A monumental moment for a monumental year: to kick off the Skagit Valley Food Co-op's 50th anniversary year, we are so proud to announce that the Co-op has donated $100,000 to Viva Farms to support local, organic agriculture and the future of farming in Skagit Valley!
The Co-op has been supporting local producers and giving back to the community since 1973, and we could not imagine a more powerful way to continue our commitment as we head into the next 50 years than this new partnership with Viva Farms and our Growing Good Fund. The Co-op's board of directors established the Growing Good Fund to cement the Co-op's legacy in the Valley, with a strong focus on the cooperative principle of "Concern for Community."
Our food co-op's legacy already has a firm foundation as a provider of safe, healthy food choices, our working relationships with local farmers, and our economic impact as one of Skagit County's largest employers. Yet, some questions have lingered as the board continues its strategic planning: "How can we parlay our depth of experience in food matters to broaden our influence to help make healthy food more accessible and available to more people? What role should we play to help solidify healthy long-term food systems and security in our community? Who should we partner with and why? How can the Co-op play an even bigger role in local agriculture and food resiliency?"
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