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One Town, Two Co-ops
by Terry Appleby

White River Junction is a small town at the confluence of the White and Connecticut Rivers in central Vermont. For the past 35 years, it has been the home of the Upper Valley Food Co-op. The town...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Open Book Management
by Terry Appleby

The systems and culture of the Hanover Co-op have been developing for nearly 75 years. We have been fortunate to have had strong leadership committed to cooperative values and have been seen as an...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
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
Open Harvest Co-op Receives Federal Grant for Community Food Project
by From The Lincoln Journal Star

In early October, the mayor of Lincoln, Neb., Coleen Seng, and Open Harvest Cooperative Grocery announced that the cooperative and the city parks and recreation department had received a federal...

29 Nov 2006 #127 November - December - 2006
Operating a Deli for Fun and Profit
by Rochelle Prunty

Our society's trend toward preparing fewer meals at home, combined with the rising popularity of natural foods and health consciousness, makes this a good time for natural foods retailers to...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Operational Improvement and You
by Mel Braverman

Operational Improvement and You

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Opportunities and Obligations
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition's Retail Operations Survey provides an improved data base from which to measure co-op performance. The results? Co-ops numbers are good but are declining. Co-ops also...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Opportunities and Threats for Co-op Values
by Dave Gutknecht

As editor, it’s a pleasure to review some of the good news contained in the magazine, and that is what “The Editor Notes” column on page 3 will do. Readers can look in the present issue or most...

22 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
Opportunity Knocks
by Dave Gutknecht

This is a time of ever increasing awareness of food safety and the environmental damage being wrought by the dominant economic powers and their step child, petro-based agribusiness. To a lesser...

09 Jan 2004 #023 July - August - 1989
Opportunity Knocks in Moscow
by Kenna Eaton

Just over a year ago the Moscow Food Co-op board of directors gathered for our annual planning retreat. Moscow is a small college town of about 21,000 located in the rolling wheat fields of the...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
Organic Advocates Optimistic About New Appointments
by Mari Roseman

Along with new members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the National Cooperative Grocers Association and its partners in the National Organic Coalition (NOC) recently celebrated the...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Organic Advocates Optimistic About New Appointments
by Mari Roseman

Along with new members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the National Cooperative Grocers Association and its partners in the National Organic Coalition (NOC) recently celebrated the...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Organic Agriculture, World Hunger, and Global Warming
by Elizabeth Henderson

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27 Dec 2008 #138 September - October - 2008
Organic and Wild: A New Level of Standards
by Mark Ritchie

By Mark Ritchie

Over the last 30 years I have been intimately involved in the organic food industry at all levels, from production to wholesaling and retailing, primarily within the consumer...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Organic and Wild: A New Level of Standards
by Cissy Bowman

By Mark Ritchie

Over the last 30 years I have been intimately involved in the organic food industry at all levels, from production to wholesaling and retailing, primarily within the consumer...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Organic Bedding Plants Bonanza
by Paul Skirvin 

With grocery chain competitors and a nearby mass merchandiser carrying bedding plants, I felt that our co-op, Bloomingfoods, should do so too -- only do it a different way...

09 Jan 2004 #056 January - February - 1995
Organic Community Celebrates Too Soon
by Mark Kastel

The accolades in the press after USDA Secretary Ann Veneman withdrew a series of highly controversial guidance documents proved to be short-lived. The documents, prepared by the National Organic...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Organic Cotton: Growing Need and Supply
by Mark Mulcahy

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08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
Organic Food is About Public Health
by Dave Gutknecht

Reducing the significance of organic food to its “healthiness” is a bit like reducing politics to a matter of “truthiness.” The recent Stanford University study (September...

07 Sep 2012 • Endcap Articles
Organic Mushrooms? Shiitake Happens!
by Cissy Bowman

Are there organic mushrooms? A cursory glance at CFR 205, the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), and other historical organic documents offers only one mention of the word “mushrooms”—dictating...

20 Jan 2009 #124 May - June - 2006
Organic Rule Still Needs Comments
by Cissy Bowman

At last, the USDA Final Organic Rule -- or is it?

On December 20, 2000 USDA published CFR Part 205: the "Final Rule with request for comments."...

08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Organic Ruling Updated, Hot Issues Remain
by Cissy Bowman

The world continues to watch developments in the Arthur Harvey lawsuit, while the organic community, plaintiff Arthur Harvey, and the USDA work to find common ground on solutions. Harvey visited...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
Organic Standards Undermined During Government Standoff

A key National Organic Standards Board meeting and discussions scheduled for October 17 have been cancelled.  Meanwhile, the USDA-controlled National Organic Program is making another attempt...

15 Oct 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organic Valley Headquarters Closed by Fire

Updates at bottom:  On May 14, a fire badly damaged the headquarters of Organic Valley in La Farge, Wisconsin.  No one was injured, according to LaCrosse news station WXOW.com: http://...

15 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organics and E. Coli
by Cissy Bowman

The big news this fall is spinach, salad mixes and E. coli. Retailers of organic products will need to be able to address this issue. In order to do so, staff must know about the sources of the...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006