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Tuesday
Apr162019

Cooperative Principle #6: Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Hello PFC Peeps!

It's time to talk about cooperation! Cooperatives are a different kind of business. We are designed from the ground up to serve the needs of the community that birthed us. We know that part of that is problematic, as even though PFC was created in direct response to certain pressures in the dominant culture related to food, farming, and access, we were also founded in a way that was not challenging the status quo around race, gender, and other bias. However, as we explored in Principle 2, we are democratically controlled. So, as we become aware of how we need to better serve our community or live better into our values, we are structured for change to happen.

Cooperative businesses make better communities. Cooperative businesses provide better jobs.

So, it's no surprise that PFC looks to support other cooperatives as we do our work. The Sixth Cooperative Principle is Cooperation Among Cooperatives. There is a whole P6 cooperative trade movement in which cooperative groceries seek to connect consumers to products make by cooperative producers.

Also on the national level, PFC is a member of the National Cooperative Grocers, a cooperative of cooperatives! We purchase as a group allowing us AMAZING prices on Co+op Deals and Co+op Basics items. We also support each other in training, challenging situations, and so much more.

On a local level, PFC strives to work with other cooperatives where possible, from banking with Consumers Credit Union, to working closely at times with Kalamazoo Collective Housing on expanding access to good food.

Cooperation is so fun!

As I wrap up today's enews, and as the weather continues to improve, I wanted to lift up a cool program that happens at your PFC: Bike Benefits. Whether you go to PFC Natural Grocery & Deli, or Kalamazoo Farmers Market (or two other businesses in town), once you have a Bike Benefits sticker on your helmet, you will receive a deal! At the store it's $2 of a purchase of $10 or more, and at Kalamazoo Farmers Market, it's $2 in Market Bucks to spend on market.

Just another reason to love where you live. Thanks for being part of this place!

Chris