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Replanting the Gardens of Eagan
by Ellen Michel

As the first certified-organic retailer in Minnesota, Wedge Co-op has long been known for its commitment to organic crop production and retail handling systems. Driven by a mission that includes...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Anti-Depression Friday Helps Customers, Builds the Co-op
by Paul Cultrera

In the autumn of 2008, as the national economy began its nosedive, sales trends at the Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative began to mirror that dive. While in previous months annual sales had...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
La Montanita FUND: Capitalizing Growth

For the La Montañita Co-op Trade/Foodshed Initiative to succeed, New Mexico needed either individual or cooperatively networked farmers and ranchers who had reached a mid-size scale of production...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Rooting the Local Food System in Cooperation
by Robin Seydel

Cooperatives—given our community ownership structure, our commitment to the principle of concern for community, and our dedication to the values of equality, equity, self-help, and social...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Open Book Management
by Jeanie Wells

Has your co-op considered Open Book Management? Chances are that even if you haven’t implemented it but have attended a food co-op conference in the past three years, you have heard talk...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Food Co-op Initiative Welcomes New Staff
by Stuart Reid

Please join all of us at Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) in welcoming Suzi Carter as our new director of programs and partnerships. Carter will be providing advice, resources and training to startup...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Just Label It
by Allie Mentzer

In honor of Non-GMO month this October, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is partnering with manufacturers to contribute a minimum of $75,000 to the Just Label It (JLI) campaign. JLI...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Local Food: Keeping It Real
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops have been essential to the ongoing revival of cleaner food and local food economies. Across the continent, they are often in the forefront of campaigns to know where food comes from...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Ten Ways to Democratize the Economy

The Democracy Collaborative continues to issue valuable summaries of current efforts to build economic institutions and policies that will serve communities in a democratic manner.  Gar...

25 Sep 2013 • Endcap Articles
Action Needed to Save Organic Programs

The National Organic Coalition is urging supporters of organics to demand that crucial funds for organic programs be included in any Farm Bill action this year:  see www....

12 Sep 2013 • Endcap Articles
"Drift": GMO Thriller by Co-op Author

Set against the backdrop of turmoil in America’s food system, Drift, a thriller about GMOs (genetically modified organisms), has been written by Jon McGoran, a longtime Weavers Way Co-op...

26 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
Deep in the Heart of Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

The 2013 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference on June 6–8 brought 450 cooperators to Austin, Texas, for training and speakers, friendship and celebration. Many of...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
New Co-ops Are Rocking
by Stuart Reid

Every year at CCMA, we recognize the milestones of co-op anniversaries. Over the last few years, we have been fortunate to also celebrate increasing numbers of “birth announcements.”...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Servant Leadership and Cooperation
by Joel Kopischke

“SERVANT AND LEADER. Can these two roles be fused in one real person, in all levels of status or calling? If so, can that person live and be productive in the real world of the present? My...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Building on a Legacy of Food Security
by Bonnie Hudspeth

Recently, issues of health and nutrition have gained national prominence, supported by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity and increase...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Building on a Legacy of Food Security
by Micha Josephy

Recently, issues of health and nutrition have gained national prominence, supported by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity and increase...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Missing Links
by Art Sherwood

I am often asked, “Why don’t you teach co-ops in the business schools?” As a true believer in and champion of co-ops, I empathize with this frustration. But knowing in our hearts...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Collaborative Strategies for Brand Management
by Ellen Michel

"There are no marketing emergencies,” Jeanne Lakso announced decisively at Marketing Matters 2013, the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association (NCGA) conference she helps design...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Checking the Alignment: FCI NCGA CGN CDSCC NCB
by Dave Gutknecht

I concluded my previous column on growing our future by emphasizing the importance of greater alignment among stakeholders both within local cooperatives and within our cooperative sector. Food co...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
CGN Wants Your Cognitive Surplus
by Dan Nordley

At the CGN (Cooperative Grocer Network) annual meeting held during the CCMA conference, board and staff lauded the progress the organization had made in the last year. We are looking forward to...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
New Co-op Conversion Case Study

A new publication provides a very informative look at converting an existing store to a community-based cooperative.  Locate this free pdf at:

09 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
Self-Financing Tool: Direct Public Offerings

What do the following have in common?  Real Pickles, a new worker cooperative in Massachusetts; Arroyo Food Co-op, a startup in Pasadena, Cal.; and People’s Community Market in Oakland...

02 Aug 2013 • Endcap Articles
"Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy?"

An excellent and lengthy essay, Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy? has just been posted by John Clay at his Democratic Promise website. Clay covers many issues around formation of...

12 Jul 2013 • Endcap Articles
Websites on Food System Environmental Impacts

An excellent listing of 15 websites that focus on the food system and its environmental impacts is available from, a nonprofit dedicated to improving those impacts:  http://...

25 Jun 2013 • Endcap Articles
Governing with Excellence, Using Awareness and Discipline
by Thane Joyal

Why is it that some of our retail food cooperative boards really make a powerful difference in their communities, while others flounder? What can we learn from strong boards, and what can we learn...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013