Spring is here, and with it comes wonderful news for healthy-food lovers! Here is an update on what’s going on with Delridge Produce Cooperative.
DPC has chosen a location!
A new housing development near Delridge Way SW and Brandon, run by the DESC, will be finished around the end of 2013 – and DPC has been in negotiations to secure a commercial space on Delridge Way SW.
The plan is to open a green grocery store selling organic fruits, vegetables, greens, roots, seeds, nuts, grains, flours, oils, nut butters, bottled tomato sauce and a few similar items, bread, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products in the beginning of 2014.
DPC plans for a large part of the produce purchases to come from the Delridge community itself, and so they have a great need to reach out to neighbors to find and recruit members and growers.
If DPC can connect gardeners to the food hub that is being developed, everyone can all eat healthy, local food without paying the high prices that can be common for organic produce at the grocery store.
USDA rules for organic food allow DPC to present small growers (those whose businesses gross less than $5000 per year) with rules that they sign, stating that they use no pesticides or other unhealthy farming methods. DPC can encourage local farming and help to revitalize Delridge’s economy by becoming a great place for neighbors to make a little extra cash.
Over the next two years, DPC needs to build our member base, raise money, and recruit neighbor-farmers in order to be ready to open as soon as possible once the store is built. From now until the time the new coop opens, DPC will host one public meeting per month, when they will invite new volunteers to come and find out what they can do to help. DPC needs people to help schedule volunteering time, oversee fundraising and recruiting projects, knock on doors, show up to local events and distribute information, recruit new members and farmers, join the Board of Directors, and contribute their professional talents on a volunteer basis.
If you like talking to people and making friends, wDPCe especially needs you to do person-to-person outreach to the community.
For more information email the folks at DPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their website at http://sites.google.com/site/delridgeproducecooperative/