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Eat Local, America!
by Jeanne Lakso

From Maine to Florida and Bozeman to Chico, approximately 40 co-ops around the country took part in the 2010 Eat Local, America! campaign to celebrate local food and local producers. Last year...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Food Movies Worth Watching
by Carol Spurling

You and many of your co-op's members and ­customers have perhaps seen Food, Inc., King Corn, The Future of Food, and Supersize Me. More than any other movies released in the past decade, these...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Teaching Kids: Food Education in America
by Julie Cross

If you're reading this during store hours, chances are that someone at your co-op is teaching a kid about food right now. Truth be told, it's actually more difficult to avoid teaching kids about...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Step by Step, Creating a Cooperative Economy
by Adam Schwartz

From my vantage point, too many dollars flow out of cooperatively owned businesses into investor-held businesses, either in the form of purchases or investments.

Is your cooperative...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Precautions and Protections
by Thane Joyal

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Precautions and Protections
by Dave Swanson

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Capital Crunch, Capitol Crawl
by Dave Gutknecht

Creative proposals and inspiring stories illustrate ways to advance the cooperative agenda. That agenda is quite diverse in its programs, but co-ops share a common set of values and principles and...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Cultivating Policy Support for Sustainable Farming
by Kristina Hubbard

Why should we care about the Farm Bill? Because no other piece of legislation determines the direction of food and farm policy more than this law. In other words, a sustainable food future largely...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
New Support for Urban Cooperative Development
by Staff

CooperationWorks! (CW) and the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) announced on Oct. 15, 2010, a new initiative for urban coopera­tive development. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.),...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
"Flexible or Flawed" Co-op Laws
by StaffRick Stewart: "Pigs are authorized to wear lipstick"

To the editor:After leaving Frontier Natural Products Co-op in 1999, I enjoyed distracting myself with various non-co-op activities such as...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Pioneer Market Meets Downtown Troy
by Stuart Reid

Pioneer Market opened on Oct. 5 after five years of organizing. Located in the central downtown of Troy, N.Y., the co-op attracted major civic investment as the only full-sized grocery store in...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
The Cooperative Economy Is Booming!
by Stuart Reid

Six years ago, Food Co-op 500 started with a ­volunteer task force and no staff. NCB/NCB Capital Impact donated some staff time (Richard Dines) to coordinate a round of seed grants and to assemble...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Co-ops Are Doing It for Themselves
by Phyllis Robinson

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Seward Cooperative Grocery & Deli in Minneapolis was the first consumer co-op to launch the Principle Six Cooperative Trade Movement (P6) to its customers and the larger...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
The Best Job Ever
by Nikla Lancksweert

The following statements were made by pre-teens and teenagers from Philadelphia public schools. Be warned—you’ll be shocked.

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Two Faces of Customer Service
by Mari Roseman

Mike dropped by the co-op to grab a sandwich for a quick lunch. He brought his purchase to the checkout counter, relieved to see the cashier had nearly finished with the customer ahead of him....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Questioning At-Will Employment
by Carolee Colter

In the previous edition of this magazine (CG #151, November–December 2010) we read about the progress of the Domestic Fair Trade Association in establishing principles for domestic fair trade....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Building Blocks: A=L+C
by Dave Gutknecht

I remember learning balance sheet basics at some of my earliest co-op meetings. "A = L + C" was written for all to see, then explained again and again: Assets = Liabilities + Capital. When we...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Basics and Beyond
by Karen Zimbelman

In 2009, in response to member interest and needs, the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) launched two new training programs, one geared towards co-op general managers and one geared...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
A General Manager Bids Farewell
by David Montano

When I woke up that fateful morning, I had first-day-on-the-job jitters. However, I was excited about my new job and eager to get started. I was introduced to the staff and then handed a bucket, a...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Domestic Fair Trade
by Erbin Crowell

Since the beginnings of the movement, co-ops have been catalysts for the transformation of economies around them. The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, often cited as the founders of modern...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Farm Aid 2010
by Cissy Bowman

Farm Aid's 25th anniversary concert was held on Oct. 2 in Milwaukee, Wis. It was a celebration of music and of the devotion of the organization to family farmers. However, behind the great music...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
How Are We Doing?
by Mel Braverman

In my work with department managers, I typically ask, "How do you feel you are performing?" Almost every manager easily responds to this question. Then I ask how they think their supervisor would...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Flexible or Flawed
by Dave Gutknecht

Securing adequate capital from members as well as external sources is a primary ­cooperative challenge. The importance of capital often is not well recognized in these democratic organizations,...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Understanding the ULCAA
by Lynn Pitman

Since 2001, new cooperative laws have been adopted in five states—Wyoming, Tennessee, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—and introduced in the Nebraska state legislature. These laws do not replace...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Governance Considerations for New Retail Food Cooperatives
by Thane Joyal

The Uniform Limited Cooperation Association Act (UCLAA) and a variety of state statutes have provided new financing flexibility for organizers of food cooperatives. In addition, these business...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010