CoFED inspiregizes future food co-op leaders across North America. We support students with training and tools, and connect them with peers, mentors, and allies in a solidarity network.

5 Great Reasons to Attend Summer Institute 2016

5 Reasons to Attend Summer Institute 2016

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Why We're Running with CoFED: An Interview with Mother and Daughter

Why We're Running with CoFED: An Interview with Mother and Daughter

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As a Student Cooperator, Here's Why I Appreciate CoFED's Cooperative Growth Curriculum

As a Student Cooperator, Here's Why I Appreciate CoFED's Curriculum

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CoFED's Top 5 Moments of 2015!

2015 was full of major milestones for CoFED. Let’s take a walk down memory lane with five highlights from the year.

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Make a Difference with us in 2016

CoFED's Winter Appeal

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The Future Belongs to those who Dream

CoFED's Fall Newsletter

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Minneapolis and the Cooperative Youth Convergence

MINNEAPOLIS! We have been eager to make a trip out to this cooperative metropolis, so we couldn’t have been more excited when the Cooperative Youth Council (CYC) announced that their third convergence CYC3CYC (Cooperative Youth Council’s 3rd Cooperative Youth Convergence) would be in this beautiful city. While we want focus on the convergence itself, allow us a quick aside to say, Co-ops are literally everywhere here; from the Mercado Central, a merchant’s cooperative; to Seward Cafe, a non-profit cooperative workers collective; Seward Community Co-op, a great grocery boasting over 11,000 members; Chateau Co-op, a 20 story housing co-op; and the Hub bike co-op, a worker owned bike store.These were just the ones we got to see, but if you love geeking out on co-ops Minneapolis should definitely be one of your next stops. And while Minneapolis is far from perfect, there are the seeds of what thriving, equitable communities look like; and perhaps some useful models and case studies as we work to build resilient local economies.

HUB Bike Co-op Art

 

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Looking Back to our Future

Reposted from the New Economy Week blog, http://neweconomyweek.org/blog

Climate change, shifting demographics, and sobering economic realities for a growing number of Americans have sparked increased awareness of the need to re-examine how working class people and communities of color will successfully participate in tomorrow’s economy, the one they will inherit when our nation becomes an ethnic plurality
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Stories from the Road

CoFED's Field Organizer, Anna Isaacs, shares stories from the road as she visits students and youth cooperators in California. 

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"We Want A Coop"

Healthy. Affordable. Community Owned. 

That's what the community of Greensboro, North Carolina wants and deserves as a community, but don't take my word for it. Hear what the members of Renaissance Community Coop have to say in this great video:

Greensboro is showing us how a community can come together to build a grocery store that serves their needs. Good food, good jobs, and good money is something that brings people together. By working together, the possibility of what can be created grows.

So as you're building a cooperatively-run food business think about how you might be able to connect to the larger campus community, beyond the schools walls. What are the neighborhoods nearby doing? What community organizations have you reached out to? How might your support local efforts that align with your own? How can we support each other in our learning and longing for more thriving and equitable communities? 

Brown University worked to serve their campus community and wanted to be conscious of not duplicating efforts in the larger community. They also recognized that cafeteria workers's access to healthy food is just as limited as students, so they designed their  "Market Shares" program at Brown University to benefit students, staff, and workers. 

Renaissance Community Coop is also showing us that a grocery store goes beyond good food, it's also about good jobs, accessibility, and community ownership. 

Thanks for sharing your story Greensboro!

 

 

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