Co-op Month 2018: “Co-ops See the Future”

This October, your Neighboring Food Co-ops here in the Northeast are joining over 40,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating Co-op Month. For 2018, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) has identified “Co-ops See the Future” as the theme for the month, inviting co-operatives and their members to dream big!  As we look to the future, how can we work together to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy for everyone?

For more information on how your Neighboring Food Co-ops are celebrating , visit http://nfca.coop/co-op-month-2018/.  And for ideas on how your co-op can spread the word, see below.   The NFCA will be sending resources to Member Co-ops and organizing a special Co-op Month Contest!

*Article re-posted from: http://nfca.coop/co-opmonth/

Pronature Pet Food Program

pronatureThere is a new pet food program in town for all!  Pronature Life pet food buyers: Buy 12 and get the 13th bag FREE!!!  There will be cards at the registers for customers to fill out and keep on file. Inspired by nature and a love for animals, all Pronature products are proudly manufactured in Canada by a family-owned business established in 1969 and distributed in over 35 countries.

 

Sister Coop Update: The Impact of Hurricane Maria

Nelson Alvarez Febles, Puerto Rican agroecologist, food activist and author spoke on June 22nd in Hardwick, VT about the many ongoing efforts to promote food sovereignty, small farms, and agroecology as important strategies for recovery and resilience in the face of climate disruptions such as Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Nelson serves on the Board of Cooperativa Orgánica Madre Tierra, Buffalo Mountain’s Sister Coop in San Juan.   As part of his presentation, Nelson also shared some before and after pictures from the farm of one of our Sister Coop members.  Click the link to view the photos.

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Why Have a Sister Co-op?

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by Myrna Miranda-O’Neill

Principle #6 of the Cooperative Principles: Cooperation among co-operatives

When I’ve been asked why our coop has a Sister Co-op, the short answer is, because “it is what we do.”  One of our guiding principles is to help other co-ops, but I believe that as a co-operative community and as part of a cooperative movement we look for alternatives to build a prosperous equitable community and for sincere ways to connect and respond to need at home and abroad with the intention of empowering each other.

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