Videos tagged as 'cooperative development'

Rhizomic Growth

Collaboration designer and author Jack Ricchiuto presents the concept of rhizomic growth, based on the growth of plants like ginger that send out underground stems or rhizomes that grow other stems. In a social setting, rhizomic growth refers to a more collaborative system, in which gardens grow other gardens or businesses grow other businesses. In this time of economic struggle, this model presents a new approch to growing organizations, communities, and economies that are more dynamic, more innovative, and more collaborative. Rather than looking at individual farms or restaurants as compeitors with each other, can they become collaborators, helping to support and grow each other and over time grow an overall local food economy?

Local Roots 2011

Local Roots, based in downtown Wooster, embodies rhizomic growth. A small group of farmers, educators, artists, financiers, and consumers got together in 2009 with a vision for a retail local foods storefront in downtown Wooster. A year and a half later, they have 140 farmer-members and  more than 400 consumer members occupying two previously vacant downtown storefronts in Wooster. Rolling up their sleeves, farmers and volunteers are busy at work expanding the store to include a certified kitchen space that can be used to prepare local foods for the in-store cafe or for use by the farmers that comprise the cooperative. Local Roots demonstrates a business model where a business can help to incubate other businesses and farm-based enterprises. Could this happen in your community?

Central Community Cooperative

This video details efforts in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland to establish a cooperative to provide better food access in this food desert neighborhood. The Central Community Cooperative project emerged out of a student project to identify business opportunities to meet unmet needs within the neighborhood. Here current and past students of Cuyahoga Community College describe their efforts to establish a cooperative that combines volunteerism, affordable food access, and connections to broader urban agriculture projects in their neighborhood.

Origins of Local Roots

The members of Local Roots received the 2010 Local Hero Award from Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs. Opening their doors for operations only in January of 2010, Local Roots has grown quickly from 12 to 500 members, including 110 participating farmers. Local Roots was established through a collaboration with the Wayne County Commissioners who made the empty storefront available to the establishment of the cooperative. Learn about how Local Roots all began when people were having trouble finding food for Thanksgiving dinner in farm country. 

How Local Roots Works

This video breaks down how local food operates. Hear operations manager Jessica Barkheimer describe the flow of activities that support this dynamic cooperative market space. Local Roots was established by and is run by all volunteers. Meet some of the youngest volunteers and learn about some of the financial and management background of the operation. Jessica shares her views on how the Local Roots model can be replicated.

Farmers of Local Roots Cooperative

This short film introduces some of the farmers around greater Wayne County to supply the Local Roots Cooperative in downtown Wooster. Farmers and consumers are both member-owners in this hybrid cooperative. The cooperative has 110 producer-members that provide a wide-range of products to the cooperative: produce, meats, processed and baked goods, fiber, personal care, and artisan goods. Farmers get to set-up their own display spaces within the cooperative and get to set their own prices. Local Roots also provides a year-round market which has enabled farmers to extend their growing season. Beyond a place for selling local foods, farmers participate in the many educational programs through Local Roots, ranging from cooking demonstrations to gardening workshops.