We are pleased to announce we have obtained funds for a feasibility analysis to launch The Iowa Valley Food Cooperative, a local foods buying club in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. Jesse Singerman of Prairie Ventures, LLC and Jason Grimm of IVRC&D will work with a newly formed steering committee to facilitate the work involved in the planning phase for this new cooperative.
Thus far 35 producers have indicated interest in selling their products through the cooperative buying club and an eight person steering committee, consisting of both producer and consumer members, has been formed to assist with development.
The Iowa Valley Food Cooperative will be developed based on the pioneering work of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative and the Iowa Food Cooperative in Des Moines IA. The coop will use open-source software to facilitate commercial sales of local food from its farmer members to its consumer members. The Iowa Food Cooperative in Des Moines was launched in the fall of 2008 and currently has over 400 members consisting of both farmers and consumers. The cooperative sells thousands of dollars of locally produced meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, honey, baked goods, cheese and other items to their members every month. To see an example of how this type of cooperative could work in our area, check out The Iowa Food Cooperative website at www.iowafood.org.
The Iowa Valley Food Cooperative will act as an agent for producer members, providing a web-based system for producers to post the foods and goods they have for sale, receiving orders from consumer members, facilitating the delivery of these products to the cooperative’s distribution sites, collecting money from the consumer members who have purchased these products, and forwarding payment to the producers.
In the next few months we intend to:
We invite you to get involved, volunteer your skills and work with us to launch this exciting and timely new venture!
Next Steering Committee Meeting May 26th 5:30-7:30 PM at the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Office in Main Amana.
Searching for a Distribution Site
The Iowa Valley Food Co-op is searching for a distribution site in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Review the basic needs of the Iowa Valley Food Co-op's distribution site.
Guidelines have been APPROVED
During our last steering committee meeting August 19th the committee reviewed a draft vision of the producer guidelines created by the project team. After editing the guidelines the committee approved them at the meeting. The producer guidelines can be downloaded HERE.
Team members Jason & Jesse visit the Iowa Food Coop
Team members Jason Grimm and Jesse Singerman visited the Iowa Food Coop July 29th in Des Moines. Jason and Jesse participated in the IFC's distribution day. They observed farmers bring in their orders from 9 am -NOON, IFC volunteers sort orders, and coop members pick up their orders from 4-7 pm. While at the coop they met with the IFC's General Manager Gary Huber and David Couch their V.P. of Membership and Education and Board Member. BROWSE SOME PHOTOS OF THEIR TRIP
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Iowa Valley RC&D 319.622.3264 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 27th, 2010 - Public Informational Meeting
June 3rd, 2010 - Steering Committee Meeting
July 8th, 2010 - Steering Committee Meeting
August 19th, 2010 - Steering Committee Meeting
September 30th, 2010 - Steering Committee Meeting
November 11th, 2010 - Steering Committee Meeting