Missoula Community Co-operative:
From Buying Club
to Food Co-op
The Missoula Community Co-op is an innovative, collaboratively-envisioned solution toward local sustainability and health.
In 2001, two of our Northside neighbors started a food-buying
club to help residents gain better access to
bulk, natural and local food. The NMCDC now coordinates
the buying club while community residents and regional
farmers are developing a member-owned and operated cooperative
market with a shared-use commercial kitchen. The co-op facility at 1500 Burns Street will offer neighborhood residents a space to produce meals and value-added agricultural goods.
The co-op will link low-income residents with local and regional
farmers in a business structure that allows for greater
community leadership and shared economic justice for
producers, consumers, and employees. Historically, 67%
of the food consumed in Western Montana was locally
grown and processed. Now it’s around 5%. The Missoula
Community Co-op will help change this trend, encouraging
responsible consumption and sustainable business practices.
If you are looking to buy food cooperatively, sell
your Montana-made goods, or volunteer your time, visit the co-op website at www.missoulacommunitycoop.com