Cooperative Networks in Local Foods Back »

Written collaboratively by Chris Zdorovtsov (former SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist) and Kari O'Neill.


Local foods communities across the nation are working together to form cooperative networks in attempt to have a large portion of local food sales while reducing inputs. Working together to streamline issues related to production processes and inputs, distribution, processing, use or consumption, recycling and disposal of food wastes, and support services to operate can all be explored as individuals begin to collaborate. These articles provide some options for exploring producer and community partnerships.

  • Co-ops: An overview of the South Dakota Local Food Co-Op and resources for organizing a consumer cooperative.
  • Food Hubs: Concept summary of a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution and marketing of local food products to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail and institutional demand.
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