Wednesday September 30, 2020
The Isuken Cooperative’s Somali Bantu farm-to-table food truck crew on a visit to Belfast in 2018
October is national Co-op Month, and the Isuken Cooperative’s Somali Bantu farm-to-table food truck will be at the Belfast Co-op at 123 High Street on Saturday, October 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Lewiston group partners with New Roots Cooperative Farm, Maine’s first immigrant-owned cooperative. In 2016, New Roots started a 30-acre farm in Lewiston where they grow vegetables for wholesale customers, farmers markets and a community-supported agriculture program.
Isnina Ibrahim, president and worker-owner of the cooperative, said in a news release, “Isuken means unity in our language and our goal with Isuken has united us. We can do more together as a co-op; we can accomplish anything.”
Isuken Cooperative cultivates much of its food and has relationships with local growers and producers in the region. “We have our own food traditions that I want to share with a culture that has never tried it,” said Isaac Garrow, worker-owner and operations manager for Isuken.