Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cracking open the ‘Serve’ Nut

We all have an idea of what it means to Serve our Co-ops. In this smart and informative video, Leslie Watson "cracks open the 'Serve' nut" for us and shows us that Service can actually be a much braoder concept encompassing far more than the few of us that agree to serve on a board.  

Marilyn’s Hierarchy of Participation

Marilyn Scholl Recorded at The Cooperative Cafe Our cooperatives have made a difference in people’s lives. The food co-ops have made a difference in terms of creating a cooperative economy, and have changed the way Americans think about food. We’ve built a local agricultural system where farmers and local producers have a place to market their products. In these ways, cooperation is rooted in [...]

New Resource: Updated Policy Template—a Tool to Revise or Establish New Board Policies

Many food co-op boards have found the CBLD Policy Template to be an invaluable resource. Some use the whole template as a beginning place for their own first set of policies, some refer to individual policies within the template as they work to revise an existing policy, and some look to the template as a guide to whether or not their board is following [...]

Featured Video: Co-ops as a Hub for Community Development

Terry Bowling, general manager, La Montañita Co-op, Albuquerque, N.M. La Montañita Co-op is a thriving retail and wholesale operation with six retail locations and a warehouse. Terry Bowling, the co-op’s general manager sees potential for the co-op to do even more by being a hub of community development. When the co-op decided to get into the distribution business, it has done a lot to [...]