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    Starting a Co-op? Start Here!

    Food Co-op Initiative is a non-profit foundation that was created to provide resources and support for communities that want to start new food co-ops. We can offer you support, referrals, and access to training material so that you will have the best chance for a creating a successful co-op or buying club.


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    Re: Self Sufficiency - Start a Food Cooperative

    Comprehensive Guides

    How to Start A Food Co-op
    By the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network
    Newly Revised in 2010, this is a good overview of the entire retail co-op organizing process. Everyone on your steering committee should look at this.

    A Guide to Starting and Growing a Whole Food Grocery
    This is a very nice guide to starting a worker-owned retail grocery assembled by the Unicorn Co-op in England. Use with caution since not everything "translates" to U.S. laws and markets.

    Creating a Co-op in Canada
    This guide includes a lot of good information for answering questions about co-ops but has less value for understanding the organizing process. Some information will not apply in the U.S.


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      Re: Self Sufficiency - Start a Food Cooperative

      We have a local coop called Rise Up Farms Cooperative. I drive by it often and watched it grow from nothing but bare land into a productive farm.

      You can buy different sizes of shares and I "thought" I read that people also have the option to work for their share.
      The salvage of human life ought to be placed above barter and exchange ~ Louis Harris, 1918