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Precautions and Protections
by Thane Joyal

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Precautions and Protections
by Dave Swanson

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique. It's our...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
In a Food and Fuel Fix
by Dave Gutknecht

Local food projects highlighted in these pages are essential components of a future that in many ways will be much more constrained, requiring us to come closer to living within resource limits....

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Reaching the College Crowd
by Mari Roseman

Like no other generation, Gen Y gets the green movement. They've grown up with terms such as going green, triple bottom line, sustainable, organic, local. And Gen Y (generally defined as those...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Food For Change Movie Needs Co-op Support
by Staff

More than 30 co-ops in 18 states have contributed to a unique film documentary about food co-ops, local economies, and food security. Food For Change is a work in progress that focuses on the role...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
The New Co-op Kids on the Block
by Stuart Reid

When Food Co-op 500 was founded in late 2004, it took its name from Marilyn Scholl's challenge to the co-op community to build our sector to 500 storefronts within the next 10 years. The new wave...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Location, Location, Location
by Debbie Suassuna

When selecting a natural food co-op store location, there are a number of characteristics that can add to, or detract from, the store's opportunity for success or failure. This article is the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Partnering Locally for a Food-Secure World
by Brwyn Griffin

Food production and water are current issues for many regional planning commissioners who are awake, including ours in Jefferson County, Wash., where The Food Co-op is located. As the price of...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Saving One Farm at a Time
by Paul Cultrera

Like most food cooperatives, the Sacramento and Davis co-ops have longstanding and strong commitments to purchasing from and supporting local farms. And they realize that local farmland is under...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Supporting Small Farms, Teaching Organic Agriculture
by Mel Lions

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op began its partnerships with small organic farms in 1998 when it sponsored a farmer to attend The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Supporting Small Farms, Teaching Organic Agriculture
by Heather Weightman

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op began its partnerships with small organic farms in 1998 when it sponsored a farmer to attend The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
PCC Farmland Trust
by Kelly Sanderbeck

PCC Natural Markets in Seattle didn't plan to start a nonprofit in 1999. But one of its local farmers, Nash Huber, was facing development pressure in "Sunny Sequim," a rare sun-filled valley in...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Farm Tours in the Berkshires
by Matt Novik

People in the Berkshires of Massachusetts love local food! They search for it at co-ops, farmers markets, CSAs and anywhere else they can find fresh food produced close to home. Many of them even...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Cultivating Community Through School Gardens
by Nancy O'Connor

Community Mercantile (The Merc) in Lawrence, Kan., welcomed six new employees to its ranks in the spring of 2010—not at all unusual for our co-op of 130 employees—but these enthusiastic employees...

27 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Farming Cooperatively
by David Thompson

The largest single farmer in Britain is The Co-operative Farms, a subsidiary of The Co-operative Group. They farm 55,000 acres at 15 locations throughout England and Scotland. Of those acres, 20,...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Power Triggers, Seesaw Battles and Handcar Cooperation
by Art Sherwood

Most would agree that a healthy board-general manager relationship not only makes the co-op run more smoothly, it is a critical connection between member-owners and operations in our...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Farmers and Consumers Together
by Erbin Crowell

At the annual winter conference of the Vermont Northeast Organic Farming Association earlier this year, author and activist Bill McKibben congratulated those gathered on a cold, windy day in...

25 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Steps to a Solidarity Economy
by Elizabeth Henderson

Cooperation among cooperatives is a basic principle of the co-op movement. In Kansas, New York, and Massachusetts, food co-ops are applying this concept in a creative way: providing deep and solid...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
From the Ground Up
by Thaleon Tremain

A growing category in grocery retail embraces farmer-ownership. What do Divine Chocolate, Ocean Spray, Tillamook, Organic Valley, and Florida’s Natural have in common? They are all “farmer-owned”...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
The Politics of Cooperation: Exploring the Landscape
by Stuart Reid

Cultivating cooperation, by its nature, means working with many different groups. Here is a primer on the many organizations and resources you need to know about as you work to establish or...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Sharing Passions and Expertise with Startups
by Jake Schlachter

On a Monday in May, I addressed a room crowded with attentive listeners who had come to hear how to add an income-generating activity to their food co-op organizing efforts. They were 127 people...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Food Hubs Build Local Food Infrastructure
by Dave Gutknecht

Two USDA publications issued in 2010 provide useful reports on the challenges and advantages of “food hubs,” a concept that is central to the ongoing revival of local food systems.  These and...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
From Cool Ideas to Cooler Results
by Joel Kopischke

Serving on a board has been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done in my life, but it rarely has provided instant gratification. And that’s appropriate—the board takes a long-term view.

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
A Call to Be Inclusive
by Dave Gutknecht

In June, I was inspired once again by the annual CCMA conference of food co-op leaders, summarized elsewhere in these pages. I also have a few uneasy questions, but those too stem from breathing...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
Catching the Co-op Wave in San Diego
by Dave Gutknecht

High spirits and stimulating conversations marked the 55th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference in San Diego June 16–18. Attendees included over 400 food co-op...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011