Big News for Prairie Roots Food Cooperative
Prairie Roots Food Cooperative Receives $30,000 Grant
Prairie Roots Food Cooperative was awarded a $30,000 Marketing and Utilization grant from the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) at its quarterly meeting held July 18th in Medora. The grant will support the ongoing membership drive and capital campaign of the start-up food co-op with marketing and consulting funds. Grants were given to organizations that showed a high probability of jobs and wealth creation, substantial market potential, and rapid commercialization.
A typical food co-op has 157 local suppliers and each million dollars in sales produces $1.6 million in local economic impact. Prairie Roots has already started connecting consumers and local producers through their recently launched virtual market, Prairie Roots Online. Each week local producers list items for sale on their website, www.localfoodsmarketplace.com/prairieroots. Members can log on and shop at their convenience from Sunday through Wednesday and then pick up their natural, organic and local food, produce and other items on Thursday evening.
Prairie Roots Food Co-op is member owned and is now recruiting new members in order to build a broad base of community support prior to store opening. A lifetime membership is $300 per household with a variety of payment plans to suit every budget. More information, including an online membership application, is available at their website: www.prairie-roots.coop.
Prairie Roots Food Cooperative is dedicated to building a healthy community by providing access to natural, organic, and locally produced food. The future food co-op will be a member-owned natural foods, full-service, retail grocery store in the Fargo-Moorhead area that will be open to both members and the public. Prairie Roots seeks to provide educational opportunities to members of our community and support producers who utilize sustainable and socially responsible production methods.
APUC is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce which administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature based agri-tourism, prototype and technology, and technical assistance.
For more information, visit http://prairie-roots.coop/.