According to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), close to 17 percent of the world’s livestock breeds face extinction. Many of these livestock breeds are indigenous, adapted to local conditions with long agricultural and pastoral traditions. Africa alone is home to more than 150 cataloged breeds of cattle.
|Embracing Community Diversity||Friday, September 23||
A new report at www.civileats.org gives many background details and statements by key participants in Seward Co-op's work to embrace community diversity at its new "Friendship" store in Minneapolis: http://civileats.com/2016/09/20/this-minneapolis-cooperative-grocery-store-is-working-to-break-the-diversity-mold/. The co-op already had begun addressing these issues at its first store, where the neighborhood demograph
|Central Kitchen Manager||Monday, September 19||
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Work for the friendliest store in town and help support a sustainable, local food system.
Mississippi Market, St. Paul's premier natural and organic food cooperative, celebrates the joy of eating locally, healthfully and responsibly.
|FULL-TIME EVENING MANAGER||Monday, September 19||
BCM is looking for a RETAIL ROCK STAR to manage the retail store in the evenings as the manager on duty by overseeing physical store and maintenance department. We are looking for candidates who loves to problem solve and can handle constantly changing situations like a pro. Innovative problem solving, strong management skills and excellent communication a must have.
The right candidate will have:
|Director of Finance||Monday, September 19||
Director of Finance
|Director of Purchasing & Merchandising||Monday, September 19||
The Director of Purchasing and Merchandising leads the selection, purchasing, pricing, and placement of products throughout the Co-op stores in order to achieve the Global Ends. As a member of the Co-op’s Leadership Team, the person will ensure the purchasing goals and objectives are meeting Member and customer expectations.
|Human Resources & Payroll Manager||Thursday, September 15||
The HR & Payroll Manager ensures the highest level of service possible to Bloomingfoods personnel and customers. The position is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the payroll and human resource functions.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $55-$65K /year
|Deli Manager||Tuesday, September 13||
Seward Community Coop- Friendship Store Deli Manager
Purpose: To lead Deli and Cheese department staff, manage product and finances, and follow Seward Co-op processes in support of Seward Co-op Ends and department goals. Support the growth of the Co-op through participation on the Friendship Store Management team.
Status: Full Time, reports to Store Manager
|Organic Integrity Lawsuit Goes Forward||Monday, September 12||
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture won a temporary victory on September 8 when a federal judge denied a USDA request to dismiss their case. Here’s a summary of the Sacramento district court ruling: http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/09/usda-cant-slide-on-organic-food-rules.htm.
|Marketing Director||Monday, September 12||
Marquette Food Co-op is seeking an enthusiastic Marketing Director to promote the mission and success of the Co-op through the oversight of an energetic Outreach Department.
Marquette, in Michigan’s picturesque Upper Peninsula, is a university town on the shores of Lake Superior, with lots of year-round recreational opportunities that have attracted national attention.
|Protecting Disappearing Livestock Breeds||Thursday, September 8||
|Marketing, Outreach and Owner Services Manager||Tuesday, September 6||
Help a thriving food cooperative spread the good word!
The Keweenaw Co-op in Hancock, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula seeks a creative, outgoing, food-loving Marketing, Outreach and Owner Services Manager. Oversee marketing and merchandising, advocacy and outreach, online media, newsletters, and owner services. Work to market a professional and consistently positive image of the Keweenaw Co-op, both in-house and within the community. Part of the management team. Previous experience or professional training required.
|New Willy Street Co-op on Madison's North Side||Wednesday, September 7||
The entryway is still under construction as you walk in, but the Willy Street Co-op has officially opened on Madison's north side.
|A Food Co-op for Vallejo and Benicia?||Wednesday, September 7||
Paula Schnese says she’s tired of big corporations dictating what we eat and is determined to provide better food choices — at affordable prices — for Vallejo and Benicia residents by helping create a food co-op here.
Already, she and at least three other local women — Ana Acosta, Cecile Kazemi and Nancy Harlander — are on the food co-op bandwagon, which they say is in the first of a three-stage process.
|Fort Collins Food Co-op Rooted in Community||Monday, September 5||
Ruth Inglis-Widrick has her reusable grocery bag in hand as she paces the aisles of the Fort Collins Food Co-op, her bicycle helmet with its giant "co-op" sticker still atop her head.
She's a weekly shopper at the 250 E. Mountain Ave. store. She’s a lifetime owner of the Old Town business, a distinction she shares with about 3,500 others.
“It is really empowering for people to become owners of their grocery store,” said Inglis-Widrick, who joined the co-op with her husband immediately after moving to Fort Collins in 1989.
|Central Co-op CEO Announces Exit||Sunday, September 4||
As Central Co-op attempts to win a place anchoring the commercial development around Capitol Hill Station and repair the situation in Tacoma where it is looking for a new location to open a market after this year’s merger, it will do so while searching for a new leader.
|Marketing Manager||Friday, September 2||
BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley, California, is seeking an experienced Marketing Manager to lead our marketing department with innovation, respect and a focus on teamwork.
Situated in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, Grass Valley is a historic gold mining town with plenty to offer, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or enjoy dining out, music and other cultural events. Our store has 7500 owners and just over 200 employees. We greatly value being a community partner in our charming town and the Marketing Manager is a key part of that endeavor.
|Can Online Sales Bring Food Co-ops into the Modern Age?||Thursday, September 1||
New technology is allowing once-fringe natural food co-ops to reach a new audience.
If the mention of a cooperative grocery store conjures images of barefoot hippies pawing through bins of nuts and grains like squirrels, then we have news for you. Many of today’s co-ops have modernized their business plans to reach a wider audience. This fact is especially evident in the way many co-op groceries, like national supermarket chains, are on their way to offering online ordering, with delivery in one to two hours.
|Flash! Bowers Fund and CCMA Love Affair Revealed||Monday, September 12||
The Bowers Fund kicked off CCMA 2016 with an outdoor reception featuring lovely food and the Queen Mary Band, whose members all work at River Valley Co-op in nearby Northampton. There were reunions of all kinds, and you could hear the many happy greetings among cooperators who found each other after a year or more apart. Bowers Fund advisors momentarily silenced the crowd to remind them of the many scholarships given to help members attend the conference, adding to numerous grants to startup co-ops around the nation.
|Thriving in a Disrupted Future||Monday, September 12||
Under the theme, “Disrupting the Future,” over 400 cooperators met at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on June 9–11 for the 60th annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference. Participants from across the country discussed critical strategic issues and explored “cooperative food and the next generation.” CCMA offers a diverse program for food co-ops and their close allies during three days of intense conversations, local tours, workshop presentations, keynote speakers, and awards—a kind of summit conference for the food co-op sector.
|Connecting the Dots||Monday, September 12||
The future is unknowable. Or is it?
Courageous leadership relies in large measure on wise choices. In his entertaining novels, Robert Parker often references the military strategist Clausewitz for the proposition that you should “plan not for what you think your enemy will do, but rather for what your enemy can do.”
Wise leadership, in other words, requires that we prepare not only for the probable but also for the possible. In the language of strategic leadership, we must exercise foresight.