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National Organic Coalition Hill Day Advocates for Farmers and Consumers

In June, representatives from National Co+op Grocers visited Capitol Hill as part of the National Organic Coalition’s (NOC) annual “Hill Day.”  NCG is a cofounder [...]

Power of Staff and Community Participation at Central Co-op

The board-GM team at Central Co-op has a very clear vision of how the Co-op presents as a community anchor and advocate: The Co-op is [...]

    The Path of Courageousness

    General Manager of Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, TN, Jacki Arthur shares with us a parable, as well as her own perspective on what she [...]

    Scaling for Success

    River Valley Co-op in Northampton, MA is a jewel among startups with over $25M in annual sales and robust growth. Rochelle Prunty, the GM at [...]

    Courage Means Taking Risks

    Dan Arnett, the General Manager at Central Co-op in Seattle, WA has proven himself, and his co-op as a visionary force among food co-ops in [...]

    Central / Tacoma Co-op Merger

    In this super-short video General Manager at Central Co-op in Seattle, Dan Arnett, takes us through the leadership and engagement required to successfully approve a [...]

    The Magic of Commitment

    Weaver Street Market General Manager Ruffin Slater on the Magic of Commitment. Ruffin shares what he sees as the power of making a commitment and [...]

    Update: GMO Labeling Advocates Bring Opposing Side to Negotiating Table

    Last year was a pivotal time for the GMO labeling movement. Federal agencies approved several new genetically modified foods, including AquAdvantage salmon—the first GMO animal [...]

    “Co+op Forest” Offsets Carbon Emissions and Supports South American Co-ops

    A farmer in the ACOPAGRO cacao cooperative, a collaborator with NCG's Co+op Forest, rakes cacao beans. Many of us travel for work or [...]

    POP Fosters Strong Relationships to Drive Growth of Co-ops

    Many cooperatives have built their reputations on the strong connection that they have with people—their staff, owners and customers.  This special relationship is one of [...]

    Owners Connect Patronage Refunds to Community

    City Market's 2014 Co-op Seedling Grant Recipients Onion River Co-op, City Market Burlington, VT Year founded: 1973 Member investment: $200 stock purchase Number [...]

    Amplify Cooperative Impact through Participation

    The democratic structure of cooperatives allows people the opportunity to have a real influence on business goals and outcomes through their investment, patronage, feedback, and [...]

    What We Learned From Bitter Zucchini

    Just because a zucchini plant happens to grow in your garden doesn't mean it will taste like one. Sometimes a wild variety spontaneously gets in and left [...]

    Video Field Guide: Introduction to the Four Pillars

    Succinct introduction to the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance: Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Democracy and Strategic Leadership, and how these concepts strengthen co-ops and communities. This [...]

    Video Field Guide: Four Pillars – Creating Impact

    Tips to intensify board and organizational impact and how to achieve it.

    Simplify the Success Equation

    Ruffin Slater believes that the success of our cooperatives can be distilled down into a formula.  In fact, he's done it!  Watch as he shares [...]

    Competition Plus Innovation Equals Excellence

    For many years GreenStar Natural Foods Market “peacefully coexisted” with its local competition in Ithaca, New York. As more conventional grocers are wooing the natural [...]

    Sustaining Wheatsville’s BIG Direction

    Last year, Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas opened its second store and inaugurated a new board president.  In the buildup to the second store [...]

    Case Study: Willy St. Co-op Local Vendor Loan Fund

    Willy St. Co-op Madison, WI Year founded:  1974 Equity investment:  $56 individual, $91 household Number of owners:  32,000 Number of employees:  350 Number of business [...]

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    The Co-operative Decade: Why Participation Matters

    Hear directly from the ICA President about the undeniable importance of Participation in building the success of the Cooperative Movement. Dame Green discusses the role [...]