Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Jerry Nash

  • Exciting News: Rep. Casten is Helping PFC Move A Step Closer to Funding!

    We wanted to update our community regarding the news that Congressman Sean Casten has earmarked $847K towards Prairie Food Co-op and has passed the first hurdle by being approved by the House Appropriations Committee. We want to take this opportunity to explain what this means for Prairie Food Co-op. 


    The Facts

    PFC has been working with Congressman Sean Casten over the past year and submitted a grant request via our non-for-profit fiscal agent, the Cooperative Development Fund, for funding to help us open our store. We were recently notified that our funding was approved and would be included in Rep. Casten’s requests for funding in the appropriations bill. 

    From Rep Casten’s website: “$847,000 in funding would be used to fill the funding gap for the Prairie Food Co-op. This project will revitalize the economy, support the growth of local microbusinesses, and create $1.5 million in revenues for local agriculture and local food businesses. This capital investment will construct and equip DuPage County’s first community owned grocery, which will fulfill the objectives of the committee by: - creating 50-80 living wage jobs with opportunities for advancement and comprehensive - benefits, - creating steady income streams for over 300 local urban, suburban and rural Illinois farmers and producers - generating $13M in economic activity, and - stimulating the creation of 8-12 micro-businesses.”

    This is of course VERY exciting news and we are very hopeful that this funding makes it all the way to the President’s desk (wow!), but in the spirit of full transparency, we feel it is necessary to manage expectations. 

     

    Funding Not Fully Approved Yet

    The PFC project was included in the baseline House appropriations bill and passed out of the full appropriations committee the week of July 1.

    Next, the full House of Representatives must pass the appropriations package and then negotiate a final bill with the Senate. Once negotiated, both chambers have to pass the negotiated bill and send it to the President’s desk. This funding is not guaranteed until the President signs the final bill and could be removed at any step during this process.

    We want to set expectations appropriately, with ourselves for planning purposes with you, our community. There is no defined timeline for this process. Last year’s appropriations passed in March 2022. We do not have an estimated time of when this year’s appropriations will pass. 

     

    This Doesn’t Change Our Situation at 109 S. Main

    As previously communicated, we have a minimum $1.2M funding gap that we hoped the village of Lombard and DuPage County could help us close with upfront grants, TIF, or other municipal support. These upfront funding requests were denied.

    Unfortunately, even if our funding request is fully approved by Congress, we still have a funding gap at 109 South Main. Additionally, COVID-related supply chain issues and inflation have resulted in substantial price increases for equipment and some building materials with the likely outcome that the 109 South Main project is more expensive than our financials demonstrated 1 year ago.

    The PFC Site Team continues to evaluate potential sites in our community for viability. We have worked too long and too hard to take shortcuts now and will not move forward with a site until success and viability are proven via professional market study data. Our mission to support local farmers and food producers is increasingly important. 

     

    What’s Next

    We have dedicated significant time and resources over the past 10 years to open our mission driven grocery store. We raised $1.7M from Owners and have commitments from several lenders. We are in a strong position to move quickly for the right opportunity. There are currently several uncertainties that make planning a challenge, but we are hopeful that we will have a site announcement later this year. 


    How You Can Help

    Many have asked what more can be done to help us with opening our store. We ask that that if you please consider becoming a PFC Owner if you're not yet. In adidition to being a PFC Owner, you can help increase our chances of receiving this funding by letting Rep. Casten know how many of his constituents appreciate his effort to secure this funding for PFC. Here are a few ways you can do this: 

     

     

     

    • Call: You can call his Glen Ellyn office at (630) 520-9450 or call his D.C. office at (202) 225-4561 and let the staffer know how excited and appreciative you are that Rep. Casten is helping secure this important funding for this first community owned grocery store in DuPage County! 

