The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) is a US-based national cooperative network and training program committed to empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses. CoFED provides retreats and resources with regional organizers to support student groups as they
The CoopZone Developers' Network is a network of people and organizations dedicated to providing professional assistance to co-op entrepreneurs who are considering starting a new co-op or expanding an existing co-op. For listings of Co-op Developers outside of Ontario, please
This guide covers the basic steps to start a co-operative. It's aimed at groups starting either co-op businesses or non-profit co-ops. The Guide to Setting up a Co-operative contains general information about the Co-operative Corporations Act and basic financial matters. It is only an
Co-op developer Russ Christianson relates his insights into starting a co-operative, having worked extensively with food and farm co-operatives in Ontario over several decades.
Within the production, distribution, and consumption of food there is often a lack of social solidarity. This is true even within the co-operative movement. J. Howard reports on his experience with a multi-stakeholder food co-operative, relating both the possibilities it
Multistakeholder cooperatives (MSCs) are co-ops that formally allow for governance by representatives of two or more “stakeholder” groups within the same organization, including consumers, producers, workers, volunteers or general community supporters. Rather than being organized around a single class of members
Individual co-ops are stronger when they work together. A secondary co-operative is a co-operative business democratically controlled by its members, all of whom are themselves co-operatives and share certain aims or values in common. The secondary co-operative can be a way for
More and more communities are setting up food co-ops so they can get good food at an affordable price and have more control over where their food comes from. Co-operation is all about two or more people joining forces and working