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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Food co-ops seek to keep more homegrown products in state

While North Dakota residents give thanks around the table in a state that produces much of the nation's foodstuffs, it's likely that most of what's on their plates is coming from somewhere else.

Food cooperatives planned for the two largest metropolitan areas are aiming to change that.

The Bismarck-Mandan Community Food Co-op already held its groundbreaking ceremonies and the Prairie Roots Food Cooperative in Fargo is well on its way to reality with more than 900 members onboard. For a minimum investment of $200 in Bismarck and $1,000 in Fargo, members can be part of a movement to consume natural, local foods.

"We're going to be kind of looking at sourcing our...