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Overheard at the Park Slope Food Co-op Tuesday, February 21

Overheard at the Park Slope Food Co-op:

(In which the culinary becomes political.)

The Future of Food is in Cooperatives Tuesday, February 21
Food Tank had the opportunity to speak with Narendra Varma, founder of Our Table Cooperative, a multi-stakeholder cooperative located in Sherwood, Oregon. Our Table has 58 acres of farmland, a grocery, and numerous farm-based educational opportunities, and the organization incorporates the interests of its farm workers, regional producers, and consumers around the Portland area. 
Human Resources Manager Tuesday, February 21

Flatbush Food Co-op is seeking a dynamic, experienced candidate for the position of Human Resources Manager. This position will support management by coordinating all aspects of HR for our cooperative grocery store. Main areas of responsibility include recruiting and integrating qualified staff, employee training & development and oversight of recordkeeping and benefits administration.


Wellness Department Supervisor Monday, February 20

We have created a new full time position to assist the department manager by overseeing the operations of our Wellness department (supplements, herbs, health and beauty aids). We are looking for someone with experience in supervision, training, scheduling, ordering, and inventory management.

Vendor Pane Test Monday, February 20

Here is a test of a simple implementation of the vendor pane view, based directly on the coop directory view

Employee Ownership May Help Businesses Stay Open Sunday, February 19

Working at a pizza shop isn’t usually a career move.

But for several workers at a San Jose pizzeria, what started as a temporary gig, a first-time job or a side-hustle might soon turn into one of the biggest investments of their lives.

Liberation Foods Celebrates Tenth Birthday Tuesday, February 21

One of the biggest Fairtrade success stories in recent years is Liberation Foods, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017.

It was founded by Twin – the Fairtrade charity famed for setting up Cafedirect and Divine Chocolate.

Union Cooperative Initiative Grows in Cincinnati Sunday, February 19

In the Northwest neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio, residents have gotten together to open a food co-op. As in many other communities organizing food co-ops in recent years, this Cincinnati effort is in response to the loss of a neighborhood grocer—in our case, the abrupt closure of the local Save-A-Lot in August 2013.  

Christopher DeAngelis, Kristin Gangwer, Flequer Vera Sunday, February 19
The Food We Eat Sunday, February 19

When I moved to the Bay Area in the 90s I came across a book called Flavors of India by Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff. I was intrigued by the recipes as they were Indian but they had a little twist. For example Shanta‘s  sambhar (a soup made with vegetables and legumes) recipe called for ginger and lime juice. Being from the South of India, I had never made sambhar without tamarind using ginger and lime juice. When I tried it, I was in for a pleasant surprise. It was delicious.

Winning By Cooperation Saturday, February 18

“Credit unions just may have a powerful weapon in their battle for market share – but a lot don’t fully appreciate it”, said Paul Stull, CEO of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico.

He elaborated – “Banks often have ready access to capital to fuel growth. Credit unions don’t.”  But, according to Stull, they have access to something just as good: “Credit unions have access to the power of the cooperative.  They can share ideas, technology, employees.  They can enjoy great value through cooperation.”

How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub Friday, February 17
Store Manager Thursday, February 16

Weavers Way Store Manager     

Weavers Way Co-op is looking for an experienced, creative, and hardworking individual to serve as the Store Manager for our new third location opening in Ambler. This is an exciting time for us, and we are looking for someone that wants to grow with the organization.

This new store will be a full service grocery format featuring a large bulk department, full service meat and deli, and prepared foods department with seating. There will also be specialty departments like wellness and pet. We expect to have about 35-45 staffers.

Still Time to Register for Up & Coming Sunday, February 19

Dates are set and planning is underway for Up & Coming 2017. Mark your calendars for March 10-11, 2017, with an optional day of tours and workshops on March 9. The conference will be held at the Intercontinental Milwaukee, 139 East Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI.

Tidal Creek Staying On Oleander Drive For Now Wednesday, February 15

A food cooperative grocery store on Oleander Drive is staying put for now, shelving plans to move or open a second location close to downtown Wilmington. The store is also under new management.

Tidal Creek Food Co-op officials signed a new, multi-year lease for an undisclosed amount to stay at 5329 Oleander Drive, the store’s address for nearly 15 years, said Shaylah Paul, the co-op’s marketing coordinator, on Wednesday.

A Tribute to Berkshire Co-op Wednesday, February 15

It all feels just a bit surreal. As you likely know by now, after 13+ years as the General Manager of the Berkshire Co-op Market, I’m moving on. May 31st will be my last day. I’m not sure how I feel, and right now, I’m numb, simply because the Co-op has been such an integral part of my life for those 13 years. Ask me later in June, when you see me shopping in the Co-op and Guido’s.

Berkshire Co-op Market Looks to Members for Expansion Funding Wednesday, February 15

Now, the market is planning a major expansion - and it is again looking to its members for capital.

General manager Daniel Esko outlined the project and financing arrangement earlier this month.

General Manager Tuesday, February 14

Sierra Vista Food Co-op

General Manager Job Summary




Seattle Co-op Pulls CBD Items Tuesday, February 14
General Manager Tuesday, February 14

MANNA Food Co-op is hiring its first general manager! We welcome applications from highly motivated, energetic leaders with managerial experience. Our ideal general manager is passionate about people, health, and wellness, with strong interpersonal skills to help grow our customer base and to work with local producers and the community. 

This is a unique opportunity to open a new food co-op and help grow it into a vibrant part of our community. MANNA Food Co-op is in beautiful Detroit Lakes, MN, located in West Central Minnesota Lakes Country.