2017 Annual Owner Meeting



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Share a traditional Nigerian meal with us on Monday, Oct. 23 at our Annual Owner Meeting. Guest Chef Tunde Wey, along with Seward Co-op’s Diversity and Community Engagement Manager LaDonna Sanders-Redmond, will engage co-op owners in an open dialogue around the real cost of food using the 1863 Homestead Act to spark the conversation.


The 1863 Homestead Act was critical to the founding of Minnesota and paved the way for the evolving nature of labor on the land as experienced by many small family farms, migrant farmers and food service workers. It encouraged Western migration by providing settlers 160 acres of public land. In exchange, homesteaders paid a small filing fee and were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land. By 1862, most of the land that was still available for homesteaders was located in subprime farming regions prone to wildfires, damaging wind and problematic pests.


Together, we will discuss the acquisition of land for arriving immigrants, the emancipation from slavery of Africans Americans, and Native American Indian removal caused by the Act, as well as its effect on racial discrimination, wealth inequity, and its impacts on rural and urban communities.

Annual Owner Meeting Menu

Egusi Stew with Pounded Yam
The Nigerian Egusi soup, prepared with melon seeds, is popular in West Africa. The soup is thickened with the ground seeds, and is prepared by most tribes in Nigeria in many different ways.

Pounded Yam
Pounded yam is one of the Nigerian fufu recipes. It is eaten with Nigerian soups, dipped into the soup like bread.

Bean cake made with African honey beans.

Stewed Chicken with Pepper Sauce

House-made by Seward Co-op
Triple chocolate cookies
Made-without-gluten peanut butter cookies
Vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
Vegan poppy seed cookies

Fruits, Veggies and Dips
Provided by The Wedge Catering
Fruit and nut trays
Raw veggie trays
Roasted veggie trays
Parmesan and artichoke dip
Roasted red pepper hummus
Spinach dip served with crostini, flat breads, Tuscan bread and crackers
Roasted vegetables

Local beer
Non-alcoholic beverages: organic apple juice, organic milk, Joia soda, LaCroix,
Peace Coffee

* Please note that the annual meeting will be photographed.