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Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Art Sherwood

Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. Our cooperative heroes—the Rochdale Pioneers—were striking weavers who opened a grocery co-op in...

06 Feb 2014 #170 January - February 2014
The Co-op that Changed the South
by David Thompson

It was a small cooperative store on a little-known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors...

06 Feb 2014 #170 January - February 2014
Farm Bill Gains and Missed Opportunities

Local and regional food systems, organics, healthy food access, and rural development all received improved funding under the new farm bill as well as suffered from missed opportunities in the...

14 Feb 2014 • Endcap Articles
Maine Food Co-ops: Tide is Up!
by Dave Gutknecht

An impressive surge of expansion and new food co-ops is happening in many areas, and Maine is a great example.  The number of food co-ops in the state will soon double over recent years, it...

12 Mar 2014 • Endcap Articles
Preparing Our Future
by Dave Gutknecht

Articles on shaping our future and an annual conference with the theme “Forward!” suggest that food co-ops continue to look ahead and to plan major improvements. Expansion to more...

25 Mar 2014 #171 March-April 2014
USDA Power Grab on Organics
by Mark Kastel

The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) stands accused of a power grab after changing a fundamental decision-making process impacting organic food and agriculture. Miles McEvoy, the NOP...

25 Mar 2014 #171 March-April 2014
Of Kale and Capital: Go Co-op!

Trust, local investment, and a strong and supportive food co-op. The down-to-earth details of building local food relationships are nicely reported in an article from Kalamazoo, Michigan. ...

25 Mar 2014 • Endcap Articles
Network News
by StaffCCMA Conference Promises Learning, Leadership, Laughs

“Forward!” is the theme for the 2014 CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference, to be held June 12–14 in...

25 Mar 2014 #171 March-April 2014
People’s Food Co-op Manages the Farmers Market in Kalamazoo
by Chris Moore

Last year, People’s Food Cooperative (PFC) in Kalamazoo, Mich., became the operator of our city’s 100-year-old Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market. The city-owned market facilities had...

25 Mar 2014 #171 March-April 2014
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
New Study: Twin Cities Co-op Local Food System

Just published: a new, in-depth look at food co-ops in the greater metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul area and their local food system, from member-owners to retailers to producers.  It is...

15 Apr 2014 • Endcap Articles
Sustainability Report Highlights Organics, Co-ops

Efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption in the supply chain are detailed in a new report from the Sustainable Food Trade Association  64 SFTA...

01 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
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
Co-op Heroes Recognized

Hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation, the Cooperative Hall of Fame gives the highest recognition among U.S.

20 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
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! 


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