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Chinese Delegates Visit San Diego Co-op
by Staff

In an impromptu visit, 18 delegates from China came to Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op in San Diego to learn about issues involving agricultural food quality, with a focus on the co-op’s “...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
A Recipe for Good Board Meetings
by Michael Healy

Here it comes again: the monthly board meeting. You’ve figured out child care for the fourth Monday of every month, that version of parental Olympics where Mom runs out the door as Dad runs in. A...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Shared Co-op Values, Multiple Stakeholders
by Dave Gutknecht

Are cooperatives ready for new challenges? They are receiving greater attention as a democratic means for addressing social and economic needs—and those needs are growing. Along with record levels...

05 Jan 2010 #146 January - February - 2010
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
A Cooperative Grievance Procedure
by Carolee Colter

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What recourse do co-op employees have if adversely affected by a management decision? How do they contest the wording of a performance review, the amount of a...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
A Faster Path to the Bottom Line
by Mari Roseman

Wheatsfield Co-op didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. The Ames, Iowa, co-op was expanding and working through the plethora of challenges and decisions such projects present. The staff leveraged...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Learning While Leaping
by Dan Gillotte

Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas, recently completed a major renovation, successfully doubling selling space, improving stocking areas and moving the offices to an adjacent building. After...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Learning While Leaping
by Michael Owens

Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas, recently completed a major renovation, successfully doubling selling space, improving stocking areas and moving the offices to an adjacent building. After...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
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
Certified Organic Personal Care Recommended
by Dave Gutknecht

In September, the cause of extending organic certification standards to personal care items—soaps, lotions, and the like—got a significant boost from the Certification, Accreditation, and...

18 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
More on Payment Card Security Compliance
by Tak Tang

All merchants, including consumer cooperatives, must and should meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) if they wish to accept credit cards as a form of payment.

At...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Michael Moore on Co-ops, Paul Hazen on Public Policy
by Dave Gutknecht

Workplace democracy and worker-owned cooperatives are strongly recommended in Michael Moore’s latest documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” One such business, Alvarado Street Bakery, is...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Asking Powerful Questions
by Thane Joyal

“A vital question, a creative question, rivets our attention. All the creative power of our minds is focused on the question. Knowledge emerges in response to these compelling questions....

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Building a Cooperative Base and Future
by Dave Gutknecht

These may actually be good circumstances for cooperatives. The country has entered a new era, marked by financial decline and much uncertainty, continuing wars, and accelerating environmental...

05 Jan 2010 #145 November - December - 2009
Tipping the Scales for Local Foods
by Ken Meter

Food co-ops play a pivotal role in nearly every local foods initiative I work with; they have been doing so for 40 years.

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Menus Get the Message Out
by Julie Cross

The Davis (Calif.) Food Co-op has long held a strategy of winning by becoming the “authority on everything.” We’ve spent literally years cultivating that strategy, answering countless peculiar...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Bringing Low-Income Shoppers into the Co-op
by Clem Nilan

Once upon a time in Burlington, Vt., on the shores of Lake Champlain, the downtown grocery store went belly up. In dismay, city leaders asked for proposals for another store to come in and take...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Common Ground Food Co-op
by Jacqueline Hannah

In the fall of 2007, an envelope landed on my desk at Common Ground Food Co-op (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.). Inside was a letter saying that our landlord of 33 years would be selling the building the...

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Cooperating for Health Care
by Rosemary Mahoney

As the Obama administration undertakes the process of reforming our health care system, a critical piece of the puzzle will be to expand coverage among small businesses and their employees.

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Cooperating for Health Care
by Kelly Smith

As the Obama administration undertakes the process of reforming our health care system, a critical piece of the puzzle will be to expand coverage among small businesses and their employees.

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Championing the Organic Label
by Cissy Bowman

Organic has received a lot of bad press lately, from the Senate investigation on liquid nitrogen fertilizers to a Washington Post article questioning the “purity” of the organic label, published...

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Mississippi Market Opens: Triples size of its second store
by Nikki Reed

Mississippi Market, St. Paul’s premier natural and organic food cooperative with more than 9,000 member-owners, opened a new store at in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, July 16. At 13,345 square...

24 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Thinking Strategically
by Marshall Kovitz

When we look at the future for the co-op, what do we see and how do we express it?

These are vital questions for board members to ask because it’s the board’s job to articulate outcomes...

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Expanding Co-ops and Fair Trade Networks
by Dave Gutknecht

Although cooperatives have pioneered in building organics and local food production, we have a long way to go before we’ll know what a sustainable food system looks like. We build the road as we...

05 Jan 2010 #144 September - October - 2009