Co-op Blog

Oct 18, 2012
[The following opinion piece was written by our fellow cooperator Barth Anderson. Barth is chief blogger at Fair Food Fight. He has roughly 20 years experience with the natural foods industry, working as grocery stocker, produce buyer, marketer, and organic certification coordinator at various natural foods co-ops across the country. Barth is also the author of two novels, The... [read more]
Oct 18, 2012
What sets co-ops apart from other businesses? It's our shared Values and Principles.Co-ops are based on values not unlike those we subscribe to individually,including self-responsibility, democracy, equality, honesty and social responsibility.In addition to these common values, seven basic principles serve as guidelines to provide a democratic structure for co-ops around... [read more]
Oct 11, 2012
End of the Harvest Grilled PizzaBy Michele PryseMichele is a Family Food Educator at Oregon State University Extension Office here in Southern Oregon.We have been blessed to have such  extended sunny summer weather - great for ripening tomatoes!  Usually I have many, many green tomatoes on the vine at this time of the season that I know will never, ever... [read more]
Sep 19, 2012
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Sep 19, 2012
8/16/2012 AFC Employees to Vote on Unionization The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a union election for Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24. The election will take place in the employee “quiet room” at designated times over the two day period. Votes will be counted following the close of voting on Friday. AFC has always supported having a fair... [read more]
Sep 06, 2012
9/6/2012 On September 4, 2012, the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) certified the results of the union election held on August 23 and 24, 2012 at Ashland Food Co-op. A majority of ballots cast by eligible staff were against any labor organization becoming the "exclusive representative of the employees."8/31/2012 The union election results are as follows:YES - 42, NO - 75... [read more]
Jul 26, 2012
Rogue Co-ops, a unique partnership of four Southern Oregon cooperatives, has been honored for its successful teamwork and dedication to the community with the annual Collaboration Award presented by Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. (SOREDI). Comprised of Ashland Food Co-op, Medford Food Co-op, Rogue Federal Credit Union, and Grange Co-op, Rogue Co-ops... [read more]
Jul 05, 2012
We turned off highway 101 and onto Rhododendron Drive. Right at the turn was a tiny store with a sign on the window, Real Food Co-op. I collect Co-ops like some people collect recipes or old cars. We didn’t have time to stop as we were overdue to meet my brother and his wife at their new Florence home. Sometime during the evening I asked them if they had visited the co-... [read more]
Feb 28, 2012
After testing numerous brands of gluten free breads and rolls from near and far we have decided to start bringing in Canyon Bakehouse’s gluten free roll as a gluten free bread option on our sandwich bar.  This will join the ever popular teff wrap to round out our gluten free options.  We also have 2 new sandwiches in the grab n go that feature our new gluten free... [read more]