     

     

     

     


  • published Leslee Keri in Our Mission & Board 2022-04-07 11:28:47 -0500

    Leslee Keri

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    "If elected, I will use my professional experience and passion for our grocery store to first, help open its doors, and then to continue to succeed and serve our community in a lasting and positive way."
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    Owner Number 1083
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    Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors? 
    I started to volunteer with the Co-op two years ago. Working with the current Board and getting to know other Owners has inspired me to get more involved and continue to contribute what I can in a positive way during this critical time in our co-op's history.
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    Please tell us about your past or present employment
    I have worked at OMSNIC, a medical malpractice insurance company for oral surgeons in Schaumburg, for nearly 15 years. In that time, my role has included event planning, educational program development, and marketing efforts. Currently, I am the Director of our Patient Safety and Risk Management Department where I am responsible for making strategic decisions that align with and further the overall goals of the Company.
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    Volunteer: Membership/Affiliation/Leadership Past and Present:
    I began volunteering with PFC in February 2020. I had the opportunity to call many of my fellow owners as part of the Spring and Fall Community Investment Program and helped to raise nearly $50K for our co-op. I also currently volunteer on the Ownership and Outreach Committee (O&O), contributing to social media posts, newsletters, graphic design, and events.
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    Which of the following areas do you have expertise? 
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    What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director? 
    As a small, volunteer Board I anticipate that each Director will be asked to assume a number of different roles - depending on the priorities and needs of the Co-op. I believe I would be an effective Director due to the variety of skills I will contribute, the strongest of which are that I am a collaborative team player who is comfortable making informed, strategic decisions. Working with the O&O team has really allowed me to internalize the voice and mission of our co-op and I believe I can carry that forward as a Director. I am also passionate about having access to local, healthy and sustainable foods to support our economy and provide the appropriate nutrition our bodies need to be healthy.
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    What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?
    Short term, I am excited to contribute leadership and represent our owners' interests as we work towards the opening of our grocery store. It is important for the Board to make informed decisions to ensure long term success for our store. Those decisions should include direction from co-op recognized advisors as well as the input of our Owners. Long term, I hope the Co-op will expand our Ownership, support local farmers/food producers, become an economic multiplier for our community and a model co-op for others in the surrounding areas.
    What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?
    Prairie Food is my first Co-op experience. Otherwise, my food experience is limited to love of it- especially great tasting meats and veggies!

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  • published Gerry Haptas in PFC Board Candidates 2022 2022-04-07 11:28:08 -0500

    PFC Board Candidate - Gerry Haptas

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    "Prairie Food Coop is good for the community, owners, producers, suppliers and customers. This is meaningful to me & that’s the WIN team I am signing up for. I look forward to meeting you in the store!"
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    Owner Number 791
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    Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors? 
    This is an exciting time in the co-op establishment and development. I feel I can make a positive impact achieving the current and upcoming PFC goals towards opening the store and beyond. I enjoy being involved and making things happen.
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    Employment: Please tell us about your past or present employment 
    I have been in management and leadership roles in IT, Consulting and Sales. This includes 15 years with Jewel Food Stores, 14 years with a Direct Marketing company, and 8 years with AT&T, 5 of which were selling to a local government entity, the City of Chicago, and, 4 years with a consulting company. I retired in November of 2017.
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    Which of the following areas do you have expertise?
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    Volunteer: Membership/Affiliation/Leadership Past and Present:
    I currently serve as Secretary on the Prairie Food Co-op board. I currently volunteer with a therapeutic horseback riding program with Ray Graham Association. I served on our local parochial school board which included roles as Secretary and Vice-President. I was also the representative to the affiliate organizations mentioned below. I was involved with the Lombard Park District in several capacities. I was the head coach for the Lombard Dive Team for 10 years. I was also the basketball coach for a co-ed high school team for 5 years. I was a head coach at a local parochial grade school for about 10 years for the following sports: track, cross country, volleyball, and, basketball. For 2 years I was a youth mentor with a middle school program which ended with covid remote learning restrictions.
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    What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director? 
    My career has been working with people to help overcome the barriers preventing their progress. This involves listening, planning, consensus, execution and monitoring while communicating and adjusting with all stake/shareholders as necessary. I have collaborated with others to accomplish this in the past and I believe PFC will benefit with these skills and those noted in the expertise response above. I have always been prepared to dig in as far as necessary to get things done.
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    What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?
    To be a part of the team that leads PFC to be successful and exceed its goals. I have been a Lombard downtown-area resident for over 40 years and cherish the thought of opening a community-owned grocery store in Lombard.
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    What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?
    I serve on the Prairie Food Co-op board first as an interim director for a year and subsequently served my first 3-year term on the board, recently as Secretary. I am now running for my 2nd board term. I did not have prior co-op experience but have gained knowledge and experience in many facets. I am the governance committee chair and and worked diligently to ensure accuracy and completeness processing the payments of our CIP phases. These are just building blocks as we now head into our straightaway sprint.
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  • published The Prairie Food Co-op Store Design Has Begun in News 2021-09-20 17:26:47 -0500

    The Prairie Food Co-op Store Design Has Begun

     

    The PFC Board is excited to share that we have begun the Store Design process. That is, we are working with a talented team of co-op experts, architects, and general managers to create the beautiful store we’ve been dreaming of since day one.

