Woman, this mercury retrograde is hitting hard this time around. My car is broken, my fridge is broken, my backdoor is coming off the hinges. I’m really seriously trying to focus on the positive here, but days like this it is sorta difficult. The economic blip we are in is definitely making for a grim situation at the cafe and my business partner and I are debating about our current commitment level to organics. It seems that the numbers just don’ t add up in this changing economy and with no access to cash to help keep us afloat, there is a very real threat we may not survive the summer. I can’t imagine not keeping with our organic standards, to me, using non-organic food would be like adding meat to our vegetarian menu. I just don’t know if I could do that. But the math isn’t working and I’m at a loss as to what to do. We’ve certainly dealt with our financial stressors over the past four years, but it seemed manageable as sales were holding steady. I know that if we can make it through this turbulent year, the grass is definitely greener for socially aware businesses like ours, as we are at the heart of the relocalization movement, but how do I attract enough capital to keep us afloat without being able to demonstrate an immediate ROI? I’m wondering if there are any socially conscious investors out there who would get what we are trying to do & what the cafe symbolizes to the community at large. Perhaps I should consider this option. Any ideas?
In the meanwhile, trying to focus on the positive, I finally got approved for medicaid. While I certainly don’t take pride in having to rely on a social service, I do feel like I contribute to society in a positive way, so I am gratefully leaning on public health insurance to pay for my prenatal and homebirth experience. We are so fortunate to live in a state the allows this birthing option for economically-challenged individuals like myself. It makes sense as it is less expensive than a hospital birth, but in some states midwifery model of care is actually illegal (click the Big Push for more info). I don’t qualify for food stamps, but I was disturbed to discover that recipients are forbidden to purchase organics and even though “the Food Stamp Program helps people with low-income, buy healthy food.” Read more about this issue here. Okay, that last part wasn’t so positive. Sigh. Maybe it’s just one of those days.