In recognition of the International Year of Cooperatives, we will be sharing the stories of different cooperatives throughout the year. This month, we're highlighting Sacramento Natural Food Co-op. Read on and enjoy!
All of our cooperative partners who work to get Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products from farm to table are crucial to our success. However, consumers don’t see the result of that hard work until they walk into stores like the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and find our products on the shelves.
Organic Valley (OV) and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (SNFC) have a longstanding relationship. When SNFC started its Community Learning Center & Cooking School, OV was the first vendor to support it with donated product. Ten years later, SNFC still proudly features OV products in all of its cooking classes. OV and SNFC have collaborated on events in the store and in the community that help to spread the message about the benefits of organics and supporting family farms.
For SNFC, the result of all its cooperative efforts is a thriving business that offers a broad selection of products at fair prices to its patrons. One of the Co-op’s primary goals is to honor the earth as it cultivates its relationship with the communities it serves and with the broader network of farmers, suppliers, manufacturers and other cooperatives. “We can do this and do this well because our members believe strongly in this mission,” says Jennifer Cliff, SNFC’s Communications & Design Manager.
Across SNFC’s many community initiatives, the Co-op stresses the importance of connecting the people who grow food to the people who eat that food. Its latest initiative, One Farm at a Time, makes that connection tangible. This farm preservation project gives SNFC customers a chance to invest in the future of their local farms.
“We think this is a critical time to convince people who love local food to help ensure that these farms are sustained for future generations,” says Cliff. “If everyone contributes a little, we can make a big impact on the future of the local agricultural landscape. It’s cooperative economics at its finest!”
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In recognition of the International Year of Cooperatives, we will be sharing the stories of different cooperatives throughout the year. Please join us this year to celebrate the benefits of working together!