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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
Fair Trade Roundup
by Erbin Crowell

Past issues of Cooperative Grocer have reported the growing movement for Domestic Fair Trade. Here, we are excited to update readers on the activities of the Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA...

24 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
An Evolution in the Coffee Aisle
by Catherine Dilley and Thaleon Tremain

About 20 years ago, the fair trade movement took root in consumer food cooperatives around the country, primarily through the introduction of fair trade coffee. Led by Equal Exchange, the first “...

24 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Global Warming on Your Plate: It's more than "food miles" -- it's "food energy"
by Dave Gutknecht

KEY POINTS: *Buying local is very important, primarily for reinforcing the local economy. *Reducing food miles does not reduce energy use as much as changing food production and consumption in two...

10 Oct 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Remembering Ivano Berberini
by Erbin Crowell
22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge
by Stuart Reid
22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
PCC Cooks
by Diana Crane

For 26 years PCC Natural Markets has offered shoppers the opportunity to learn about the natural foods sold by the Seattle-based co-op through its PCC Cooks program. From its very low-tech...

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
We Are What We Sell
by Ross Conrad
22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Symbolic Gardens, New Faces
by Mark Kastel

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The state of the (organic) nation is not good—especially for dairy farmers. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since the entire economy is hurting...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Tallahassee’s New Leaf Market Flourishes in Expanded Store
by Cristin Burns

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New Leaf Market spent five years searching for an expansion opportunity. Three promising projects fell apart in the feasibility stage. Just when the...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Steps to Effective Store Design
by P.J. Hoffman

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Is your co-op planning to expand, relocate or open a new store? The ideas outlined here are meant to make the process easier and more rewarding. I write from...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
CCMA Crowd Enjoys Pittsburgh, Honors Achievements
by Dave Gutknecht

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Under a theme of “By Art and Design: Thriving in Trying Times,” some 350 food cooperative managers, directors, and trainers from across the country gathered...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Buying the Farm
by Tim White

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Robynn Shrader Elected to Board of National Banking Co-op
by Staff

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009