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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
Annual Meetings
by Ellen Michel

Annual meetings: you gotta love ’em. Frequently written into the bylaws and often a legal requirement for co-ops, this event is typically recognized as the primary opportunity for member-owners to...

09 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
The Editor Notes
by Dave Gutknecht

“Under construction” assumes multiple meanings when one is immersed in a project. Construction, whether of an organization or, as in my home case, a building, leads to reviewing matters such as...

28 Mar 2006 #112 May - June - 2004
Kids Meet Natural Foods
by Uli KoesterMinnesota Co-ops Partner for Classroom Education

What do you remember from your time in elementary school? Your favorite teacher? Games on the playground? When you pull up your favorite images,...

17 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Merger Saves Anoka Co-op, Expands Lakewinds
by Kris NelsonAbout one year ago, the president of the board of Anoka Co-op contacted Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops looking for assistance with a struggling co-op. Although Anoka Co-op had reached its milestone...
17 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
NCGA Joins Organic Trade Association Leadership Circle, Comments on Co-op Distribution
by Robynn Shrader

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) proudly joins the Organic Trade Association this year as a Leadership Circle investor to the 2004 Annual Fund Campaign. This illustrates one of...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Anatomy of a Recovery
by Tony Bedard

Financial problems are not uncommon among co-ops. Many have fought through severe crises that threatened their survival. Frontier Natural Products Co-op survived such a crisis recently, regaining...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Anatomy of a Recovery
by Bill Kooistra

Financial problems are not uncommon among co-ops. Many have fought through severe crises that threatened their survival. Frontier Natural Products Co-op survived such a crisis recently, regaining...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
The Spirit of Generosity
by Bill Gessner

The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant and inspiring. “Cooperation among cooperatives,” through the Cooperative...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Growing Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

A new food co-op and two recovered ones are each reason to celebrate, and they make for good news in this edition of Cooperative Grocer. Startup co-ops, an uncommon achievement, also have opened...

28 Mar 2006 #111 March - April - 2004
Eastside Food Co-op
by Ginny Sutton

After almost eight years of effort by neighbors in Northeast Minneapolis, the Eastside Food Co-op, a 6,600-square-foot natural foods grocery store, opened on December 4, 2003. Billing itself as a...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
GMOs: We Can’t Ignore the Consequences
by Mark Mulcahy

Have you ever seen one of those silent movies where the hero is on a runaway train and just narrowly misses injury by dumb luck or blissful ignorance of the severity of the situation? We may be in...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Natural Food Training
by Nancy O'Connor

Twelve Community Mercantile employees gather around a big table in the co-op’s community room. We’re sharing a meal of baked tofu, steaming hot kale, three different kinds of baked winter squash,...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
What’s New @ CGIN?
by Karen Zimbelman

The website owned by and operated for the benefit of food co-ops at www.cgin.coop continues to grow in scope and volume with each passing month. Thanks to the generosity of many food co-op...

27 Dec 2008 #111 March - April - 2004
Build the Crew Before You Build the Walls
by Mark Mulcahy

You're in the Expansion Zone when: Every possible inch of sales floor space is filled, and even the ceiling has hanging baskets of product. It is amazing that you can move in your back room, let...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
From Corporate to Co-op
by Carolee Colter

During the 1980s and the 1990s, some natural foods co-ops attempted to acquire the skills and know-how of the conventional grocery industry by hiring grocery veterans as general managers. With...

26 Dec 2008 #110 January - February - 2004
Davis Co-op and Community Get Together for a Blood Drive
by Kate Dreher

When I think of the Davis Food Co-op, naturally some of the first things that come to mind are the delicious foods and environmentally sound products I buy there. But I also see the co-op as a...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Remodeling Plans
by Dave Gutknecht

A proposal to redefine their regional and national associations has generated intense discussion among food cooperative managers and organizational leaders. In late November, the National...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
The Farmer and the Feds
by Cissy Bowman

Entering the second year of the fully implemented National Organic Program, we are beginning to see the NOP's impact on a grassroots movement gone "mainstream." Those of us whose business relies...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Misguided Power Politics Make Us Sick -- Grassroots Democracy Is the Cure
by Kathy Lawrence

We are what we eat" is certainly not a new idea, but it's still true. The food-focused holiday season is a vivid reminder to all of us that if we want wholesome, sustainable food produced on...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Creative Solutions Bring New Look to Dated Store
by Pam Mehnert
29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Cooperative Accountability
by Linda Stier

A recent survey sponsored by the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and a coalition of major national cooperative associations indicated that the public has strong expectations of...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
The Editor Notes
by Dave GutknechtNew tradition: thanks locally

At the farmers market or a co-op, I'm thankful for wonderful food and the hardworking producers who supply it. And when working I am gratified to be associated with...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Cooperative d'Alentour Grows, Links with Co-op Atlantic
by Louise Brunelle

Cooperative d'Alentour is a distributor located in the southern Quebec city of Sherbrooke. The cooperative was founded in 1979 by buying clubs that wanted natural foods at a reasonable price--at...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Co-op Kanagawa
by Yu Shibata

Co-op Kanagawa, the fourth-largest regional co-op in Japan, is located mainly in Kanagawa prefecture just southwest of Tokyo. Membership was 1 million in 2002 and has increased every year. With 3....

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004