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Cloverbelt Co-op expands distribution to Kenora

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

By Michael Christianson

The air is getting cold but the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is still growing.

November 10 was the first time that the Co-op delivered to Kenora. With a new location for distributing food it means the Co-op has greatly expanded their reach.

“We have officially gone to Kenora as of last week. There were 22 people for our first order cycle which is almost twice the size of Dryden’s first order cycle so it seems that it’s catching on rather quickly which is really nice to see,” said education coordinator Chelsea Szachury. “It is a monthly order cycle along with Ignace and Upsala, which are also monthly. We want to get as much local food distributed as much as possible. Now that we have Kenora we span over 350 kilometers for our reach.”

Szachury says there was a large surge in membership applications in Kenora after it was announced they would be expanding. Expansion brings not only new customers but new producers as well.

Szachury has also been busy promoting local food in Dryden. This month she attended the adult education class the high school to talk about local food and they all got to cook and taste local foods.

The co-op was also attended École catholique de l’Enfant-Jésus where they made blueberry crisp and ice cream with students. Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op will be at the school monthly to make food and the co-op prides itself on educating the local community about sustainable agriculture in the region and part of that is educating youth.

Mark February 16 on your calendar because the co-op will be hosting a ‘producers’ night’ at the Agricultural Centre. It will be an opportunity to meet local producers, sample their foods and get more information.

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