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Bag It!
by Carol Spurling

 

There are always lots of reasons not to take a risk—even when it’s the right thing to do. The Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, Ida.) recently took one when we launched a month-long campaign...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Bag It!
by Jesica DeHart

 

There are always lots of reasons not to take a risk—even when it’s the right thing to do. The Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, Ida.) recently took one when we launched a month-long campaign...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
The Right Fit
by Debbie Suassuna

There are a number of characteristics that can add to or detract from a natural food co-op store’s opportunity for success. We’ve covered location and site characteristics to be considered in...

10 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Logo Basics
by Lisa Smith

John McWade, founder and creative director of Before & After magazine says "design looks easier than it is, and it’s more important than it looks." This is especially true for your store’s...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Updating Trends in General Manager Compensation
by Carolee Colter

Note: There are additional charts in the pdf version of the story.

Several years ago in this magazine, Mark Goehring and I proposed a new process for management compensation (CG #134, Jan.–...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Farmers and Consumers Together
by Erbin Crowell

At the annual winter conference of the Vermont Northeast Organic Farming Association earlier this year, author and activist Bill McKibben congratulated those gathered on a cold, windy day in...

26 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Steps to a Solidarity Economy
by Elizabeth Henderson

Cooperation among cooperatives is a basic principle of the co-op movement. In Kansas, New York, and Massachusetts, food co-ops are applying this concept in a creative way: providing deep and solid...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
From the Ground Up
by Thaleon Tremain

A growing category in grocery retail embraces farmer-ownership. What do Divine Chocolate, Ocean Spray, Tillamook, Organic Valley, and Florida’s Natural have in common? They are all “farmer-owned”...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
The Politics of Cooperation: Exploring the Landscape
by Stuart Reid

Cultivating cooperation, by its nature, means working with many different groups. Here is a primer on the many organizations and resources you need to know about as you work to establish or...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Sharing Passions and Expertise with Startups
by Jake Schlachter

On a Monday in May, I addressed a room crowded with attentive listeners who had come to hear how to add an income-generating activity to their food co-op organizing efforts. They were 127 people...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Food Hubs Build Local Food Infrastructure
by Dave Gutknecht

Two USDA publications issued in 2010 provide useful reports on the challenges and advantages of “food hubs,” a concept that is central to the ongoing revival of local food systems.  These and...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
From Cool Ideas to Cooler Results
by Joel Kopischke

Serving on a board has been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done in my life, but it rarely has provided instant gratification. And that’s appropriate—the board takes a long-term view.

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
A Call to Be Inclusive
by Dave Gutknecht

In June, I was inspired once again by the annual CCMA conference of food co-op leaders, summarized elsewhere in these pages. I also have a few uneasy questions, but those too stem from breathing...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Catching the Co-op Wave in San Diego
by Dave Gutknecht

High spirits and stimulating conversations marked the 55th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in San Diego June 16–18. Attendees included over 400 food co-op...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Awards at CCMA for Cooperative Service and Retail Excellence
by Staff

The annual award for Cooperative Service went to Amber and Nicole Sallaberry of Reno, Nev., and the Cooperative Excellence Award went to Seward Co-op in Minneapolis, Minn. Co-ops with milestone...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Marketing Matters Draws Largest Audience
by Gretchen Addison

A record 100 attendees representing 66 food co-ops from across the nation convened in Minneapolis, Minn., May 4–5 for the National Cooperative Grocer Association’s (NCGA) annual Marketing Matters...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Finding the Right Site for Your Co-op
by Debbie Suassuna

When you are evaluating a natural food co-op store location, there are a number of characteristics that can add to, or detract from, the store’s ability to generate sales. This is the second in a...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Building a Healthy Local Foods Economy with Coopetition
by Ellen Michel

Every so often a question will be put forth among co-ops that, in its simplified version, asks something like this: “Does your co-op support farmers markets and community-supported agriculture (...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
In a Food and Fuel Fix
by Dave Gutknecht

Local food projects highlighted in these pages are essential components of a future that in many ways will be much more constrained, requiring us to come closer to living within resource limits....

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Reaching the College Crowd
by Mari Roseman

Like no other generation, Gen Y gets the green movement. They've grown up with terms such as going green, triple bottom line, sustainable, organic, local. And Gen Y (generally defined as those...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Food For Change Movie Needs Co-op Support
by Staff

More than 30 co-ops in 18 states have contributed to a unique film documentary about food co-ops, local economies, and food security. Food For Change is a work in progress that focuses on the role...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
The New Co-op Kids on the Block
by Stuart Reid

When Food Co-op 500 was founded in late 2004, it took its name from Marilyn Scholl's challenge to the co-op community to build our sector to 500 storefronts within the next 10 years. The new wave...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Location, Location, Location
by Debbie Suassuna

When selecting a natural food co-op store location, there are a number of characteristics that can add to, or detract from, the store's opportunity for success or failure. This article is the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Partnering Locally for a Food-Secure World
by Brwyn Griffin

Food production and water are current issues for many regional planning commissioners who are awake, including ours in Jefferson County, Wash., where The Food Co-op is located. As the price of...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Saving One Farm at a Time
by Paul Cultrera

Like most food cooperatives, the Sacramento and Davis co-ops have longstanding and strong commitments to purchasing from and supporting local farms. And they realize that local farmland is under...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011