     

    We have a “dream team” helping with this project. The Board has hired Firebrand Coop and Retail Planit to help create a store that represents the values of our PFC community. This team of consultants includes:

    • Dan Arnett - General Manager of Chicago Food Coop and Cooperative Development professor who has overseen the development of 4 food coops
    • JQ Hannah - Food Coop Initiative assistant director and former GM of Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana
    • Karla Krueger - Karla brings over two decades of grocery store design experience
    • Kaye Kirsch - Firebrand co-owner and project manager of Prairie Roots Food Co-op, a recently funded $2.9M project

     

    Adding to this dream team is our own PFC Store Design volunteer team including:

    • Team lead Megan Harte, local architect and co-owner of 845 Design Group (and early proud PFC Owner!)
    • Kevin Corral of Ade Food Service for equipment planning and procurement
    • Jeff Gahris DuPage County Forest Commissioner who will bring a focus on sustainability
    • Rick Lewellayn who brings decades of experience developing and opening sustainably-focused, fiscally-sound grocery stores

     

    In just a few short weeks, Owners will be provided photo-realistic renderings of our home-grown grocery store! This will provide a clear idea of what PFC will look and feel like. It will include the departments and services that PFC will offer and what your shopping experience might be. Will we have a sandwich or smoothie bar? What will the community space look like? How will we market our values of supporting local farmers and food producers? How will PFC support sustainability?

    We are so excited to embark on this journey of a shared vision for a better grocery store - one that is owned by US, that gives back to the community, and that supports local farmers and food producers.

    Stay tuned!


  • published Ask an Expert in Community Investment 2021-04-09 01:42:23 -0500

    Ask an Expert

    Schedule a time for one of our warm, friendly Co-operators to call and talk about Prairie Food Co-op with you.


  • published 30 By 30 in News 2020-06-23 01:44:42 -0500

    30 by 30

    As you may know, when the shelter in place order began in Illinois we created the PFC Virtual Farmers Market, a directory that promoted as many local farmers and food vendors as we enter one of their usual most busy times of the season. 

    One of our most recent participants in the PFC Virtual Market is Southside Blooms- a farm-to-vase florist CSA on the Southside of Chicago who provide unique and fashion-forward floral arrangements delivered to your door while maintaining an uncompromising dedication to both the environment and their surrounding communities.

    From their website, “Our urban chic designs draw from the resources and creative inspiration of the inner city– where all our blooms are grown. Every purchase directly contributes to job creation for at-risk youth and young adults in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods. Our flowers are "beyond-organic" because we use ZERO pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers, while these toxic chemicals are standard for the rest of the industry.”

    We are excited to learn that Southside Blooms offer their flower CSA to the DuPage community and we strongly recommend that you support them.

    We also will be raffling off TWO Southside Blooms CSA memberships to any new Owner or referrer in the month of June IF we reach 30 new PFC Owners by June 30th.

    All you have to do to be eligible is either refer a new Owner or become a new PFC Owner.

    Help us reach our goal by referring or becoming a PFC Owner and you might have a summer of locally grown flowers delivered to your door!


  • published Our System Is Broke, But We Can Help Fix It in News 2020-05-29 03:24:00 -0500

    Our System Is Broke, But We Can Help Fix It

    Our System is Broke, But We Can Help Fix It.

    As the effects of COVID 19 profoundly alter our lives and shake up the way we do almost everything, we are reminded that our current food system is unsustainable.

    Many meat processing facilities across the nation are either closing down or rife with COVID 19 infections. Despite having some of the most fertile soil in the world, a large majority of produce sold in most Illinois grocery stores travels thousands of miles to get here while the profit these stores makes travels thousands of miles away from our community. And most of the food we buy at chain grocery stores are overly saturated with harmful chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, hormones, and other contaminants that have no business being in or on the food we and our families eat.

