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.

Upcoming events

CoFED staff regularly organize events like convergences, coop tours, and skillsharing conference calls. If you are a student-run food coop and want to promote your team's events or just let the network know about the awesome stuff you're up to, email the deets to, and she will add it to the events calendar too. 


College Cooperatives Conference

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Every February students attend the Collegiate Conference on Cooperatives. Sponsored in part by the CHS Foundation and CoBank, the event attracts participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Montana and Colorado. The annual conference features presentations by cooperative leaders from all across the spectrum, and it is beneficial to both beginning students and to those with some previous co-op education.

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Oakland Marathon

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Would you like to run for a cause? Support our work and run on CoFED's team! We will provide fundraising training, t-shirts, and a runner's training schedule. You can run a relay, 5K, half marathon, or full marathon. 

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California Coop Conference

Friday, May 01, 2015 at 10:00 AM

This conference is hosted yearly by the California Center for Cooperative Development. The keynote speaker is Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. This year, the Cooperative Youth Council and CoFED are co-hosting a youth caucus and hope to get as many youth cooperators there! 

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CoFED's Summer Institute

Monday, July 06, 2015 at 12:00 PM

CoFED's Summer Institute is a week-long intensive, designed to equip teams with the tools and training necessary to start work towards a community-based food solution in or around their campus. This program will be open to idea stage start-ups through existing co-ops seeking to refine or scale-up, and will create a supportive community to learn in and build cooperatives together!

We will be piloting this program July 6-14 in Oakland, California. 

To apply, please fill out our application: in all stages of development are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is March 15th. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis and applying early is encouraged. All teams accepted into the program will be notified by April 15th. If you have any other questions, email our Programs & Operations Director at 


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