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Cooperatives: A Revolutionary Act

I have found myself thinking about change a lot lately.  It’s an interesting notion to explore and can elicit some of the strongest reactions, both positive and negative, in all of us.  Change can incite hope, elation, the feeling of new beginnings.  Change can also cause us to dig our fingers into the ground as […]

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Rising Stars 2016: Integrity

Cooperative Principle 5: Co-ops provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. On October 18th-20th five employees of Monadnock Food Co-op attended Rising Stars 2 in Hadley, MA. Rising Stars is a natural foods leadership development seminar produced and presented by […]

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Reports from the Field: Porcupine Acres, Winchester, NH

This summer, Allen and I set out to Winchester, NH to visit the sunny and fruitful Porcupine Acres. Upon arrival, we found Robert Leustek in the garden weeding. Robert and his wife Gloria came from New Jersey, where they spent over 20 years perfecting their farming practices. Now, they inhabit 2 acres of fertile, loamy […]

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neil tim allen at focus on fresh 2016

Competition, Leadership and Cooperative Devotion

One of the Cooperative Principles addresses providing the education and training so all involved in our co-op can effectively contribute to the development the co-op & its mission. Tim Sanderson from Prepared foods, Allen from Produce, and Neil from the Meat & Seafood Department had the opportunity to attend a National Co-op Grocers (NCG) conference […]

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