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How to Start a Food Co-op - This is the manual LCCC is using. Currently the Cooperative Grocers' Information Networks (CGIN) is only distributing the manual in electronic format. You can chosse to view it online or download it to your computer.

Links about food, co-ops and other related information

Abundance League - A network of social activists that meet once a month in San Francisco and Denver.

Ashland Food Cooperative A successful food cooperative in Ashland, Ore. that is taking on a mentor role to a developing co-op in Medford. This link is a directory for the Ashland Food Cooperative's newsletters, which can be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Its board of directors and members are very probably dealing with issues that a local cooperative, once it got off the ground, may also expect to deal with.

Bee Keeping - The following are some links or store fronts for information and equipment in beeing (lol) a beekeeper as well as suppliers of the bees.

Buy Local Now article from Country Living Magazine

California Food and Justice Coalition - a statewide membership coalition committed to the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural and environmental justice. We are partners of the national Community Food Security Coalition, and collaborate with community-based efforts in California working to create a socially just, ecologically and economically sustainable food supply. We envision a California food system in which all activities, from farm to table, are equitable, healthful, sustainable, and community-driven.

Co-operative Developement Services article focuses on how Vision Expands Small Co-op Possibilities. I like their statement at the top "Where co-operation is at work communities prosper."

Co-operative Grocer provides more co-op links.

Cooperative Grocers Information Network

Dave's Garden is a great gardening resource with lots of fantastic information on gardening. You can sign up for a newsletter.

Food Co-op 500 is a support system committed to helping communities create successful co-ops.

Food Declaration There is a Freecycle network for the Clearlake, Lakeport and Kelseyville areas that is open to anyone who wants to "recycle" that special something instead of throwing it away.

The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities (NCO) Community gardens info in Mendocino County

Green People Green items from all around.

Lake County Agritourism A web site maintained by the county that includes directory of products and services.

Lake County Farmers' Finest An on-line directory of Lake County farmers and related information.

Lake County Farm Bureau

Lake County Winegrape Growers

Lake County Master Gardeners U.C .Master Gardeners are trained volunteer staff of the University of California Cooperative Extension (U.C.C.E.). Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer questions about gardening from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Denise Rushing's blog fosters dialog on community self-reliance and local sustainability in Lake County, CA. We desire a change: from our dependence upon an economy that depletes resources and damages ecological systems to a way of life more connected to our local community.

National Cooperatives Business Association

National Cooperative Grocers Association

Organic Consumers Association Dedicated to organics, non-GMO and consumer actions.

Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World (Sierra Club) A book by Daniel Imhoff that looks at the world of packaging and outlines steps to a more sustainable future.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands & Beyond

Roots of Change Roots of Change (ROC) believes that the best way to make the food system sustainable is to connect and support the people and parts within the system that have the knowledge, roles, relationships and commitments required to successfully manage a rapid transformation.

Seeds of Change A large supplier of organic garden seeds, has a program aimed at providing free seeds to groups that are focused on providing children in underprivileged areas,gardening skills.

Slow Food USA Slow Food USA envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

Soma Creative Center A movement to protect the eastern portion of Lake County and have it included in the Blue Ridge-Berryessa National Conservation Area.

World Changing works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.

  • Italian Town Runs On 100% Renewable Power Varese uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower & has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year. Varese has also seen a six-fold increase in tourists in the last ten years, many coming just to see its renewable energy network
  • Black Rock Solar Ever heard of someone donating a 90-kilowatt solar array?

Wheatsville Food Co-op A brief history on the origin of co-ops. An online magazine from Women for Women International. Great site to connect people who are growing their own food, where you can post your garden, your needs and blog with others about garden "secrets" and needs.

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