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.
ICDC to Host Indy Food Council Food Fellow
With support from the Efroymson Family Fund, the Indy Food Council, Butler University, Marian University, University of Indianapolis, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have launched the Indy Food Fellows program. The program entails a series of year-long fellowships to improve and strengthen the health and sustainability of the Indianapolis food system. In its inaugural year, the initiative will provide eight fellowships, with each campus receiving two fellows. Each fellow will be housed with a sponsoring organization that seeks to strengthen the Indianapolis food system in one or more of the Indy Food Council’s four priority areas: health and nutrition; hunger, food access, and/or social justice; ecological sustainability; and community and economic development.
The relationship with the Indy Food Council represents a great opportunity to extend ICDC’s mission of helping to start and grow cooperatives across Indiana. Increased interest in local foods has helped fuel an explosion of new cooperatives from food co-ops to food hubs. Partnering with institutions of higher education and the Indy Food Council will continue to raise the profile of cooperative businesses.”
Sarah Robb, IUPUI—Indiana Cooperative Development Center Fellow
FROM THE BLOG
Here's a great example of Principle 6 - Cooperation Among Cooperatives. The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers.