Locally Owned, Organically Grown

Natural Harvest Gives Back

Contributing to strong and sustainable economic solutions for community needs, as well as providing charitable contributions to local groups, is the co-op thing to do: it is one of our co-op principles.

Annually, we give gift cards, cash, and food donations to a variety of organizations throughout the community. School fundraisers, community health & wellness events, youth programs, animal rescue organizations, art & culture enrichment efforts, environmental solution workshops, food shelves, crisis foundations, literacy programs – working with these groups and more is how we connect and strengthen our community.

Strengthening community goes beyond charitable contributions; in 2015 alone, Natural Harvest paid $124,452 to local small businesses for supplies and services and $229,404.54 to 69 different local & regional producers (10 more than in 2014). According to a National Co+op Grocers’ study, food co-ops, in general, have a more local impact than conventional grocery stores. For every dollar spent at a food co-op, $0.38 is reinvested back into the local economy compared to $0.24 at privately or investor-owned grocery stores.

Recipients have been chosen for 2018. We are not accepting applications for 2019 at this time. 

Change Within Reach

The Change Within Reach round-up program gives consumers the chance to contribute to community organizations in a way that does not break the bank but cumulatively makes a huge impact to the recipient. Every month, a local non-profit organization is selected to be the recipient of all funds donated through the round-up program. Customers donate to the program by allowing their purchase amount to be rounded up to the next highest dollar. Since the program started in April of 2014, Natural Harvest customers have raised over $42,500; in 2016 alone over $14,500 was raised. We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who participate in this program.

November’s recipient is The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra.

  • Your contributions will assist them in renting the musical rights to compositions by the great American composer, Leonard Bernstein.

Upcoming Recipients

December 2017: Angel Fund

January 2018: Apple Tree Learning Center

February 2018: Mesabi Humane Society

March 2018: Ely Food Shelf & Quad Cities Food Shelf

April 2018:  I.R.O.C – Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists

May 2018: Bess Metsa Garden

June 2018: I.R.P.S – Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability

July 2018: Northern Lights Music Festival

August 2018: Habitat for Humanity

September 2018: VinE – Volunteers in Education

October 2018: Iron Rangers for GMO Labeling

November 2018: Advocates for Family Peace

December 2018: AEOA Meals on Wheels

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The Harvest Beet Fall 2017 What's Inside?

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