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CCMA 2017 in Minneapolis Tuesday, May 23

The deadline to register for CCMA 2017 is May 31, 2017.

What do you get with registration?

Bookkeeper Monday, May 22

Blue Hill Co-op seeks part-time (24-28 hrs/week) Bookkeeper. Experience with QuickBooks and Catapult POS system a plus. Please see attached full job description. Send resume to ATTN: Kevin Gadsby at [email protected]

How to Start a Food Co-op Sunday, May 21

Food Co-op Initiative has updated the Food Co-op Startup Guide manual and the new version is available with other resources at their website (and attached here). We recommend that startup teams contact Food Co-op Initiative to take the first steps with their projects. 


Advertise with Cooperative Grocer + CGN Sunday, May 21

Advertise with Cooperative Grocer magazine and an ad listing in our online Market section, too.

Find full details about advertising in the Rate Sheet and Calendar here.

Contact [email protected] to discuss your options for advertising.

Produce Manager Thursday, May 18

First Alternative Co-op's Produce Department is looking for dependable and motivated individual with a positive attitude to lead their team. Knowledge about and experience in the organic retail Produce industry is highly desirable!

CGN Board Election 2017 Tuesday, May 16

Hello members and friends of Cooperative Grocer Network!

Solar Power Plans at The Merc Tuesday, May 16

The Lawrence, Kansas food co-op in mid-May announced its plans for summer 2017 construction of a major solar power installation—what will be the largest one in town. Some 29 percent of the The Merc’s electricity will be supplied by 688 rooftop, parking lot, and patio photovoltaic panels. The new project will supplement major energy-conserving improvements made over the past five years since The Merc purchased its facility.

General Manager Friday, May 12

The Richmond Food Co-op (RFC) seeks an experienced and innovative leader for the position of General Manager. 

 RFC will be a full service, member-owned, equal opportunity grocery store focused on local, sustainable and affordable food options. The position is expected to start in August, 2017 as the 4500 square foot (retail space) Westover Hills store is anticipated to open in November.

 Reporting to the Board of Directors, the GM is responsible for the leadership and management of this start-up retail grocery operation. Specific responsibilities include:

Kitchen Manager Thursday, May 11

Do you have a passion for food and hospitality, and wish to be part of an established company?

Do you enjoy working in a team environment that cares about each other and supports every member's success? 

We have a rare leadership opportunity for you to join one of the most dynamic Food Co-ops in the nation. Ashland Food Cooperative is seeking an experienced Kitchen Manager with strong leadership skills for our $4MM+ Deli operation.

Central Kitchen Production Manager Wednesday, May 10

 Organic Production Manager

Bay View Central Kitchen

(1st Shift)

Meat & Seafood Manager Wednesday, May 10

Weavers Way is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic individual to join our team as Meat & Seafood Manager in our new store in Ambler, PA, set to open in late August. If you love meat (eat it, cook it, talk about it) then this could be the right fit for you. This position is full-time, includes at least one weekend day/evening, and hours can vary between morning and night shifts.

Summary of 3 Food Myths Saturday, May 20

Myths get in the way of our ability to restore degraded soils that can feed the world using fewer chemicals.

A very good summary of 3 Big Myths About Modern Agriculture is reprinted in the April 5, 2017 issue of Scientific American. These myths are: 

  • Large-scale agriculture feeds the world today
  • Large farms are more efficient
  • Conventional farming is necessary to feed the world
Amazing Grains Closes Monday, May 1

The board of directors of Amazing Grains, a small co-op in Grand Forks, North Dakota, announced the co-op’s imminent dissolution—the notification came just before the co-op’s annual meeting on April 30 2017. Amazing Grains served the Grand Forks community for 44 years. The co-op was among the first Grand Forks businesses to return to downtown after the huge 1997 flood—helped by food co-ops nationally launching a Co-op Disaster Relief Fund.

CCMA 2017 Co-op Tours Announced Thursday, April 27

We are very pleased to announce the CCMA 2017 co-op tours! Our Host Committee has put together some phenomenal tours guaranteed to inspire, educate, and delight. CCMA attendees will have the opportunity to stroll down the aisles and shop at Seward, Eastside, The Wedge, Lakewinds, Mississippi Market and Valley Natural Foods! Tours will also visit local vendors and farmers providing organic products to area co-ops such as Peace Coffee and Open Hands Organic Farm. Participants will learn about community organizations affecting change in the Minneapolis area.

Anne Reynolds Thursday, April 27
Wellness Manager Friday, April 28

We are looking for motivated and talented leaders who are passionate about natural, organic, and local food to join the co-op’s leadership team. We’re currently hiring for a grocery department manager. Our ideal candidates are those who thrive in a fast-paced and cooperative work environment, provide consistently outstanding customer service, and have a strong desire to provide for the communities that we serve.

Facilities Manager Saturday, April 22


Facilities Department, Belfast Cooperative  

FLSA STATUS/PAY LEVEL: Nonexempt/4 REPORTS TO: Operations Manager

Deli Manager Friday, April 21

New Leaf Market Co-op, in Tallahasse, Florida, is seeking a deli manager. The successful candidate will have 3+ years of food production and supervisory experience, as well as a proven track record of increasing sales, managing margin and food cost controls.

Tallahassee is located in the Big Bend of Florida and is home to two universities, is the seat of the state government, and is known for it's canopy roads and cold fresh water springs and rivers.

Marketing Manager Wednesday, April 19

The Moscow Food Co-op seeks a Marketing Manager to maintain and oversee the marketing department, including community engagement, public relations, participation, and owner services; cultivate the Co-op’s identity and presence in the surrounding communities through brand management; promote ownership and owner satisfaction; and advance the Co-op’s purpose, mission, and strategic plan through enhanced education and outreach, relationship building, and communication.  Assists the General Manager in meeting strategic goals and ends policies set by the Board of Directors.

Persistence Pays Off for New Co-op Thursday, April 13

SPOKANE — The atmosphere is busy but light on a recent March morning at the new LINC Foods warehouse in north Spokane.

Delivery truck driver Kyle Merritt gathers produce for an order inside the walk-in cooler.

Founder Beth Robinette puts beef cuts from her family ranch in gift boxes for customers.

Medical Lake, Wash., farmer Dan Sproule chats with Robinette and Merritt as he drops off beets and pea shoots, among other items.