Everyone Welcome? Examining Race and Food Co-ops

By |2020-02-14T19:19:25+00:00December 5th, 2017|Cultivate Your Community|

By Patricia Cumbie, Jade Barker "The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others."—James A. Baldwin Part of our professional work is to support people acting together for a common purpose. We do this by working with co-ops to improve their relationships with all their stakeholders—owners, staff, board, managers, communities—to better [...]

Membership Growth Strategies for Startups: Common Features of Success

By |2019-09-09T19:20:41+00:00January 30th, 2016|Startup Support|

By Ben Sandel 182 January-February 2016 Gaining members quickly and efficiently is a major hurdle for most startup co-ops. A co-op is selling a dream when it has no store, minimal (if any) staff, and, when organizing in areas that don’t have other food co-ops, no credible examples to refer to. This can make membership growth slow and painful. Nevertheless, some startups have had [...]

Appreciating the Diversity of Member Needs and Motivations

By |2019-09-09T19:24:14+00:00December 28th, 2015|Cultivate Your Community, Develop Your Leaders|

By Marilyn Scholl 140 January - February - 2009 In my work with food co-op boards and staff over the past 30 years, one of the questions I have often encountered is this: How can we get more people more involved at the co-op? The question has prompted a lot of soul-searching and hand-wringing. Co-op leaders intuitively believe that member involvement is vital to [...]

Reaching the Co-op’s Owners

By |2019-09-09T17:18:24+00:00July 7th, 2015|Cultivate Your Community, Develop Your Leaders|

By Patricia Cumbie 179 July-August 2015   Food cooperatives have a special relationship with their owners and customers, but even the best relationships need to be continually nurtured and cultivated. In a rapidly changing marketplace, one in which skillful competitors can outstrip other grocers on price, convenience, and amenities, customer loyalty is king. And consumers these days are notoriously fickle. A generation ago, people [...]

Engagement From the Grassroots

By |2019-09-10T20:20:13+00:00June 16th, 2013|Cooperative Cafe|

Bonnie Hudspeth, Outreach Coordinator Neighboring Food Co-op Association, New England Region   Following the successful opening of Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH, Ms. Hudspeth share tools and strategies that were effective and instrumental in the success of Southern New Hampshire's newest food co-op startup effort..