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A Guide to the 2007 Farm Bill
by Lisa Hummon and Defenders of Wildlife

The following summary was adapted from “Rural Updates,” the online newsletter of Defenders of Wildlife. They encourage readers to subscribe to “Rural Updates” at:

15 May 2007 #130 May - June - 2007
A Greater Velocity of Cooperation
by Dave Gutknecht

Well over three hundred directors, managers, trainers, and other cooperators met at the 2001 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference under the theme, "...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
A Greater Share in Your Future?
by David Thompson

The Davis Food Co-op capital plan is one that has developed step by step over the past eight years. It is not perfect, and were we starting from scratch might not be today's choice. On the other...

09 Jan 2004 #048 September - October - 1993
A Good Servant to the Co-op Community
by Patricia Cumbie

A Good Servant to the Co-op Community

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
A Global Cooperative Mandate
by Dave Gutknecht

The world clearly is in dire need of approaches to social issues that are more democratic and more just. In this vein, the potential for cooperative enterprise is receiving greater attention,...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
A General Manager Bids Farewell
by David Montano

When I woke up that fateful morning, I had first-day-on-the-job jitters. However, I was excited about my new job and eager to get started. I was introduced to the staff and then handed a bucket, a...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
A Fresh Look at Membership Recruitment
by Stuart Reid

Community organizing evokes a -variety of images and reactions. Some associate it with the movements of the 1960s and ’70s, others with Barack Obama’s political campaigns, and many are...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
A Faster Path to the Bottom Line
by Mari Roseman

Wheatsfield Co-op didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. The Ames, Iowa, co-op was expanding and working through the plethora of challenges and decisions such projects present. The staff leveraged...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
A Credible Alternative to the Current Economic System

A TED presentation in the U.K. by Shane Hughes, titled “The Unstoppable Rise of a Collaborative Economy,” argued for the combination of a cooperative economy, a collaborative economy,...

08 Apr 2013 • Endcap Articles
A Cooperative Grievance Procedure
by Carolee Colter

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What recourse do co-op employees have if adversely affected by a management decision? How do they contest the wording of a performance review, the amount of a...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 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
A Conversation With Mark Ritchie on Food and Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht


Bruce Bacon is a community activist and market gardener in Ramsey, Minnesota.

Dave Gutknecht has been working with food cooperatives since the early 1970s, and is the publisher...

09 Jan 2004 #030 September - October - 1990
A Community of Co-ops Grows in Philly
by jon mcgoran

By 2007, Weavers Way Co-op was a Philadelphia neighborhood institution, with a growing urban farm program, expanding partnerships with local schools, nearly 3,000 member households, and annual...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
A Common Vision?
by Robynn Shrader

Last time I briefly mentioned the cultural shift required for us to work together with effectiveness and accountability. As more and more projects reach a pivotal point, I become increasingly...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
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
A Board’s Duty
by Thane Joyal

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The man in the wilderness asked of me, How many strawberries grow in the sea? I answered him as I thought good As many as red herrings grow in the wood. -Old Nursery...

19 Jan 2009 #138 September - October - 2008
A "Non-Working, Non-Worrying" Member
by Paul Cultrera

"Non-Working, Non-Worrying" member Paul Cultrera responds to the article about exemptions for co-op member labor programs in the July-August 1991 issue of Cooperative Grocer by Shady DeJong and...

09 Jan 2004 #036 September - October - 1991
500 Co-ops in 10 Years!
by Marilyn Scholl

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When I get calls and emails from people looking for information on how to start a food co-op, I’m glad I can send them to the Cooperative Grocers Information...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
50 New Food Co-ops in 5 Years!

New food co-ops continue their very strong growth, with more than 50 new cooperatives opening stores since 2009 – and more opening in 2014.  These groups are located all over the U.S....

18 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
5 a Day: Serving Good Health
by Mark Mulcahy

We are all dedicated to serving our communities the best food possible, but I have to wonder if we are doing everything we can. I recently read these alarming statistics on the “5 a day...

21 Jan 2009 #120 September - October - 2005
30 Years of Vitality
by Randy Whitteker

Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) has just celebrated its 30th year. We’re proud to have come so far, yet there is so much more to be accomplished. In fact, there are times when I feel fortunate...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
25 Years: Continuing Contributors
by Dave Gutknecht

This year's co-op conference gave an unusual "milestone" award by recognizing a generation of food co-ops: ones that have recently reached age twenty-five. In those years, what has...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
2014 Brings a Diverse Crop of New Food Co-ops
by Stuart Reid

This year’s new crop of food co-ops spans the country from Hawaii to the tip of Maine. Not surprisingly, there is as much diversity in the co-ops as in their geography. 

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
2012: International Year of Cooperatives
by Staff


"Cooperative enterprises build a better world." This has been adopted as the official slogan of "2012: International Year of Cooperatives"—a United Nations declaration and a global...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
2008 Grants and 2009 Plans at the Howard Bowers Fund
by Ellen Quinn

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03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009