Monthly Archives: March 2022

Meet Columinate Consultant Cassia Herron

By |2022-03-31T17:00:53-04:00March 31st, 2022|

Cassia is a dedicated activist, a skilled community development professional, and a proud Kentuckian who brings 20 years of experience to the Columinate network. She is deeply rooted in the Kentucky local food movement, having organized farmer’s markets, established the Louisville Food Policy Council, and co-founded Louisville Association for Community Economics, which is opening the city’s only cooperative grocery store.

Meet Vernon Oakes

By |2022-03-23T13:17:15-04:00March 23rd, 2022|

Columinate is proud to welcome Vernon Oakes as a new consultant. Vernon is a passionate advocate of the cooperative business model and brings a lifetime of diverse experiences to the Columinate network.

The Gender Equity Project: One Year Later

By |2022-03-11T09:10:03-05:00March 10th, 2022|

In February 2021, Columinate launched its Gender Equity Project in response to findings that grocery co-op general managers (GMs) who identify as female are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. We talked with project lead and Columinate consultant Carolee Colter to learn how the Gender Equity Project is going, one year after its inception.

Financing a Start-up Grocery: A Conversation with Don Moffitt

By |2022-03-02T14:46:50-05:00March 2nd, 2022|

Food access in low-wealth communities is a major problem that continues to grow. More and more, communities with food access difficulties are looking to the cooperative model to meet their needs. For a start-up cooperative, once the foundational questions of “why do we exist?” and “who do we exist to serve?” are answered, the next big question to address is “how do we pay for it?”

Staff Surveys Provide Valuable Feedback, Pandemic or Not

By |2022-03-18T13:07:06-04:00March 1st, 2022|

No matter how closely you work with your staff, there are some things that aren’t openly discussed. Regularly conducting employee surveys brings these issues — and satisfactions — to light. Taking the pulse of the co-op is perhaps more important than ever and prioritizing surveys pays off for all involved.