Growing partnerships for sustainable agriculture
Read about TLC's partnership with Food Shed Co-op!
“For the true measure of agriculture is not the sophistication of its equipment, the size of its income, or even the statistics of its productivity, but the good health of the land.” -Wendell Berry
TLC is pleased to announce that it is now the fiscal sponsor for the Food Shed Co-op. The Co-op is a for-profit, member-owned organization that is working to establish a community-owned grocery store in McHenry County. TLC’s fiscal sponsorship provides a structure for raising tax-deductible donations in support of the Co-op’s charitable education efforts (not the for-profit side of the business).
The Co-op’s education plans include programs for the community about the health and ecological benefits of locally-grown food and sustainable farming practices.
Co-op president, Scott Brix, described the relationship well:
“We are thrilled to partner with TLC in this creative way to protect precious land, increase food security and independence. The Food Shed Co-op is a champion for local farmers who care about and steward the land that sustains all life.”
TLC’s board chose to support the sponsorship because the Coop’s values are consistent with TLC’s own mission and values.
-Cultivate and strengthen the local economy.
-Inspire and empower community.
-Champion environmentally responsible practices.
TLC has served as the fiscal sponsor for The WPPC since 2007, so it has systems in place to provide this service.
To learn more and become an owner of the Food Shed Co-op please visit www.foodshed.coop or talk to members at our screening of Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry on March 22. The co-op is building its membership to be able to open a store in McHenry County.
Below: Food Shed Co-op board members L to R: Doug Close, Scott Brix, Robert Levin, Elizabeth Jimenez-Bure, Caron Wenzel, Russell Foszcz, Kim Brix, Barbara Lanigan, and William Petsche.