CoFED inspiregizes future food co-op leaders across North America. We support students with training and tools, and connect them with peers, mentors, and allies in a solidarity network.


CoFED strives to build community wealth through food cooperatives. To that end, CoFED brings tools and trainings to campus communities to create strong cooperatively-run food businesses. We engage with a dynamic network to promote, thriving, equitable, and resilient local economies.


  • Supports student cooperatives with direct training and technical support
  • Organizes student cooperatives across campuses in a regional and national solidarity network
  • Develops and curates resources for students from mentors to business models to curriculum

Since launching nationally in the Fall of 2010 with support from Michael Pollan, Bill McKibben, and many others, CoFED has worked with over 40 student teams starting or operating cooperative, sustainable food ventures on their campus. In addition to supporting this ongoing work on university campuses, we’re conducting a pilot program to support healthy food access and enterprise development training at community colleges.

We strive to incorporate the values of cooperation, empowerment, transparency, joy, and impact in our work.