Medford Food Co-op was incorporated in 2006. An initial fundraising effort led to the selection of a leased location in mid-downtown Medford, but after improvements had been initiated, the plan was discontinued. A subsequent effort was initiated the following year to locate a new site and raise the necessary funding to purchase equipment and inventory. Thanks to the perseverance of leaders within the local cooperative community, the second effort to open a store was a success. By August of 2010, the goal of raising half a million dollars was surpassed through co-op member-generated loans and new share purchases. And at 5:15pm on August 8, 2011, Medford’s only community-owned grocery store dedicated to organic and natural products opened its doors.
To cooperatively nurture a healthy community
Our Ends Statements
Our Ends describe how the co-op will create a difference in the world and provide a benefit and value on behalf of our owners.
Medford Food Co-op exists to sustain a vibrant, healthy, and thriving community. Because of all we do:
- Medford Food Co-op is a sustainable and growing business that provides economic, environmental, and social benefits for the Rogue Valley.
- Our community understands and embraces (or supports):
- The health and economic benefits of choosing local, organic food.
- Providing all residents access to healthy food.
- The cooperative business model.
- There is a thriving local organic food economy.
Our 10 Year Vision
Our ten year vision positions Medford Food Co-op as a community leader in the local food system, cooperative enterprise, nutrition and health education, and employment. We envision continued support and growth of local farms and food producers, an expanded local food distribution system to make local, organic food readily available to all residents of the Rogue Valley, and a strong community donation/grant program to encourage and promote businesses and organizations with compatible goals and ends.