Community Food Co-Ops
- Resource to Develop a Food Co-Op
This document describes a food co-op and provides a list of resources
to aid in establishing a local food co-op.
This is a sample set of by-laws that may be used in development of a
local food cooperative.
- Sample Articles of Organization
This document is a sample of articles of organization for the development
of a local food cooperative.
- The Role of Cooperatives in Community Development
This is an article on the development, strengths and economic impacts
- Cooperative Feasibility Study Guide
This guide was designed to assist agricultural cooperatives in completing
a feasibility study. Included are important elements to consider when
conducting such a study. The guide contains information on whether or
not a group should conduct a feasibility study, the steps involved,
how to evaluate a study and how to implement one once completed. A sample
feasibility study outline is included for reference.
Building Healthy Communities through Food: An Overview of Community
This presentation provides great information on understanding
community food systems, benefits of such systems, and examples of food
systems in action.
- MU Extension: Community Food
This PDF is full of excellent resources to educate yourself and others
on the types of community food systems, tools for establishing such
systems, real world examples of community food systems in action, and
- Beyond the Farmers Market Guide
Developed for Illinois, but the case studies and strategies are applicable
to rural communities in Missouri. This guide is an excellent resource
for developing or enhancing a local farmers market. Includes a case
study about a rural community that developed a partnership between several
farmers and the local grocery store.
Food Security Coalition
The mission of the Community Food Security Coalition is “to catalyze
food systems that are healthy, sustainable, just and democratic by building
community voice and capacity for change.” This site may help in planning
community food ventures and provides some of the most recently published
documents on the community food and food security movements.
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