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No Bags Allowed
by Donald Kreis

Thanks to the wonders of anesthesia, a trip to the dentist’s office to have a cavity filled is no longer a painful experience, but it is still anything but pleasant. The high-pitched whine of the...

29 Dec 2006 #127 November - December - 2006
Northeast Cooperatives: "Together we will create a stronger cooperative system."
by George Southworth

Northeast Cooperatives' strategic goals are based on meeting our members' and customers' needs, now and in the future. We start with a series of forecasts of how the marketplace is...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Northeast: Cooperatives Seek Integration
by David Fowle

Cooperative Grocers of the Northeast (CGANE or "see-gain") is now in the midst of its second major transformation since the group formed a bit over two years ago. We were initially...

09 Jan 2004 #058 May - June - 1995
Northwest Greening
by Diana Crane

PCC Natural Markets opened its eighth store in Redmond, Wash., on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Redmond mayor Rosemarie Ives. The 23,382-square-foot grocery store (...

20 Jan 2009 #125 July - August - 2006
Not Simple to Grow the Cooperative Economy

The Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland has gotten a lot of notice for its vision of urban revitalization based on a complex of worker cooperatives in partnership with supportive local...

02 Jun 2014 • Endcap Articles
Not Too Late To Integrate
by Dave Gutknecht

One co-op begins and another closes. One door opens and another shuts. The recent fates of retail as well as wholesale food cooperatives reflect common lessons.

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
NYC: Acting Locally to Build a Global Cooperative Economy
by Leslie Dreifus

Imagine what it would like to be part of a far-reaching movement imbued with values of economic democracy that circumnavigates the globe. Imagine that more than 1 billion people in every country...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
NYC: Acting Locally to Build a Global Cooperative Economy
by Sam Koprak

Imagine what it would like to be part of a far-reaching movement imbued with values of economic democracy that circumnavigates the globe. Imagine that more than 1 billion people in every country...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Ocean Beach People's Co-op Goes Green
by Mike Ferrill

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op in San Diego has a new home. A new environmentally green building has been constructed next to the building that housed the co-op beginning in 1975. The...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
October 15 Deadline for Bowers Fund Grants

The next round of co-op training and education grants from the Howard Bowers Fund has an October 15 deadline. Find details and an application at  

The Bowers...

17 Sep 2014 • Endcap Articles
October Is Co-op Month
by Mark KastelCooperatives nationwide will highlight their economic and charitable contributions to their communities as part of the annual October marking of Co-op Month. The community theme was selected for...
26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
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
Old and New
by Dave Gutknecht Times like the present help me appreciate anew the place of cooperaives. But then, this nation has always been dominated by private capital. Solidarity in public and private life and concern...
09 Jan 2004 #066 September - October - 1996
Old Bakery…New Co-op
by James Scothorn

There was no doubt that we needed more room. Two pint-sized shopping carts couldn’t pass in the aisles at the co-op’s old 5,400-square-foot store in Eureka, California. Out of this need for more...

20 Jan 2009 #128 January - February - 2007
Old Dog, New Tricks
by Kelly Wiseman

There are plenty of unwelcome emotions that accompany us through our days in retail, like stress or maybe even a little anger. But nothing quite starts the day like that twinge of outright fear in...

15 Oct 2010 #149 July - August - 2010*
On Fundamentalism and Policy Governance
by James Morgan

Donald Kreis’ article, “Policy Governance Fundamentalism and What’s Wrong With It,” (Cooperative Grocer #127, November/December 2006) is a frustrating mixture of good advice and bad polemic so...

20 Jan 2009 #128 January - February - 2007
One Town, Two Co-ops
by Terry Appleby

White River Junction is a small town at the confluence of the White and Connecticut Rivers in central Vermont. For the past 35 years, it has been the home of the Upper Valley Food Co-op. The town...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Open Book Management
by Terry Appleby

The systems and culture of the Hanover Co-op have been developing for nearly 75 years. We have been fortunate to have had strong leadership committed to cooperative values and have been seen as an...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Open Book Management
by Jeanie Wells

Has your co-op considered Open Book Management? Chances are that even if you haven’t implemented it but have attended a food co-op conference in the past three years, you have heard talk...

14 Oct 2013 #168 September-October 2013
Open Harvest Co-op Receives Federal Grant for Community Food Project
by From The Lincoln Journal Star

In early October, the mayor of Lincoln, Neb., Coleen Seng, and Open Harvest Cooperative Grocery announced that the cooperative and the city parks and recreation department had received a federal...

29 Nov 2006 #127 November - December - 2006
Operating a Deli for Fun and Profit
by Rochelle Prunty

Our society's trend toward preparing fewer meals at home, combined with the rising popularity of natural foods and health consciousness, makes this a good time for natural foods retailers to...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Operational Improvement and You
by Mel Braverman

Operational Improvement and You

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Opportunities and Obligations
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition's Retail Operations Survey provides an improved data base from which to measure co-op performance. The results? Co-ops numbers are good but are declining. Co-ops also...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Opportunities and Threats for Co-op Values
by Dave Gutknecht

As editor, it’s a pleasure to review some of the good news contained in the magazine, and that is what “The Editor Notes” column on page 3 will do. Readers can look in the present issue or most...

22 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
Opportunity Knocks
by Dave Gutknecht

This is a time of ever increasing awareness of food safety and the environmental damage being wrought by the dominant economic powers and their step child, petro-based agribusiness. To a lesser...

09 Jan 2004 #023 July - August - 1989