    Environmentally, economically, and nutritiously- this system is unsustainable.

    This is why food
    co-ops are important. We understand that supporting as much local food as possible is not only beneficial to OUR community, but having a vibrant, robust local food infrastructure protects us all from crises like we are experiencing now.

    We have plenty of local farmers and food producers, but conventional grocery stores simply will not work with most of these small businesses. However, this is what food co-ops do best: providing a marketplace for locally and sustainably produced, clean, nutritious food.

    But we can't do this until we can open our doors. This is why we need you to join the nearly 1100+ of your friends and neighbors who have already joined our ranks to realize our dream of building a community-Owned grocery store where we buy the food we want and a large majority of the profit stays here in our community. PFC Owners are the building blocks of what our grocery store will be and we cannot open without more of our community stepping up and becoming Owners.

    We ask you to please step up for your community by becoming a Prairie Food Co-op Owner today.

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  • published PFC Coloring Fun! in Get Involved 2020-04-27 23:57:09 -0500

    PFC Coloring Fun!

            

     

    Cooped up in the house and looking for something creative to do? Need an activity to keep you and your kiddos occupied? Well break out your crayons, coloring pencils, or- dare we suggest- paints and get in touch with your artistic side! Whether you're a John Singer Sargent, a Georgia O'Keeffe, or maybe even closer to a Jackson Pollak, we want to see your creations!

    Just print out one or all of the above coloring pages (just click on the image), get your coloring on, and then post a pic of your creation(s) on your social media while tagging Prairie Food Co-op. We'd especially love it if you include you and/or your kids (even furry kids) in the pics, because people LOVE pics of people (especially kids and pets) even more than they like pics of fancy art!

    So join in the fun and we can't wait to see your pics! Also, if you haven't yet, like Prairie Food Co-op on Instagram and Facebook!

     

     


  • published PFC Presents Ask A Chef with Culinary Confidante in News 2020-03-31 20:44:30 -0500

    PFC Presents Ask A Chef with Culinary Confidante

    Check out PFC's Ask a Chef with Culinary Confidante Series, a collection of all the Ask A Chef videos that covers a plethora of kitchen related topics that were originally presented live. Whether it be talking about pantry ingredients, spices, or ingredient substitution, Chef Crystal has you covered. We guarantee that you'll be informed and entertained.

    May 19 2020

    Ask a Chef: The Right Tool For the Job

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    Did you know that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife?

    Check out this FINAL Ask A Chef episode to learn more about kitchen knives and other culinary gadgets. Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante reviews what tools she recommends you keep on hand for a well-equipped kitchen. She also shows us a few of her favorite kitchen toys + answers many questions from the audience!

     

    May 5 2020

    Ask a Chef: Reducing Food Waste

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    Did you know that the average person wastes more than his or her own body weight in food each year? Check out our 7th(!) video in our Ask a Chef Series to find out what you can do to reduce your food waste. Watch Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante review best practices for managing the food you buy to reduce and/or eliminate waste.
    She also gives us a few produce prep tips and touch on different ways that you can actually use your food waste.

     

    April 28 2020

    Ask a Chef: Making the Most of Pantry Ingredients

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    Check out this installment of Ask A Chef for some pantry inspiration as Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante gives us a few tips on what to do with the items in the back of the cupboard, including a few recipe ideas. She also covers what items you should be shopping for to reduce trips to the grocery store while still cooking a varied menu.
    She also answers questions from her viewers!

     

    April 21 2020

    Ask a Chef: Storing Produce & Keeping it Fresher for Longer

    Chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante discusses ways that you can make the produce that you're already buying last longer. Crystal covers where to store your produce as well as what type of container it should be stored in. She also shares a few of her tips for regrowing foods right in your kitchen, no special equipment needed!

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    April 14 2020

    Ask a Chef: Salad Dressings

    Check out Prairie Food Co-op's fourth installment of Ask of Chef with Culinary Confidante: Salad Dressings.
    Using ingredients that you likely have in your pantry already, Chef Crystal discusses (and show us!) how to make a basic vinaigrette along with a few variations. Crystal also covers dressing pairings for different salads as well as how to make an emulsion. Not sure what an emulsion is? Check this out to learn more!

