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  • Primal/Paleo Meetups

    Quick couple of questions..

    Does anyone currently attend a Paleo/Primal Meetup in their city?

    If so, where?

    If so, what types of activities does your group do when you get together?

    I'm looking at putting one together, so any thoughts/feedback you have on the idea would be great appreciated.

    Thanks so much!!

  • #2
    I went to the paleo meetup in NYC in September, which was a party for Robb Wolf's book release. It was fun to meet a bunch of healthy people in NYC. I haven't been to any of the other events, but I've seen that they've done meat-pooling, trips to farms, paleo eating seminars, barefoot runs, bar nights, etc.
    Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.

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    • #3
      I am also looking to start a primal/paleo meetup group. I have wanted to for a while but have no idea what it would be like. I say its time to just start one at meetup.com! Why wait?!

      Maddie - Are you planning on using meetup.com?
      Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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      • #4
        I kinda sorta have one that happens every year (2nd annual this year!) called Boarfest. Last year was great fun! This year we're raising money for Heifer International.

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        • #5
          I just started an Atlanta meetup last week. I did use Meetup.com, because they were offering 1/2 off dues for 6 months.

          There is a restaurant in our city that does a monthly paleo dinner, and that will be our first meetup next week. We are also planning potluck picnics when the weather is nice. I'm hoping to do farm trips/cowpooling as well, and maybe a reading group. There is a fair bit of overlap/competition with Crossfit social stuff, so I hope we can maintain momentum. So far we have 25 members, with a good mix of ages and genders.

          I also plan to use the message boards to keep track of local sources for paleo food, and I hope that will add value for members.
          Join the Atlanta Primal/Paleo Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Paleo-Primal-Meetup/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Windswept View Post
            I just started an Atlanta meetup last week. I did use Meetup.com, because they were offering 1/2 off dues for 6 months.

            There is a restaurant in our city that does a monthly paleo dinner, and that will be our first meetup next week. We are also planning potluck picnics when the weather is nice. I'm hoping to do farm trips/cowpooling as well, and maybe a reading group. There is a fair bit of overlap/competition with Crossfit social stuff, so I hope we can maintain momentum. So far we have 25 members, with a good mix of ages and genders.

            I also plan to use the message boards to keep track of local sources for paleo food, and I hope that will add value for members.
            Thats awesome. You now have 28 members in just a few days?! I did not know there was a fee. Did you do the monthly, 3 month or 6 month? How are you getting soo many members to join your group so fast?

            I am "worried" of creating one and then having no one join or just having 1 or 2 people join... especially since I have to pay.
            Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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            • #7
              I did 6 months, because they were offering me a rate of $6/month. I'm currently unemployed, so higher fees would have been a dealbreaker for me. Remember, once you get going, you can always ask people to chip in a buck or two if things are going well. But IMO, I'd make it casual and voluntary, and wait until people see value in the Meetup.

              Re: getting so many members... well, I promoted the heck out of it online. I emailed/commented on every Atlanta/paleo blog I could find (I already subscribed to most of them) asking them to post about it and join if they wanted. I posted to appropriate Facebook pages (Atlanta/Paleo) as well. You can use the Meetup site to auto-create a PDF flyer, and I emailed every damn Crossfit gym in the Atlanta metro area (about 20?) and asked if they wouldn't mind posting the flyer (I attached it to the email). I also promoted it on PaleoHacks (although only on a thread already asking about Atlanta paleo folks) and here on MDA and Cavemanforum and paleodiet.com. I posted to Craigslist (also an automated feature Meetup provides). Finally, I made sure my Meetup was tagged with the max of 15 interests that were appropriate, because Meetup will automatically send a notice about your new group to anyone with one of those interests listed as their interest as well.

              I think your concern about not getting enough people is a real one - it definitely happens, and the sunk costs are a problem. Are you from a major metro area?
              Join the Atlanta Primal/Paleo Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Paleo-Primal-Meetup/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Primal Toad View Post
                I am also looking to start a primal/paleo meetup group. I have wanted to for a while but have no idea what it would be like. I say its time to just start one at meetup.com! Why wait?!

                Maddie - Are you planning on using meetup.com?
                Hi Primal Toad-

                Yes, my plan was to use Meetup.com. I'm in the Minneapolis area, and it seems that we have quite a few very active groups already.

                Did you already have some ideas for events that you were going to do with your group?

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the feedback everyone. I appreciate it!

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                  • #10
                    Windswept - I signed up for the Atlanta group (Kimberlie). I'm sorry I can't make the dinner this week but really hope to catch the next one. I do think pot lucks (so I can try a bunch of recipes without having to buy and prep them all) as well as a resource page are great ideas. Even things like growing tips (for home gardens) and farmers market finds/reviews would be helpful. Do you have a facebook page for that group?

                    Ps- send me your paypal info in a pm and I'll pay for one month of the meetup.com costs.

                    Pps- I found you because meetup emailed me about the new group so your tags worked.
                    Last edited by kimmie; 01-22-2011, 07:31 PM.

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                    • #11
                      windswept - thats a lot of promoting!

                      I currently have 2 jobs and also have a primal blog so I am quite busy at this time... maybe a meetup group wouldn't be the best idea. I have no idea what kinds of events I would plan. I just want to meet people who live a primal/paleo lifestyle. I thought creating a meetup group would allow me to do so.
                      Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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                      • #12
                        I've bought meatshares twice and gone on a hike. I would do more, but scheduling hasn't worked out.
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                        • #13
                          I would LOVE to go on hikes with fellow grokkers. Its a little tough now here in Grand Rapids, MI but it will be possible soon. I am still considering starting one even though I am not sure how many people are going to join the group. I never know till I try, right?!
                          Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Primal Toad View Post
                            I never know till I try, right?!
                            Absolutely! And you might get people who aren't yet Primal/Paleo interested as well. Just be sure to tag your group for the kind of people you think might be interested.
                            Join the Atlanta Primal/Paleo Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Paleo-Primal-Meetup/

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kimmie View Post
                              Windswept - I signed up for the Atlanta group (Kimberlie). I'm sorry I can't make the dinner this week but really hope to catch the next one. I do think pot lucks (so I can try a bunch of recipes without having to buy and prep them all) as well as a resource page are great ideas. Even things like growing tips (for home gardens) and farmers market finds/reviews would be helpful. Do you have a facebook page for that group?
                              Hi Kimberlie -

                              So glad you joined! I didn't start a FB page, because I think it might be redundant, and lead to too many places people need to check/have discussions. I'm going to start posting to the message board after the first meetup, I think - didn't want to overwhelm everyone at first. But anyone can post at any time.

                              I bought some gf beef from a local farm this weekend, and would love to share the info. I'm also looking for a good local source for bacon - I couldn't believe that every single brand at TJ's had sugar! But the local farm was charging 7.50/lb for bacon, and that's just too high, I think. Also having trouble finding pastured eggs.

                              Re: Paypal, you can catch me whenever we finally meet. But thank you, you are so nice to offer!
                              Join the Atlanta Primal/Paleo Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Paleo-Primal-Meetup/

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