Conference Hosts

Many people have come together to make Cultivating Cooperative Roots a success.  This conference would not be possible without the support of the following organizations:

 Northwest Cooperative Development Center  – The NWCDC works to foster community economic development through the cooperative business model.    

Northwest Ag Business CenterEstablished in 2006, Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) provides northwest Washington farmers with the skills and the resources required to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. Its main office is located in Mt Vernon in the heart of Washington’s Skagit Valley farm region.

 Lake County Community Development Center – Lake County Community Development cultivattes economic growth in western Montana by offering unique resources to develop community, business and food and agriculture enterprises. We serve entrepeneurs and local businesses

Latino Economic Development Center – The Latino Economic Development Center is a statewide membership-based nonprofit organization whose headquarters are located in Minneapolis. LEDC Values:

  • Promote just, sustainable, and ethical business practices; healthy work environments, social responsibility, and economic justice.
  • Develop Latino talent, leadership, civic engagement, and political influence.
  • Affirm, reflect the strengths of Latino culture, and language.
  • Nurture free enterprise, and the entrepreneurial spirit of our community.
  • Listen to, and act in the best interests of our membership; contribute our wisdom and experience for the well-being of all members.


LINC Foods – LINC Foods is a one-stop shop for local, sustainable food. We sell locally produced fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, meats, cheeses, and eggs to colleges, universities, hospitals, retirement communities, restaurants, and grocery stores. All of the products we sell are grown by our Farmer-owners in the Spokane area. We also have the capacity to provide minimal processing (washing, slicing, dicing, peeling, etc.)

University of Alaska Cooperative Development Program  – UACED leverages the resources of the university system to support economic development in Alaska, providing technical assistance in the form of information, data and implementing specific projects and programs that promote economic development across the state.-

CoFed – CoFED brings tools and trainings to campus communities to develop strong cooperatively-run food businesses.  We engage with a dynamic network to increase access to healthy food while promoting thriving, equitable, and resilient local economies.

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