Concern for Community is a Co-op Principle and BriarPatch Food Co-op supports our community in a number of ways.


As you check out, just ask the cashier to round up your total payment to the nearest dollar or more. The amount over the purchase total — 100 percent of it — will be donated to the non-profit organization for that month.

Community Donation Vouchers

BriarPatch supports community groups and events with $25 vouchers for purchasing food or to give as prizes, one per group or event per year. BriarPatch considers all requests for support for community events that are nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and which do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical disability. Ask at the Customer Service window.

School Fundraising Rebate Vouchers

BriarPatch donates 1% of purchases when your purchase is accompanied by a school voucher. Ask for vouchers in your school office. All local elementary, middle, and high schools are welcome to participate—contact the Marketing Department.

Participating schools:

  • Bitney College Prep H.S.
  • Clear Creek School
  • Ghidotti High School
  • Grass Valley School District
  • Live Oak Waldorf School
  • Living Wisdom School
  • Mount Saint Mary’s
  • Nevada City School District
  • Nevada City School Of The Arts
  • Nevada Union High School
  • Sierra Christian School
  • Tall Pines Nursery School
  • Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School
  • Union Hill School
  • Woolman Semester At Sierra Friends Center
  • Yuba River Charter School

Event Sponsorships

BriarPatch sponsors many community events. Sponsorship decisions are made by the Marketing Department and based on the group or project’s alignment with BriarPatch Ends Policies.

BriarPatch Cooperative Community Fund

Our Community Fund generates interest income for annual grants to local community groups working on issues relating to sustainable agriculture and organic food, hunger and social issues, environmental protection and cooperatives.

Checkout Boxes and Food Bank Bin

Donation collection boxes for a limited number of nonprofit groups are kept at the registers. A bin for food donations for The Food Bank of Nevada County is located near the store exit doors.

Our CAUSE program donated $57,267 to local charities in 2018. Proof that your change really does add up!

Sierra Harvest Farm to School program

BriarPatch is a major supporter of Sierra Harvest, a Nevada County nonprofit whose work aligns perfectly with the BriarPatch Ends Policies related to food education, local food, and strengthening the local food system.








Receive Owner Benefits!

Owner Jo and Kids

Stop by customer service, read, complete, and sign an Ownership Agreement/Application.