a brief history of food co-ops

Brent Finnegan -- August 2nd, 2008

WMRA’s Martha Woodroof explores the rise, fall, rebirth and future of food cooperatives in the Valley.

There have been several distinct co-op waves in this country. The kind of co-op most of us are familiar with came along in the 1970s and early 80s, birthed, Reid says, by a very different retail climate from today’s.

“It didn’t take nearly the kind of commitment and expertise that it does now in the current market, where frankly almost every grocery store has some organic section.”

One Response to “a brief history of food co-ops”

  1. Thanh says:

    Thanks for sharing that story Brent. I missed it on the radio.

    Somewhat related, I saw this article in the DNR this weekend. http://www.dnronline.com/news_details.php?AID=30357&CHID=2, “Grant to Aid Healthy Snacks at Keister.”

    “Every Friday this coming school year, Keister Elementary School students will sample different fruits and vegetables, many of which will be locally grown.

    Students will get the healthy snacks thanks to a grant the school division recently received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.”

    This is so cool and great.

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