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The Root Co-op: Building a Bright Future

The Future of Farming
What happens to a small farm when the farmer retires? Too often, the farm disappears. Claire Thomas and members of the Root Connection Farm are planning a happier ending. To that end, we have formed the Roots of Our Times Cooperative (Root Co-op) to ensure that the farm will be there for future generations of farmers and consumers.

ROOT Co-op Mission Statement
The purpose of the Roots of Our Times Cooperative is to continue the agricultural enterprise currently operating under the name "Root Connection" as a community supported agricultural (CSA) farm. It is the intent to continue to provide members and patrons with seasonal vegetables grown locally, with at least 75 percent of the foods sold being grown on land managed by Roots of Our Times Cooperative, while preserving the health of the environment by using sustainable, organically based agricultural methods.

Progress Report
In March 2007, the Root Co-op purchased the farm business, including buildings, equipment, and other assets, from CT Corp. Our mission is to carry on the CSA farm at its present location after the current farmers retire, thereby ensuring that our members' supply of local food continues.

Not that Claire is leaving anytime soon. She'll serve as the farm's operating manager and as chair of the Root Co-op Board of Directors. And she'll spend time mentoring young farmers and training others to run the farm after she retires.

Join Us
As of the end of 2016, the Root Co-op had 123 members who invested a total of $429,000. We are more than 98% of the way to our investment goal.

For a minimum investment of just $2,000 (payable in installments), you can become a co-owner of the farm and have the satisfaction of knowing you're helping to build a bright future for the Root Connection Farm. At the discretion of the board of directors, a portion of the net profits of the farm is returned to the investors each year.

Learn More
Read our "Answers" page click here
To receive a copy of the bylaws (via postal mail) email your request to root-coop@hotmail.com or call 425-881-1006. We'd be happy to answer all your questions.

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 267, Woodinville, WA 98072
Farm location:  13607 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. (no mail to this address, please!) Directions
phone: 425-881-1006 (24 hours) email: root-coop@hotmail.com
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