Want to Start a Food Co-op?
Resources to get you started…
"There has never been a better time to start a food co-op."
- Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative
Check out these inspiring web sites of start-up food co-ops…
Whitewater Grocery Co. (Whitewater, Wisconsin)
Free Range Food Co-op (Grand Rapids, Minnesota)
Chicago Market (Chicago, Illinois)
Assabet Village Co-op Market (Maynard, Massachusetts)
Cedar Falls Food Co-op (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Food Shed Co-op (Woodstock, Illinois)
South Philly Food Co-op (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Hillsboro Food Co-op (Hillsboro, Oregon)
Silverton Food Co-op (Silverton, Oregon)
Organizations to connect with…
Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) – Hands-down the best place to begin. This organization is at the forefront of start-up food co-ops. The FCI web site is chock-full of resources and guides to help develop your community’s food co-op.
Up & Coming Food Co-op Conference – Annual conference for start-up food co-ops.
seven roots - is a full service design firm dedicated to the growth and development of independent natural food stores and food co-ops. seven roots are industry veterans who formed a worker co-op to strengthen our food systems.
CDS Consulting Co-op – A cooperative of consultants specializing in food co-op governance, leadership development, expansions, retail improvement, marketing, member services and human resources. The majority of CDS Consulting Co-op members are former staff or directors of cooperatively-owned businesses. Great resources online for start-up co-ops.
Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) - A federation of over 35 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England and New York. Some online resources for start-up food co-ops.
CooperationWorks! - National network of organizations and individuals working in cooperative development. Their members provide everything from board training to business planning for new and growing co-ops.
Local Food & Farm Co-ops (Canada) – Nonprofit co-operative network that specializes in organizing and development support for food and farming co-ops in Ontario. Provides training, online and in-person capacity-building, and coordinates peer-to-peer support.
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada - General co-operative development resources including listing of provincial development associations.