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Co-ops Support Weaver Street Market
by Mari Roseman

Weaver Street Market is the Southeast’s largest cooperatively owned grocery, with over 14,000 consumer and worker owners. It opened its first location in Carrboro, N.C. in June 1988. The...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Public Programs for Organic Operations
by Cissy Bowman

Recent Farm Bills have established programs that provide financial assistance for organic folks, and there also are helpful services that are partly funded by United States Department of...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Co-op Construction: Working on the Dream
by Stuart Reid

Once a year or so, I have been writing about the work of Food Co-op 500 and the newly forming co-ops that we support. Since our program began five years ago, we have worked with hundreds of co-op...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Haiti Relief Through Cooperative Development Foundation
by Staff

Many local cooperatives, as well as the International Cooperative Alliance, have organized donation drives for Haiti relief. For the U.S., the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) is offering...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Redefining Prosperity, Building Resilience
by Dave Gutknecht

As shown again in this issue, food co-ops operate in the crosscurrents of dynamic local revival and deep national problems: Slow Food and junk food. Slow Money and accelerating debt. Community...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Co-op Principles Meet Slow Money Principles
by Robin Seydel

The importance of rebuilding local and regional food systems has, thankfully, become mainstream; and co-ops are right where they should be—smack dab in the middle of it. Not surprising, really,...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
The Power of Collaboration
by Jean Rogers

Ten years ago, the Community Food Co-op (Bellingham, Wash.) initiated the Farm Fund, through which a portion of the co-op’s donation budget goes directly to specific farm projects. The Farm Fund...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Keeping Score: Social audit defines values, environmental impact
by Allison A. Meyer

A major project over the last four years at Seward Co-op, in Minneapolis, Minn., has been its Scorecard. Creating this unique social auditing tool occurred during the same time that board and...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Reaching Out at Moscow Food Co-op
by Carol Spurling

Cooking and wellness classes. Taste fairs. Farm and field days. Store tours for local schoolchildren. All are familiar and important outreach tools for food co-ops.

But just as it’s...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Don’t Shrink Your Profits!
by Mark Mulcahy

If you are a produce manager, you wear many hats: stocker, scheduler, buyer, counselor, margin manager. But I think there is one more that is just as important as the others, and that is your...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Startup Co-op Conference Shares Resources
by George Huntington

Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC), a nonprofit agency supported by funding from the USDA, and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli recently partnered to host “Up and Coming, Up and Running...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Startup Co-op Conference Shares Resources
by Debbie Trocha

Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC), a nonprofit agency supported by funding from the USDA, and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli recently partnered to host “Up and Coming, Up and Running...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Food Co-op 500 Becomes Food Co-op Initiative
by Staff

On March 25, 2010, the founding partners of Food Co-op 500 announced that the organization will move beyond its pilot phase and become a new nonprofit corporation. Food Co-op Initiative will...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
A Cooperative Approach to Management Education
by Erbin Crowell

Editor’s note: In this article, when citing Canadian sources, we have retained their practice of hyphen­ating “co-operative.”

Education is a central principle of the cooperative...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
NCGA Working to Get Organics Included in WIC Program
by John Fogarty

The Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) has been a focus of National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) advocacy efforts for over a year, in an effort to ensure inclusion of organic...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Steps to Sustainability: It Takes Vision
by Annie Hoy

The founders of Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) in 1972 were guided by the ethics of a budding environmental movement. The impulse to operate a not-for-profit business in ways that honor and nurture...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
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
Emerging Eco-Labels
by Lia Spaniolo and Phil Howard

Editor’s note: Several charts on the food industry can be found at Phil Howard’s webpage. The present article is linked under Lia Spaniolo in “Student Publications.” See also his charts on organic...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Smile, Please, You're in Front of a Customer
by Bruce Palma

About a year ago, our major competitor held a focus group with some of its customers. We learned from several participants—longtime members of our co-op—that many people in the group told the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Telling Stories
by Charli Mills

Long ago, back in the days of community barn raising, an Upper Midwest barn was new in a day. Neighbors traveled by horse, wagon, and maybe a model-A or two to help a young German homesteader and...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
Self-Help Wanted
by Dave Gutknecht

Spend most earnings now, or invest more in the future—what is the proper balance? We can see, in the current financial mess, some consequences of imbalance. For the sake of immediate benefits, the...

04 Jun 2010 #148 May - June - 2010
CCMA Conference Highlights and Challenges
by Dave Gutknecht

Surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Indiana, some 360 co-op board members, managers, staff, trainers and others attended the 2010 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA)...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Prospects: Year 1, 25, 40…
by Dave Gutknecht

Annual milestones and awards of recognition are noted here, with some food co-ops in year one and others now at age 40. For Cooperative Grocer, it is 25 years— and an excuse to offer some...

15 Jul 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*