La Co-op

Core Members

Kristen

Born and raised in Arizona, I have been working in local food production, education, access, and advocacy for the better part of 12 years throughout the country. I am eager to be a part of the strong Phoenix effort to grow our local food economy. My favorite produce this season are the many varieties of heirloom melons!

Ankit

Chandler resident, supporter of Cooperative movement. Phoenix Food Coop is a step towards answering long standing questions around the corporate farming and relationship between food and health.   

Domenico

Domenico is an Arizona native who values the power of food to bring people together. He is passionate about reducing waste, being outdoors and watering his plants. His background is in marketing and journalism.

Krithi

I’m a recently evacuated Peace Corps volunteer from Guinea, West Africa. After being evacuated, I joined the co-op and I work on grants and outreach. I have a passion for social change, so I’ve really enjoyed being part of a group that’s working to make locally sourced produce more accessible. I also am a fruit and vegetable lover and want to share that love with other people!

Richard

As head of the Arizona Cooperative Initiative and the Arizona Community Land Trust, I work on creating economic models that support both human interaction and a healthy and thriving planet. And, yes, I have a fondness for wild blueberries!

Ian

Born and raised in the Valley, Ian's passion is bringing people together. His projects have worked to advance economic innovation and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and political representation. Ian currently works in community development.

Karen

Karen is a Phoenix-based digital marketing freelancer who works primarily with Democratic political campaigns. Her interest in moving from globalized to local food systems intensified with the COVID-19 pandemic and she brings her range of digital skills to help guide the Co-op towards building a local food hub in central Phoenix.

Gabe

Gabe is passionate about food access and education. He strongly believes that the co-op brings equity to the food system while building community. Gabe's background as professional chef and culinary educator lend a unique perspective to the co-op. His current work helps bridge the gap between entrepreneurship, food access, and local food production.

¿Qué es una cooperativa?

Las cooperativas son empresas centradas en las personas, que pertenecen a sus miembros, quienes las controlan y dirigen para dar respuesta a las necesidades y ambiciones de carácter económico, social y cultural comunes.

Alianza Cooperativa Internacional

No somos como cadenas corporativas. Somos independientes y pertenecemos a los miembros de nuestra comunidad que compren de nosotros. Nosotros nos enfocamos en nuestra comunidad, no a las agencias corporativas.

La mayoría de las cooperativas (incluido nosotros!) siguen estos siete principios:
1. Membresía voluntaria y abierta
2. Control democrático de los miembros.
3. Participación económica de los miembros.
4. Autonomía e independencia.
5. Educación, capacitación e información.
6. Cooperación entre cooperativas.
7. Preocupación por la comunidad.

Aprende más sobre las cooperativas aqui.

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