From a food buying club in 1973 to its first 10×30 ft. rented room located in the back of 700 Main Avenue, DNF once operated on an all-volunteer basis and donations, using an unlocked, red fishing tackle box as its cash register!
In 1974, it was legally registered with the state of Colorado as Durango Natural Foods, Inc. and in 1975 moved to a slightly larger rented space in the alley of 2nd Avenue and 7th Street. In January 1999, DNF realized its current location as is. Many of the founding Owners are still active in the co-op, and over time our Ownership has continued to grow. Currently, more than 2,000 families and individuals share ownership of the co-op!