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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
Of Kale and Capital: Go Co-op!

Trust, local investment, and a strong and supportive food co-op. The down-to-earth details of building local food relationships are nicely reported in an article from Kalamazoo, Michigan. ...

25 Mar 2014 • Endcap Articles
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
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
Maine Food Co-ops: Tide is Up!
by Dave Gutknecht

An impressive surge of expansion and new food co-ops is happening in many areas, and Maine is a great example.  The number of food co-ops in the state will soon double over recent years, it...

12 Mar 2014 • Endcap Articles
Farm Bill Gains and Missed Opportunities

Local and regional food systems, organics, healthy food access, and rural development all received improved funding under the new farm bill as well as suffered from missed opportunities in the...

14 Feb 2014 • Endcap Articles
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Examining a Bankruptcy at Mondragon

A valuable discussion by members of GEO (Grassroots Economic Organizing) and readers of its website examines why a key company comprising part of the world’s strongest worker-owned complex...

27 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
Fire Damages Sioux Falls Food Co-op
by Dan Nordley

The Co-op Natural Foods Store in Sioux Falls suffered a devasting fire early on Sunday.

This from the Argus Leader newspaper account:

Authorities say a Sioux Falls business...

20 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
TPP: Poison for Community Resilience

Congress is being asked to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would prevent many of its outrageous provisions, designed by and for multinational corporations, from...

16 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
Exploring Co-op Potential with John Restakis

Two sources of excellent examples and thoughtful questions about cooperatives and their potential:  John Restakis, author of Humanizing the Economy: Cooperatives in the Age of Capital and of...

13 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
Financing the New Economy

An excellent report and overview appeared in a recent issue of Dollars and Sense and may be found on its website:  http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2013/1113scher.html.  Written...

20 Dec 2013 • Endcap Articles
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
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