"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world" -Margaret Mead
Our #localfoodhero this week, @threeriversmarket Board of Directors, has roots dating back to the late 1970s when a small group of individuals who wanted to offer an array of the then scarce local, natural, and organic foods, started a food cooperative in Knox County.
Fast forward to 2018, and that small group of individuals is now the BOD for TRM, which is now a cooperatively-owned grocery store that benefits its members by creating and nourishing a healthier environment, healthier people, and a healthier community.
TRM sets itself apart from a traditional grocery store in an infinite number of ways. To paint a quick picture.. ✔️ Transparency and integrity with their product standard labeling- local, organic, pastured and many more. ✔️ Sourcing from numerous local producers and artisans. ✔️ Giving back to the community through their Nourishing Change Program
✔️ Bike parking and electronic vehicle charging
The BOD works with the GM, Jackie Arthur, the Management Team, and staff to create a diverse workplace with a livable wage, upward mobility, and progressive benefits, to reinvest in the community with a variety of programs, to promote green initiatives with the use of solar energy and efforts to reduce waste, and to create a community space where everyone is welcome.
So thanks Three Rivers Market for setting yourself apart! You all are truly #localfoodheros. Dave Penegar, Amy Brooks, Chris Bottoms, Nina Gregg, Gabrielle Boudreau, Graciela Cabana, Crista Marie, & Rebecca Blalock #nourishknoxville #nourishchange #knoxrocks #easttennessee #localfood