Springtime in the desert means the Co-op is rockin’ and rollin’, now more than ever! Farm fields and fruit trees are in full burst! And our Co-op staff and volunteers are going full tilt. A January grant from Pinnacle Prevention means our Farm Raiser sites – Clark Park Community Garden, Concordia, Metro Tech and Rover Farm Fresh – can add signage, coolers, technology. They can also offer food demos and tastings using produce from the farm bags, by some of the valley’s premier chefs. The grant will help expand participation in the program by low-income households, who can use their SNAP / EBT, and Double Up Food Bucks benefits to stretch their food dollars while bringing fresh and healthful local produce to their tables. It will also allow Sun to implement an e-commerce platform to streamline ordering, pick-up, and delivery of products from the Co-op’s network of farms to its customers. Plus – hire a part-time assistant for Anita, our lovely Logistics Coordinator.
The Fairlife Foundation provided a grant to Sun in February – to build the Co-op’s marketing and branding capacity and expand the Farm Raiser program.
Funding from the Vitalyst Health Foundation and the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension SNAP-Ed Program has allowed Sun Produce to engage Karalea Wiltbank, Common Sense Consulting and Facilitation, to work with the Co-op Board and community to put a 3-business plan in place for both the Co-op and the newly established Sun Produce Co-op Foundation – a 501 c 3 non-profit arm of Sun. The Foundation will strengthen the Co-op’s mission and programs by developing its outreach, education, and fundraising capacity.
And mark your calendars: there is a party coming up! Mark Rhine and his crew at Rhiba Farms are hosting a Red Carpet Farmer to Chef Cooperative Picnic and BBQ to benefit the Co-op and the new Foundation. Held Saturday, May 14th from 4 – 8 p.m. it will be a family-friendly event on the farm in San Tan Valley, bringing together farmers, local chefs, the community and – YOU?!
Check out this link for more information and to register: Farmer to Chef Cooperative Picnic and BBQ
Thanks everyone for all you do every day to support Sun Produce Co-op and help us continue to grow and keep it real! More coming soon…
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