     

    April 7 2020

    Ask A Chef: Recipes- Tips, Substitutions & Improv 

    Join chef Crystal of Culinary Confidante for part three of our Ask a Chef series where she talks about recipes. In this installment she covers the basics of following a recipe as well as what to look for when browsing recipes online including how to know if you’ve found a good recipe. Crystal also discusses recipe adjustments and substitutions- especially helpful during this time of limited grocery shopping. Check it out!

     

    March 31 2020

    Ask A Chef: Spices with Culinary Confidante

    Watch Crystal of Culinary Confidante walk through her spice cabinet and discuss what to do with certain spices as well as which spices to regularly keep on hand. This was very fun and very informative. We also got to witness Crystal deal with a potential disaster like a pro. Come for the information, stay for the fun!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • published PFC Virtual Farmers Market in News 2020-03-27 17:30:01 -0500

    PFC Virtual Farmers Market

    Welcome to the PFC Virtual Farmers Market, a registry of our local farms, CSAs, artisans, and small businesses. These are the producers and vendors that PFC will want to provide a marketplace for when we are open and these are the types of businesses you would likely see at a farmers market. Please support these businesses since their business models are affected by social distancing and they need the support of their community more than ever, especially with market season approaching.

    If you are one of these businesses please fill this out, or if you know of a one that belongs here please send them a link to this page so they can enter their info.

     

    FILL OUT THE PFC VIRTUAL FARMERS MARKET FORM HERE


  • PFC's December To Remember Particpating Local Businesses

     

     

     

      Rosemary and Jeans is a fresh, casual restaurant. This beautiful white house on Main Street is the perfect place for families to gather for an affordable, scratch made meal. With a subtle nod to their Northern Italian family, simple pastas, fresh salads and classic entrees- complimented with some American favorites- will please each generation of your family.

     

      Babcock's Grove House is an intimate Lombardian-family-owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of downtown Lombard, IL. Babcock's offers a hybrid service style, quick counter service by day, relaxed full service at night. All menu items are made from scratch daily using primarily local, seasonal ingredients. 

     

    Fringe A Boutique Salon is a family of hair specialists who are passionate professionals committed to delivering the finest salon experience in our chic, soothing space. Fringe is located in downtown Lombard, yet with a ‘City’ Salon feel.

      Ruff Life is a family-owned all-natural pet supply shop committed to serving their community by providing the highest quality food & treats around. Their edibles will always be free from wheat, corn, soy & by-products so you can give the best to your best friend.

     

       Pick one of 3 wines (Californina Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Syrah, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc). All wines  are crafted by Michelle Coppedge, PFC Owner and Lombardian, from award winning vineyard wine kits. The fun name of Wubby Wine is an ode to her love of dogs, particularly her previous Pug Stubby, aka Wubby. We hope you can enjoy these delicious wines over the holidays!

     

       Marche, located at 496 Main St. in Glen Ellyn, offers cheese, charcuterie, wines, craft beers, spirits and a distinctive array of complements. There are cheese plates, sandwiches and lunch boxes to eat in, share or take home; and artfully arranged cheese and charcuterie boards for parties and special occasions. 

    Alter Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery located in Downers Grove, IL.  Alter welcomes all people interested in unique craft beers and its vibrant culture to come and share the experience with others who share your passion for delicious beer, amazing company, music and of course… fun.

     

    Righteous Kitchen believes that a great meal, like great Rock & Roll, should make you pump your fist and raise your lights too. They want you to experience the flavors, the excitement, the smells of a positively righteous meal prepared fresh each day just for you! 

     

    Yoga & Ayurveda is a local community based studio that is grounded in the traditional 8 limb path of yoga. Their teachers teach their own style and create their own sequences. They offer Vinyasa, Prenatal, Iyengar, Therapeutic, 50+, evening and early morning classes.

     

    MORE Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Villa Park that specializes in NE style ales, sours and stouts as well as offering a full menu of unique and delicious appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and entree items. 

     

    Brewpoint Coffee not only provides freshly roasted coffee & pastries but they are a company that creates and empowers authentic community spaces through their coffee. 

     

    Paradiso encourages effortless style, a memorable experience and a brand to bond all types of women together. Paradiso is a place to shop versatile, affordable fashions for all walks of life and gifts for the women who inspire you the most. Their mission is for you to be able to embrace your inner beauty and connect the joy of style to your authentic self.

