What's the big idea?
Member-owned and operated cold storage and distribution center that provides online ordering and delivery of local/organic goods to Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Members of the co-op can engage with the farmer’s who supply the CommonWealth through an educational work exchange program, thereby connecting direct to the source and learning in-depth the origin of what they consume and the importance of supporting local food systems.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
Door to Door Organics, Farm Box
How are you different from that player?
D2DO is online only and offers goods produced throughout the US. Farm Box is CSA supplied by only a couple farms, primarily located in Lansing area. Neither offer an educational component.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
A series of distribution centers representing the small producers of that region. The cooperative model can be applied almost anywhere.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
I am a young farmer, cheese maker, designer and environmentalist with infectious enthusiasm who wants to improve her community, and create a positive dialogue between rural and urban environments.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
Invest towards a larger delivery vehicle which would allow for more goods to be delivered