Project We Own It

Project We Own It

this is the story of the Isla Vista Food Co-op's campaign to raise $200,000 for the down payment to buy our building. over 1,000 community supporters helped us secure our co-op for future generations of conscious consumption, sustainable living, and ethical business. along the way, meet the community that makes this place go round, staff members, co-op owners, community activists and shoppers!

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Isla Vista Food Co-op Wins Local Hero Award!

December 5, 2013

Isla Vista Food Co-op Wins Local Hero Award!

For 40 years, the Isla Vista Food Co-op has brought local, natural and organic foods to our community. And recently, due to immense community support, they were able to buy their building and ensure their future.

Isla Vista Food Co-op Wins SB Indie Lifetime Achievement Foodie Award!

December 5, 2013

Isla Vista Food Co-op Wins SB Indie Lifetime Achievement Foodie Award!

“The real secret is when people realize that we’re not actually in the business of selling groceries,” Cohen says. “We’re in the business of creating, inspiring, and nourishing community.” click photo for full story!

Certificate of Recognition from Assembly Member Das Williams

February 11, 2013

Certificate of Recognition from Assembly Member Das Williams

“Special recognition, heartiest congratulations and commendations are conveyed for your support of cooperation and community involvement, your dedication to locally grown and organic food sources, and in recognition of your success for finding a permanent home with Project We Own It”


January 30, 2013

KEYT’s John Palminteri films and writes a story on Project We Own It!

Crowdfund Insider

January 25, 2013

Crowdfund Insider showcases Project We Own It!


National Cooperative Bank

January 24, 2013

National Cooperative Bank highlights the Isla Vista Food Co-op as its featured transaction!


Santa Barbara Independent

January 22, 2013

The Santa Barbara Independent covers the success of Project We Own It!


Santa Barbara Seasons

January 17, 2013

Well known “local life & culture” website, Santa Barbara Seasons, blogs about the success of Project We Own It



Project We Did It

January 14, 2013

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Thank you! We Did It!

January 13, 2013

Carrot Mob at the Co-op!

December 9, 2012

Our Carrot Mob turned CRAZY when Project We Own It Organizer Abby Wolff got on her carrot costume and invaded UCSB’s Davidson Library with a picnic basket full of Fair Hills Farm organic pink lady apples and equal exchange fair trade chocolates to be comic relief for students studying for finals!  AHaHhAhAhahAHAHAH  it was AMAZING!

Project We Own It Update

December 4, 2012

Project We Own It Update


George Eats

November 18, 2012

Local Independent Food Editor and Writer George Yachisin Reviews the Farm to Table Dinner!



November 17, 2012

Jimmy, Front-End Team

November 13, 2012

Bike Raffle!

November 12, 2012

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Laura Philpott, Chill Clerk

November 12, 2012

SABOR Hosts Dinner to Benefit Project We Own It

November 11, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, our beloved Co-op is in a sticky situation. The landlord has decided to sell the property they’ve been leasing for over 30 years, giving them 40 days to come up with a $200,000 down payment on a loan that will help them OWN the property for like, forever. The good news is that Project We Own It has already raised $114,000.

The even better news is that SABOR is hosting a 4-course benefit dinner this Sunday at Hana Kitchen. A $20 donation is requested by Friday to cover ingredient costs. All proceeds go to Project We Own It.