Lakewinds & Neighborhood Forest: A Partnership for the Planet

Giving back to the community isn’t just an important part of Lakewinds’ mission, it’s something you support every time you shop at the co-op. Throughout the year, our co-op makes sponsorship-level monetary donations to local nonprofits whose work relates to sustainability and equity in the food system, education about nutrition, or the environment. One such … Continued

Lakewinds Shoppers Give Back: Small Donations, Big Change

“Would you like to round up today?” You’ve probably heard it when shopping at the co-op, but what effect do your donations of a few cents at a time really have? The truth is those small repeated acts of generosity have added up to more good than you may realize. Over the years, our Community … Continued

More Than Ever, Where Our Food Comes From Matters

When the COVID-19 pandemic was in full force last summer, it created unexpected challenges across the economy, but especially for local food growers and makers. They faced reduced markets as a result of restaurants, schools, corporate campuses, and other buyers being closed. That’s why Lakewinds joined other food-minded organizations and created “Local Food is Essential,” … Continued

Sowing a Sustainable Future

A Check-in with the 2020 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Recipients   The Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF) is our co-op’s grant program designed to help local sustainable and organic farmers achieve their on-farm goals – with over $500,000 awarded since 2011.   In 2020 alone, Lakewinds provided more than $109,000 in LOFF grants to 15 … Continued

Kernza: A Local Grain with a Big Future

Have you tried Kernza® perennial grain yet? This game-changing grain is arriving at Lakewinds this spring after winning over local farmers. Find out what makes Kernza appealing to growers, environmentalists, and cooks alike. Background A hearty, perennial crop harvested from intermediate wheatgrass, Kernza was developed by the Land Institute with help from the University of … Continued

Meet the Maker | Hacienda San Jose Chocolates

When you think of chocolate, you might not think of Minnesota. Cacao beans are not exactly a local crop! But Minnesotan Monica Jimenez knows the ins and outs of the entire chocolate-making process. Her family’s farm grows cacao beans and makes award-winning chocolate — Hacienda San Jose — in Ecuador. Standing in New Hope, Minnesota, … Continued

Our Co-op Gives Back

Community Relief Partnerships Giving back to the communities we serve has always been important at Lakewinds. As a result of the global pandemic and recent local civil unrest, the need for support services has increased in our local communities. Seeing that greater need, we’re committed to ongoing relief efforts and community support partnerships that provide … Continued

The Importance of Choosing Local

Little Big Sky Farm The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected challenges across the economy, but especially for local food growers and makers. They face reduced markets as a result of restaurants, schools, corporate campuses, and other buyers being closed. That’s why Lakewinds has joined with other food-minded organizations to create “Local Food is Essential,” a … Continued

Growing Community Connections

Nurturing Local Community Gardens At Lakewinds, concern for our communities is built into almost everything we do. In addition to our mission to promote sustainable agriculture, support local farmers and makers, and protect our planet, we’re committed to giving back. One way we do this is through partnerships with local school and community gardens.   … Continued