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Stakeholders and Solidarity
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops have thrived as consumer cooperatives, owned by the people who patronize them, and they have learned to give emphasis to the ownership part of that structure. In prior decades, there...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
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
Local Food: Keeping It Real
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops have been essential to the ongoing revival of cleaner food and local food economies. Across the continent, they are often in the forefront of campaigns to know where food comes from...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Just Label It
by Allie Mentzer

In honor of Non-GMO month this October, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is partnering with manufacturers to contribute a minimum of $75,000 to the Just Label It (JLI) campaign. JLI...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Food Co-op Initiative Welcomes New Staff
by Stuart Reid

Please join all of us at Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) in welcoming Suzi Carter as our new director of programs and partnerships. Carter will be providing advice, resources and training to startup...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Open Book Management
by Jeanie Wells

Has your co-op considered Open Book Management? Chances are that even if you haven’t implemented it but have attended a food co-op conference in the past three years, you have heard talk...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Rooting the Local Food System in Cooperation
by Robin Seydel

Cooperatives—given our community ownership structure, our commitment to the principle of concern for community, and our dedication to the values of equality, equity, self-help, and social...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
La Montanita FUND: Capitalizing Growth

For the La Montañita Co-op Trade/Foodshed Initiative to succeed, New Mexico needed either individual or cooperatively networked farmers and ranchers who had reached a mid-size scale of production...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Anti-Depression Friday Helps Customers, Builds the Co-op
by Paul Cultrera

In the autumn of 2008, as the national economy began its nosedive, sales trends at the Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative began to mirror that dive. While in previous months annual sales had...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Replanting the Gardens of Eagan
by Ellen Michel

As the first certified-organic retailer in Minnesota, Wedge Co-op has long been known for its commitment to organic crop production and retail handling systems. Driven by a mission that includes...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Farm to Freezer and Beyond
by Erbin Crowell

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) is a network of more than 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England, locally owned by over 80,000 people. Together, our member co-ops...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Heritage Point, a Cooperative Urban Farm
by John Bryant

Southwest Virginia has seen a lot of rain in 2013, and Roanoke experienced flash flooding on three separate occasions during July. At this time last year, our co-op was worried about a leaky spot...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Deep in the Heart of Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

The 2013 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference on June 6–8 brought 450 cooperators to Austin, Texas, for training and speakers, friendship and celebration. Many of...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
CGN Wants Your Cognitive Surplus
by Dan Nordley

At the CGN (Cooperative Grocer Network) annual meeting held during the CCMA conference, board and staff lauded the progress the organization had made in the last year. We are looking forward to...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
New Co-ops Are Rocking
by Stuart Reid

Every year at CCMA, we recognize the milestones of co-op anniversaries. Over the last few years, we have been fortunate to also celebrate increasing numbers of “birth announcements.”...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Checking the Alignment: FCI NCGA CGN CDSCC NCB
by Dave Gutknecht

I concluded my previous column on growing our future by emphasizing the importance of greater alignment among stakeholders both within local cooperatives and within our cooperative sector. Food co...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Collaborative Strategies for Brand Management
by Ellen Michel

"There are no marketing emergencies,” Jeanne Lakso announced decisively at Marketing Matters 2013, the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association (NCGA) conference she helps design...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013