The Plain Green Conference is just a few weeks away. It's an event aimed at getting each and every one of us to think about our relationship with the planet.
In the weeks leading up to the conference, KSFY is highlighting projects and businesses around the community demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. The Co-op Natural Foods Store located in south-central Sioux Falls operates under that mantra.
According to General Manager Molly Langley, the store is known for selling food like flour and grains in bulk, using bins. This requires less packaging, helps to ensure a fresher product, and can be far less expensive.
The store also stocks grass-fed meat and locally sourced produce, eggs and cheese.
Outside of the store are barrels for gathering rain and an area used for composting.
While this might seem unconventional for a grocery store, Langley says it's just the way they do business.
"It's our reason for existence. We've done it for 38 years. We wanted there to be sources of food that are not from great distances, not prepackaged, and we want to help keep the local economy alive. The best way to do that is to buy from local people. It keeps the dollars in the community," said Langley.
And the Co-op is literally putting its money where its mouth is. Tuesday night, its board of directors voted to sponsor a family interested in learning to grow produce that can, in turn, be sold back to the Co-op or sold at local farmers markets.
The plain green conference is Friday, September 14th. For more information, including speakers and seminars, follow the link to the event's homepage.