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Taking a Hard Look at 'The Co-op Difference'
by Ruffin Slater

When a competing natural foods store comes to town, it forces a co-op to sit up and take notice. In 1981, when Wellspring Grocery opened four blocks from the Food Co-op in Durham, North Carolina,...

09 Jan 2004 #006 August - September - 1986
Take it From Here: Cool Marketing Implements for 2010
by Ellen Michel

These tips, tools, sites and strategies were all shared at this year’s Marketing Matters. NCGA members may log in to the NCGA website for details. Take it from here to help your co-op make more of...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
Symbolic Gardens, New Faces
by Mark Kastel

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The state of the (organic) nation is not good—especially for dairy farmers. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since the entire economy is hurting...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Swarthmore Co-op Gets a New Store
by Jack Cavanaugh

The Swarthmore Co-op started in a garage in 1937, founded by local residents in search of less expensive and fresher food. The membership fee was $5, which remained in effect until December 2002....

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Sustainable Seafood and the Tsunami
by Niaz Dorry

Seafood has become a hot topic on many cooperatives’ agendas as stores struggle to determine what kind of fish is “green” or caught “sustainably” enough to sell. Some, like the Weaver Street...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Sustainable Business Models for “Organic and Beyond”
by Kelly Smith

This article contains charts available only as pdf. Download pdf of article here.

What if we could predict what the future would likely hold? What would we do today to manage potential risks...

20 Jan 2009 #130 May - June - 2007
Sustainable Agriculture: Farm Bill Fractures
by Kathy LawrenceSustainable Agriculture: Farm Bill Fractures
07 Jan 2004 #105 March - April - 2003
Sustainable Ag Programs Under Attack
by Kathy Lawrence

If the House of Representatives has its way, some of the sustainable agriculture movement's biggest wins in the 2002 Farm Bill will disappear for at least a year and maybe longer.

07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
Sustainability Context- Economy within Society within Ecology
by Russ Christianson

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Ecology-from the Greek oikos or house. The natural world that humans share with all creatures.

Human Society – from the Latin socius or companion. The...

19 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Survival Issues
by Dave Gutknecht

As this issue of Cooperative Grocer was being prepared for the printer, word arrived of the closing of Starflower Natural Foods & Botanicals in Eugene, Oregon. Their services will be missed...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
Surveying Members on Membership
by John Corbett

Increasing numbers of co-ops conduct an annual survey of members or of shoppers in the store. Often these surveys are directed at evaluating the core business operation: How far do...

09 Jan 2004 #067 November - December - 1996
Survey of Co-op Potential in "Yes" Magazine

"A Cooperative Economy" is the theme of "Yes!" magazine's spring 2013 issue: http://www.yesmagazine.org -- covering such examples as worker ownership, food co-ops and...

11 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
Survey Highlights Gaps in Manager Compensation
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition’s report on general manager compensation provides some striking data highlighting food cooperative practices. A few survey questions for co-op managers provoked a broad range of...

20 Jan 2009 #124 May - June - 2006
Supporting the Bowers Fund and Co-op Emergency Fund
by Ellen Quinn

Thanks to food co-ops for your support of the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) Howard Bowers Fund in 2010!  Education and training are essential for thriving co-ops, and the Bowers...

17 Mar 2011 #153 March - April - 2011
Supporting Small Farms, Teaching Organic Agriculture
by Mel Lions

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op began its partnerships with small organic farms in 1998 when it sponsored a farmer to attend The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Supporting Small Farms, Teaching Organic Agriculture
by Heather Weightman

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op began its partnerships with small organic farms in 1998 when it sponsored a farmer to attend The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Support our Success:
by Ben Nauman

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and the regional associations that formed in the 1990s have always been, at a fundamental level, about store improvement and the improvem­ent of our...

19 Jan 2009 #131 July - August - 2007
Suggestion Box: As Good As a Ballot Box
by Harrison Drinkwater

It's not a computer, it's not a new touch-tone phone system. It's not even fancy. But it can do a lot for communications within your co-op-and it's cheap to operate.

It's a...

09 Jan 2004 #008 December - January - 1987
Stronger Together Works in HR, Too
by kari mitchel

When working with Outpost Co-op managers on a particularly sticky employee issue, I often hear, "I’m glad I don’t have your job!" Although I may think the same thing of...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Stronger Together
by Jeanne Lakso

As co-op insiders, when we talk about what we do best and how we want to be perceived by our shoppers, owners and neighbors, we use words like local, community, sustainable, responsive...

05 Oct 2010 #150 September - October 2010
Strong Training in Operations: Important for Strong Co-ops!
by Patty Stockdale

Here is a solution for when you have poor or no retail training materials! The Basic Operations Training Resources are available for natural food retail cooperatives to use in...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Peg Nolan

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Patricia Cumbie

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Walden Swanson

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
Strong Results, Debatable Future: 2001 Retail Operations Survey
by Dave Gutknecht

 

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002