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Organics: New Board Members, New Questions
by Cissy Bowman

People are still reacting to the “directives” from the National Organic Program (including columns in CG for July-August and September-October). However, there needs to be attention paid and...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Recovering from Financial Mismanagement
by Jonathan McGoran

Weavers Way Co-op, like many co-ops, has always taken pride in a feeling of community, a culture of trust, and a way of doing things that was a little bit different from everybody else. But it...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
GreenStar Rising
by Patrice Jennings

At 7:00 a.m. on May 11, 2004, GreenStar Cooperative Market opened the doors on its second location, a 4,000 sq.ft. space with 2,500 sq. ft. of retail. The previous owners had closed the doors just...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Busy Delis: A Touch of Self-Help
by Allen Seidner

If a touch-screen kiosk could alleviate the service bottleneck at your busy deli, would you view it as a promising technological partner, a healthy competitor, or another step toward the...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Cooperative Resurgence and Renewal
by Dave Gutknecht

Running through several of the stories and reports in this edition is a theme of resurgence and renewal among cooperatives. I also heard this theme at a recent meeting concerning strategies for...

30 Nov 2004 #115 November - December - 2004
New Millennium, New Future
by David Thompson

A new millennium started when the clock struck midnight in Greenwich, England on December 31, 1999. Further north, in Manchester, a new era began for leaders of the British consumer cooperative...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Making Movies
by Ellen Michel

At the CCMA conference in the Twin Cities last June, attendees were treated to screenings of two short films, each of which had been made the year before in a whirlwind of inspiration and...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Food Alliance Certification
by Thekla Fagerlie-Madsen

Today’s food consumers are looking for quality, freshness, and food products they can trust. Increasingly, their food buying decisions reflect their environmental and social values. The abundance...

21 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Expanding Co-op Community Funds
by David Thompson

For the coming year we have high hopes for the growth of the Cooperative Community Fund program. Looking ahead, here are the results that we anticipate: At the end of 2005 the partner co-ops of...

21 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Organic Community Celebrates Too Soon
by Mark Kastel

The accolades in the press after USDA Secretary Ann Veneman withdrew a series of highly controversial guidance documents proved to be short-lived. The documents, prepared by the National Organic...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
October Is Co-op Month
by Mark KastelCooperatives nationwide will highlight their economic and charitable contributions to their communities as part of the annual October marking of Co-op Month. The community theme was selected for...
26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Howard Bowers Day October 9
by Mark KastelThe trustees of the Howard Bowers Fund and the Cooperative Development Foundation ask that your store participate in the seventh Howard Bowers Day, which will be held on October 9 this year....
26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
What’s New @ CGIN
by Karen Zimbelman

At our seventh annual meeting this year in Minneapolis, Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) members enthusiastically offered up contributions of all types. Contributions to our...

27 Dec 2008 #114 September - October - 2004
Don’t Prove, Persuade
by Elizabeth Archerd

With America so politically divided between left and right, it might be easy for grocery co-ops to see a vast gulf between themselves and the mainstream. But according to The Hartman Group’s...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Don’t Prove, Persuade
by Barth Anderson

With America so politically divided between left and right, it might be easy for grocery co-ops to see a vast gulf between themselves and the mainstream. But according to The Hartman Group’s...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Finding the One
by Mark Mulcahy

Have you ever said to yourself, “Thank heaven we’ve found someone to fill the position for general manager or produce mansger or deli manager?” They seemed nice enough at the interview. Said...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
What's in Community Contributions?
by Dave Gutknecht

The theme of cooperatives’ contributions to their communities is a well chosen one for activities promoting cooperatives—for more, see p. 12. But these contributions may be deeper than the usual...

28 Mar 2006 #114 September - October - 2004
Against the Odds
by Art Ames

For 12 years, the Berkshire Co-op Market community discussed expanding its Great Barrington, Massachusetts store. Late in 2001, the board of directors began the project in earnest. A variety of...

27 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Small Town Success from Building Membership
by Mel Braverman

The small community of Barneveld, Wisconsin (population 1,100), opened its grocery cooperative, Harvest Market Cooperative, on July 10, 2004 and had its grand opening on July 24. The store has a...

27 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Members Speak
by Jim Johnson

In 2001, after 21 years as a “vegetarian” food co-op, the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op of Maryland (TPSS) faced a crisis of principles: many of its member-owners wanted it to start selling...

27 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
The Real Business of the Co-op
by Peg Nolan

What is member linkage? How do we know if we’re doing enough? Shouldn’t members be more “involved” with our co-op? These are questions that often come from boards, general managers, and staff as...

27 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Reclaiming the True Meaning of Organic
by Mark Kastel

American agriculture has reached a fork in the road. Mainstream agriculture, veering down one path, has become highly concentrated, capital intensive, and driven by biotechnology. It offers...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
Transitioning to a Restructured Organization
by Robynn Shrader

On May 4, at a special meeting of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) membership, the membership directed management to proceed with the reorganization as detailed in the...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
U.S. Worker Co-ops Unite!
by Jane Livingston

At their founding convention in late May, the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Democratic Workplaces set some ambitious goals. Co-op grocery stores and co-op businesses that...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
Directors’ Perspectives on the CCMA Conference
by Candace Dow

Some 100 co-ops representing over 30 states made this year’s CCMA annual conference feel like a family reunion. We talked with cooperators whom we had not seen since last year or longer. We...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004