Our Mission | A Shared Goal
The purpose of Patchwork Alliance is to provide independent WNC regional growers, crafters, makers and service providers with ownership in a shared marketplace, and to connect them with WNC residents who want local, fresh and natural foods and products, and who value community-owned agriculture, local economy, and cultural diversity.
We only ask that Members abide by the Universal Cooperative Principles:
Voluntary and open membership
Democratic member control
Member economic participation
Autonomy and independence
Education, training, and information
Cooperation among cooperatives
Concern for the community.
Vision | A Shared Plan
Our community understands the urgency and necessity of organized, active and thriving local food systems which are accessible and ethical for people and the environment.
We create significant positive impact for these communities, by helping individual households transition from the current extractive, industrialized economic systems into local foodsheds and production systems.
We extend our values of cooperative organization, regenerative agriculture, and local economic investment throughout our region and create networks of abundant communities.
Innovation | A Shared Strategy
Many gifts of the information age can be refined and repurposed into systems that serve progressive Alternative Economic and Currency Models.
Patchwork Alliance utilizes Local Food Marketplace software, which contains impressive functionality and personalization that allows for creative thinking about Local Economic Exchange.
Through this software platform, a multi-stakeholder ownership structure with inter-producer, inter-worker, and inter-service-provider trading and
commerce is possible.