About


 

Sun Produce Cooperative (SPC) is a multi-stakeholder agricultural and marketing organization that includes agricultural producers, distributors, buyers and market specialists.

 

Its mission is to create viable alternative distribution streams for Arizona’s smaller-scale producers, reduce barriers to market entry, gain economies of scale through its aggregate size, and leverage cooperative branding and marketing and supply purchasing efforts. The co-op model supports its members to combine product volume and variety as well as resources and expertise in order to expand reach into new markets. SPC connects increased consumption of local food for better over-all individual and community health to farm viability and economic development.

 

The co-op coordinates farmer-member production, aggregation and distribution to increase sales of locally-produced fruits and vegetables. It serves children and families throughout the Valley of the sun through its Farm to School, Farmraiser / Healthy Fundraiser programs and through other partners who want to provide locally grown food to their customers.

 

For more information on becoming a co-op member, contact sunproducecoop@gmail.com

 

Farm members include:


 Partners include:

 

Board members:

President: Cindy Gentry, Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health

Vice-President, Community Relations: Kristen Osgood, Stern Produce

Vice President, Production: Sara Dolan, Blue Sky Organic Farms

Secretary: Carol Diemer, Maricopa Co. Cooperative Extension

Treasurer: David Schwake, R.D.

Immediate Past President:  Dave Brady, BAR-B Produce

Maya Dailey, Maya's Farm

David Schwake, R.D.

Rita French, Chef at Aramark, Engrained Café / ASU 

Richard Starling, AZ Cooperative Initiative & AZ Community Land Trust

Stewart Jacobson, Arizona Department of Agriculture

Rachel Gomez-Acosta, Concordia Charter School

Anthony Kamson, Kamson Financial

Kate Radosevic, Local First Arizona

Chris George, Third Acre Farm