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Happy 2020! Sun Produce announces new members, new board and an expanded farm to school opportunity!

Sun Produce, founded in May 2017, is a member-owned cooperative supporting small-scale farm viability and easy consumer access to fresh, healthy and local produce. At the Co-op's annual meeting on Dec. 15, 2019 it was proud to welcome the following new members: Carol Diemer, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension - AZ Health Zone (Food and Agricultural Marketing Expert / FAME class member); Marina Acosta,  University of Arizona Cooperative Extension - AZ Health Zone -  (Food and Agricultural Marketing Expert / FAME class member); The Farm at Agritopia - Grower class Member Prescott Valley Farmers Market - Buyer class Member Metro Tech High School - Buyer class Member. The Co-op thanks Stewart Jacobson, AZ Dept. of Agriculture and Rita French, Mayo...

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So much has happened since we last talked!

New co-op members include Arrendale Farms and Sifted, a catering company... Sales have expanded to include Phoenix Elementary School District in collaboration with the Mollen Foundation... A new partnership with the Town of Gilbert Employee Wellness Initiative will result in a pilot FarmRaiser Bag program starting July 11. If all goes well it may expand to east valley residents... At the Rio Salado campus of Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, cafeteria diners will find co-op members' fresh and local food served each week... We continue to treasure the relationships with Litchfield Elementary School District, Concordia Charter School and Farm Express by Discovery Triangle, and are excited to work with Pivot Produce to expand the co-op's reach into southern Arizona... Best Farmers Market in...

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Co-op receives Vitalyst Health Foundation grant and support from Waste Not to grow pick-up and delivery infrastructure!

What an amazing time of community support this is for Sun Produce Co-op to help it move forward in its mission to create viable alternative distribution streams for Arizona’s smaller-scale producers and leverage cooperative branding and marketing and supply purchasing efforts. The Co-op continues to be so grateful to our members and partners, and are completely delighted to announce two new partners: Vitalyst Health Foundation AZ has provided a $10,000 grant to support the co-op to lease a refrigerated truck and pay for a driver. And to add a ripple effect to the grant, Waste NOT, a perishable food recovery organization, is allowing the Co-op to use their vehicle for pick-ups and deliveries. Today was the first delivery using the...

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