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Working Together Toward Sustainable Business
by Derek Long

Like many co-ops of the 1970s, the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington, began as a small natural-foods store, idealism fueling its birth and early growth. The store outgrew its 900...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Working with Community Supported Agriculture for the Benefit of All
by Bryan CarstensHealthy food. Sharing expenses, risks, and profits. Active participation. Community involvement. All of these social ideals are shared by co-ops and CSAs.

Our food production system...

09 Jan 2004 #064 May - June - 1996
Year Four: CGIN Progress and Plans
by Karen Zimbelman

The end of the year always inspires reflection. While the numbers change almost every day, here's where things stand at CGIN as we close in on the end of 2001, a few months short of our fourth...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Year One of the National Organic Program, and Thoughts on Conservation
by Yancey Stanforth-Migliore

October 2003 marks the first anniversary of full implementation of the National Organic Program (NOP). At the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, the Organic Committee has been hard at...

02 Dec 2003 #109 November - December - 2003
You Are Not Alone
by Melanie Reid

Is your co-op too small to have a human resources manager on staff? Is the HR function in your co-op divided up among different people? Have your HR systems been cobbled together from different...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
by John Mabbott

In coffee shops, break rooms, and breakfast nooks across this country playground scuffles are taking place between inner children. "My upbringing was worse than yours" has replaced...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Your New Store: Meeting First Year Challenges
by Bill Gessner

You have successfully navigated the stormy waters of a relocation/expansion project. Your co-op has proudly opened the new store amidst celebration, praise, relief, adrenaline and exhaustion.

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07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
“It’s Not Really a Co-op”
by Carolee Colter

Co-op employees have high expectations of their employers. And they should. We claim to run our businesses with multiple bottom lines. Co-ops’ vision and values statements frequently include “...

27 Dec 2008 #113 July - August - 2004