WHO WE ARE
Fireweed Food Co-op (formerly known as Farm Fresh Food Hub) is a nonprofit co-op for producers and supporters of Manitoba-grown sustainably-produced food. We were founded on the belief that small-scale, mixed farming is the most ecologically sustainable type of agriculture. However, the globalized food system disadvantages small farmers by denying them the same economic subsidies and legal protections afforded to the largest scales of agriculture.
Furthermore, capitalism and other structural forces deny many people access to healthy, good-quality food and other human needs.
As a co-operative for both food producers and consumers, we are dedicated to creating a larger, more stable market for locally and sustainably produced food in the region, and to make good food more accessible to more individuals, families and community as a whole.
We envision a regional food system that is collaborative and prioritizes not only regenerative and sustainable ecological practices but fair labour practices, as well as one that is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of good food.
By becoming a member of the co-op, you join us in creating a future with a more thriving, resilient local food system in our province.
A Co-op for Everyone!
To reduce barriers to, and increase participation in, the local food system for all people from producers to eaters.
Just like the beautiful northern plant we draw our name from, Fireweed Food Co-op aims to build a thriving community by spreading seeds and creating strong, lateral root networks.
A resilient, democratic, sustainable and just regional food system for all.
This is further embodied in the four dimensions of our work:
Developing exciting spaces for producers and consumers of local food to gather, connect and learn.
Creating cooperatively owned economic infrastructure that reduces barriers to local producers in their desire to access market opportunities.
Striving towards supporting, promoting and scaling up regenerative, sustainable agriculture to help address the climate crisis in our region.
Working on a structural and community level to increase quality food access for all Manitobans.
A JUST LOCAL
Asha Nelson, Projects Coordinator
Derek Bassey, Finance & Office Coordinator
Cortney Jaworski, Market Coordinator
Laura Pelser, Sales Coordinator
Lex van Dyck, Supplier Coordinator
Fireweed has a member-elected, volunteer board made up of farmers, researchers, civil servants and community organizers.
Our current directors include Katie Daman, Hannah Muhajarine, Naomi Gichungu, Owen Campbell, Jenna Drabble, Geert Hemelings, Kaley Young, Jeanette Sivilay, Emily Anderson, and Drayton Mendrun.
Thank you to our past board members: Kelly Janz, Nathan Enns, Hillary King, Jonathan Kroeker, Anna Sigrithur, Arianna Hildebrand, Nick Rempel, James Magnus-Johnston, Leanne Dunne, Reuben Van Gaalen, Lindsay Waedt, Adara Kaita, Matthew McCormick, and Dharma Aguilar-Cardenas.