is returned!! We do plan to have another focus group but separate from the university to bypass the IRB process and restrictions of using the university facilities.
First Annual Mobile Market Summit. After registering to attend the summit, I was Invited to speak on the incentives we offer to our customers here at Deeply Rooted Produce at the University of Buffalo in New York. Full price registration is still open or you can join in online but there is limited access to certain parts of the conference. Check the information about that here. The conference is March 5 & 6th.
Detroit Food Policy Council: Good Food 2019. After the Mobile Market Summit, I will be speaking about innovation and how DRP creates ways to share food with the community in a sustainable way at the Detroit Good Food conference 2019 on March 8th. I’m a newbie at this stuff and am still learning, however, I know what I wanted as a consumer and that is what I modeled DRP around. Find more about that here.
Reflection. I am kinda back in Detroit. I get a good week or two to “reorient” and then I go to New York for the first Mobile Market conference as mentioned above. I have to say that I am having a difficult time adjusting back to Detroit. I was in an environment with vibrant life, fruit trees in backyards, and lots and lots of fresh water. Unfortunately right now, I do not feel a lot of life in Detroit when I have to shop at grocery stores with a limited selection of seeded fruits (yes, they are better for you…) and trees to provide oxygen. Some people say that it is a price to pay for living in the city but what if you want a better city? (and don’t want to pay an arm & a leg to get it.) Do I have to suffer for that? I shouldn’t have to, and neither should you. You shouldn’t have to suffocate or feel miserable. It is a norm that many people have grown accustomed to because they haven’t seen anything else... Haven’t smelt any other environment (besides the Detroit Incinerator) or shoot even seen other birds besides pigeons. I digress and just want you to know that the way people are forced to live in places like Detroit and Flint is not okay.
Just wanted to share that because before I journey to help the community, I have to help myself first.
I try not to make these too long but something just flow and I like to give context… Hope you enjoyed this “update”.
Peace & Love
Hello again family,
(I'm going to start this thing where I find a quote ever week that embodies DRP because...guess what...its always deeper than that...“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” -Jacques Cousteau (also will have to look up whom the quotes are coming from too...)
Focus groups have been set for Saturday, March 16th at 12pm on Wayne State's campus..Please click the link here if you are interested in participating. If you want to share your opinion but won't be able to make it, we will also send out surveys for that representation as well. Please still fill out the registration form but select that " no" or "maybe" to the desire to participate in the focus groups.
Plastics. In the food industry and every industry to be honest, we use a lot of plastic in some way shape or form. You might be sipping or sitting on some type of plastic right now. You may be wearing it on your face (glasses) or you just ate a meal from it.. But what are we doing with that plastic when it is no longer of use for us humans… We toss it? But then where does it go...
An article was shared by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) about how different large companies are coming together to “create new ways to use plastic and decrease the amount that goes into our waterways and oceans”... That's cute.. I say we go back to the basics, being innovative towards more natural sources that can be broken down to give back to the earth instead of destroying the creatures that live on its surface and then trying to fix the mess you made. The article states:
Therefore, if you are (or know someone) who is an inspiring entrepreneur, family/community farm/gardener, long time entrepreneur who hasn’t quite reached their target market, or just want to reach more people. Please fill out our vendor registration form so that we can learn more about your business. We will be able to provide you will shelving and marketing options once we have your information. Fill out that form here and email us with any questions, comments or concerns.
Mobile Market examples. Thank you so much for those of you who are sharing mobile market examples. They are really helpful and assist us in networking with other markets to find out what works for them and how we may be able to implement them.
Hello Deeply Rooted Family,
Apologies for the delay! I forgot to give updates as yesterday was a busy day!
I bring you all good news! We reached our fundraising goal on ioby!! Yaayy!!
Whats next!? We are still in the running for more money (for operations & personnel) with the STEAM challenge and the OptimizeWayne Social Innovation challenge at WSU and will pitch for both competitions between March and April. Best of luck to us! All praises to the most high!
Focus Group Interest. We are still solidifying details for our Focus groups. Since they will conducted as a part of my Masters project, it requires review from the Internal Review Board so they can make sure my staff and I are treating everyone ethically. Please respond to our form so that even if you cant participate you can share it with someone who lives in Detroit and wants their voice to be heard. Form can be found here.
Thanks for tuning in! If you are in Detroit, I hope this message finds you at peace in a warm place.
Health & Prosperity,
Deeply Rooted Produce