A CO-OP FOR EVERYONE!
Fireweed Food Co-op (formerly known as Farm Fresh Food Hub) is a nonprofit co-op for producers and buyers of Manitoba-grown sustainably produced food. We were founded under the belief that small-scale, mixed farming is the most ecologically sustainable and resource-efficient kind 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 citizens access to the basic needs of survival, including healthy, good quality food.
As a co-operative for both food consumers and producers, we are dedicated to creating a larger, more stable market for locally and sustainably produced food in the region, and to making good food more accessible to more citizens.
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.
To improve and increase access to an urban market for small producers, while working to increase the accessibility of good food for all citizens.
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.
Our work is guided by the following vision comprised of four dimensions of a thriving local food economy:
Developing an exciting space for producers and consumers to gather and connect
Supporting local, small producers in their desire to access market opportunities
Striving towards reducing the ecological footprint of Manitoba’s food system
Working on a structural level to increase quality food access to all Manitobans
A JUST LOCAL
We're a member-elected, volunteer working board of nine people who are passionate about working together to create a more thriving, accessible and just local food economy. Our board is made up of farmers, food-researchers, community members, chefs, restaurant industry workers, civil servants, and community organizers.
We also have a full-time Project Coordinator, Asha Nelson, who joined our team as a staff person in Spring 2019, and a full-time Food Hub Coordinator, Anna Sigrithur who transitioned from her role on the board in spring 2020.
Current directors: Kelly Janz, Nathan Enns, Katie Daman, Jonathan Kroeker, Hannah Muhajarine, Matthew McCormick, Adara Kaita, Hillary King, Naomi Gichungu.
Thank you to our past board members: Anna Sigrithur, Arianna Hildebrand, Nick Rempel, James Magnus-Johnston, Leanne Dunne, Reuben Van Gaalen, Lindsay Waedt.
Updated team photo coming (likely post-COVID!)