Terms of use

The purpose of the CGN website is to strengthen the food co-op sector by creating community and facilitating the sharing and development of resources among members.

By becoming a user, I agree to conduct myself in the spirit of cooperation in general, and especially in the spirit of CGN's purpose:

  • I will conduct myself in a constructive and civil manner in discussions.
  • I will use the resources gathered from this site solely for the purpose of helping my co-op or another food co-op.

CGN, as much as possible, is an open source community, and though we make it possible to restrict access of resources to select groups, such as board or staff, we encourage you to do that as little as possible. Think of this as a virtual CCMA conference where we are all in one room sharing our knowledge and opinions.

Reminder: Resources gathered from this site are solely for the purpose of helping your or another food co-op. Any abuse may result in suspension of account and possible repercussions from your member co-op.

This website will be used by many people and though its access is reasonably secure and structured, please practice safe Internet precautions:

  • Do not store resources that are highly sensitive or proprietary on this site. If you want to share them, do it directly.
  • Do not engage in discussions that you consider highly sensitive.

In general, employ common sense and good etiquette. We do, however, have ways of tracking misconduct, and if necessary, CGN will terminate your access to the site.

Also, your member co-op may also have terms and conditions for your use of this site, and your member co-op account manager will have administrative tools to help enforce your co-op’s terms and conditions of use.

Promotion & Solicitation
Promotion of your product, services, campaigns, and petitions in Discussion Groups is highly frowned upon.  Run an ad in the Marketplace section if you want to, or rely on other members referring you.

By logging into this site, I accept the terms of use of this site as outlined above.