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Small Town, New Building
by Jerry McGeorge

Viroqua is an agricultural community with a population of 4,300, set in the unique landscape of southwestern Wisconsin. The glaciers that carved out the Great Lakes missed this region, leaving...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Working Together Toward Sustainable Business
by Ginger Oppenheimer

Like many co-ops of the 1970s, the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington, began as a small natural-foods store, idealism fueling its birth and early growth. The store outgrew its 900...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Working Together Toward Sustainable Business
by Derek Long

Like many co-ops of the 1970s, the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington, began as a small natural-foods store, idealism fueling its birth and early growth. The store outgrew its 900...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Democracy in Cooperatives
by Michael HealyAlexis de Tocqueville, in the first half of the 19th century, visited our still-wet-behind-the-ears nation and penned his famous treatise Democracy in America. In this book, de Tocqueville noted that...
06 Jun 2005 #118 May - June - 2005
Just Food Hits the Ground Running
by Stuart Reid

At 7:00 p.m. on December 15, Just Food opened its doors for the first time to a waiting crowd. The members-only preview attracted hundreds of community supporters who came out in the cold to see...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Growing New Mexico's Co-op Economy
by C.E. Pugh

La Montañita’s two co-op locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico will soon be joined by two additional locations in the communities of Gallup and Santa Fe. Our Nob Hill store, located at its current...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Murky Water
by Goldie Caughlan

From the time that Congress passed the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) in 1990 to the present, hot-button issues have persisted. There was a brief honeymoon phase following the national...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Sustainable Seafood and the Tsunami
by Niaz Dorry

Seafood has become a hot topic on many cooperatives’ agendas as stores struggle to determine what kind of fish is “green” or caught “sustainably” enough to sell. Some, like the Weaver Street...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Act Locally Against GMOs
by Ken Roseboro

With governments in the United States and Canada refusing to label foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), several natural food retailers are taking matters into their own hands by...

29 Apr 2005 #117 March - April - 2005
Keep It Fresh!
by Mark Mulcahy

What are you in the market for?” Although this common phrase is used in every context from buying a car to a new office machine, it may be a question retailers should be asking their customers....

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Co-ops in the Present and Future Communities
by Dave Gutknecht

“Listen up! We’ve got a problem here.”

A warning from ten years ago about food co-op governance and boards of directors remains pertinent.* While some co-op boards provide excellent...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Brand Readiness Hits the Road
by Ellen Michel

The word branding sometimes conjures images of bucking broncos, rodeos where livestock are marked with an indelible sign. Indeed, branding with a hot iron speaks to the rambunctious nature of...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Carrots in the Classroom
by Julie Cross

It sounds remarkably like a late-night TV ad: “In just minutes a day, you can fulfill your outreach needs, please your core members, attract mid-level consumers, educate small children, and make...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Carrots in the Classroom
by Doug Walter

It sounds remarkably like a late-night TV ad: “In just minutes a day, you can fulfill your outreach needs, please your core members, attract mid-level consumers, educate small children, and make...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
New Strategic Plan for CCC
by Tom Webb

Almost four years ago, 28 financially troubled co-operatives in Atlantic Canada knew that struggling one by one they could not survive. Pitted against two fiercely competing multinational...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Co-op as Store Becomes Co-op as Community
by Mark Goehring

We can no longer (verb)_____ in isolation. Try these verbs: Learn. Vision. Plan. Invest. Be. Then try your own! Nearly three years ago, the board of directors of the Brattleboro Food Co-op...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Social Justice in Agriculture Forum
by Robynn Shrader

I recently had an opportunity to represent food co-ops at a forum for Social Justice in Agriculture, along with representatives from organizations representing farm workers, fair-trade initiatives...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Don McLemore and the New NCGA
by Dave Gutknecht

I briefly interviewed Don McLemore in late November, two months after his hiring as the CEO of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). Don McLemore can be reached via email at don@...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Bloomingfoods Caters Kinsey Coming Out Party
by Ellen Michel

On Saturday, November 13, 2004, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli and its Encore Café helped cater a fundraising reception for The Kinsey Institute, celebrating the premiere of the Fox Searchlight...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
CGIN: Online Community
by Karen Zimbelman

Food co-ops banded together to form the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) in 1997. In the intervening years, their idea of a “low-overhead organization that cranks out products, not...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Swarthmore Co-op Gets a New Store
by Jack Cavanaugh

The Swarthmore Co-op started in a garage in 1937, founded by local residents in search of less expensive and fresher food. The membership fee was $5, which remained in effect until December 2002....

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Avoiding Post-Expansion Burnout
by Carolee Colter

You’ve been working on this project for more than two years. After overcoming every obstacle, putting up with countless delays, raising hundreds of thousands in financing, moving all your...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Taking Food Safety to the Source
by Rosemary Fifield

As businesses providing ready-to-eat foods, co-ops should be taking precautions to ensure that we are not contributing to the statistics on food-borne illness. With an estimated 1.5 million people...

24 Feb 2005 #116 January - February - 2005
Did They Get the Message?
by Mark Mulcahy

If you are like most produce managers, you are always looking for ways to make the best use of your marketing efforts and increase your daily sales. That success depends on whether you are...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Co-op Boards and Why We Do What We Do
by Dave Gutknecht

In their efforts to grow and govern democratic businesses, food co-op boards of directors need to look both inward and outward.

My previous two columns discussed the expanding...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005