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Working with Community Supported Agriculture for the Benefit of All
by Bryan CarstensHealthy food. Sharing expenses, risks, and profits. Active participation. Community involvement. All of these social ideals are shared by co-ops and CSAs.

Our food production system...

09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Produce Department Review
by Shade Gomez

The produce department, like any other department in a co-op, is there for the co-op's members. Serving them should be our major focus.

Starting with this...

09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Seven Steps to a Successful Membership Drive
by Patricia Cumbie

The success or failure of your next membership drive hinges on more than signage, brochures and the free thing you give away to every new member who joins.

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09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Cooperative Finance: Discounts Provoke Discussion!
by Scott Beers

Editor's note:

Recently, several readers wrote letters to the editor discussing financial matters.  These letters appear below, followed by a response from the authors of the finance...

28 Dec 2010 #064 May - June - 1996
Cooperative Finance: Discounts Provoke Discussion!
by Margaret Lund

Editor's note:

Recently, several readers wrote letters to the editor discussing financial matters.  These letters appear below, followed by a response from the authors of the finance...

28 Dec 2010 #064 May - June - 1996
What Co-op Employees Think
by Carolee Colter

How do co-op employees feel about the co-op as an employer? How satisfied are they with their compensation, their working conditions, their supervision, and their co-workers? How...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
What Co-op Employees Think
by Karen Zimbelman

How do co-op employees feel about the co-op as an employer? How satisfied are they with their compensation, their working conditions, their supervision, and their co-workers? How...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
The Co-op Empowerment Stream
by Bill Gessner

Our cooperatives are truly empowering organizations, in origin and in practice, in vision and in mission, in theory and in action. Empowerment can be a simple and clarifying...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
Discounts and Death
by Dave Gutknecht

Myths die hard, and so do member discounts. In questioning this entrenched practice, reflexively equated with co-op membership in the minds of many, one never knows for certain...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
Member Discounts
by Scott Beers

Did you know that giving member discounts is not one of the cooperative principles? Given how pervasive discounts are in food co-ops, one would almost expect to find support for...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
Member Discounts
by Margaret Lund

Did you know that giving member discounts is not one of the cooperative principles? Given how pervasive discounts are in food co-ops, one would almost expect to find support for...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
Cooperative Principles Updated
by Ann Hoyt

"We have to do it this way. After all, that's what makes us a co-op."

"We only sell natural and organic foods. That's a fundamental principle of...

09 Jan 2004 #062 January - February - 1996
Planning Deli Success
by Steve Rosen

Overheard at the Natural Products Expo in Baltimore:

Q. How do you make a small fortune?

A. Take a large fortune and open a deli...

09 Jan 2004 #062 January - February - 1996
Community Food Co-op
by Jim Ashby

Every day at a busy corner in downtown Bellingham, Washington, thousands of drivers gaze into a bright, bustling cafe. The building itself is an attention grabber, with striking...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Hiring A General Manager
by Carolee Colter

I don't want to disappoint my readers. This article is not going to tell you where to find a general manager. If I knew a source of well-qualified people eager to be managers of...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Past Year Fast Here
by Dave Gutknecht

Reviewing a year that has gone by as quickly as this one has shouldn't require more than a few paragraphs! I suspect that for most readers, daily demands and future plans keep...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Merchandising Management
by Marie Greenfield

"Pardon me, mam. You look confused. Is there something I can help you find or a question I can answer?"

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Shopper Credit Cards and Member-Owner Benefits
by Alan Mathewson

I just read an article in Supermarket News indicating that within a year or so it will be common for shoppers at Publix or Kroger or Winn Dixie to present "cobranded" credit cards...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Assessing Board Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

Without a doubt, a co-op's board of directors plays a key role in the co-op's success. Yet too often, an assessment of the board's performance in that role is overlooked or...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
El Salvador Co-ops
by Terry Appleby

This spring a dozen cooperators and students had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador for a firsthand look at coffee production. The trip was sponsored by Equal Exchange, a...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Managing Your Cheese Section
by Ruth Romano

The cheese stands alone, The cheese stands alone, Heigh-ho the derry 0! The cheese stands alone...

09 Jan 2004 #060 September - October - 1995
Creating Boards That Lead
by Ann Hoyt

The board must play a meaningful and critical role in cooperative affairs. I hope this article will help clarify what the board should be doing, how the board can organize its...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Generation Gaps
by Dave Gutknecht

Three different generations gaps can be seen in this edition: First, the annual Retail Operations Survey notes strong growth by many co-ops -- but also an inability to generate new...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Herbs / Supplements / Health and Beauty
by Marcia Owings

Over the past five years, our co-op has gone through tremendous growth and has had to work hard to keep up. Like many other natural foods stores, Sevananda has had to restructure,...

09 Jan 2004 #059 July - August - 1995
Northeast: Cooperatives Seek Integration
by David Fowle

Cooperative Grocers of the Northeast (CGANE or "see-gain") is now in the midst of its second major transformation since the group formed a bit over two years ago. We were initially...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995