Vision: Our Harvest Cooperative gives people access to healthy, local food in a way that honors land and labor. They grow food responsibly, partner with other local growers, and develop innovative solutions to make healthy food widely available. Their goal is that all Cincinnatians will have easy access to healthy food grown by fairly-compensated workers.
Progress: An incubator urban farm has been operating since April 2012, and additional farm acreage is being leased and cultivated. OHC aggregates produce from other local and regional food producers; supply various retail, wholesale outlets and several hundred families in the Cincinnati area with fresh produce every week; and continue to employ and increase production. OHC is partnering with Cincinnati State’s Sustainable Agriculture Management Program; students come to the urban farm weekly for their practicum.
Learn more at ourharvest.coop.
Click on the Our Harvest Local Food Network Map to see what they have helped build over the past 4 years by clicking on the picture!
Vision: Sustainergy Cooperative strives to create a humane replicable union worker-owned business network. This creates family sustaining jobs in the insulation industry; provides customers with the best service possible to make their homes comfortable; cuts their energy bills and reduces their CO2 emissions by using highly skilled workers and environmentally friendly products. Our goals is to create and sustain 1000 jobs in the next 10 years through satellite offices, acquisitions, and a franchise model.
Progress: Since 2014, Sustainergy has been retrofitting buildings and marketing their unique strategy to improve energy efficiencies. Sustainergy is profitable and continuing to hire and work with groups in other cities to replicate the model. They are also looking into expanding their services to include solar retrofits and other green energy efficiencies.
Learn more at sustainergy.coop.
APPLE STREET MARKET
Vision: Develop a viable network of worker and community owned grocery stores in Cincinnati neighborhoods with inadequate food access. Apple Street Market will increase access to fresh foods, provide family sustaining jobs, and serve as a catalyst for community revitalization.
Progress: Feasibility study completed March 2014 for Northside and College Hill, projects startup costs of $4 million for the Northside store. Apple Street incorporated with its own board of directors May 2014. Over 1100 community owners have joined to date. Apple Street will serve more than 2000 residents at opening.
Learn more at applestreetmarket.coop.
Vision: Renting Partnerships is a nonprofit (501.c.3) organization that works to create permanently affordable housing and support residents in stewardship of that housing in order to develop the social and financial capital of people of lower incomes, people of color and others most marginalized in society. Renting partnerships is a new option in housing – unlike typical renting or owning – which is permanently affordable and enables residents to invest social capital and receive a financial return. The concept addresses one of the root causes of economic and racial inequality, the lack of any connection to property for low-income families who must rent long term.
Progress: In 2015, Renting Partnerships entered into a long term master lease with a nonprofit developer in Avondale. The agreement assures the nonprofit owner a fixed monthly income and Renting Partnerships controls operating. Renting Partnership’s sublease establishes rights for residents to participate in decision making and build financial equity. Our plan is to proceed with one property at a time on this street as we build capacity and partnerships needed to undertake larger scale development.
Learn more at rentingpartnerships.org.
As we move forward, we will expand the renting partnerships community and build a strong link between renters and property.
Renting Partnerships is seeking to raise $250,000 in donations and grants to acquire and rehabilitate a home.
Vision: Sustain Sarah Center — a nonprofit, supporting women on the margins by providing jewelry making classes, health & wellness programming, & entrepreneurial education. Expand successful, high quality jewelry making to create family sustaining jobs.
Progress: Feasibility Study completed and suggested go slow, develop signature Sarah Center line, and expand market channels before launching separate entity.
Social Media: facebook
Cincinnati Railway Manufacturing Co-op
Vision: Attract Mondragon Machine tool Cooperative Group, Danobat Railway Division to Cincinnati
Progress: After 2 visits to Cincinnati, investment in a business plan, Danobat has concluded that the rail market is not ripe for Danobat at this time.
Vision: Create family sustaining full time jobs via selling and baking cookies from proprietary recipes made with whole fruit and vegetables. “A little bit of good, a whole lot of delicious”
Progress: Yucky Cookies LLC was exploring the opportunity of becoming a cooperative business, but has decided not to pursue the business.