Success Stories

Ashland Food Co-op’s 39-kilowatt solar system is decreasing its carbon footprint, reducing its utility costs, and supporting its sustainability goals.

Since it was founded nearly half a century ago, the Ashland Food Co-op in rural southwest Oregon has modeled social and environmental responsibility.

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Geddes Grocery Store Photo

As the only grocery store in the town of Geddes, SD, owners Jill & Bob Dyk, had a goal to provide local community members, as well as visitors to the area, with a place to buy grocery items, food and supplies for campers and hunters, general service items, and a place to grab a hot cup of cof

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The volunteer firefighters in Reedsport, Oregon, gather around their new fire pumper truck as it is delivered.

For a small, volunteer fire department, the high cost of equipment can be a significant challenge. That was the case for the Reedsport Fire Department on the central Oregon coast. Their fire pumper truck was past its useful life and posed safety issues.

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According to the Department of Health Services, 827 people died in Wisconsin of opioid overdose deaths in 2016. From 2000 to 2016, the number of deaths in Wisconsin due to prescription opioids increased 600 percent, from 81 to 568 in 2016. The Lakes Community Health Center, Inc.

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Striving to meet the needs of medically underserved rural communities, Atascosa Health Center, Inc., sought out funding from USDA Rural Development to purchase and relocate to a much larger facility in Lytle, TX

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Haven Stuck got his start ranching at an early age on his family’s ranch in Mellette, SD where they raised cattle, pigs and sheep. Stuck grew up working cattle and learning the difficult business of operating a sustainable agribusiness from his parents.

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Illinois Moultrie Independant Telephone Company

Every few minutes, the numbers on Gary Smith’s computer screen flicker and change. Outside his office window in Lovington, Illinois (population 1,100) are fourteen grain bins, an elevator, and a dryer, with a total storage capacity of 3.5 million bushels.

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Photo of The Aspen Inn in Fort Klamath, Oregon

Fort Klamath serves as a gateway to Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, and the summer season brings an influx of people to this otherwise quiet, rural town.

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Portions of the roads in Copemish are nothing more than successive layers of patching, completely obscuring the original pavement.

The Village of Copemish is located in Manistee County, close by the shore of Lake Michigan and southwest of Traverse City.

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Local Foods Conference photo

Lakota Youth Development, [(LYD) formerly known as Native American Advocacy Program] a Native nonprofit youth serving organization in south central South Dakota holds 4-day youth cultural camps throughout the summer for at risk youth.  LYD was in desperate need of new kitchen equipment to be able

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