Guide to Starting a Locally-Scaled, Local-Foods Based Cooperative

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Crystal Stewart, Christopher Curro, Greg and Kirsten Dunn | 2011 | 20 pages
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The Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market was profitable just after its first year and has seen on average 5 percent growth per month since it opened in 2009. Guide to Starting a Locally-Scaled, Local-Foods Based Cooperative, written by Cornell Cooperative Extension, is a handbook that details the steps taken by Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market to successfully establish their business. Located in upstate New York, the market is a community owned grocery store that sources locally and is open seven days a week. It has been lauded by organizations throughout the state for its quick growth and unique business style. 

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.