Lewiston's Isuken Coop Food Truck at the Belfast Co-op!


Community Happenings
Belfast Co-op parking lot
123 High St
carisa@belfast.coop
2073382532
Oct 20, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Photo by: jonah fertig burd

 

 

Sat, October 20th 12pm - 4 pm in the Belfast Co-op parking lot.

 

October is National Cooperative month and to celebrate, the Belfast Co-op has invited Lewiston based Isuken Co-op, the nation’s first Somali Bantu farm-to-table cooperative food truck, to Belfast to share their exciting cooperative story. Isuken is a worker-owned cooperative with the five members sharing equally in the responsibilities and rewards of the business.

 

Isuken Co-op cultivates many of their ingredients and has relationships with local growers and producers in the region, including New Roots Cooperative Farm, Maine‘s first immigrant-owned cooperative. “By partnering together, New Roots Cooperative Farm and Isuken Co-op are helping to create more economic opportunity and food access in Lewiston,” says Jonah Fertig-Burd of the Cooperative Development Institute, which has assisted both co-ops with their start-up.

 

“Isuken means unity in our language and our goal with Isuken has united us,” says Isnina Ibrahim, president and worker-owner of the cooperative. “We can do more together as a co-op, we can accomplish anything.” The Somali Bantu have traditionally farmed and fed their community and country, and are now growing and cooking for their American neighbors. “We have our own food traditions that I want to share with a culture that has never tried it,” says Isaac Garrow, worker-owner and Operations Manager for Isuken Co-op.


Belfast Coop is a community-owned market and cafe since 1976. Belfast Co-op strives to offer a wide selection of products that are organically produced and locally-sourced, at reasonable prices, to support healthy lifestyles.  All are welcome