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Co+op Forest
by Allie Mentzer

During a recent national meeting of our 134 member and associate co-ops, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) unveiled the Co+op Forest—a unique new program that offsets carbon...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
A Tale of Ten Co-ops
by Rosie Weaver

On September 2, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) announced Seed Grants totaling $100,000 awarded to 10 communities across the U.S. that are organizing co-ops, to be matched in each case with equal...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
By Small Farmers, for Small Farmers
by Phyllis Robinson

The first fair trade farmer-owned certification system, designated by the Small Producer Symbol (SPP, for its Spanish acronym), will arrive this fall on Equal Exchange coffees in food co-ops and...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Polishing Up the Box
by Kelly Wiseman

Every co-op in every community has its unique challenges, and we all choose different paths to both serve our member-owners and go toe-to-toe with the competition. Here in Bozeman, Mont., we have...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Processing Plant Extends the Life of Local Produce
by Dean Williamson

Bozeman is home to the Community Food Co-op. It’s also home to mountains, cows, and hay fields, and for a large part of the year, winter. A long winter means a short season for growing...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Repurposing Food Scraps
by Diana Chapman

In April 2010, the cofounders of WISErg Corporation called PCC Natural Markets (PCC), a Seattle-based natural foods co-op, to introduce their idea for converting food scraps into a new product....

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Reaching Producer Agreements
by Travis Lusk

Through good, honest practices, direct communication, and working to build lasting relationships, a local program can thrive in any cooperative grocery store. In the Twin Cities area, there are a...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Engaging Employees in Open Book Management
by Helena O'Connor

A few staff members crowded the back of the small room. Latecomers straggled in until most chairs were full. A huge white board with a crosshatch of lines and columns, numbers and spaces stood at...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Bringing Open Book Management to Life at Just Food Co-op
by Melanie Reid

Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn., opened its doors in 2004. Once the co-op had successfully navigated the initial challenges that every startup faces and began to experience stable finances...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Participation and Democracy Deterred
by Dave Gutknecht

The cover section of this issue offers much on building democratic participation, a struggle with many manifestations—including the civil rights movement, forming new co-ops, and...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Building the Cooperative Movement
by Aaron Reser

The Principle Six (P6) Cooperative Trade Movement just celebrated its third anniversary on cooperative grocery shelves. Still a new and growing program, P6 has experienced both successes and...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Talent Planning for Successful Performance
by Lauren Olsen

The saying “the only constant is change” is as true in co-ops as it is elsewhere. One of the best ways to deal with change is to plan for it. Most co-ops have a business plan, a...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Prepared Production Possibilities
by Josh Perkins

A relative rarity not long ago, commissaries—dedicated production kitchens that supply retail sites with either shelf-ready or ready-to-heat prepared foods—have become an...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Michael Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Paul Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
A Fresh Look at Membership Recruitment
by Stuart Reid

Community organizing evokes a -variety of images and reactions. Some associate it with the movements of the 1960s and ’70s, others with Barack Obama’s political campaigns, and many are...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. Our cooperative heroes—the Rochdale Pioneers—were striking weavers who opened a grocery co-op in...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Art Sherwood

Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. Our cooperative heroes—the Rochdale Pioneers—were striking weavers who opened a grocery co-op in...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade
by Marilyn Scholl

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:

 

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade
by Art Sherwood

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:

 

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
The Co-op that Changed the South
by David Thompson

It was a small cooperative store on a little-known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Preparing Our Future
by Dave Gutknecht

Articles on shaping our future and an annual conference with the theme “Forward!” suggest that food co-ops continue to look ahead and to plan major improvements. Expansion to more...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
USDA Power Grab on Organics
by Mark Kastel

The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) stands accused of a power grab after changing a fundamental decision-making process impacting organic food and agriculture. Miles McEvoy, the NOP...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Network News
by StaffCCMA Conference Promises Learning, Leadership, Laughs

“Forward!” is the theme for the 2014 CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference, to be held June 12–14 in...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
People’s Food Co-op Manages the Farmers Market in Kalamazoo
by Chris Moore

Last year, People’s Food Cooperative (PFC) in Kalamazoo, Mich., became the operator of our city’s 100-year-old Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market. The city-owned market facilities had...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014