Area communities form food cooperative

A growing group of residents is forming a food co-op to serve the Route 20 corridor from West Winfield to Waterville.

The aim of the 4-Corners Food Co-op is to develop a community-driven grocery market with a large portion of locally sourced products and seasonal foods when possible as well as sourcing additional fresh and healthy foods within easy reach.

A co-op is a for-profit store collectively owned by its members and run by a member-elected board of directors. By opening a co-op, 4-Corners Food Co-op members plan to not only provide choices in food shopping, but to empower each other, local farmers and local communities.

Membership will not be required to shop at the store.

4-Corners Food Co-op will offer classes and workshops aimed at raising awareness about health, nutrition, food preparation, growing food, and sustainability.

Members of the 4-Corners Food Co-op are working to get the word out by aligning themselves with civic organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in the area and by enlisting the support of fellow residents.

More information and a schedule of events can be found at http://4cornersfoodcoop.com or on its Facebook Page at 4-Corners Food Coop.

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