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cross-posted from Local Futures

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Steps to operating a community squash growing cooperative.
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Morning in La América Market Plaza is a bright mix of smells and colors. In the fruit stands, shelves are piled high with eggplants, avocados, and yellow mangos. Next door, the fresh green smell of rue and eucalyptus wafts from an herb seller’s booth. In another aisle, pots of bubbling soup fill the air with the smell of chicken and cilantro. In a small shop nearby, a vendor carefully stacks a wall of dark brown sugar bricks that reaches up towards the ceiling.

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originally posted on the Agaric blog

"Wirth Co-op won't reopen", a tiny heading on the front page of North News announced. The story ran inside on page four.

The grocery store, right in my neighborhood, set out to build community wealth and provide healthy food in north Minneapolis. The loss of its promise is crushing.

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We have to transform our cities! Over 50% of the world's population lives in urban areas, and it's only increasing. Models for sustainable, equitable, urban community must be developed.

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Food — from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. We begin October with a conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned cooperatives.

 

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In this episode, Cadwell Turnbull talks with Tim Huet, a co-founder of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, about the association's founding and how cooperative work has affected his life and relationships. They discuss the large role cooperatives have played in the love story between Tim and his wife, Kirsten Marshall, and how cooperatives can inspire people to hope for a better society.

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This week on the show, Patri Ramirez Gonzalez from the Puerto Rico/Detroit Solidarity Exchange Network talks about grassroots plans to save family farmers and the ecosystem in Puerto Rico, and Trishala Deb, Asia regional director for Thousand Currents, a grant-making organization with partners across the world, shares hard won lessons from grassroots activists in Asia.

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From taking power to making power. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, a special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which they'd voted into office after the financial crisis, but the other things they did to meet society’s needs just might be sowing the seeds for transformation.

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Mandela MarketPlace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities. Our approach is based on a systems model that addresses issues of economic disinvestment, food insecurity, and health inequity, building on community assets to cultivate a thriving food hub.

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Cliff Martin and Len Krimerman discuss ways the cooperative movement can better engage youth, and how the Young People's Action Coalition is fostering the next generation of cooperative and social justice leadership. Also discussed is solidarity economy organizing in rural contexts and responses to the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential elections on the US solidarity economy movement.
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