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Recognizing Crisis, Sharing Opportunies
by Dave Gutknecht

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01 Sep 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
Recommended: "Catching Fire"
by Dave Gutknecht

Animal response to fire typically is described as fear and flight. Yet I have noticed many times that the smell of seasoned oak in a wood-burning stove is so savory that it makes my mouth water...

12 Nov 2010 • Endcap Articles
Recovering from Financial Mismanagement
by Jonathan McGoran

Weavers Way Co-op, like many co-ops, has always taken pride in a feeling of community, a culture of trust, and a way of doing things that was a little bit different from everybody else. But it...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Redefining Prosperity, Building Resilience
by Dave Gutknecht

As shown again in this issue, food co-ops operate in the crosscurrents of dynamic local revival and deep national problems: Slow Food and junk food. Slow Money and accelerating debt. Community...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Reducing Turnover and Increasing Job Satisfaction in Food Services
by Robin Hake

The year was 2004, and it wasn’t pretty. According to the results of our “employee climate survey” in Port Townsend, Wash., The Food Co-op’s food services team had one of the lowest levels of job...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007
Relief for Human Disasters
by Dave Gutknecht

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, that common observation remains a difficult cautionary lesson for many people. A case in point would be international aid,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Remember the Farmers
by Cissy Bowman

The next National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be held October 22-24, 2003 in Washington, D.C. (around the time this article is published). This time the agenda for the meeting has...

01 Dec 2003 #109 November - December - 2003
Remember the Member
by David Thompson

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There is a revolution going on among food cooperatives in the U.S. The root of the revolution is that many food co-ops are now fully engaged in the capital business....

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Remembering Ivano Berberini
by Erbin Crowell
22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Remembering Sid Pobihushchy
by Tom Webb

Editor’s note: Sidney Pobihushchy died November 23, 2006, at age 74. Those who met him encountered a generous and unpretentious man, memorable for his large ears, his large smile, and his large...

26 Jan 2007 #128 January - February - 2007
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 1
by Rex Stewart

Your store is bursting at the seams, customers are elbow to elbow, merchandise is falling off the old wooden shelves. You cannot even think about the new products that your customers are asking...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 1
by Chris Quinn

Your store is bursting at the seams, customers are elbow to elbow, merchandise is falling off the old wooden shelves. You cannot even think about the new products that your customers are asking...

09 Jan 2004 #011 June - July - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 2
by Rex Stewart

In our last article, we proposed ground rules for remodeling your store. We made two key points: research customers' expectations and the potential market for expanded services, and evaluate the...

09 Jan 2004 #012 August - November - 1987
Remodeling for Fun and Profit, Part 2
by Chris Quinn

In our last article, we proposed ground rules for remodeling your store. We made two key points: research customers' expectations and the potential market for expanded services, and evaluate the...

09 Jan 2004 #012 August - November - 1987
Remodeling Plans
by Dave Gutknecht

A proposal to redefine their regional and national associations has generated intense discussion among food cooperative managers and organizational leaders. In late November, the National...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Removing the President of the Board
by Deirdrie Lang

Kootenay Country Co-op is a 29-year-old cooperative operating in Nelson, British Columbia. We have been enjoying several years of financial stability and membership growth. We are fortunate to...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
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
Report from Cancun
by Mark Ritchie

Every two years the Ministers of Trade from all member governments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) meet for a week to negotiate changes in the rules of trade. The fifth Ministerial was held...

02 Dec 2003 #109 November - December - 2003
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
Resources from International Co-op Summits

Cooperators everywhere can view online presentations and research delivered at major international cooperative meetings held in late 2012. The International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City,...

25 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
Restorative Practices
by Jennifer Crain

Before the Olympia Food Co-op became a two-store operation with over 80 staff members, resolving internal conflicts was a direct but mostly informal process. If a conflict arose, such as an...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Retail Organic Certification
by Susan Stewart

Based on the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the National Organic Program (NOP) was put into effect in October 2002. As rules go, the organic rule, fondly known as Title 7 Part 205, is...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Retail Rock and Roll
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition’s contents illustrate different angles on a fundamental aspect of today’s economic environment: grocery retailers cannot plan to stay in place if they plan to stay in...

19 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
Retailer Organic Certification: Coming Soon to a Store Near You?
by Cissy BowmanBy Cissy Bowman

As we await the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), the question in the minds of most of this magazine's readers may be: "How will this affect...

08 Jan 2004 #091 November - December - 2000
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Scott Beers

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999