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October, 2017

Concluding Co-op Month: Truest Words from Little Mouths

Cooperatives have celebrated Co-op Month in October for more than 50 years, and as a cooperative business ourselves, we are proud to participate here at CROPP. “It is a time for cooperative businesses to reflect on their shared principles and to educate others about the value of belonging to a cooperative,” says the Cooperative Network, …

October 31st, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post


Farm Art: The Art of the Co-op

Y’all know what a cooperative is, right? I always thought I did—that funky building with the mural on the downtown corner where hippies and hipsters gathered to get their granola, tofu, and quinoa. A magnet for the capital-disillusioned who believe they can create a better world if they help stock shelves and put their coin …

June 19th, 2017  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainability


Go Co-op! Solving Problems, Changing the World with the Neighboring Food Co-op Association

There are probably as many reasons to shop at your neighborhood food co-op as there are shoppers: One person likes the sweet, fresh, organic fruit; another seeks food to fit strict allergies; a third wants to keep her food budget local by purchasing produce grown on area farms. But how many shoppers choose the co-op …

June 14th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Our Cooperative is Something Special

Organic Valley is a co-op.  What that means is that the farmers own it.  The farmers manufacture the milk and Organic Valley is the marketer of our products and thus considered the farmers’ employees.  That puts it in simple terms.  However, I would like to try to describe what Organic Valley truly embodies. Our Annual …

March 16th, 2017  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post


Local Before Local was Cool

Whether you travel across the country or prefer to stay close to your home town, one of the things you may be noticing is the emphasis on “Buy Local” campaigns. This is based on the simple fact that it is important to support businesses that support our community. The Small Business Administration and the research …

August 5th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Food & Ag Issues


Rootstock Radio: “We Instead of Me”: The Cooperative Way with Adam Schwartz

Download This week we continue our discussion of cooperatives in an interview with Adam Schwartz, founder and principal of The Cooperative Way, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting cooperative businesses succeed. (Listen to part 1 here.) The Cooperative Way is a strategic partner with CDS Consulting Co-op, a shared services cooperative. Adam has served cooperatives from different sectors …

May 16th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Co-op Talk with Jan Rasikas, Viroqua Food Co-op

Download As general manager of the Viroqua Food Co-op in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Jan Rasikas has worked tirelessly to empower her community members with access to healthy food and her local farms with economic viability. You can hear her enthusiasm for cooperatives as she talks with Rootstock Radio host Anne O’Connor about the history of cooperatives. The Viroqua Food Co-op …

May 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Cooperative Network: Cooperation Among Cooperatives

The philosophical underpinnings of cooperative businesses have been around since the dawn of humankind; the idea that we can mutually benefit by working together is pretty self-evident. As a business structure, however, cooperatives really took off during the Industrial Revolution—as one of a range of strategies to help working people preserve some agency in their …

March 30th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


The Magic Co-op

If you happen to stumble onto our hometown, you won’t know it. It’s as unremarkable as a stoplight. Not that we have one. Population 774, La Farge is just another sleepy village in a Wisconsin packed with them. There’s nothing to clue you in to the fact that a $1 Billion business turns the daily …

March 10th, 2016  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in CROPP Culture, Food & Ag Issues, Travel  |  4 Comments


 
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