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What Co-op Employees Think
by Karen Zimbelman

How do co-op employees feel about the co-op as an employer? How satisfied are they with their compensation, their working conditions, their supervision, and their co-workers? How...

09 Jan 2004 #063 March - April - 1996
What a Manager Needs from the Board
by Karen Zimbelman

A constructive, effective working relationship between a co-op's management and board of directors is a critical factor in the long-term success and survival of a co-op. Yet, this...

05 Dec 2005 #051 March - April - 1994
Wendell Berry: "Local Adaptation is Work for Everybody"

Author Wendell Berry gave the following brief but profound observations at "The Future of Food," a conference sponsored by the Washington Post.

(For recordings of this speech, plus...

09 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
Websites on Food System Environmental Impacts

An excellent listing of 15 websites that focus on the food system and its environmental impacts is available from foodtank.org, a nonprofit dedicated to improving those impacts:  http://...

25 Jun 2013 • Endcap Articles
Weaving Again for IYC
by Staff

In honor of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, cooperative organizations in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada have sponsored publication of a new edition of Weavers...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Weaving a Cloth of Many Threads
by Tom Webb How does one introduce a new structure that merges many community co-operatives into one? Very, very carefully!

08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Weaver Street Market: A modern day co-op story
by Chris Quinn

The story behind the creation of Weaver Street Market, a new community owned natural foods store in Carrboro, North Carolina, reads like a modern co-op fairy tale. What makes the tale so modern is...

09 Jan 2004 #021 February - March - 1989
Weaver Street Finds Success in Recruiting and Retaining Latino Staff
by Helena Economo

The Treehouse bar was filling up quickly. Employees and their friends were gathering for the Weaver Street Market annual holiday party. Lively salsa rhythms alternated with hip-hop and rock and...

27 May 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Weathering the Storm, Greening the Store
by Dave Gutknecht

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The steep decline of the economy is impacting every community, and most food co-ops are encountering flat or declining sales. At the same time, cooperatives...

20 May 2009 #142 May - June - 2009
We Own It—At Last!
by Ann Marx

In 1972, when Good Foods Co-op incorporated as a nonprofit Kentucky corporation, the Kentucky statutes mentioned only farm cooperatives. Our founders incorporated as a nonprofit, hoping we could...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
We Are What We Sell
by Ross Conrad
22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Wave Goodbye, Wave Hello
by Dave Gutknecht

The annual food co-op milestones summary is presented at the CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference and reported in these pages. Its listings recognize both new and...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Watchdogging Organic Standards
by Goldie Caughlan

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In the midst of watchdogging and commenting on the flurry of Federal Register filings out of USDA and FDA, we were stunned when the National Organic Program (NOP) of...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
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
Warming to the Tasks at Hand
by Dave Gutknecht

I recently read Heat, by George Monbiot, an outstanding British journalist who explores what it will take for modern society to reduce its carbon emissions to a fraction of present levels within...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Warehouses Test Cooperation Among Co-ops
by Earl Goddin

While I will throw in my two cents on the debate as to why the food cooperative movement is achieving far less than its potential, let me be clear that my primary purpose in writing this is to...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987
Wanted: 25 million Grassroots Advocates
by Kathy LawrenceWanted: 25 million grassroots advocates for just and sustainable food systems.

Yes, 25 million.

Not 25,000 or even 250,000. We want millions of Americans from all walks of...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Marilyn Scholl

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Joel Dahlgren

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Waking the Sleeping Giant
by Bruce Mayer

Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Visioning a Better Future of Business

Advocates of cooperatives need allies with compatible visions of social change – including, most challengingly, visions that assume limits to growth and capital.  The search for more...

02 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Village Cooperation Builds A General Store
by Julie Shively

The Village Cooperative is a rural co-op located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, not far from the Connecticut River. We grew out of a buying club started in the mid-1970s, evolving...

09 Jan 2004 #032 January - February - 1991
Valley Natural Foods Relocates
by Charli Mills

Five years ago, general manager Susan McGaughey and member-owners of Valley Natural Foods initiated the relocation project that led to the development of property on the Burnsville...

07 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Scott BeersCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Using the Spreadsheet Template
by Margaret LundCreating a good template for financial planning is an investment on the co-op's part -- a darned good one.

Computer spreadsheets make the task of financial planning infinitely...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996