The Story of the Iowa Food Cooperative
  • When did the IFC start? Legal incorporation (when we became an entity) was done in July 2008. That’s when the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws were submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office to become a co-op.
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  • We became an entity after a 2 year Leopold Center planning grant, as well as various previous attempts to find markets (like helping launch a distribution business in Ames call “Eat Iowa” and trying to work with Loffredos). 
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  • How many members at the start? There were 21 founding members. We started recruiting members in Sept. 2008 (needed the software installed first). By the time we launched with a Nov. 20th distribution, we had 30 producer members and 74 consumer members, or 104 total. We had 44 members order $3,271 in product from 18 different producers our first cycle.
founding members
  • Linda and David Gobberdiel, West Des Moines
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  • Carolyn and Andy Ross, Ogden
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  • Ken and Jeanne Henrichsen, Winterset
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  • Gary and Penny Huber, Maxwell
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  • Linda Appelgate, Des Moines
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  • The Homestead Living and Learning Center, Pleasant Hill
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  • Robb Origer and Rachel Bandy, Des Moines
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  • Char Kimball, Johnston
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  • LaVon and Craig Griffieon, Ankeny
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  • Brian and Julie Donaghy, West Des Moines
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  • Angie and Kelly Tagtow, Elkhart
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  • Rebecca and David Sidney, Runnells
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  • CoryAnne Harrigan and Patricia Calkins, Indianola
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  • Julie and Chris Nelson, Johnston
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  • Aaron and Nichole Heley Lehman, Polk City
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  • Beth Henning, Des Moines
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  • Tom and Mary Cory, Elkhart
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  • Wheatsfield Cooperative, Ames
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  • Brandon and Anne Burnett, Norwalk
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  • David Couch and Lori Schirmer, West Des Moines
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  • Michael Coyne and Peggy Russell, Des Moines
PAST IFC BOARDS
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Board Members 2011
2011