santa fe community coop

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We are forming work groups to help create and manage the coop. We encourage you to join a work group and participate! These are our current work groups. Please feel free to suggest others! Email us at or post below.


Help us meet our 400 member target. Identify and reach out to Santa Fe’s many diverse demographic groups — activists, gardeners/homesteaders, Hispanics, Native Americans, seniors, immigrants, families/single parents, low-income — to ensure that the Coop is inclusive. Work with the Marketing group to design communications. Develop effective ways to recruit new members. These may include:

  • tabling and walking around
  • hosting events
  • distributing postcards through health providers, yoga & pilates studios, juice bars, and other small businesses and non-profits with interests similar to the coop’s
  • growing our mailing list by partnering with other like-minded organizations
  • networking with churches and hospitals to distribute information
  • running email campaigns
  • social networking

Leaders:  Jane Schwartz, Carol Baumgartel

Contributors:  Don Emery, Greg Hawkins, Melissa Lee, Liz Clow

Local Food/Food Research

Identify local food farmers and gardeners from which we can source healthy, tasty, local food. Research local health and safety regulations and develop coop guidelines that make sure we are in conformity with them. Develop food and vitamin purchasing guidelines and a process that will ensure what we purchase conforms to our standards.

Leader:  Lisa Styles

Contributors: Richelle Elder, Deborah Madison


Develop nutritional programs for the coop. These may include cooking classes, lectures, and informational notices. Network with local traditional and alternative health providers to help design and deliver these programs.

Contributors:  Jessie Emerson, RN, Certified Clinical Herbalist; Jane Steinberg , MPH, PCRM Certified Food For Life Instructor; Meghan Sparks

Marketing Communications

Develop materials and target individuals and households, small businesses, non-profits, and other organizations with interests similar to ours. Work with the Membership group to grow membership.

Marketing Communications:  George Cappanelli, David Langer

Graphics/Video Production/Web Site Development:  Brianne Milder, Hisaya Ishi (Paul)

Capital Raise

Identify and develop ways to approach individuals and local businesses and organizations who might be willing to make a loan to the coop. Our goals are:

$20,000 in seed money

$1,180,000 for build-out, starting inventory, and working capital

Contributors:  Mackenzie Allen, auctioneer

Food & Health Equity, a 501(c)3 Foundation

Create a 501(c)3 to provide charitable services to further food and health equity in Santa Fe and its outlying communities. Define a mission that includes community’s role in food & health equity, seek other non-profit organizations with which to partner, and file for federal tax exemption. This is a significant undertaking, and an important goal of organization.

Leader:  Kate Rowe, PhD, Public Health, County Commissioner of Health Policy & Planning

Contributors:  Meghan Sparks

Design Team

To give credit where credit is due, we want to acknowledge our design team, currently developing the “program”, that is store layout, and working out critical construction details including budget, construction, permitting, and lease negotiation.

Contributors:  Richelle Elder, Brent McElmurry, Brendon Tompkins


All recommendations will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.

Join a Work Group

To sign up for a work group, email, or post below. We invite you to use our blog to provide suggestions and offer information to our work groups.


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