The 2018 International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on July 7th! The theme is “Sustainable consumption and production”, creating an opportunity for cooperatives to show how they run successful businesses while respecting our natural environment and the resources it offers. Cooperatives have sustainability in their DNA, with ‘concern for community’ as the seventh of their guiding principles. Click here to read more on the United Nations website.
Where’s Waldo? In Hardwick-Greensboro, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including The Village Restaurant, Whistle Emporium, The Hardwick Inn Clothing Company, Old Friends, The Hardwick Village Market, The Greensboro Garage, Buffalo Mountain Coop and many more!
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.
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.