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Reaching Out at Moscow Food Co-op
by Carol Spurling

Cooking and wellness classes. Taste fairs. Farm and field days. Store tours for local schoolchildren. All are familiar and important outreach tools for food co-ops.

But just as it’s...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
The Power of Collaboration
by Jean Rogers

Ten years ago, the Community Food Co-op (Bellingham, Wash.) initiated the Farm Fund, through which a portion of the co-op’s donation budget goes directly to specific farm projects. The Farm Fund...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Strong Performance But Can We Sustain It? (Retail Operations Survey)
by Data Analysis Team

A PDF of this article can be found below.

(includes charts, data and methodology not found on this web page version)

 

05 Apr 2010 #125 July - August - 2006
Food Co-op 500 Becomes Food Co-op Initiative
by Staff

On March 25, 2010, the founding partners of Food Co-op 500 announced that the organization will move beyond its pilot phase and become a new nonprofit corporation. Food Co-op Initiative will...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
A Cooperative Approach to Management Education
by Erbin Crowell

Editor’s note: In this article, when citing Canadian sources, we have retained their practice of hyphen­ating “co-operative.”

Education is a central principle of the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Emerging Eco-Labels
by Lia Spaniolo and Phil Howard

Editor’s note: Several charts on the food industry can be found at Phil Howard’s webpage. The present article is linked under Lia Spaniolo in “Student Publications.” See also his charts on organic...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
NCGA Working to Get Organics Included in WIC Program
by John Fogarty

The Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) has been a focus of National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) advocacy efforts for over a year, in an effort to ensure inclusion of organic...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Self-Help Wanted
by Dave Gutknecht

Spend most earnings now, or invest more in the future—what is the proper balance? We can see, in the current financial mess, some consequences of imbalance. For the sake of immediate benefits, the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Smile, Please, You're in Front of a Customer
by Bruce Palma

About a year ago, our major competitor held a focus group with some of its customers. We learned from several participants—longtime members of our co-op—that many people in the group told the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Startup Co-op Conference Shares Resources
by George Huntington

Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC), a nonprofit agency supported by funding from the USDA, and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli recently partnered to host “Up and Coming, Up and Running...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Startup Co-op Conference Shares Resources
by Debbie Trocha

Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC), a nonprofit agency supported by funding from the USDA, and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli recently partnered to host “Up and Coming, Up and Running...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Steps to Sustainability: It Takes Vision
by Annie Hoy

The founders of Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) in 1972 were guided by the ethics of a budding environmental movement. The impulse to operate a not-for-profit business in ways that honor and nurture...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Telling Stories
by Charli Mills

Long ago, back in the days of community barn raising, an Upper Midwest barn was new in a day. Neighbors traveled by horse, wagon, and maybe a model-A or two to help a young German homesteader and...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Marilyn Scholl

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Joel Dahlgren

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Bruce Mayer

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
CCMA Conference Highlights and Challenges
by Dave Gutknecht

Surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Indiana, some 360 co-op board members, managers, staff, trainers and others attended the 2010 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA)...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Prospects: Year 1, 25, 40…
by Dave Gutknecht

Annual milestones and awards of recognition are noted here, with some food co-ops in year one and others now at age 40. For Cooperative Grocer, it is 25 years— and an excuse to offer some...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Thinking Outside the Co-op
by Dave Gutknecht

Welcome to a new era, one of expanded possibilities for cooperatives as well as overall economic decline. Readers will be familiar with this message, even if resisting its conclusions.

Here’...

20 Jul 2010 #136 may - june - 2008
Creating Resilience: The Larger Agenda
by Dave Gutknecht

Here is a quote, from David Orr’s book Down to the Wire, which captures the scope of what we need to be doing to build the transition to a more resilient and possibly sustainable society:

“...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
Core Values: Three pillars of a food revolution
by Dave Gutknecht

An noteworthy article by Anna Lappe, Three Pillars of a Food Revolution appeared recently in Yes! magazine.

Based on a June 2010 presentation to a National Cooperative Grocers Association...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
When the Egg Thing Broke
by Dave Gutknecht

The risk of salmonella poisoning at poultry operations with atrocious practices led to a massive egg recall totaling over 500 million eggs and reaching more than 22 states.  It is driving...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
Harvest Moonrise
by Stuart Reid

Five years of hard work and a million dollars in owner investment have resulted in the store the community dreamed of.

The story of the Harvest Moon Co-op (Long Lake,...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
Hanover Co-op Opens Fourth Store
by Alan Reetz

In late June, Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society opened a 15,000-square-foot facility in White River Junction, Vt., the co-op’s fourth food store within a seven-mile radius. The co-op’s new...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
Stronger Together
by Jeanne Lakso

As co-op insiders, when we talk about what we do best and how we want to be perceived by our shoppers, owners and neighbors, we use words like local, community, sustainable, responsive...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010