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Bag It!
by Carol Spurling

 

There are always lots of reasons not to take a risk—even when it’s the right thing to do. The Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, Ida.) recently took one when we launched a month-long campaign...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Bag It!
by Jesica DeHart

 

There are always lots of reasons not to take a risk—even when it’s the right thing to do. The Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, Ida.) recently took one when we launched a month-long campaign...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Balance Sheets: Getting the picture of your co-op's financial position
by Mark Goehring

This article refers to graphs not available in this online version. The complete article is available here as a pdf.

19 Jan 2009 #132 September - October - 2007
Balancing Employers and Employees
by Jeanie Wells

Food co-ops are known for being compassionate employers. Unlike some of our big competitors in the grocery industry who only work to maintain their organization's interests, food co-ops seem...

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Basics and Beyond
by Karen Zimbelman

In 2009, in response to member interest and needs, the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) launched two new training programs, one geared towards co-op general managers and one geared...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Battleground and Opportunity
by Donald Kreis

What’s wrong with this picture? A longtime member of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society wheels his cart to the front end of the co-op’s Lebanon, N.H., store and, to pay for his family’s...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
Be the Best You Can Be—Quicker
by Nina Johnson

You know the feeling: you walk into your first meeting, you don’t know anyone, you’re not sure what to say or do, and everyone but you seems to know what’s going on. That’s...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Becoming a Community Hub
by Paul Harton

The growth of BriarPatch Co-op (Grass Valley, Cal.), founded in 1976, has been marked by four expansions. From 1992 until May 2007, we occupied a 3,200- square-foot store. Annual sales there had...

19 Jan 2009 #132 September - October - 2007
Bellingham Co-op: Moving Down The Relocation Road
by Jim Ashby

This is the story of a relocation project with more lives than a cat. It has been near death many times and has come within a whisker of being a disaster more times than I care to remember. As I...

09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Berkeley: Lessons for Co-op Leaders
by Karen Zimbelman

Editor's note: I published several thousand words of my own on the decline of the Berkeley Co-op and related lessons, three years ago in Cooperative Grocer #18 & 19 (1988)....

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Best Practices and Balancing Acts
by Dave Gutknecht

Two articles in this edition comprise the cover theme of components and key challenges in food co-op membership systems. Through many years and hundreds of trials, our generation of food...

19 Jan 2009 #136 may - june - 2008
Beyond Organic
by Barth Anderson

Organic food is still growing at a remarkable clip, especially now that this “pure product” has made the leap from food co-ops to megastores like Wal-Mart, which is infamous for driving down...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006
Beyond the Basics
by David Roang

Basics Cooperative, in Janesville, Wisconsin, started as a privately owned store in the late 1970s. It was briefly a workers’ collective, but soon became a corporation consisting of my dad, Peter...

20 Jan 2009 #125 July - August - 2006
Bigger Is Better
by Sarah Lebherz

Some people thought we were crazy to go from a 4,000-square-foot store to an 18,000-square-foot store. It definitely took a lot of courage from all levels of our organization. We just knew we...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006
Bill Gessner Joins Cooperative Hall of Fame
by Dave Gutknecht

Many readers of this site will recognize Bill Gessner’s name from his many past contributions to food co-ops, both through Cooperative Grocer and directly at scores of co-ops where he has...

08 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Bioterrorism: A Call to Action!
by Mark MulcahyHave you read the latest news stories on food bioterrorism in the US and around the world?

Taliban fighters sneak growth hormone into milk supply. Although rGBH is banned in major dairy producing...

07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2005 Grant Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

Blooming Prairie Foundation announced in June the recipients of its 2005 grant awards. This is the first year that the foundation has awarded grants, which totaled over $250,000. The following...

05 Dec 2005 #120 September - October - 2005
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2006 Grant Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

In mid-April the Blooming Prairie Foundation announced the recipients of its 2006 grants. Ten grants totaling $177,000 have been awarded to the following organizations doing important work for...

09 Aug 2006 #124 May - June - 2006
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2007 Awards
by Staff

In May the Blooming Prairie Foundation announced its 2007 list of awards to organizations focused on increasing cooperative initiatives and organic/sustainable agriculture for local producers,...

17 Jul 2007 #131 July - August - 2007
Blooming Prairie Proposal Offers Opportunity to Strengthen Our Retailer Network
by Robynn Shrader

News of the proposed acquisition of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse by United Natural Foods, Inc. has evoked many different reactions throughout the food co-op community. It is natural to...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Blooming Prairie: "The most important strategies are those that strengthen our retail members."
by Jesse Singerman

As the market we helped to create undergoes dramatic and fundamental change, cooperative natural product distributors and retailers, the "new wave" of consumer cooperatives formed...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Blooming Prairie: The Next Chapter
by Anya Firszt

The Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse closed its books with a final distribution of monies to the membership at the end of March 2005—more than two and a half years after the sale of the...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Bloomingfoods Caters Kinsey Coming Out Party
by Ellen Michel

On Saturday, November 13, 2004, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli and its Encore Café helped cater a fundraising reception for The Kinsey Institute, celebrating the premiere of the Fox Searchlight...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade

The International Cooperative Alliance has produced an impressive document that follows upon the International Year of Cooperatives.  Follow this link, http://ica.coop/en/media/library/member...

17 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade
by Marilyn Scholl

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:

 

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014