Friends and partners

Metro Independent Business Alliance
METROiba is a nonprofit organization that promotes locally-owned independent businesses in the Twin Cities region, working to help the Twin Cities maintain its unique community character and educate consumers on the value of shopping local.

Midwest Food Connection
Midwest Food Connection began in 1993 as a natural extension of natural food cooperatives’ community outreach programs. Today, this non-profit empowers elementary school children to make healthy and responsible food choices, educating children about natural foods, local sustainable farming, and the cultural origins of our food.

Land Stewardship Project
The Land Stewardship Project was founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland and to help farmers succeed in raising crops and livestock sustainably. One of LSP’s projects is Farm Beginnings, an initiative that combines classroom instruction and on-farm mentoring to train the next generation of Minnesota family farmers.

Youth Farm & Market Project
YFMP operates urban gardens in three neighborhoods in the Twin Cities – Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis; West Side of St. Paul. Youth learn to display and sell produce and crafts made in activity groups through participation in community farmers’ markets.

Food Alliance Midwest
Food Alliance Midwest promotes the expanded use of sustainable farming practices by recognizing farmers who produce food in environmentally friendly and socially responsible ways and educates consumers about the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Look for the Food Alliance label on products around the store.

Minnesota WasteWise
This program of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is our partner in recycling plastic bags.

Minnesota FoodShare
FoodShare is an umbrella organization that works with food shelves around the state to raise funds, secure donations, and work towards ending hunger in Minnesota.

Fresh Energy
Fresh Energy advocates for a clean, efficient, and fair energy system, and has been working with the co-op on our Community Solar Power demonstration project.

White Earth Land Recovery Project
Founded by Winona LaDuke, the White Earth Land Recovery Project facilitates recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening spiritual and cultural heritage.

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