The Richland Gro-op (RGO) is a cooperative of urban and rural farmers in Richland County, Ohio, that grows and sells vegetables year-round to local restaurants, institutions and consumers. By crop planning and marketing produce collectively, RGO members aim to improve the economic viability of urban agriculture in Mansfield and increase the supply of locally produced, high-quality vegetables in the region. RGO grows over 10 different types of vegetables and delivers year-round throughout the Mansfield and Central Ohio region.
RGO exists to nourish people, build connections, and improve communities by growing opportunities for urban and small scale farmers in the greater Mansfield area.
At Richland Gro-Op Cooperative, we believe that good food is grown close to home. And that everyone benefits with a stronger connection with their food. We believe growing food offers value with more than just nutrition, and expanding opportunities for people to be farmers offers a positive multiplier effect within the community.
Every dollar spent with RGO helps to increase the capacity for urban and small scale farmers in the Mansfield area. Plus these resources are being put back into the community to give others the chance to learn how to farm!
Matthew and Amanda Stanfield
GrowFourth Urban Farm
Gro Naked Farm, LLC
Happy Mouth Microfarm
Glennhaven Farm LLC
Son Rise Acre
Willow Springs Farm
NECIC Urban Farm
The Food Lab
Fullfillment Farms LTD
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Accessible entry points
Identify the barriers for new growers to become a part of a farming operation and work to find a pathway to overcome those obstacles
Robust urban food system
Address local zoning and infrastructure needs, and identify pathways to connect local food interests with RGO’s products and mission.
Tell the story of RGO, our farmers, our collective impact in the community, and the benefits of a local food value chain.
Mentoring new farmers
Create and execute an education and support system to grow opportunities for people in the community to grow food.
Continued education for members
Create and execute a member learning program that supports production, business and other training needed to be successful farmers
Healthy mix of urban and small scale farmers
Define our ideal cooperative member composition, ensuring the implicit mission of supporting urban agriculture in Mansfield.