Stop the Leak Between Farmer and Consumer!

The Craftsman

Food and farm prices have been a major concern for politicians and pundits alike for more than a century, and the food supply chain has become ever more complex. How things change and how they remain the same!!
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When a Grocery Store Closes, a Co-op Opens

When the grocery store in Elwood, Nebraska, closed in January 2012, Sharlette Schwenninger and LeahAnn Brell went into action. Today, the Elwood Hometown Cooperative Market has a bright future in a vibrant, engaged rural community.
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By Land or By Sea: Port Townsend Food Co-op

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Perched just 180 feet above sea level, Port Townsend WA (Jefferson County Seat) is a quaint Victorian town with a permanent population just over 9,000 people. It’s also the location of the 40-year old Port Townsend Food Co-op. The Food Co-op was officially launched in 1972 as a food-buying club; as were so many of the “second wave” of food co-ops during the 1970s.
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Cooperatives - the business model of the future

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In recognition – and celebration – the NW Cooperative Development Center, the Alaska Cooperative Development Program, and Mission Mountain Food Enterprise and Cooperative Development Center, are partnering to present “Celebrating Our Food Community,” a conference to consider how cooperative business models will contribute to the future of our local and regional food systems. We spoke with Jan Tusick, Center Director for Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, about her organization’s part in establishing and supporting co-ops in western Montana.
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PCC Natural Markets - Co-ops in the 21st Century

On the Outside Looking In

Walk into any of the nine PCC Natural Markets in Puget Sound and it’s clear your not in your parents’ (or grandparents, if you’re young enough) food co-op! No more cozy slightly run-down food markets with barrels of flour and bags of rice on the floor, around which barefoot children played tag while their parents debated politics and planned social actions against “the establishment.” Today, the PCC (as it’s fondly referred to here in Seattle) is every bit the contemporary supermarket. So what is so special about the nation’s largest natural food co-operative?
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Last Minute Holiday Shopping? Head Out to Your Local Natural Food Co-op

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Still have a few folks on your shopping list? No worries! Just head out to your local natural food co-op where you can find all sorts of goodies for last minute gifts.
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Kelly Wiseman, Bozeman Community Food Co-op

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Kelly Wiseman, general manager, Bozeman (MT) Community Food Co-op, talks about labeling and certification to support local, organic, and sustainable farmers.
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Natural Food Co-ops: Putting Local Sourcing Into Practice

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Food co-ops are different and they fit more comfortably into small towns and unique neighborhoods. Because they reflect the values and principles of their owners and members they can differentiate themselves more easily. We offer you a look at six very different natural food co-ops. Each one has its own personality and each one is committed to buying products from local providers.
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Food Front Co-op: Different Is Good

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Large conventional retailers replicate stores across the landscape and are not so careful about reflecting local community demographics and product preferences. Natural food co-ops, because they are member-owned, take on the personalities of their surrounding neighborhoods. Food Front Co-op in Portland OR shows how different is good.
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Holly Jarvis, General Manager of Food Front Co-op, Portland OR

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Holly Jarvis, General Manager, talks about how Food Front Co-op meets the needs of the two distinctly different neighborhoods where the Co-op is located.
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