1969-70 Photo courtesy Ken Imus
Co-op in white storefront on left, sign in window
That space is now Artwood

The Beginning of the Bellingham Community Food Co-Op

Ron Sorensen, along with David Wolf and John Blethen started  the Community Food Co-Op in the basement bank vault of the Toad Hall pizza restaurant.  
The fledgling Co-Op soon moved into half of the ground floor of the "Good Earth Building" and then eventually on to vast commercial success and glory.  The story of the food co-ops beginnings is an important and colorful element to Fairhaven History.  

On the 40th Anniversary of the Co-Op, (February 14, 2011), Ron looked back at those years from 1969 to 1971. "Various recounts of Co-op history point to different start dates.  As work continued and funds were secured to ready the Harris St storefront for business, members filed the Articles of Incorporation and began filleting food orders in early 1970.  Doors opened for retail business in early 1971."

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