The Co-op

Core Members


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!


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.


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!


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 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 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.

What is a co-op?

Cooperatives are people-centered enterprises owned, controlled, and run by and for their members to realize their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations.

International Co-operative Alliance

Unlike corporate chains, food co-ops are totally independent and owned by the community members who shop there. So instead of focusing on investors, food co-ops focus on their community.

Most co-ops (including us!) follow these seven principles:
1. Voluntary and open membership
2. Democratic member control
3. Member economic participation
4. Autonomy and independence
5. Education, training, and information
6. Cooperation among cooperatives
7. Concern for community

Learn more about cooperatives here.

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