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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
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
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
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
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 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 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 Community of Co-ops Grows in Philly
by Jonathan 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Good Servant to the Co-op Community
by Patricia CumbieFrom #104, January-February 2003 A Good Servant to the Co-op Community B Y   P A T R I C I A   C U M B I E

If you've been a reader of Cooperative Grocer, no doubt...

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
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 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 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 Member Linkage Tool Builds Policy and Action
by Karen Zimbelman NOTE: This article is a summary of a workshop presented at CCMA 2000 called "Building Member Linkage: A Tool for Policy and Action." What follows is first a description of the presentation...
08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
A Model for Cooperative Challenges
by Michel Lafleur

Mastering strategy is absolutely key for a manager. “One of the most important of a manager’s tasks consists in establishing the organization’s strategy—or in at least overseeing the process by...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Suzette Snow-Cobb

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Model for Ownership Succession
by Kristin Howard

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As Franklin Community Co-op celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, “managing growth” had become a repeated refrain and a way of life, as we worked to creatively use...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
A Near Miss at Mississippi Market
by Carolee ColterWhat went wrong? What lessons can other co-ops contemplating expansion learn from Mississippi Market's experience?

By all accounts, Mississippi Market's second store expansion was...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001