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Ticonderoga food co-op can succeed, according to report

Study shows potential for store

A natural food co-op in Ticonderoga could be successful. That’s the result of a study conducted by a Minnesota consultant.

A natural food co-op in Ticonderoga could be successful. That’s the result of a study conducted by a Minnesota consultant.

— “We also may have an opportunity to work with Assistant Professor at the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh Curt Gervich, Ph.D., and his class in environment management for further research into the feasibility or alternatives to a co-op food store in Ticonderoga,” she said.

Malaney hopes a Ticonderoga co-op can be similar to the Middlebury Natural Foods Cooperative. That store is open seven days a week 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Operated by a board of directors elected by membership, the Middlebury co-op emphasizes healthy foods, making a positive impact on the local economy and stresses environmentally sustainable and energy efficient practices.

The Middlebury Natural Foods Cooperative began in the early 1970s as a pre-order buying club. Its purpose was to provide members with wholesome, natural foods that were not available elsewhere. To maximize savings, members bought in bulk and packaged the food themselves. During the last 40 years, the co-op has expanded several times to include a store-front operation that is open to members and the public. It includes a prepared foods section and deli with indoor and outdoor seating.

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