MINNEAPOLIS (March 3, 2009) — Windustry was honored as a 2008 Wedgeshare Grant Recipient from the Wedge Co-op, a Minneapolis natural and organic food cooperative with almost 14,000 member-owners. Grants went to a range of organizations that combat hunger, promote food safety, and foster renewable energy and sustainable communities.
Since 1997, The Wedge’s WedgeShare charitable giving program has awarded grants to community non-profits whose work aligns with the cooperative principle that co-ops “work for the sustainable development of their communities.” This year, thirteen organizations that applied for WedgeShare grants made the final ballot. Wedge Co-op members voted to distribute the grants during the co-op’s annual election in October 2008.
Windustry (a non-profit working to increase wind energy opportunities for farmers and rural communities) is the primary provider of high-quality energy information and assistance to farmers and rural communities in the Midwest. Requests for Windustry’s assistance continue to grow as interest in renewable energy has exploded. There is great potential for wind energy to provide economic and social benefits to Minnesotan and Midwestern farmers and rural communities, but these benefits will be maximized only if farmers and rural communities have high-quality, up-to-date, easily accessible information to help them make informed choices.
Other WedgeShare recipients included the Emergency Foodshelf Network, Cornucopia Institute, Youth Farm & Market Project, Farmer’s Action Legal Group, Universal Healthcare Action Network of Minnesota, Community Design Center of Minnesota, Southside Family Charter School, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, Local Fair Trade Network, Gardening Matters, Women’s Environmental Institute at Amador Hill and Urban Arts Academy.