The Harvest

During the 2021 Co-op Cafe events, sponsored by NCG, cooperators shared stories, reflected on how we’ve adapted, celebrated our achievements, and considered the challenges co-ops have faced. On this page, you’ll find a Cafe Toolkit, year-end video walkthrough, article about this year’s events and what to expect in 2022, directions for how to order a poster, spring and fall recap videos, and graphic recordings from each session in 2021.

About the Illustrations: Graphic Facilitator Viola Clark harvested what people shared at each of the six sessions and created beautiful and inspiring illustrations to help us make sense of it all.

Interested in a poster-sized printout?

Viola has combined all of the collective wisdom into one final drawing to help all of us continue these conversions.

You can order one from our online merchandise store!

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Poster Proceed with Purpose Year End

Enjoy a video walkthrough of our work together this past year.

Looking backward.

Looking forward.

The Co-op Cafe: Looking Back at 2021 and What to Expect in 2022

By |December 30th, 2021|

For nearly a decade, the Columinate Co-op Cafe has been a way for workers, directors, consumer-owners, and leaders in the cooperative movement to gather, connect, learn, and tackle relevant issues. Although the Co-op Cafe looked a bit different in 2021, the event survived and, in some ways, even thrived in the face of adversity.

Spring Conversations Recap

Forces Buffetting our Co-ops


  • Tony Alongi – Regional Co-op Resource Manager, National Co+op Grocers (NCG)
  • Joe Holtz – General Manager & Founding Member, Park Slope Food Co-op, Brooklyn, NY
  • Francis Murphy – General Manager, Neighborhood Food Co-op, Carbondale, IL
  • Ahzjah Netjer Simons – General Manager & Cooperative Director, Sevananda Natural Foods, Atlanta, GA
  • Melinda SchabGeneral Manager, Moscow Food Co-op, Moscow, ID
  • Michelle SchryDirector of Retail Support, Central Corridor, National Co-op Grocers (NCG)

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World Cafe

World Cafe Guidelines

World Cafe Guidelines

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Special thanks to our sponsor, National Co+op Grocers, for supporting the Co-op Cafe series.