“The Southwest Washington Food Hub team is part of a farmer-owned cooperative, comprised of individual farmers, calling the shots and working tirelessly to connect you with the foods you want to eat. Our Marketplace provides affordable access to healthy food from multiple farms that can be ordered from the comfort of your home. We have created a single order, single payment method, that is open 24/7 via our online Marketplace. It is humbling to grow and become one of the leading online sources of purchasing locally grown, healthy food that you want to feed your family throughout five counties (Thurston, Lewis, Grey Harbor, Pierce, and Mason) in Washington state.” “Flood events, development pressure, loss of processing facilities, and diminished competitive advantages are threatening agriculture in Southwest Washington at a time when the infrastructure necessary to develop alternative markets is not yet available. In response, a regional producer-owned cooperative has formed in southwestern Washington. The Southwest Washington Growers Cooperative (SW WA Growers Co-op) is committed to working together to support agricultural development in Southwest Washington. The mission of the SW WA Growers Cooperative is to increase the viability of Southwest Washington family farms through collaborative opportunities in marketing, logistics, and stewardship. The SW WA Growers Co-op is committed to a following this mission, encouraging member engagement, and operating in a transparent manner.
Among the Cooperative’s most notable endeavors are the Southwest Washington Grain Project, and the Southwest Washington Food Hub. Co-op members have collaborated to develop rail transload capacity at the Port of Chehalis , providing the cornerstone for a malting barley program being established with Great Western Malting of Vancouver WA, and an alternative to costly truck transport of regionally produced grains. Co-op members have also worked to establish a regional Food Hub which provides aggregation, transportation, and marketing services to its members.”