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Support your local Food Co-op
Shop at a local or family owned grocery store
As mega stores like Wal-Mart and Costco move in, local family grocers struggle to compete for neighborhood business because big-box grocers appear to offer lower prices. While this may be true for some items, you can often find the same item for the same price at your local grocer. Be a conscientious consumer. Look at prices and compare before you buy.
Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project
A CSA is a farm that creates direct relationships with consumers by selling a “share” of its harvest to its members or subscribers. Farms find the markets they need to stay afloat and consumers get weekly or biweekly baskets of fresh, seasonal produce. Check out Local Harvest to find a CSA near you.
Start a Food Buying Club
If you can’t find the range of organic food and other grocery items you’d like in your local area, form a buying club with a few friends and neighbors. By placing group orders for bulk items, you can save money, increase access to organic and natural food items, and reduce your environmental impact by consolidating your shipping. Use the National Green Pages™ to find green businesses that meet you needs. Many businesses offer discounts to Green America members. Not a member? Join now.
Adopt-a-Supermarket and encourage stores to carry more Fair Trade goods.
Green America’s Adopt-a-Supermarket Campaign encourages individuals to form teams and adopt a supermarket in their area. Then, as a team, we ask that you make regular visits to the store to encourage management to increase the amount of Fair Trade food offered to supermarket customers. Learn more about the campaign.