Category Archives: Advocacy

Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance Seeking Volunteers

File this under co-ops helping co-ops. The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is an umbrella organization that includes representatives from several major cooperative organizations in the regions, from credit unions to grocery stores to cooperative housing arrangements. Last month they … Continue reading

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Hmmm… what to do with that tax refund?

This time of year is always a little stressful as we wait to see if a year’s worth of earning, spending, and donating money will result in us owing a little bit more of it our federal, state and local … Continue reading

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Tell Your Representative And Senators to Support Co-ops!

Almost one year ago exactly we wrote about a congressional briefing being hosted by Congressman Chaka Fattah, whose district includes both Weavers Way and Mariposa co-ops. The briefing was prelude to a bill known as the National Cooperative Development Act … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Co-ops Rock from Co-opoly

I’ve had this sitting in my email inbox for just over a month and finally am getting around to sharing it. Co-op Board President Alison Fritz (full disclosure: my beloved wife) emailed it with the suggestion that each of these … Continue reading

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The Co-op and local job creation (and retention!)

I’m not going to go out on a limb and say that just because you join the Co-op means that we’ll bring thousands of new, well-paying jobs to South Philadelphia. But it is worth noting that the Co-op would be … Continue reading

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A Post-Thanksgiving Wake-up call starring the Turkey Asteroid

Frugal Dad did the work and invited anyone to embed this useful infographic about the consolidation of the American food industry. It’s yet another reason to help a place like the South Philly Food Co-op come into existence and thrive. … Continue reading

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This just in: tomato paste is a vegetable

At least, it enjoys legal vegetable status according to the United States federal government which essentially means that I can eat pizza and get my daily serving of vegetables. Never mind that (1) a tomato is a fruit and (2) … Continue reading

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Must read for anyone who wants to know “How to talk about the Co-op”

The Co-op’s existing member-owners are by far the most important and effective salespeople for attracting new members and helping us get to our short-term goal of 250 Founding members. The success of the venture will depend on your efforts to … Continue reading

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Leadership Development

Alison, MaryBeth and I went to a Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD) session on Saturday in Mt. Airy.  We are committed to learning more about what it means to be successful directors on YOUR board. Michael Healy, an independent consultant from … Continue reading

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One thing I missed in “How to Talk About the Co-op”

Thanks again to everyone who came out last night for the first of our regular, bi-annual member-owner meetings. As member-owner myself and someone who has been helping out with these start-up activities since darn near the beginning (though I must … Continue reading

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