Dandelion Foods is the collective efforts of more than 50 individuals, consultants and businesses. Two years ago, individuals from the local Almonte community joined together with a common interest in local food sustainability, health eating and community education.
In early 2013, Dandelion Foods was incorporated as a worker co-operative with four founding members – Sharon Lazette, Michael McGarry, Farhat Sultana and Meghan Pettipas. Elections were held and bylaws passed within two months.
In April 2013, Dandelion Foods completed a business plan which then was presented to private investors, community lenders and institutional lenders for capitalization. Within three months, Dandelion Foods was fully capitalized and had signed a lease for a soon-to-be constructed unit in Almonte.
Construction for the new unit began September 2013 and completed in early 2014.