Presented by Cecile Reuge (University of Vermont & Vermont Workers' Center)
In the 1880s, the Knights of Labor, known as largest labor union in the world at the time, organized a network of almost 200 industrial cooperatives across the United States. Today, the presence of labor unions is at an all-time low. Meanwhile the cooperative movement continues to grow, but in whose best interest? This resource will explore the history of food cooperatives within the broader context of cooperative and labor movements as well as workers rights in food consumer cooperatives.
Presented by Vivian Onuoha
The Berkeley Student Cooperative buys organic produce in bulk from farmers and wholesalers for its 1000+ members. At the Central Kitchen warehouse, Central Level workshifters split up cases of produce for delivery to each of the 17 room and board houses.
These resources are from Eric DeLuca's workshop on regional food systems at NASCO Institute 2010.
This is a 2007 study of housing cooperatives in the upper Midwest (in Madison, Chicago and Iowa City) entitled 'Housing Cooperatives and Health'. It aims to investigate the relationships between living in a housing cooperatives and tenant-shareholders' physical and emotional health. Questions and comments welcome. Contact Jeff Bessmer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
One of the benefits of group living is the ability to share resources in a more efficient way. This is a small collection of recipes which can be made with inexpensive ingredients and in little time, using coop labor. These recipes are aimed at people without significant culinary training, and are intended to be foods which can keep for a long time. Enjoy!