Modo Ambassador Heidi Kuhn: How Modo gets me around!
When I began sharing with Modo in 2008, I initially used the carshare for the occasional big shopping trip or to get to an event that was beyond the transit system. Now my usage has changed and I sometimes have multiple bookings in one day! The Modo app has been super helpful: It maps where I am and what vehicles are available near me, which is great when I only need to book for an hour.
My Modo membership has grown with me in ways I could not have imagined and has enabled me to grow my local business! When starting a micro food business, you look closely at all the resources you already have and consider how far they can be stretched.
I started selling my Mixers and Elixirs shrubs at the Vancouver Farmers Market in March 2015 – in the middle of the winter season. I needed to get a tent and all the outdoor gear required to set up to sell in the rain. I began book-marking my favourite Modo vehicles, mainly those with hatchbacks so I could fit everything in and – bang, I’ve been mobile and selling shrubs all over the Lower Mainland ever since!
As for supplies, getting fresh local fruit is my biggest need. It was in a Modo vehicle that I (unbeknownst to me at the time) was picking up my first fruit shipment! Okanagan Carcajou Farms had donated a few skids of fresh nectarines to the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project, and after giving out hundreds of pounds to local community homes they gifted the remainder to us, the volunteers. This gift gave me the idea to use these fruits to make shrubs and Mixers and Elixirs was born (we had so many boxes stacked in the passenger seat the seat belt alarm was going off.)!
Being part of a carshare has enabled me to start a business that I am passionate about and has helped me grow it. Owning a vehicle isn’t really an option right now, so being part of Modo allows me flexibility and freedom. It even allowed me, this summer, to take a longer trip to the Okanagan, where I worked picking fruit with the same farmer that made that nectarine donation (see picture below). It’s always interesting when things come full circle!
If you’re curious about what a shrub is and how a drinking vinegar tastes, come visit Heidi at the farmers markets for a sample! Make a plan to get out and support your local growers, makers and bakers, check the BC Association of Farmers Markets for the market nearest you.