In early 2011, the ICDC was contacted by Organic Valley and asked to assist a group of 80 organic milk producers in northern Indiana form a cooperative to purchase a local organic feed mill. The steering committee met bi-weekly throughout 2012 with a goal of completing the project by early 2013.
We help develop and launch cooperative organizations in Indiana.
Indiana Cooperative Development Center provides innovative, results-oriented, and cost-effective services to cooperatives and related organizations.
We can help you with…
- strategic planning
- marketing analysis
- feasibility studies
- business plans
- staff training
A nonprofit located in Indianapolis, our knowledgeable staff has aided the development and launch of cooperatives of all kinds.
ISDA Food Hub Survey
Calling all local food enthusiasts, producers and wholesalers!
Whether you like to eat food, grow food or wholesale food, we wanted to let you know about a study being conducted by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and to ask for your input via a short 10-minute survey.
Identifying the most effective ways of getting specialty crops from the producer to wholesaler or consumer, is a priority for the ISDA. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. For a full list of specialty crops, visit: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/scbgpdefinitions.
Presently, Specialty Crops are frequently distributed through grocery stores, farmers markets, wholesalers, co-ops, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture programs). The project team, led by ISDA staff, is exploring another way of distributing products through what is known as a ‘food hub’. We are conducting research to determine if food hubs would be effective, and so, we need your input via the survey link below.
You do not need to know what a food hub is to take the survey, but if you would like to learn more about them or this project please visit www.indianafoodhubs.org. Our project team simply wants to know the types of products you and other consumers are interested in and how likely you are to purchase from a variety of sources. This will help us know if food hubs are a good way to get the products from the farm to you!
Lastly, if you have connections to others interested in local specialty crops, please forward this survey invitation via email or post the survey link to your social media. The more responses the better! Likewise, if you are able to print, post or otherwise distribute the attached flyer (variety of sizes attached) to other consumers at your favorite store, cooperative, farmers market, or event, we would sincerely appreciate your help spreading the word! Input like yours is key to helping us understand the market for local specialty crops.
FROM THE BLOG
CHS, a leading farmer-owned cooperative based in the Twin Cities area, has purchased the naming rights to the St. Paul Saints’ new ballpark.