Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

If You Build It, They Will Come: Viroqua Food Co-op's New Lot

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 @ 11:30 AM

Finally, more parking spaces at the Viroqua Food Co-op! We know it’s hard to get close to the front doors sometimes! Our new parking lot is now open! For more than a year, we’ve been planning and developing the empty lot on Center Street directly across from the Co-op. The property was considered a ‘dirty site’ by the DNR and was cleaned by the previous owner. When we began construction last fall, the remaining top layer of potentially contaminated soil was removed to a special containment area. It’s all cleaned up and the Co-op has put effort into reclaiming another site in our fair city (the Co-op is also built on a previously ‘dirty’ site).

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Fresh Local Produce at the Viroqua Food Co-op!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 04:14 PM

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Fresh and Local Produce at the Viroqua Food Co-op- It's June!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

Local Strawberries from Hoch Orchards – get them while you can as their season doesn’t last long!  Pair with fresh cream & shortbread, Greek yogurt & honey, or just eat them all on the way home.  Buy extra & freeze them on cookie sheets, then pour into ziplock bags for easy retrieval after their season is over.

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VFC Seeking Candidates for Two positions on Board of Directors

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 01:15 PM

Candidate requirements are as follows:
• A Viroqua Food Co-op owner-member in good standing for at least six months.
• Attend one Board Meeting prior to nomination.
• Regularly available for monthly Board meetings and other scheduled events requiring Director participation and for committee and other work outside of scheduled events.
• Willing to work cooperatively and enthusiastically within Policy Governance protocols used by the Board.
• The Board meets monthly and full attendance is expected at each meeting.
Accepting nominations until August 4. For more information, including detailed Application Instructions, please contact:

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New Film Takes a Contemporary Look at Food Co-ops in the US

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Jun 08, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

Education, participation, independence, and cooperation. These are four of the seven cooperative principles that keep food cooperatives rooted in their mission: to serve their communities. Food for Change, a work-in-progress documentary planned for release next spring, looks at how food co-ops manifest these principles in their day-to-day operations.

The film takes a contemporary and social-historical look at cooperatives in the United States, exploring three periods of co-op expansion: the first wave following the financial collapse of 1929 when co-ops proved to be a mitigating factor against hard times; the second wave of the 1970s driven by a counter-culture desire for whole and organic foods; and the third wave, currently underway, aimed at both of these concerns.

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