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Local Cultivator Builds Relationships and Supply

As the Port Townsend Food Co-op’s “Local Cultivator,” Brendon O’Shea is on a constant treasure hunt around Washington State’s Jefferson County for the best local...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Approaching the Summit
by Stuart Reid

Last June, cooperators from across the country gathered in Austin, Texas, to build a vision for future food co-op development in the U.S. The Development Summit convened on the opening day of the...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
NCGA Development Advisors Help Co-ops Prepare for Growth
by Mandy Makinen

In late 2012, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) launched a new service designed to assist its member and associate co-ops in preparing for growth. Two development advisor positions...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Expanding to a Multiple-Store Co-op
by Jeanie Wells

Your market study promises great sales. Developers are wooing you into their properties. Staff and shoppers are clamoring for more space. Adding a second store seems like a piece of cake, right?...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance as a model for the co-op sector to steer our cooperatively owned...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Joel Kopischke

In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance as a model for the co-op sector to steer our cooperatively owned...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Pick Two and Call Me Back
by Dave Gutknecht

Businesses providing goods and services often face competing expectations and must balance them. Customers often want it all. 

From years past, I remember a captioned photo hanging in...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Equal Exchange talks big change in bananas at conference
by Mike D. Hayes

An Ecuadorian banana farmer, produce managers, industry experts, students, and business allies gathered in Boston in late March for a conference titled, “The Future of Authentic Fairtrade...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
NCGA Expands Fresh and Regional Support
by C.E. Pugh

At its 2013 fall meeting in Seattle, the National Cooperative Grocers Association’s (NCGA) designated representatives prioritized several areas in which NCGA could help fuel a strong and...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-ops Collaborate to Open More Stores
by Ellen Michel

As food co-ops have visible impact in their communities, more and more people are involved in the effort of bringing a co-op to the place where they live. How can new cooperators move from...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Fun with the Bowers Fund
by Ellen Quinn

Thanks to your support of the Bowers Fund, approximately 20 people receive scholarships to attend the CCMA conference (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) every year! 

The...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Choosing Healthy, Sustainable Seafood
by Eli Penberthy

Choosing seafood that is both sustainable and healthy can be challenging. Is it farmed or wild? Troll-caught or trawled? Alaskan or Chilean? Healthy or toxic? There are so many questions, enough...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Carolee Colter

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Helena O'Connor

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Bouncing Back in Boise
by Ben Kuzma

Shortly after my arrival in Idaho at Boise Co-op in June 2011, Whole Foods announced that they would open a new store at a busy intersection just 1.2 miles away from our tucked-away neighborhood...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Strategic Leadership Is a Cooperative Effort
by Art Sherwood

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

—Joel Barker, The Futurist

If I went into your co-...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Mastering Co-op Management, Spreading the Knowledge
by Jane Livingston

In late 2012, Dan Arnett left Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, Kentucky, where he had worked for more than 13 years, to become general manager of Central Co-op in Seattle, Wash. Central Co-op had...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Investing in Our Cooperative Future
by C.E. Pugh

At the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), our vision is to see more food co-ops serving more people in more communities. In fact, providing a development mechanism for new and...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Wave Goodbye, Wave Hello
by Dave Gutknecht

The annual food co-op milestones summary is presented at the CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference and reported in these pages. Its listings recognize both new and...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Dear Doctor Hoyt
by Staff

Cooperative Service: This year, there was no award recipient more obviously deserving than Dr. Ann Hoyt. She often drops the title before her name, yet Professor Hoyt has earned not only a...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation Celebrates 50 Years
by David Thompson

Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF), founded in late 1964, is in its 50th year. TPCF sponsors the locally directed Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) program. There are now 29 food co-ops...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
2014 Brings a Diverse Crop of New Food Co-ops
by Stuart Reid

This year’s new crop of food co-ops spans the country from Hawaii to the tip of Maine. Not surprisingly, there is as much diversity in the co-ops as in their geography. 

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Context Matters
by Michael Healy

When it comes to numbers and data, context matters. The context in which we place particular numbers helps us make meaning of those numbers, and this is particularly important when we are talking...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Minimizing the Risk of Fraud
by Thane Joyal

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business. Co-op managers are aware of this at their level and manage against it every day, but everyone in the cooperative needs to pay...

11 Sep 2014 173 July - August 2014
Minimizing the Risk of Fraud
by Mark Goehring

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business. Co-op managers are aware of this at their level and manage against it every day, but everyone in the cooperative needs to pay...

11 Sep 2014 173 July - August 2014