The Great Basin Community Food Cooperative (GBCFC) is a community owned, full service grocery store committed to serving as an access point for products that are:
We prioritize purchasing from local farmers, ranchers, and producers along with larger independent companies whose practices are in alignment with these guidelines.
Our aim is to provide wholesome, nutritious food and affordable options while paying farmers and producers fairly and honoring the true cost of good food. As a member of the National Cooperative Grocers (NCG), our buyers use their buying power to find the best products available at the most affordable prices for our owners and customers.
Contain artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, or colors
Contain synthetic hormones such as RBST and RBGH
Contain high fructose corn syrup
Contain monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Contain hydrogenated oils
Are produced with unfair, unsafe or inhumane labor practices
Use animal testing
Use hormones or preventative use of antibiotics
To educate consumers and allow them the freedom to make their own choices, we use the following coded shelf tag system for all products at the co-op:
Green = Locally produced within our watershed. See definitions below.
Yellow = Organic and non-GMO products
White = Product may contain GMO ingredients
A product is considered to be GMO-free when it is:
If a product does not meet one of these four criteria, we assume it may contain GMOs and give it a white shelf tag. GBCFC buyers review potential new products for GMO status and make a determination prior to bringing them into the co-op.
Look for these icons and tags throughout our store to help you identify items with special sourcing, certification, or dietary-friendly information.
We define Local as those products that are produced within our foodshed. We define our foodshed as the watershed (or drainage basin) of the Truckee, Carson, and Walker Rivers. Water is the geographical lifeblood of our community and all farmers in the Great Basin share this scarce resource and have to keep it clean for everyone to thrive.
We define Regional as those products grown or produced from our neighboring watershed(s) out to a 200 mile radius that are sold directly to the Co-op.
Organic - USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.
Nevada Direct refers to those products produced and directly purchased from producers within the state of Nevada.
GBCFC approved applies to local farms, ranches, and products that are produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, toxic pesticides, genetically modified seed, or other toxic substances. We call a farm GBCFC Approved when the farm exhibits practices that foster a living soil and a commitment to growing nutritionally dense foods. All GBCFC Approved entities are either certified organic or have an initial site visit by GBCFC. The National Organic Program’s List of Allowable and Prohibited Substances is our baseline when considering the use of agricultural substances. After the initial application process and site visit, producers commit to informing us if their practices change since their most recent application.
Biodynamic is an inherently organic farming model focused on treating soil health, plant growth, and livestock care as equal parts an ecologically interrelated system. This regenerative method, first developed in 1924, remains a truly “beyond organic” model dedicated to biodiversity and land stewardship through ancient and alternative practices. Demeter USA is currently the only Biodynamic certifying agent in America.
The Co-op is not a certified Vegan handling facility, but we are committed to providing vegan options that fit the diet’s parameters. This means that products labeled Vegan friendly do not contain flesh, fish, fowl, dairy products, eggs, honey, and animal gelatin.
The Co-op is not a certified gluten-free handling facility, but we are committed to providing options that reflect the diet’s parameters. Products labeled Gluten-Free Friendly do not contain any gluten or ingredients that contain gluten. Please note while we do work to minimize cross contamination, our gluten free friendly products are made in a bakery that uses and stores gluten containing flours.
The Co-op is not a certified Paleo handling facility, but we are committed to providing options that reflect the diet’s parameters. Products labeled Paleo friendly consist primarily of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and paleo approved sweetener — while excluding dairy, grains, and processed foods.
Locally produced!! Products with a green shelf tag are produced within our foodshed.
Products with a yellow shelf tag are non-GMO and/or organic.
Products with a white shelf tag may contain GMO ingredients.
When purchasing products, we prioritize local and regional organics at the top and then work our way down the pyramid from there.
This interactive map shows the locations of the local, regional, and Nevada direct farms, ranches, and artisans that directly supply the Great Basin Community Food Co-op.
Cultivating direct, personal relationships with the people that produce our food and nurturing our food system is the heart of why we exist.
The black outline around Reno shows our local watershed or "foodshed." Anything produced within this black outline that is sold directly to the co-op is considered local. The concentric circles around Reno, mark the 100 mile, 150 mile, and 200 mile radius that we consider regional. Any producer within 200 miles of the co-op that we have a direct purchasing relationship with is considered regional. We expect the same transparent--safe growing practices from these producers that we do from our local folks.
We believe that if we are good stewards of our watershed, we will find ourselves living in a healthier ecosystem and our community will be better nourished. By nurturing and growing our local food system, we provide more sustenance at home and simultaneously reduce the tendency to exploit other watersheds.
We recognize sustainable as those farms or products that are grown or produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides, genetically modified seed, or other toxic substances.
We call a farm sustainable when the producer exhibits practices that foster a living soil and provide a spectrum of vitamins and minerals to the food being produced.
USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.
Produce can be called organic if it's grown in soil/land that has no prohibited substances applied to it for three years prior to harvest. Prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
For meat to get an organic certification, animals must be raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors (like the ability to graze on pasture), fed 100% organic feed and forage, and not administered antibiotics or hormones.When it comes to processed, multi-ingredient foods, the USDA organic standards specify additional considerations. Regulations prohibit organically processed foods from containing artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors and require that their ingredients are organic, with some minor exceptions. For example, processed organic foods may contain some approved non-agricultural ingredients, like enzymes in yogurt, pectin in fruit jams, or baking soda in baked goods.
A food system includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers a product “natural” when that product contains no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a way that does not fundamentally alter the product. The label must include a statement explaining the meaning of the term natural (such as “no artificial ingredients; minimally processed”).
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
GMO free does not mean the product is free of pesticides or herbicides.
Hybrids are created by crossing two separate varieties to achieve desirable characteristics. In general, hybrids may offer some combination of these favorable traits: faster growth, less care, higher yield, better flavor, and/or better disease resistance. If you sow the seeds of a hybrid, the resulting fruit may revert to the characteristics of one of its parents. Pluots, plumcots, tangelos, and other fruit crosses are hybrids.
Open pollinated varieties are plants that are pollinated naturally the wind or insects without human intervention.
Heirloom plants are open pollinated varieties that are at least 50 years old having been passed down for generations. Their characteristics tend to remain constant from one year to the next.