Buffalo Mountain Food Coop has begun a Sister Coop relationship with the Cooperativa Orgánica Madre Tierra which has its headquarters in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
Madre Tierra is connected to growers and producers who come to participate in an open market from different towns all over the Island. It serves a membership of 142, some producers, farmers and supporting members.
Madre Tierra was founded in 2001 with a mission to foster the reconnection with our planet through cultivation and promotion of organic products in a loving, respectful and sustainable way. The coop educates through workshops and presentations on different topics that promote health, biodiversity, and cooperative and respectful relationships to ensure a better world for future generations.
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Maria, Cooperativa Orgánica Madre Tierra has had to intensify its work to support farmers and producers. As the entire island continues to face the priorities of finding potable water, food, and regaining electricity, the coop is also having serious difficulty keepings it doors and the markets open. If we look at our effort as a means to help sustain this coop’s mission of food sovereignty and dignity, we should understand that it will be a long-term process and a partnership of solidarity and enrichment to all involved.
A working group of Buffalo Mountain Coop Member-Owners, Board, and Collective Staff has formed to plan future projects, fundraising events, and many volunteer opportunities.
For more information about the project, please email Myrna Miranda-O’Neill.
Scroll down for images of Coop Organica Madre Tierra before and after Tropical Storm Irma and Hurricane Maria.