What does HOSCO stand for?
HOSCO stands for Holistic, Organic, Sustainble, Co-operative.
How did you get started in the food system? How did you get involved with HOSCO?
I come from a farming family and so I’ve always had a passion for agriculture and for being outdoors. When I got into college, that changed more into a interest for environmentalism and the food system was the perfect intersection of agriculture and the environment. My first formal job was at EarthDance where I served as an AmeriCorps Summer Associate as a Program Specialist so I had my hand in all the different programs that they had: youth education, community outreach, etc. That’s how I took root in the good food movement.
And oddly enough, that is where I met Gibron and got involved with HOSCO. He had a group of students out to the farm and while I was giving them a tour, we were able to connect on some important food-related issues. Gibron started HOSCO in 2010 and his primary focus was growing microgreens and producing pumpkin seed oil. Over that time he started realizing the need to create a strong, local food network. When we met, he had been incubating his ideas on creating a food hub and expanding his current farm into a non-profit with a focus on education and community development. Now I serve as the Director of Operations for HOSCO.
What is HOSCO’s mission?
We are currently working on revitalizing and finalizing our mission statement while we’re in our strategic planning, a very transitional phase. Right now it focuses on increasing the economic viability of the local food system, creating careers around food production, aggregation, and delivery and improving the quality of life of residents living in the community. Broadly, our goal is to sustainably facilitate community and economic development through the creation of a local food system via an extensive network of partners.
Can you tell us more about the different parts of HOSCO?
As for right now, there are three primary aspects to HOSCO. First is growing and producing food. Second would be our shared use kitchen/food hub space that is used for education & job training and creating local food products. The third is the community aspect of our organization that includes our grocery delivery program and employment opportunities.
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