Welcome to YCGrown,
The Yavapai County Farmers & Ranchers Cooperative
Thank you for visiting our site! Our mission is to promote Yavapai County agriculture by connecting local growers and producers with their customers so that each may benefit from the incredible array of foods that are produced here. Below are details on who we are and what we do--please feel free to contact us if you need additional information.
Winter/Spring 2016-17 Share now accepting sign ups!
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What is YCGrown?
YCGrown is a non-profit, agricultural co-op dedicated to increasing the availability of locally-produced food in Yavapai County, Arizona. YCGrown is a designated food hub--the only one in Northern Arizona! This means the Co-op is an aggregator: we collaborate with farmers and ranchers in the county to promote local food, market their products, receive the products when they're harvested and then distribute them to customers countywide.
Why Was YCGrown Formed?
Small and start-up growers often struggle with the many demands of farming and ranching. Too often, we saw talented growers and producers struggling or even quitting the business because there just wasn’t enough time to do it all: raising the crops and livestock, marketing and selling, distribution and more, all on thin margins. We believe that a strong, diverse agricultural base is important for our community. We feel that everyone---our children, schools, environment and economy---benefits from nutritious, sustainably raised and locally grown food. Thus, YCGrown was born in early 2012.
Which Farms and Ranches Are Members of YCGrown?
Producer membership is open to any farm or ranch in Yavapai County that commits to using sustainable, humane, water-conserving, pesticide-free growing methods, and to producing high-quality meat, poultry, eggs, fruit, vegetables, honey and prepared goods. Members utilize Good Handling Practices and Good Agricultural Practices in coordination with state and local regulatory agencies. Members also pledge to work cooperatively so that all may benefit from the group effort. Currently, the Co-op works with approximately 20 member farms and ranches across the county. Check out our Producers Gallery to see them in action!
What Does the Co-op Offer to Its Shareholders?
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