The Wesleyan Local Co-op was started in 2011 to help students gain access to more local food. The first year, the co-op had thirty members who received weekly deliveries of local produce. In 2012, it expanded to 100+ members with 86 produce shares, 46 egg shares, 25 dairy shares, and a few meat and tofu shares too. The co-op is student run with the help of our food service provider, Bon Appetite’s Production Manager, Ernie Arroyo, and Matt Couzens, who operates Horse Listener Orchard. The co-op has a pickup every Wednesday in our student center, and all co-op members work two hours over the course of the semester to help with pickup while a leadership team of six people deal with logistics.
Sawyer Family Farm is happy to have joined other farms in supporting this student organization with farm fresh eggs! I believe we are providing about half of the eggs consumed by the co-op.