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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
Reaching Producer Agreements
by Travis Lusk

Through good, honest practices, direct communication, and working to build lasting relationships, a local program can thrive in any cooperative grocery store. In the Twin Cities area, there are a...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Repurposing Food Scraps
by Diana Chapman

In April 2010, the cofounders of WISErg Corporation called PCC Natural Markets (PCC), a Seattle-based natural foods co-op, to introduce their idea for converting food scraps into a new product....

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Processing Plant Extends the Life of Local Produce
by Dean Williamson

Bozeman is home to the Community Food Co-op. It’s also home to mountains, cows, and hay fields, and for a large part of the year, winter. A long winter means a short season for growing...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Polishing Up the Box
by Kelly Wiseman

Every co-op in every community has its unique challenges, and we all choose different paths to both serve our member-owners and go toe-to-toe with the competition. Here in Bozeman, Mont., we have...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
By Small Farmers, for Small Farmers
by Phyllis Robinson

The first fair trade farmer-owned certification system, designated by the Small Producer Symbol (SPP, for its Spanish acronym), will arrive this fall on Equal Exchange coffees in food co-ops and...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
A Tale of Ten Co-ops
by Rosie Weaver

On September 2, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) announced Seed Grants totaling $100,000 awarded to 10 communities across the U.S. that are organizing co-ops, to be matched in each case with equal...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Co+op Forest
by Allie Mentzer

During a recent national meeting of our 134 member and associate co-ops, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) unveiled the Co+op Forest—a unique new program that offsets carbon...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Stakeholders and Solidarity
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops have thrived as consumer cooperatives, owned by the people who patronize them, and they have learned to give emphasis to the ownership part of that structure. In prior decades, there...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
The Commons and Co-operative Commonwealth

The 19th century cooperative movement also originated the cooperative land trust.  Both are part of longstanding campaigns to preserve the commons and the commonwealth against private...

04 Dec 2013 • Endcap Articles
Robynn Shrader: New Head of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has announced that its chief executive officer, Robynn Shrader, has been elected president of Consumer Cooperatives Worldwide (CCW), a sectoral...

22 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Deadline for FMSA Comments Extended to November 22

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) threatens many small producers with food safety requirements more appropriate for much larger processors.  The deadline for comments has been extended...

07 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Washington Labeling Initiative Fails

Although the final count is not in, here’s an initial report – http://grist.org/food/washington-gmo-labeling-initiative-flames-out/ – on the vote in Washington, where Measure 522...

06 Nov 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organic Standards Undermined During Government Standoff

A key National Organic Standards Board meeting and discussions scheduled for October 17 have been cancelled.  Meanwhile, the USDA-controlled National Organic Program is making another attempt...

15 Oct 2013 • Endcap Articles
Heritage Point, a Cooperative Urban Farm
by John Bryant

Southwest Virginia has seen a lot of rain in 2013, and Roanoke experienced flash flooding on three separate occasions during July. At this time last year, our co-op was worried about a leaky spot...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013