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Churches’ support helps coop thrive

publication date: Feb 1, 2001
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Rural Minnesota has a deep tradition of farmers marketing cooperatively. From 1859 to 1939, farmers formed more than 600 cooperative creameries, 150 mutual fire insurance companies, hundreds of cooperative telephone associations, and 270 farmers’ elevators.
It is little wonder, then, that farmers who wanted a better price for our products would form a cooperative. What has been a surprise is the fact that our greatest success has come from our relationships with churches. We call it CSA - that’s Congregationally Supported Agriculture, not Community Supported Agriculture.Although we have a number of marketing initiatives - we sell to restaurants, neighborhood grocers, neighborhood groups, and the staffs of non-profit organizations - our most successful effort has been our CSA effort.

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