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Local Co-op Seeks to Bring Full Service Grocery Store to Central Grand Rapids January 27, 2018 - 9:50 am EST

The Grand Rapids Food Co-op Initiative is making great progress to bring a full service grocery store co-op to central Grand Rapids. We have formed a very active and talented core group of about twenty people.

A Co-op Grocery Comes to a Dayton Food Desert November 4, 2018 - 2:26 am EST

On the corner of Salem Avenue and Superior Street in West Dayton sits a vacant building with signs advertising a former artist supply and picture framing shop. By the end of next year, this humble corner will be transformed into a co-operative grocery store selling fresh and healthy food to an underserved community.

Applicants thank you postcard June 10, 2015 - 3:30 pm EDT

Postcard to send to applicants

Complaints and Operational Concerns January 27, 2018 - 10:13 am EST

As a director, you may notice or hear things about your co-op that may be cause for concern—or are at least worth asking about. How can you respond in a way that honors your sense of responsibility, your board’s clear delegation to the general manager (GM), and your GM’s professional judgment?


Here is an approach that opens a clear path through what can sometimes be a thorny dilemma. The foundation of this approach includes some key ingredients:

Dill Pickle Food Co-op: June 28, 2018 - 12:55 pm EDT

My, how you’ve grown!

When Dill Pickle opened its Chicago store in late 2009 with 1,100 square feet of retail space, the co-op expected first year sales of about $650,000. At nearly $600/sq. ft. annually, that sales level would have been more than respectable. Then what do you say when sales come in at $1.3 million? 

Effingham Hears Benefits of Proposed Food Cooperative October 17, 2016 - 6:57 pm EDT

Egg and cattle producer Paula Rohwedder of rural Altamont was among the approximately 40 people who attended a meeting this week about organizing a local food cooperative, which she thinks might create bigger market for her free-range eggs.

"If a co-op would be established here, we would have a place for our eggs to go," she said.

Connie Nosbisch, who also attended the meeting, might be one of her customers at the co-op.

"I believe in supporting local farms," said Nosbisch, of Effingham. "It would be nice for them to have a place to sell."

Film Explores History, Importance of Food Cooperatives October 21, 2018 - 7:38 am EDT

Filmmaker Steve Alves’ movie “Food For Change: The Story of Cooperation in America” will be shown next week at Durango Arts Center. The event is hosted by Durango Natural Foods.

Gardiner Food Co-op to Screen ‘Food For Change’ October 18 October 30, 2016 - 4:24 am EDT

The Gardiner Food Co-op will screen “Food For Change” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St., Gardiner.

October is National Co-op Month. Food co-ops in 40 cities are bringing their story to the American public in a 82-minute documentary that tells the story of the cooperative movement in the United States in a way that is both entertaining and informative, according to a news release from the Gardiner co-op.

How Regional Food Hubs Shrink the Path from Farm to Fridge July 25, 2016 - 1:51 am EDT
It had never occurred to Donna Williams, a former Manhattan investment banker with an MBA from Columbia University, that her professional trajectory might one day land her on a turnip truck—literally.

 

Just Label It and the GMO Labeling Law August 7, 2017 - 7:10 pm EDT

There is now opportunity to recommend how USDA should implement the 2016 law requiring a system for labeling GMO (genetically modifed organisms). In late June 2017 the USDA called for comments from the public and food companies. The Just Label It office—heading a coalition of over 700 organizations, including National Co+op Grocers —is encouraging its members to offer comments. Note that in early August, the USDA extended the comment period through August 25.

Shared Financial Reporting Standards February 10, 2018 - 6:23 pm EST

When you review your co-op’s quarterly financial statements, how do you know what the numbers represent? It’s easy to just accept that they represent a true, accurate, and comparable (to other similar businesses) picture of the co-op’s financial status. Because—well, they’re numbers! But, in fact, that’s only true if the statements are prepared in a consistent fashion.

Take Ownership During Co-op Month October 2015 December 20, 2015 - 3:15 am EST

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When it comes to buying local, co-ops wrote the book. That’s because cooperatives are homegrown by everyday people who join together to solve a problem or meet a need. Did you know the co-ops in your community are owned and democratically controlled by people just like you?

Cooperatives are part of America’s do-it-yourself tradition. With a proven track record, cooperatives are everywhere, in every industry, including credit unions, farmer co-ops, energy co-ops, food co-ops, and more!

What is a Co-op? April 3, 2018 - 5:16 am EDT

While the modern co-operative movement has been in existence for more than one hundred and fifty years — and its roots go back even further in history — the co-op business model has been receiving renewed attention in recent years, most recently with the United Nations’ designation of 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives.

"Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy?" August 1, 2013 - 7:46 pm EDT

An excellent and lengthy essay, Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy? has just been posted by John Clay at his Democratic Promise website. Clay covers many issues around formation of worker-owned cooperatives and sustaining these democratic businesses and worksites.  His essay was picked up by truthout.org, and from there it was brought to the attention of more cooperatives by the National Cooperative Business Assocation in its July 12 online Cooperative Business

"Consumer Groups Get It Wrong" -- Plus a new food safety report April 25, 2016 - 6:13 pm EDT

Adding to the earlier version of this story: National Sustainable Agriculture Committee has released a new report on food safety: “A Sustainable Agriculture Perspective on Food Safety.”

The report was released by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition on November 11, providing excellent background to the current debates around proposed federal legislation (covered below). The NSAC report is available as a pdf that can be downloaded from http://www.sustainableagriculture.net.

"Consumer Groups Get It Wrong" -- Plus a new food safety report February 5, 2011 - 4:21 pm EST Adding to the earlier version of this story: National Sustainable Agriculture Committee has released a new report on food safety: “A Sustainable Agriculture Perspective on Food Safety.” The report was released by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition on November 11, providing excellent background to the current debates around proposed federal legislation (covered below). The NSAC report is available as a pdf that can be downloaded from http://www.sustainableagriculture.net.