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Local Cultivator Builds Relationships and Supply

As the Port Townsend Food Co-op’s “Local Cultivator,” Brendon O’Shea is on a constant treasure hunt around Washington State’s Jefferson County for the best local...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Approaching the Summit
by Stuart Reid

Last June, cooperators from across the country gathered in Austin, Texas, to build a vision for future food co-op development in the U.S. The Development Summit convened on the opening day of the...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
NCGA Development Advisors Help Co-ops Prepare for Growth
by Mandy Makinen

In late 2012, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) launched a new service designed to assist its member and associate co-ops in preparing for growth. Two development advisor positions...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Expanding to a Multiple-Store Co-op
by Jeanie Wells

Your market study promises great sales. Developers are wooing you into their properties. Staff and shoppers are clamoring for more space. Adding a second store seems like a piece of cake, right?...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance as a model for the co-op sector to steer our cooperatively owned...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Joel Kopischke

In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance as a model for the co-op sector to steer our cooperatively owned...

25 Mar 2014 171 March-April 2014
Pick Two and Call Me Back
by Dave Gutknecht

Businesses providing goods and services often face competing expectations and must balance them. Customers often want it all. 

From years past, I remember a captioned photo hanging in...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Equal Exchange talks big change in bananas at conference
by Mike D. Hayes

An Ecuadorian banana farmer, produce managers, industry experts, students, and business allies gathered in Boston in late March for a conference titled, “The Future of Authentic Fairtrade...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
NCGA Expands Fresh and Regional Support
by C.E. Pugh

At its 2013 fall meeting in Seattle, the National Cooperative Grocers Association’s (NCGA) designated representatives prioritized several areas in which NCGA could help fuel a strong and...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-ops Collaborate to Open More Stores
by Ellen Michel

As food co-ops have visible impact in their communities, more and more people are involved in the effort of bringing a co-op to the place where they live. How can new cooperators move from...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Fun with the Bowers Fund
by Ellen Quinn

Thanks to your support of the Bowers Fund, approximately 20 people receive scholarships to attend the CCMA conference (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) every year! 

The...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Choosing Healthy, Sustainable Seafood
by Eli Penberthy

Choosing seafood that is both sustainable and healthy can be challenging. Is it farmed or wild? Troll-caught or trawled? Alaskan or Chilean? Healthy or toxic? There are so many questions, enough...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Carolee Colter

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Helena O'Connor

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Bouncing Back in Boise
by Ben Kuzma

Shortly after my arrival in Idaho at Boise Co-op in June 2011, Whole Foods announced that they would open a new store at a busy intersection just 1.2 miles away from our tucked-away neighborhood...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Strategic Leadership Is a Cooperative Effort
by Art Sherwood

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

—Joel Barker, The Futurist

If I went into your co-...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Creating Resilience: The Larger Agenda
by Dave Gutknecht

Here is a quote, from David Orr’s book Down to the Wire, which captures the scope of what we need to be doing to build the transition to a more resilient and possibly sustainable society:

“...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
Core Values: Three pillars of a food revolution
by Dave Gutknecht

An noteworthy article by Anna Lappe, Three Pillars of a Food Revolution appeared recently in Yes! magazine.

Based on a June 2010 presentation to a National Cooperative Grocers Association...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
When the Egg Thing Broke
by Dave Gutknecht

The risk of salmonella poisoning at poultry operations with atrocious practices led to a massive egg recall totaling over 500 million eggs and reaching more than 22 states.  It is driving...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
Food Co-ops and the Road to Organic Valley: Part 1
by Dave Gutknecht

[First published 2008 in Organic Valley's Rootstock.]

Click here for Part 2.

Twenty years ago, organic agriculture was a glimmer of light in a declining farm economy.  From...

07 Oct 2010 • Endcap Articles
"Consumer Groups Get It Wrong" -- Plus a new food safety report
by Dave Gutknecht

Adding to the earlier version of this story: National Sustainable Agriculture Committee has released a new report on food safety: “A Sustainable Agriculture Perspective on Food Safety.”

...

25 Oct 2010 • Endcap Articles
Recommended: "Catching Fire"
by Dave Gutknecht

Animal response to fire typically is described as fear and flight. Yet I have noticed many times that the smell of seasoned oak in a wood-burning stove is so savory that it makes my mouth water...

12 Nov 2010 • Endcap Articles
Food Co-ops and the Road to Organic Valley: Part 2
by Dave Gutknecht

[Originally published in "RootStock," Spring-Summer 2009]

Part 1, published in the previous edition of RootStock, summarized twenty years of food co-ops’ early years, when these community-...

20 Nov 2010 • Endcap Articles
Prospects in Hard Times: Part 3
by Dave Gutknecht

[“Rootstock” Part 3: 2009, unpublished]

Think organic food. Think childcare and other essential services. Think community economic development and local lending. These are the kinds of...

20 Nov 2010 • Endcap Articles
Bad for Bees: EPA Bows to Bayer
by Dave Gutknecht

Tom Philpot at Grist, www.grist.org, continues to contribute excellent reporting on food and pharm corporations.

These businesses and their federal regulators regularly undermine public...

13 Dec 2010 • Endcap Articles