Yard to Market Cooperative

Yard to Market Cooperative is Austin’s only organization that connects backyard gardeners and micro­scale farmers with the local food economy. With a mission to empower its community of 50-plus growers, the cooperative supports local growers with marketing, sales and distribution services. The grant will fund cold storage to allow the co-op to sell more delicate produce in higher volumes, provide grower and community education on innovative practices such as mushroom cultivation, aquaponics and bee keeping, and pursue mid-week sales options that extends the growers’ presence at farmers’ markets and expands consumer access to fresh foods grown locally.