Learn More About the Cooperative Movement

Organic Consumers Association is a public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production. An excellent clearinghouse for information on organics, sustainability, the environment, health, and food safety issues.

History of Co-ops Read more about cooperative principles and the history of the co-op movement from the Cooperative Development Institute.

The Food Co-op 500 Program is a support system that seeks to enable a faster and more efficient start-up process to develop new retail grocery co-ops.

Regional Food Co-ops

Bloomington, Indiana.

Good Foods Market & Cafe,  Lexington, Kentucky

River City Food Co-op, Evansville, Indiana

Indy Food Co-op, Indianapolis, Indiana  

Terre Foods Co-operative Market, Terre Haute, Indiana

Green Market Co-op, Glasgow, Kentucky  

Three Rivers Food Co-op, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Maple City Market, Goshen, Indiana

Moon Co-op, Oxford, Ohio.

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Support our Local Farmers & Artisans

Looking for local arts and high-quality local produce? Visit the Orange County Homegrown Farmers Market. You will also meet many people dedicated to promoting small-town neighborly values, the  natural forests, cultural and recreational opportunities, and the healthy  family farms that make Orange County an attractive place to live, work, play,  raise a family, start a business or retire.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Another important factor in creating a sustainable community here in Orange County is to protect our landfills. The Orange County Recycling Co-op also features a Re-Sale Store, where servicable items can be put to good use. Located at the Old Mill, 105 E Water Street, the recycling center is just a few blocks from Lost River Market & Deli, so you can drop off your recyclables and donations when you shop!

Orange County Community Foundation

The Orange County Community Foundation is passionate about Orange County and the people here. The OCCF believes that everyone should have the same opportunity to help build and improve our home county--all it takes is a little time, talent, treasure, and love!  In addition to helping to make our own co-op a reality, the OCCF has contributed to numerous programs, grants, and special events aimed at improving the quality of life right here in souther Indiana. If you are interested in contributing to your community, this is the place to start!

Healthy Living Begins at Home

The Orange County Healthy Living Initiative is sponsoring a Ways of Wellness program to help Orange County residents to get fit. Exercise plans, diet advice and group support give participants the motivation and resources to get up and get moving to a healthier lifestyle.

Orange County Habitat for Humanity

Orange County Habitat for Humanity works to bring our community together to provide home ownership opportunities to qualified low-income residents of Orange County by building new single family homes, using materials and labor donated by the community.\

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Buy Sustainably

Recipes for Healthier Living

Husband-Tested Recipes, from our own Alice Wootton features tons of great recipes and web-links to inspire your pallete.

Organic Valley Family of Farms Search for recipes by keyword, type of dish, or product.

Organic Kitchen Experts and amateurs offer their recipes.

Going Local, a great site to visit if you want to savor the abundance of local, fresh, in-season foods available right here in Indiana. You will find a wealth of articles on local producers, CSAs, farmer's markets, restaurants, and bed & breakfasts, as well as a collection of seasonal recipes. A quick glance at the local food guide will open your eyes to the possibilities right in your own back yard!

More Great Sites of Interest

Green People, an  extensive directory of environmentally friendly products.

Eat Wild, a clearinghouse of information about pasture-based farming.

Organic Trade Association promotes organic products in the marketplace and protects the integrity of organic standards. 

A Greener Indiana--Eric Stahlsmith's excellent network, dedicated to a greener way of life right here in Indiana