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Mar 14, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Just in the nick o'time for St. Paddy's Day, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, in partnership with Green Education Foundation (GEF), has developed The Wonder Wheel! Food for Healthy Kids and a Healthy World, a three-part lesson plan for middle school students that focuses on health, community and sustainability. Through the program, students explore what makes food healthy for them, their community and the environment.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/13/3935573/cabot-creamery-cooperative-green.html#storylink=cpy

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Cabot Creamery, co-op, education, students, healthy, eating Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 13, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Congratulations! to Francis Murphy, general manager of Neighborhood Co-op Grocery in Carbondale, who has has been named Cooperative Manager of the Year by the Illinois Cooperative Council.  According to the Southern Business Journal the Neighborhood Co-op has been in Carbondale for 26 years, employs 45 people and has annual sales of nearly $4 million. Last year, more than $225,000 in local foods were purchased. The co-cop has 2,700 owners and is involved in several local charitable and fundraising efforts.  Read more at http://tinyurl.com/72cdghf.

 

 

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: general manager, cooperative, Illinois, cooperative council, grocery, co-op Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 12, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

We wrapped up the 2012 Up and Coming Up and Running Start-up Food Co-op Conference on Saturday.  We had a great three days with co-ops from twelve states (as far aways as Alaska to the north and Mississippi to the south).  Thanks to our wonderful speakers including Stuart Reid and Jake Schlachter from Food Co-op Initiative; Bill Gessner, Mel Braverman, Mark Mulcahy, Art Sherwood and Ben Sandel from CDS Consulting; PJ Hoffman from UNFI; Debbie Turner from Lost River Market & Deli; Christina Jennings from Northcountry Co-op Development Fund; Chris Ryding from NCGA; Suzi Carter  and Steve Cooke from the Friendly City Co-op; Steve Stroup, Ellen Michel, Brad Alstrom, Alan Simmerman and Mac McLaughlin from Bloomingfoods.  When asked what was most useful about the conference, our attendees said: "seeing that you are not alone in this process"; "networking"; "loved the one on one's"; "open forums"; "access to the experts".

We've already begun planning for the 2013 conference so check the website frequently for dates and details!

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: start-up, food co-op, cooperatives, states, attendees, consultants Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 10, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Reynard, a Justmeans staff writer for Sustainable Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility has written a great article using famous Beatles tunes to demonstrate principles of the co-op business model.  Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/79m56gh.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: social, power, cooperatives, somebody, international year of the co-op, Beatles, revolution, Rochdale pioneers Comments: [comment_count]
Mar 10, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Day 1 of the Up & Coming Up & Running Food Co-op Start-up Conference is now in the history books and will be written up as a success.  Over 80 participants, consultants and experts from AK, NY, IL, SC, IN, VA, OH, WI, NM, KS, MS, MN and KY came together to learn, share ideas and network.  Day 1 workshops covered topics such as financing, the steps to get started, governance policies, capitalizing your food co-op, developing relationships with vendors, building a department handbook and food service operations.  The eveningt reception at Finches Braserrie gave everyone an opportunity to relax, enjoy good food and get to know their fellow participants.

Day 2 promises to be every bit as exciting as Day 1!

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: food co-op, start up, consultants, networking, workshops, conference Comments: [comment_count]

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