Season 2 Ep. 2: A conversation about food cooperatives

Grocery stores have been on Julie’s mind lately. As a member of the Waseca EDA, she finds herself thinking about ways and alternatives to attract a new grocery store business to the community to help fill a need that is currently only occupied by Walmart.

On this episode, she discusses one alternative – cooperatives. She’s joined by three experts and leaders who are active in their own local food cooperatives. They discuss their own stories on how they got involved in local foods, the challenges, opportunities and resources available to build such a business, and how current food distribution infrastructure works a bit against these organizations due to their lower volume.