Create Positive Change
Each time you shop at the co-op, you have a chance to directly support local nonprofits by donating your 10-cent reusable bag credits and rounding up your purchases to the nearest dollar. It may only be a few cents or spare change, but your generosity makes a huge impact — to the tune of over $10,000 each month for our Positive Change recipients!
The Good Acre
May’s Positive Change recipient is The Good Acre, a nonprofit hub that connects local farmers, food makers, and community through good food. Their work helps smaller operations (especially farmers of color and women) meet the requirements of wholesale buyers, meaning up-and-coming businesses can start to become established. The Good Acre offers access to food production space, a storage facility and commercial kitchens, which are all inside their red metal building near Falcon Heights.
The Good Acre also provides personalized support for farmers, introducing them as needed to multiple avenues for sales, opportunities for learning, low-cost infrastructure, and free support resources. The Good Acre works with farmers where they’re at to achieve their business goals. Around 56 farmers (out of 120+) live in St. Paul or Ramsey County.
Additionally, The Good Acre supports St. Paul and East Metro hunger relief through food access organizations like Eastside Table, sourcing and aggregating produce to ensure access to culturally connected, locally grown food. The Good Acre tries to address all aspects of the food system to promote inclusivity and access for everyone.
Donations collected at the registers will be used to sustain The Good Acre’s general operations, focused on increasing equitable market access for small, local produce farmers.