Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Co-Cycle comes to the Coulee Region

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 11:58 AM

National Bike tour raising awareness about the benefits of cooperatives.

When a group of college students from Amherst, Massachusetts learned the United Nations was declaring 2012 The International Year of Cooperatives, it proved to have a galvanizing effect. The announcement prompted the students to create the Co-cycle Project, a youth-led, bike-powered tour linking cooperatives across the United States and designed to draw attention to cooperatives and how they contribute to making the world a better place.

Starting in San Francisco, California on June 2, and ending on Labor Day in Amherst, Massachusetts, members of the Co-cycle Project are making their way across the country, stopping in nine cities where two-day public events and workshops about cooperatives are being held. Through these events and workshops, Co-cycle is raising awareness about the economic, social and environmental benefits cooperatives offer. For more details on event locations and dates, or to join Co-cycle for all or a portion of their cross country trek, check out their website at www.co-cycle.coop to see their route. For details on how to join them for the local part of the ride (August 3-5), contact Bjorn Bergman at bjorn.bergman@viroquafood.coop

Co-cycle’s journey will live on beyond this summer. The journey and events will be chronicled by a student film crew in a documentary (sponsored by the National Cooperative Grocers Association) which will serve as a “Cooperatives 101” tutorial, a vehicle for introductory education about cooperatives. The film will highlight the importance of dedication, innovation, and teamwork in making sustainable change for the future and the value of cooperative action.

From the onset, Co-cycle has been a student-led idea motivated by a wide range of intersecting passions. As the youth of (mostly) America, members of Co-cycle face a world full of complex problems whose solutions, they assert, will require imaginative, creative, and social justice-oriented thinking. They are motivated to learn and teach others about why cooperatives have increasingly become recognized for their ability to address complicated and interconnected local and global issues. And they are driven by hope and inspiration towards a better world.

Find more info about Co-cycle, their project and to follow their journey, visit www.co-cycle.coop.

From August 3rd-5th, Co-Cycle will be in the Driftless Region! Join us for a Co-Cycle and area Co-ops meet and greet, free and open to the public.

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Tags: Cooperative, Events, co-cycle

Local Food Hub Attracts National Attention!

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 @ 01:01 PM

by Bjorn Bergman, 

Promotions and Educational Coordinator

On Monday, April 2nd 2012, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and a number of individuals from USDA Rural Development and the Wisconsin Farm Services Agency visited Viroqua to learn about the developing local food economy in our region.

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Farm, Produce, Organic

Coulee Region Cooperative Community Grant Fund

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

The Viroqua Food Co-op and its partners, the People’s Food Co-op and Bluff Country Co-op, are pleased to announce the 5th annual request for proposals for the Coulee Region Cooperative Community Fund Grant. This grant fund was established in 2003 by the People’s Food Co-op with a mission to provide supplemental or project-specific funding to local non-profit organizations which have missions consistent with the goals of our co-ops. Priority is given to grant requests for educational projects, development projects and events which have a focus on, but are not necessarily limited to, food and food systems, nutrition, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education and social change.

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Tags: Cooperative

Maple Valley: The Brand of the Organic Maple Cooperative

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 @ 01:28 PM

Bjorn Bergman,
Promotions and Educational Coordinator

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Product Information

23rd Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

February 23rd - 25th, 2012

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Events, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability

The Cooperative Development Foundation

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @ 12:27 PM

CDF’s Mission: To promote self-help and mutual aid in community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise.

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The Del Cabo Cooperative

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 12:59 PM

Nestled in the pristine valleys between the Sea of Cortez and the rugged mountains of the Baja Peninsula, over 400 farming families of the Del Cabo Cooperative nurture their crops to bring you excellent organic produce.

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Tags: Cooperative, Fair Trade, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability

Fifth Season Co-op Receives Support and Cooperation from Local Co-ops

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:50 AM

by Nicole Penick, Valley Stewardship Network

Creating a cooperative business is no small task. Creating a multi-stakeholder co-op with diverse members of the local food chain has been a rewarding task for all involved. As 2012 begins, Fifth Season Cooperative is hard at work planning for the future—and it looks bright thanks to all of our members and cooperative partners!

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Cooperatives All Around You

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Mon, Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

When you hear the word “co-op,” what springs to mind? For some people, “co-op” may be their local grocery store; for others it may be a housing community. Whatever your initial association, you may be surprised by the many types of co-ops around you.

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Tags: Local, Cooperative

Coulee Region Co-op Community Fund

Posted by Charlene Elderkin on Fri, Jan 06, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

Do you believe in supporting local growers, in livable neighborhoods, in strong schools, in supporting other co-ops or in programs that make this community an even better place to live? Viroqua Food Co-op and its partners, the People’s Food Co-op and the Bluff Country Co-op, administer the Coulee Region Cooperative Community Fund Grant. This grant fund was established in 2003 by the People’s Food Co-op with a mission to provide supplemental or project-specific funding to local non-profit organizations which have missions consistent with the goals of our co-ops. It is a wonderful way of applying Co-op Principle 6 “Cooperation among cooperatives” and Co-op principle 7, “Concern for Community,” making our communities healthier, stronger and more sustainable.

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Tags: Local, Cooperative, Food, Farm, Produce, Organic, Sustainability, Farm to School