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Moscow Food Co-op

Carol Spurling, Outreach Coordinator

We are investing in Food For Change because it is the documentary we’ve been waiting for ever since we launched our monthly Good Food Film Series almost two years ago. At our Co-op, we have seen first-hand the power of film to educate, motivate and inspire. Films like Fresh, Dirt!, My Father’s Garden, and What’s On Your Plate? create palpable energy in theatre audiences. After seeing the trailer for Food for Change, I know that the film will be a great experience for our community, helping us understand our Co-op’s place in the world and reinforcing our members’ loyalty and sense of connection to the cooperative movement.
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BriarPatch Co-op

Chris Maher, General Manager

BriarPatch is supporting the Food for Change film with a donation of $5000, to be paid in two years. As one of very few cooperatives in our region, it is a challenge to communicate what co-ops are all about. People in our community, especially younger people, are unfamiliar with the concept and history. As natural and organic foods become increasingly popular and large grocery chains carry more of them, communicating the value of our food co-ops is increasingly important.
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Whole Foods Co-op

Sharon Murphy, General Manager

We initially chose to invest $1,000 in the co-op documentary Food For Change as it reflects our Board ENDS Statement “… to create a healthy community including, but not limited to, a healthy regional food system.” However, we recently increased that commitment to a total of $5,000 invested over two years as we will also use the film for our staff classes and public presentations on co-op history.We have a new independent and very comfy local theater, the Zinema. Our first effort at sponsoring a couple films for the public on food issues was well received, and we look forward to hosting Food for Change.
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Linden Hills Co-op

Allie Mentzer, Marketing Manager

It is our hope that Steve Alves’ beautifully crafted film will generate new enthusiasm for the cooperative model. We will be contributing $6,000 over the next two years to the completion of the film. As Food for Change will reveal, co-ops are at their strongest during economically or environmentally unsettled times like these. Now is a crucial time to share the co-operative model broadly, so that together we can nourish our families and reinvigorate our local economies. Co-operators are problem solvers. Food for Change will remind us all of that simple, glorious fact. Many thanks to Steve Alves, his production team and Franklin Community Co-op for telling our story. We’ll be contributing as much cash as we can. If you’d like to do the same, please invest now.
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North Coast Co-op

David Lippman, General Manager

It’s important to understand the values of co-ops that preceded us. That’s why we’re investing in this movie. We are a direct offspring of the so-called “old wave” of the 1970s, whose story this movie tells. In our early years, we received tremendous help and support from Associated Cooperatives, who understood that our new, natural foods co-op was a kindred spirit. They supported us, nurtured us, and helped us to succeed. Food For Change honors their legacy and the continuum of cooperative principles which has driven cooperative movements through the last two centuries.
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David Thompson

Interviews with Co-op Historian David Thompson.

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Co-ops and the Environment

Co-ops and the Environment

Co-ops and Local Economies

Co-ops and Local Economies

Building a Better Soceity

Building a Better Soceity

Co-ops and Fair Trade

Co-ops and Fair Trade

Third Wave of Co-ops

Third Wave of Co-ops

Co-ops During WWII

Co-ops During WWII

Co-ops and the Cold War

Co-ops and the Cold War

Co-ops in the 1960s and 1970s

Co-ops in the 1960s and 1970s

2012 – Year of the Cooperatives

2012 – Year of the Cooperatives

Newsletter #6: December 2011

Co-Producer Rob Hagelstein gives update on ramp-up of production and editing. Marketing Manager Allie Mentzer reports on Food For Change Director Steve Alves’ keynote speech to the Linden Hills Co-op’s annual member meeting. Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, reports on Steve’s presentation of the film at the NFCA member meeting.

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Newsletter #5: June 2011

Director Steve Alves provides update on 38 new co-op contributors. Interview clips released of eminent co-op historian David Thompson. Dave Finet, General Manager of East Lansing Food Co-op, explains why the film needs the support of the food co-op community. John Bryan, Director of Marketing at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, says why his co-op is investing in the film and how they plan to use it. Dan Gillotte, General Manager of Wheatsville Food Co-op, tells why his co-op is sponsoring Food For Change in line with the project’s funding plan.

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