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International Year of Cooperatives

The United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. As stated by the United Nations Secretary, General Ban Ki-moon, "Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility." International years are declared by the United Nations to draw attention to and encourage action on major issues. So...

Did you know that Utah has a community-owned cooperative, located in Moab, called Moonflower Market? Moonflower became a cooperative in hopes by the management and board of directors of making the natural foods store a permanent and sustainable resource for the town. Find out more by visiting the Moonflower Market Facebook Page

Also, a team of dedicated individuals are creating a Wasatch Cooperative Market. This will be a a full-service, socially and environmentally responsible grocery store focused on selling local, high-quality products at fair trade prices. The Co-op will serve as a hub of Utah's food culture and, as a community-owned market, will strengthen the local economy by encouraging the growth of our regional food infrastructure. If you would like to support the Wasatch Cooperative Market, become a Member-Owner! The cost of becoming a Member-Owner in the Wasatch Cooperative Market is $300. It is a one-time investment. It is not a donation nor an annual fee. A variety of payment plans are available, starting as low as $25 a month. Find out details by clicking on their Member-Ownership page.

Cooperatives help our local economy by sourcing a variety of local products and employing community members. You can make a huge difference in who you support when grocery shopping! If you are unclear about the benefits of supporting local, find our more in this Local Food Fact Sheet.