     

     

     


  • published Show Us Your PFC Yard Sign! in News 2020-05-23 00:43:23 -0500

    Show Us Your PFC Yard Sign!

     

    Most of us know that April showers bring May flowers. But what do May flowers bring? PFC Yard Sign Fun!

    As we near the end of May the weather is warmer, the flowers are in bloom and Prairie Food Co-op signs are on display.

    We loved seeing everyone's yard sign photos so much last summer we're doing it again!

    Share the sunshine, the flowers and a little joy this spring by posting a picture of your PFC yard sign and tagging our Facebook and/or Instagram pages.

    Now more than ever, it's especially important to support local food. Show your community that you support Prairie Food Co-op by proudly displaying one of our fabulously attractive yard signs.

    If you're a PFC Owner, just sign up for a FREE PFC Yard Sign to join in the fun.

    Not an owner yet? Become a PFC Owner today (for just $10 down!), sign up for a free PFC yard sign, and you'll get a visit from our yard sign fairy too!

    Become a PFC Owner Today!

     

     


  • wants to volunteer 2019-06-14 14:59:24 -0500

    Order a Yard Sign

    Show your Owner pride with a yard sign and pique the curiosity of your neighbors.

    You can be one short conversation away from recruiting another Owner!

    We would like to see a sign in every yard, so we are gladly giving yard signs to every willing Owner. Each sign costs us about $10 to produce, so please consider making a donation on the next screen to help alleviate the cost to the co-op. However, if you can't pitch in right now, that's OK too. The important thing is helping us spread the Prairie Food word. 

    Enter your address below and we will get a sign to your yard usually within a week! 

    Become a volunteer

  • published Volunteer in For Owners 2018-04-16 13:26:16 -0500

    Volunteer

    The more volunteers we have out front and behind the scenes, the more we can grow, fund, and build OUR community owned grocery store!

    Here are some current volunteer opportunities:

    • Tablers – One of the most fun ways to grow our owner ranks, you’ll represent PFC with a seasoned tabler at farmers markets, info sessions, or other events. You'll be talking to potential PFC Owners about why they need to join the PFC family and current Owners about our current news and plans. 
    • Event Organizers – We need folks who'd like to help organize events – from securing venues to coordinating day-of details.
    • Co-op Ambassadors – Reach out to businesses, nonprofits, community groups, town leaders, and existing owners. Find out where we can host a table at an event, farmers market, or appear at a Co-op house party.
    • Teach a Class – Do you have a skill or talent to share? Maybe you have gardening expertise, amazing canning skillz, or maybe you're a fermenting genius or knowledgable about another DIY activity? We make it fun and easy to share your knowledge with our community! 
    • Spreadsheet, CMR, or other organizational tech skills – If you know Google Drive or have worked with CRM tools like Nationbuilder, Salesforce or others, we can use your talents!
    • Web & Graphic Design  –  Our website and visual promos are always in need of updating. Please let us know if this is your thing!
    • Hustling (the good kind) - Maybe you'd just like to hand out some brochures or somewhere for a few hours or commit to a task that isn't so involved. We have many tasks that don't take much of time commitment that could fit into your schedule. 

    To get started, please fill out our Volunteer Form. This is a painless and easy way to help us decide the best way you can help YOUR community Owned grocery store. Don't worry, if you'd like to branch out of your comfort zone, we'll work with you. 

    If you'd like to just cut to the chase you can email our Outreach Coordinator, Jerry at [email protected]

    This is hard work, but it's fun! Join the fun by volunteering today!

     

      

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • followed Become an Owner! 2020-01-23 10:58:39 -0600

  • published What's In Store for Prairie Food Co-op in News 2016-08-10 11:47:38 -0500

    What's In Store for Prairie Food Co-op

    A committed group of volunteers have been working to build Prairie Food Co-op since mid-2012. It takes, on average, 5-6 years to open a food co-op and we are on track to open within that timeframe. Along the way, we have received many accolades, including a competitive $10K grant based on the strength of our organization and leadership. We recently visited our mentor co-op, Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, and were reminded of why we are doing this. Here we will share why we are working hard to open Prairie Food Co-op - a grocery store that is so much more!

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